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Going into 6th Grade Lists 2021

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Before the Ever After

Jacqueline Woodson

WINNER OF THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER OF THE CORETTA SCOTT KING AUTHOR AWARD National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson's stirring novel-in-verse explores how a family moves forward when their glory days have passed, and the cost of professi

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When You Know What I Know

Sonja K. Solter

This harrowing, and ultimately hopeful novel in verse sensitively depicts a girl's journey through the aftermath of abuse. One day after school, on the couch in the basement, Tori's uncle did something bad. Afterward, Tori tells her mom. Ev

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Jonesy Flux and the Gray Legion

James Pray

Filled with excitement, danger, and daring, Jonesy Flux and the Gray Legion is a classic space adventure with deliberate retro trappings. Enter Canary Station, in the Noraza system, where many died and only a few were left alive. Jonesy is one of a p

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Becoming Muhammad Ali

James Patterson, Kwame Alexander

From two heavy-hitters in children's literature comes a biographical novel of cultural icon Muhammad Ali, jointly published by Jimmy Patterson Books and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books or Young Readers. Before he was a household name, Cassius Cl

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Super Puzzletastic Mysteries

Chris Grabenstein

Bestselling author Chris Grabenstein and the Mystery Writers of America bring together twenty peerless puzzles—from bestselling authors such as Peter Lerangis, Stuart Gibbs, Lauren Magaziner, Kate Milford, and, of course, Grabenstein himself—in a

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The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as told to his brother)

David Levithan

New York Times bestselling author David Levithan takes young readers on twisting journey through truth, reality, and fantasy and belief. Aidan disappeared for six days. Six agonizing days of searches and police and questions and constant vigils. Then

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Boys in the Back Row

Mike Jung

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 fam

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Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen: The Body under the Piano

Marthe Jocelyn

A smart and charming middle-grade mystery series starring young detective Aggie Morton and her friend Hector, inspired by the imagined life of Agatha Christie as a child and her most popular creation, Hercule Poirot. Aggie Morton lives in a small tow

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Lupe Wong Won't Dance

Donna Barba Higuera

My gym shorts burrow into my butt crack like a frightened groundhog. Don't you want to read a book that starts like that?? Lupe Wong is going to be the first female pitcher in the Major Leagues. She's also championed causes her whole young

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Hide and Seeker

Daka Hermon

One of our most iconic childhood games receives a creepy twist as it becomes the gateway to a nightmare world. Don't let the Seeker find you!Twelve-year-old Zee is back now. He disappeared for a year and nobody knows where he went or what happen

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Dimension Why #1: How to Save the Universe Without Really Trying

John Cusick

A 31st-century boy and a 21st-century girl team up to save the universe, evade an evil race of bog mutants, and make a quick pit stop to visit the moon in Dimension Why. John Cusick’s middle grade debut will transport you to a vast fantasy world fu

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Scritch Scratch

Lindsay Currie

"This is a teeth-chattering, eyes bulging, shuddering-and-shaking, chills-at-the-back-of-your-neck ghost story. I loved it!"—R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series For fans of Small Spaces and the Goosebumps series by R.L Stine comes

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A Home for Goddesses and Dogs

Leslie Connor

A unique masterpiece about loss, love, and the world’s best bad dog, from award winner Leslie Connor, author of the National Book Award finalist The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle. This novel sings about loss and love and finding joy in new friendsh

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Efrén Divided

Ernesto Cisneros

Winner of the Pura Belpré Award! “We need books to break open our hearts, so that we might feel more deeply, so that we might be more human in these unkind times. This is a book doing work of the spirit in a time of darkness.” —Sandra Cisneros

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City of the Plague God

Sarwat Chadda

Thirteen-year-old Sikander Aziz has to team up with the hero Gilgamesh in order to stop Nergal, the ancient god of plagues, from wiping out the population of Manhattan in this adventure based on Mesopotamian mythology.

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Fighting Words

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

*Newbery Honor Book* *Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor* A candid and fierce middle grade novel about sisterhood and sexual abuse, by two-time Newbery Honor winner and #1 New York Times best seller Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, author of The War that Saved M

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Amari and the Night Brothers

B. B. Alston

New York Times bestseller! Artemis Fowl meets Men in Black in this exhilarating debut middle grade fantasy, the first in a series filled with #blackgirlmagic. Perfect for fans of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, the Percy Jackson series, and

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The Girl and the Ghost

Hanna Alkaf

* Chosen as a 2020 Kirkus Prize Finalist for Young Readers' Literature! * A Malaysian folk tale comes to life in this emotionally layered, chilling middle grade debut, perfect for fans of The Book of Boy and The Jumbies. I am a dark spirit, the

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Varian Johnson

Coretta Scott King Honor author Varian Johnson teams up with rising cartoonist Shannon Wright for a delightful middle-grade graphic novel! Maureen and Francine Carter are twins and best friends. They participate in the same clubs, enjoy the same food

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Witches of Brooklyn

Sophie Escabasse

There's a new witch in town! Life in Brooklyn takes a strange turn when Effie discovers MAGIC runs in the family. A middle-grade graphic novel adventure filled with magical hjinks for fans of Phoebe and Her Unicorn and Making Friends. Could ther

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The Weirn Books


In the Night Realm, vampires, shifters, weirns, and other night things passing for human prowl the streets… but they still have to go to school! Ailis and Na'ya are pretty average students (NOT losers), but when a shadow starts looming and a c

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Steve Tomecek

"Fun exploration of all the different rocks on our planet and in the universe"–

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Wild Girl: How to Have Incredible Outdoor Adventures

Helen Skelton

Get outdoors and have amazing real-life adventures with an inspirational guide from adventurer, world-record breaker, and British TV personality Helen Skelton. From kayaking the length of the Amazon to biking to the South Pole and running an ultramar

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Solve This! Forensics

Kate Messner, Anne Ruppert, National Geographic Kids (Firm)

"Science experiments for children that help them learn to solve problems"–

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What Breathes Through Its Butt?

Emily Grossman

A funny and interactive book that explains the surprising science behind everyday kid questions Why is your elbow called your funny bone? How could you escape the grip of a crocodile's jaw? Which animal can breathe through its butt? This book un

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Weird, Wild, Amazing!: Exploring the Incredible World of Animals

Tim Flannery

Are zombie jellyfish real? Do seahorses have stomachs? What’s it like to wrestle a python? Tim Flannery has the answers. Introducing some of the most spectacular and unusual creatures on Earth, from water to sky and the forests and deserts in betwe

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Kids Fight Plastic: How to Be a #2minutesuperhero

Martin Dorey

Kids can become ocean-saving superheroes with these plastic-fighting missions from best-selling author and environmental champion Martin Dorey. Every kid can be a superhero, fighting plastic waste at home, at school, and in their community. This enga

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It's a Numbers Game! Soccer

James Buckley Jr

"Information about soccer and soccer players incorporating math into the game, for children"–

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Breaking the News

Robin Terry Brown

In this timely and relevant title, National Geographic Kids shines a light on the history of news to reveal where we started, how far we've come, and the serious impact that misinterpretation and misinformation can have on the world. Headlines l

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