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When best friends Metai and Jamila are reunited after a summer apart, their friendship threatens to combust from the pressure of secrets, middle school, and looming auditions for a potentially life-changing new talented-and-gifted program.
Rasheeda Tate and Monique Jenkins are good girls. For Sheeda, that means keeping her friends close and following Auntie D's every rules. But when her secret relationship with Mo's older brother Lennie goes from texting to something more, the line between good and bad decisions gets blurry. For Mo, that means learning to go with the flow at the prestigious and mostly White ballet program she's been accepted to on scholarship. But when the not-so-invisible racial barriers holding her back make her question what she's willing to change to succeed, the difference between strong and weak is hard to see.
Keiko, Audrey, and Jenna have always been best friends, and Keiko desperately wants it to stay that way, but now they are starting seventh grade, and everything seems to be changing; Audrey is obsessed with the idea of them all securing boyfriends, but when she and Jenna focus on the same boy their friendship starts to break apart--and then Keiko finds herself attracted to Audrey's brother, Conner (who has generally been cast as the enemy), and suddenly she finds herself having to choose between the two.
Abby Braverman strives to navigate seventh grade without her best friend, keep up her older brother's spirits while he undergoes cancer treatment, and figure out her surprising new feelings for the boy next door.
Best friends Matt and Eric are hatching a plan for one big final adventure together before Eric moves away: during the marching band competition at a Giant Amusement Park, they will sneak away to a nearby comics convention and meet their idol--a famous comic creator. Without cell phones. Or transportation. Or permission.
María Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malú) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.
As Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan's Upper West Side with her best friends, curvaceous Em, crusader Tab, and a curious new friend--or more than friend--Sherm, she finds the answer she has been seeking since she barely survived an accident at age eight: "What is my purpose?"
Vic Brown did not want to go to camp this summer. It's nice being back with her friends in the woods of New Hampshire, but Vic still can't forget about the secret reason her mom wanted her and her brother out of the house--or how much her family is going to change. While Vic spends her days contending with a seven-year-old who is smart beyond her years, a snarky Eleanor Roosevelt-obsessed counselor, a maintenance man who finds peace among the vegetables, and a cute boy with outrageously green eyes, she starts to feel like--just maybe--a summer at meadow Wood was exactly what she needed
Recently estranged from her best friend and weeks away from shifting from only child to big sister, seventh grader Beatrix Lee consoles herself by writing haiku in invisible ink and hiding the poems, but one day she finds a reply--is it the librarian with all the answers, the editor of the school paper who admits to admiring her poetry, an old friend feeling remorse, or the boy obsessed with visiting the local labyrinth?