A relationship can be between classmates, people in your neighborhood, you and your pet - it's all about how you relate (get it?) to others and the world around you. No romance or mystery here, just hanging out and enjoying!
Grades 6 & 7
The Penderwicks by Jeanne BirdsallWhile vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four young sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother. First book in the series
Camp Famous by Jennifer BlecherEleven-year-old Abby Herman is beyond excited that her parents are letting her go to summer camp for the first time ever. Maybe camp will be the place she'll finally find what she's always wanted: a best friend. But--surprise!--she's not going to just any summer camp, she's going to Camp Famous, the one exclusively for famous kids escaping the spotlight. Desperate to fit in with the pop stars, princesses, and geniuses, Abby creates a fake identity as a famous author.
Frankie and Bug by Gayle FormanIn the summer of 1987 in Venice, California, ten-year-old Bug and her new friend Frankie learn important lessons about life, family, being your true self, and how to navigate in a world that is not always just or fair.
Real Friends by Shannon Hale; LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the leader of a circle of friends called The Group. Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen's #1, and some girls would do anything to stay on top . . . even if it means bullying others. Now every day is like a roller coaster for Shannon. Will she and Adrienne stay friends? Can she stand up for herself? And is she in The Group or out?
The Many Meanings of Meilan by Andrea WangA family feud before the start of seventh grade propels Meilan from Boston's Chinatown to rural Ohio, where she must tap into her inner strength and sense of justice to make a new place for herself
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth AcevedoCamino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people... In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal's office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash. Separated by distance--and Papi's secrets--the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.
Kate in Waiting by Becky AlbertalliContrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. Carpooling to and from theater rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient. Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgment. Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway. But when Kate and Andy's latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off-script.
Himawari House by Harmony BeckerA young adult graphic novel about three foreign exchange students and the pleasures, and difficulties, of adjusting to living in Japan
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny HanBelly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad.
Tokyo Ever After by Emiko JeanAfter learning that her father is the Crown Prince of Japan, Izumi travels to Tokyo, where she discovers that Japanese imperial life--complete with designer clothes, court intrigue, paparazzi scandals, and a forbidden romance with her handsome but stoic bodyguard--is a tough fit for the outspoken and irreverant eighteen-year-old from northern California.
Homeland Elegies by Ayad AkhtarA deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home.
Blush by Jamie BrennerFor decades, the vineyards and manor house of the Hollander Estates winery were Long Island's premier destination. Now the Hollander family fortunes have suffered, and as matriarch Vivian prepares for the arrival of her daughter Leah and granddaughter Sadie, she fears it might be their last reunion at the winery.
Secret Keeper of Jaipur by Alka JoshiBack in the Pink City where he was once a wily street urchin, Malik, assigned to help Samir Singh's feckless son Ravi build the new public cinema, finds his livelihood, reputation and the people he loves most threatened after Ravi implicates him in a ruthless scandal.
Tonight We Rule the World by Zack SmedleyIn the beginning, Owen's story was blank... then he was befriended by Lily, the aspiring author who helped him find his voice. Together, the two have spent years navigating first love and amassing an inseparable friend group. But all of it is upended one day when his school's administration learns Owen's secret
Dial a for Aunties by Jesse Q. SutantoWhat happens when you mix 1 (accidental) murder with 2 thousand wedding guests, and then toss in a possible curse on 3 generations of an immigrant Chinese-IndonesiaN family? You get 4 meddling Asian aunties coming to the rescue!