Fish in a Tree

Ally can’t read. No one knows this. Afraid to ask for help, she relies on being a troublemaker to take the attention away from her dyslexia. But with the help of a teacher she learns dyslexia isn’t something to be ashamed of, and her confidence grows. After all, great minds don’t always think alike.

10+

The EPIC FAIL of Arturo Zamora

“Save the restaurant. Save the town. Get the girl. Make Abuela proud. Can thirteen-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all or is he in for a BIG, EPIC FAIL?” This funny and relatable story follows Arturo’s quest to save his family and his town.

10+

Wonder

August Pullman was born different. He was born with a facial condition that sets him apart from the rest of his classmates, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to treated like an ordinary kid. Inspiring and heartwarming, this story centers around acceptance, compassion, and the power of empathy.

10+

Maniac Magee

Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee is an orphan. One day  he decides to run--not just run away, but run. This is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins. He becomes known for his amazing and legendary feats, bringing together a town once seperated by race. This book is full of energy, funny moments, and hope.

9+

Dear Mr. Henshaw

“After his parents separate, Leigh Botts moves to a new town with his mother. Struggling to make friends and deal with his anger toward his absent father, Leigh loses himself in a class assignment in which he must write to his favorite author. When Mr. Henshaw responds, the two form an unexpected friendship that will change Leigh’s life forever.” This novel shows how to heal and work through pain in life.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Junior likes drawing cartoons. Though he is part of the Spokane Indian Reservation, he decides to leave to attend an all-white school. At times heartbreaking, this funny and realistic story deals with the process of growing up in two different cultures.  

14+

11+

Beezus and Ramona

Ramona sees the world in a unique way. As she deals with day-to-day school life, she often ends up in crazy situations (making egg yolk shampoo?). No matter what, Ramona's fun, curious spirit shines through. This collection includes three favorites: Beezus and Ramona, Ramona the Pest, Ramona the Brave.

7+

The House on Mango Street

Esperanza Cordero is a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago. Throughout this book, she decides for herself who she is and what she will become. This book is deeply touching and extremely relatable.

13+

The Wednesday Wars

“Meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh-grader who must spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher, Mrs. Baker makes him read the plays of William Shakespeare outside class. His father wants Holling and his sister to be on their best behavior. But how can Holling stay out of trouble when he has so much to deal with? A bully demanding cream puffs; angry rats; and a baseball hero signing autographs the very same night Holling has to appear in a play in yellow tights! ” This entertaining story is set in 1967, but the characters are still relatable today.

10+

Smile

“Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly. This coming-of-age true story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in middle school, and especially those who have ever had a bit of their own dental drama.”

10+

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