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Required and suggested reading ideas for Middle School students. Includes REQUIRED summer reading RITBA nominees MS Smith's top picks... and more
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Do You Believe in Magic?

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In a Glass Grimmly - Adam Gidwitz; Hugh D'Andrade (Illustrator)
Call Number: 940.421 Mur
ISBN: 0525425810
Publication Date: 2012-09-27
Frog joins cousins Jack and Jill in leaving their own stories to seek a magic mirror, encountering such creatures as giants, mermaids, and goblins along the way. Based in part on fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen.

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Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor
ISBN: 0670011967
Publication Date: 2011-04-14
Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer

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The False Prince - Jennifer A. Nielsen
Call Number: YA Nielsen
ISBN: 0545284139
Publication Date: 2012-04-01
In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war

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Seraphina - Rachel Hartman
Call Number: YA Hartman
ISBN: 0375866566
Publication Date: 2012-07-10
Combines text with vintage photographs, advertisements, cartoons, and songs to examine how women have used bicycles throughout history to improve their lives

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The Wells Bequest - Polly Shulman
Call Number: YA Shulman
ISBN: 0399256466
Publication Date: 2013-06-13
Two teenagers use H.G. Wells's famous time machine to race through time and stop a dangerous enemy

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The Rithmatist - Brandon Sanderson
Call Number: YA Sanderson
ISBN: 0765320320
Publication Date: 2013-05-14
As Wild Chalklings threaten the American Isles and Rithmatists are humanity's only defense, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice.


Book Choices 13-14


Reality Check

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Bomb - Steve Sheinkin
Call Number: 623.451 She
ISBN: 1596434872
Publication Date: 2012-09-04
Examines the history of the atomic bomb, discussing the discovery of the behavior of uranium when placed next to radioactive material, the race to build a bomb, and the impact of the weapon on societies around the world

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Three Times Lucky - YA Turnage
Call Number: YA Park
ISBN: 0803736703
Publication Date: 2012-05-10
Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder..

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Salt - Helen Frost
Call Number: YA Frost
ISBN: 0374363870
Publication Date: 2013-07-23
Twelve-year-olds Anikwa, of the Miami village of Kekionga, and James, of the trading post outside Fort Wayne, find their friendship threatened by the rising fear and tension brought by the War of 1812

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Warp Speed - Lisa Yee
Call Number: YA Yee
ISBN: 0545122767
Publication Date: 2011-03-01
Marley Sandelski has always felt invisible at school when he is not facing bullies, but a series of unexpected events gives him a taste of popularity and insights into some classmates who are well-liked or greatly-feared

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I Represent Sean Rosen - Jeff Baron
Call Number: YA Baron
ISBN: 0062187473
Publication Date: 2013
Sean Rosen knows what he wants. A ten-million-dollar deal with a big Hollywood studio. The only problem is, he's a kid. And he's busy with school. And he lives far from Los Angeles or New York City. But Sean does have a laptop and a phone, and he's smart. He's about to have the ride of a lifetime as he discovers the ins and outs--and dos and don'ts--of becoming one of the youngest movie moguls the world's ever known

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Doll Bones - Holly Black; Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator)
Call Number: YA Black
ISBN: 1416963987
Publication Date: 2013-05-07
Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl

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The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet - Erin Dionne
Call Number: YA Dionne
ISBN: 0142417483
Publication Date: 2011-01-06
Hamlet's attempts to be a "normal" eighth grader become increasingly difficult when her genius seven-year-old sister and her eccentric Shakespeare scholar parents both begin to attend her school

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Brotherhood - Anne Westrick
Call Number: YA Westrick
ISBN: 0670014397
Publication Date: 2013-09-12
"The year is 1867, and the South has lost the Civil War. Those on the lowest rungs, like Shad's family, fear that the freed slaves will take the few jobs available. In this climate of despair and fear, a group has formed. Today we know it as the KKK"

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The Weight of Water - Sarah Crossan
Call Number: YA Crosson
ISBN: 1599909677
Publication Date: 2013-07-23
Twelve-year-old Kasienka and her mother have immigrated to Coventry, England from Poland, searching for Kasienka's father, but everyone is unfriendly except for an African neighbor and a boy Kasienka meets at the swimming pool, which is her only refuge from an alien society

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