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Children’s Fiction (J)

Author Title Call Number
AndersonMs. Bixby's Last Day
Three friends go on an epic journey to visit their teacher when she falls ill. (300 pp.)
J Anderson
BeharLucky Broken Girl
Ruthie, a Cuban-Jewish immigrant, must rely on books, art, her family, and friends when an accident puts her in a body cast. (243 pp.)
J Behar
BoothKinda Like Brothers
When his mother takes in a foster son, Jarrett must share his room and his friends with the new boy. (248 pp.)
J Booth
When people look at George, they see a boy. But George knows she's a girl. Can she find a way to show everyone who she really is? (195 pp.)
J Gino
GraffAbsolutely Almost
Albie has never been the best at anything, but his new nanny helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself. (288 pp.)
J Graff
KhanAmina's Voice
A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family's culture after tragedy strikes her community. (197 pp.)
J Khan
NichollsWays to Live Forever
Sam, who has leukemia, writes a book during the last months of his life. (212 pp.)
J Nicholls
An American girl finds a photograph with a note written by a Chinese girl forced to work in a factory in Beijing. (240 pp.)
J Polonsky
VrabelA Blind Guide to Stinkville
Alice, who lives with albinism and blindness, takes on the additional challenge of entering an essay contest in her new town. (251 pp.)
J Vrabel

Junior High Fiction (Y)

Author Title Call Number
AlexanderThe Crossover
Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the basketball court as their father ignores his declining health. (237 pp.)
Y Alexander
AlvarezReturn to Sender
After his family's farm hires migrant Mexican workers, Tyler befriends the oldest daughter and discovers they may not be in the country legally. (325 pp.)
Y Alvarez
BowlingInsignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus
New friends and a mystery help Aven, who was born without arms, adjust to middle school and life at a dying western theme park. (262 pp.)
Y Bowling
ConnorAll Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
Perry was born and raised by his mom in prison, but now a new district attorney wants him to start over in a foster home. (381 pp.)
Y Connor
DraperOut of My Mind
Considered by many to be developmentally delayed, a brilliant girl with cerebral palsy discovers a device that will allow her to speak for the first time. (295 pp.)
Y Draper
GantosJoey Pigza Swallowed the Key
When Joey's ADHD meds wear off, he has trouble paying attention and controlling his mood swings. Can a new school help him? (153 pp.)
Y Gantos
HuntFish in a Tree
Ally's greatest fear is that everyone will think she is stupid because she still doesn't know how to read. (276 pp.)
Y Hunt
KadohataThe Thing About Luck
When an emergency takes Summer's parents to Japan, she is left behind to care for her little brother. (269 pp.)
Y Kadohata
KellyBlackbird Fly
Bullied at school for being the only Filipino American, Apple decides to change her life by learning how to play the guitar. (296 pp.)
Y Kelly
KnowlesSee You at Harry's
When tragedy strikes, the fragile bond holding Fern's family together is stretched almost to the breaking point. (310 pp.)
Y Knowles
PlaThe Someday Birds
Charlie, who has autism and OCD, must endure a cross-country trip to visit his father, who has suffered a brain injury in Afghanistan. (317 pp.)
Y Pla
A boy's dream of being the fastest runner on the track team is challenged by his tragic past. (181 pp.)
Y Ghost
ShethBoys Without Names
When his family leaves its rural Indian village for a new life in Mumbai, Gopal's father goes missing and Gopal ends up locked in a sweatshop. (316 pp.)
Y Sheth
TerryForget Me Not
Worried about her Tourette syndrome and the embarrassment it can cause as she starts at a new school, Calliope finds a friend in Jinsong. (330 pp.)
Y Terry
VenkatramanA Time to Dance
A gifted dancer refuses to give up after losing a leg in an accident. (307 pp.)
Y Venkatraman

Last Updated: 12/17


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