The Next Great Paulie Fink

By Ali Benjamin

Plot: “When Caitlyn Breen enters the tiny Mitchell School in rural Mitchell, Vermont, she is a complete outsider: the seventh grade has just ten other kids, and they’ve known each other since kindergarten. Her classmates are in for a shock of their own: Paulie Fink–the class clown, oddball, troublemaker, and evil genius–is gone this year. As stories of Paulie’s hijinks unfold, his legend builds, until they realize there’s only one way to fill the Paulie-sized hole in their class. They’ll find their next great Paulie Fink through a reality-show style competition, to be judged by the only objective person around: Caitlyn, who never even met Paulie Fink. Who was this kid, anyway–prankster, performance artist, philosopher, or fool? Caitlyn’s quest to understand Paulie is about to teach her more about herself than she ever imagined.” -Publisher Continue reading “The Next Great Paulie Fink”

Best Babysitters Ever

Book One

By Caroline Cala

Plot: You’ve probably heard of “The Babysitters club,” the adventures of four girls from the nineties who “answer a corded telephone, eat various things wrapped in plastic, and minded children for money.” Now it’s Malia’s turn to steal Kristy’s Great Idea and start her own babysitters club. Of course, babysitting and modern business are much harder than Malia and her friends originally thought, especially when Malia’s older and more demonic sister finds out how lucrative a business babysitting really is. Continue reading “Best Babysitters Ever”

Watch Us Rise

By Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan

Plot: Young writers Jasmine and Chelsea have had enough. They are done with the way girls and women are being treated across the world, even at their “progressive” school. They decide that their voices matter, and start the Write Like a Girl club and blog. Their poems and writing catch the attention and gratitude of hundreds of people, until their male principal decides that the girls are being a little too disruptive… Continue reading “Watch Us Rise”

I am Princess X

By Cherie Priest

Plot: Many years ago, Libby and May work together to create a comic masterpiece about Princess X, the ninja princess who lives in a haunted house. A couple years later, Libby dies in a car crash… or does she? A long time after her best friend dies, May glimpses a sticker with Princess X’s familiar face on it. How is that possible? Soon, May has to team up with a new friend to find out if Libby is still alive and how to help her. Continue reading “I am Princess X”

Challenger Deep

By Neal Shusterman

Plot: Caden Bosch is a 15 year old kid who is slowly descending deeper into mental illness. He has lost his grip on reality, in two places at once. Sometimes he is visiting a pirate ship heading to the deepest part of the ocean, and sometimes he is participating in the real world. Will he ever recover? Continue reading “Challenger Deep”

Pippa Park Raises Her Game

By Erin Yun

Plot: Pippa Park is a Korean American living a normal life. One day, she receives word that she had a chance to attend a prestigious private school on a basketball scholarship! She jumps at the chance to make new friends and ends ends up as one of the most popular girls at her new school. Unfortunately, her rich new friends don’t know who she truly is. Things start spiraling out of control when she attempts to hide the truth. Will she survive her new identity? Continue reading “Pippa Park Raises Her Game”

Parked

By Danielle Svetcov

Plot: Jeanne Ann has lived a hard life, but this time she is sure she has sunk to her lowest. After her single mom quits her job, the little family heads to San Francisco for a new beginning. Unfortunately, the city doesn’t turn out to be everything Jeanne Ann and her mom had hoped for. Luckily, Jeanne Ann meets a new friend who is willing to help them through poverty even if Jeanne Ann won’t accept his help. Continue reading “Parked”

Dry

By Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

Plot: In California, the drought situation had been escalating for a while. One day, the water completely runs out. Almost immediately, Alyssa’s state becomes a war zone, where people would do horrible things just for a drop of water. This book looks into human nature and what happens when a life-giving resource runs out. Continue reading “Dry”

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

By Leslie Connor

Plot: Eleven-year-old Perry was born and raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska. His mom is a resident on Cell Block C, and so far Warden Daugherty has made it possible for them to be together. That is, until a new district attorney discovers the truth—and Perry is removed from the facility and forced into a foster home. Continue reading “All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook”

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

By Stacy McAnulty

Plot: When Lucy Callahan is struck by lightning, she receives the ability to calculate complicated math problems in her head, lightning fast. Lucy is so smart, she had the chance to go to college at twelve years old! Unfortunately, her grandmother decides to put her through the ultimate trial first: middle school. Continue reading “The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl”