The Truth about Truman School by Dori Butler
Tired of being told what to write by the school newspaper's advisor, Zibby and her friend Amr start an underground newspaper online where everyone is free to post anything. Things spiral out of control when a cyberbully starts using the site to harass one popular girl. 170 pgs.
Everything I Was by Corinne Demas
After her father loses his job as an investment banker and moves her and her mother to his father’s farmhouse upstate, thirteen-year-old Irene helps in her grandfather's plant nursery, makes new friends, and begins to learn what she really wants and needs. 209 pgs.
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording, and she’s the smartest kid in her whole school—but no one knows it. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows. She can’t, though, because Melody can’t talk. She can’t walk. She can’t write. Melody has cerebral palsy. Most people, her teachers and doctors included, don’t think she’s capable of learning. 295 pgs.
Born Too Short: The Confessions of an Eighth –Grade Basket Case
by Dan Elish
Thirteen-year-old Matt is so envious of his best friend Keith that he wishes things would go badly for him. When Keith's fortune changes while at the same time Matt finds his first true girlfriend, Matt is overcome with guilt. 152 pgs.
The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake
Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about how to love who she is and what she looks like. 171 pgs.
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
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Joey Pigza is a nice kid who happens to get into a lot trouble, from sticking his finger in the pencil sharpener and swallowing his house key, to running with scissors. Despite his best intentions, he can't concentrate or hold still and it seems that he can never resist an impulse. 153 pgs.
Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
Sixteen-year-old Bernardo, who is eight feet tall and suffers from a condition called Gigantism, leaves the Philippines to live with his mother's family in London. His thirteen-year-old half- sister Andi, who is a passionate basketball player, has mixed feeling about Bernardo. 295 pgs.
Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff
After her brother Jared dies, ten-year-old Annie worries about the hidden dangers of everything, from bug bites to bicycle riding. When she is befriended by a new neighbor who is grieving her own loss, Annie begins to heal. 235 pgs.
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
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Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site. 292 pgs.
Do Not Pass Go by Kirkpatrick Hill
When Deet's father is jailed for using drugs, Deet learns that prison is not what he expected. 229 pgs.
The Misfits by James Howe
Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all students who have ever been called names. 274 pgs.
Stranger in Dadland by Amy Goldman Koss
Twelve-year-old John develops a new understanding of his divorced father during an eventful summer visit to California.
Define “Normal” by Julie Anne Peters
When she agrees to meet with Jasmine as a peer counselor at their middle school, Antonia never dreams that this girl with the black lipstick and pierced eyebrow will end up helping her deal with the serious problems she faces at home and become a good friend. 196 pgs.
Bystander by James Preller
Thirteen-year-old Eric discovers that there are consequences to taking a stand against the bully at his new school. Although school officials are aware of the problem, Eric may be the one with a solution. 226 pgs.
Homeroom Exercise by Jana Striegel
When Regan begins to suffer from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, she must face the possibility that her dream of being a professional dancer may never come true. 168 pgs.
It Only Looks Easy by Pamela Curtis Swallow
On the first day of seventh grade when Kat "borrows" a bicycle to go see her dog who was hit the day before by a woman with Alzheimer's disease, she learns about the serious consequences of her actions. 168 pgs.
Click Here: (To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade) by Denise Vega
Seventh-grader Erin Swift writes about her friends and classmates in her private blog, but when it accidentally gets posted on the school Intranet site, she learns some important lessons about friendship. 211 pgs.