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Star Striker

Bill Yu (author) Renato Siragusa (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781532133046

Katie Flanagan was a star striker on her old school's soccer team. But at Peabody, there is no girls' soccer team. The school district allows Katie to try out for the boys' team. Having a girl play on the boys' team causes some conflict. Can Katie overcome these barriers? Includes discussion prompts, a soccer quiz, and fun facts about soccer. Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards. Graphic Planet is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO.

Looking Good

Felicia Law (author) Rupert van Wyk (illustrator)

Publisher: BrambleKids Ltd ISBN: 9781913688714

Growing up offers young people guidance on the factual, emotional and problematic aspects of puberty. They are encouraged to keep their bodies fit, to adopt good eating habits and to take care of their appearance. They also learn more about the physical and emotional changes that occur at this time.

Keep it Fresh

Felicia Law (author) Rupert van Wyk (illustrator)

Publisher: BrambleKids Ltd ISBN: 9781911625728

Growing up offers young people guidance on the factual, emotional and problematic aspects of puberty. They are encouraged to keep their bodies fit, to adopt good eating habits and to take care of their appearance. They also learn more about the physical and emotional changes that occur at this time.

Making Choices

Felicia Law (author)Rupert van Wyk (illustrator)

Publisher: BrambleKids Ltd ISBN: 9781913688691

Growing up offers young people guidance on the factual, emotional and problematic aspects of puberty. They are encouraged to keep their bodies fit, to adopt good eating habits and to take care of their appearance. They also learn more about the physical and emotional changes that occur at this time.

The King of Jam Sandwiches

Eric Walters (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459825574

Thirteen-year-old Robbie leads a double life. It's just Robbie and his dad, but no one knows that his dad isn't like most parents. Sometimes he wakes Robbie up in the middle of the night to talk about dying. Sometimes he just leaves without telling Robbie where he’s going. Once when Robbie was younger, he was gone for more than a week. Robbie was terrified of being left alone but even more scared of telling anyone in case he was put into foster care. No one can know. Until one day when Robbie has to show the tough new girl, Harmony, around school. Their first meeting ends horribly and she punches Robbie in the face. But eventually they come to realize that they have a lot more in common than they thought. Can Robbie's new friend be trusted to keep his secret?

Dictionary for a Better World

Irene Latham, Charles Waters (authors) Mehrdokht Amini (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541578937

How can we make the world a better place? This inspiring resource for middle-grade readers is organized as a dictionary - each entry presents a word related to creating a better world, such as ally, empathy, or respect. For each word, there is a poem, a quote from an inspiring person, a personal anecdote from the authors, and a "try it" prompt for an activity.

Pop Flies, Robo-Pets, and Other Disasters

Suzanne Kamata (author)Tracy Nishimura Bishop (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781947159389

Thirteen-year-old Satoshi Matsumoto spent the last three years living in Atlanta where he was the star of his middle-school baseball team—a slugger with pro potential, according to his coach. Now that his father's work in the US has come to an end, he's moved back to his hometown in rural Japan. Living abroad has changed him, and now his old friends in Japan are suspicious of his new foreign ways. Even worse, his childhood foe Shintaro, whose dad has ties to gangsters, is in his homeroom. After he joins his new school's baseball team, Satoshi has a chance to be a hero until he makes a major-league error.

Fly Back, Agnes

Elizabeth Atkinson (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541582217

A heartfelt story that sensitively tackles the everyday inner turmoil of growing up and staying true to oneself. Twelve-year-old Agnes hates everything about her life: her name, her parents' divorce, her best friend's abandonment, her changing body . . . . So while staying with her dad over the summer, she decides to become someone else. She tells people she meets that her name is Chloe, she's fourteen, her parents are married, and she's a dancer and actor—just the life she wants. But Agnes's fibs quickly stack up and start to complicate her new friendships, especially with Fin, whose mysterious relative runs a local raptor rehab center that fascinates Agnes. The birds, given time and care, heal and fly back home. Agnes, too, wants to get back to wherever she truly belongs. But first she must come to see the good in her real life, however flawed and messy it is, and be honest with her friends, her family, and herself.

Red Menace

Lois Ruby (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541582224

A suspenseful and heartfelt story about an era whose uncertainties, controversies, and dangers will seem anything but distant to contemporary readers. If thirteen-year-old Marty Rafner had his way, he'd spend the summer of 1953 warming the bench for his baseball team, listening to Yankees games on the radio, and avoiding preparations for his bar mitzvah. Instead, he has to deal with FBI agents staking out his house because his parents—professors at the local college—are suspected communist sympathizers. Marty knows what happens to communists, or Reds, as his friends call them: They lose their jobs, get deported...or worse. Two people he's actually met, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, have been convicted of being communist spies, and they're slated to be executed in two months. Marty just wants everything to go back to normal, but that's impossible thanks to the rumors that his parents are traitors. As his friends and teammates turn on him and federal agents track his every move, Marty isn't sure what to believe. Is his family really part of a Red Menace working against the United States? And even if they're simply patriotic Americans who refuse to be bullied by the government, what will it cost them?

Silent Journey

Carl Watson (author) Andrew Bosley (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781947159327

Scott Schroeder dreams of a day when he and his father can have a home of their own. Following an accident that took his mother's life eight years before, doctors discovered Scott was suddenly deaf. Blessed with being an accomplished gymnast and skilled at signing and reading lips, Scott's biggest challenge is convincing others he is able to do all the same things as those in the hearing world. Picking up on conversations he observes along the way, Scott figures out a big family secret concerning his father and uncle and makes his mind up to play a part in their reconciliation.

RU in Control?

Aimee Jackson (author) Charlie Alder (illustrator)

Publisher: BrambleKids Ltd ISBN: 9781909711457

Some people seem to sail from childhood to adulthood calmly and confidently. Most people don’t! So many things are happening. The body is changing, view on life is shifting, there is increasing responsibility and a lot of pressure. Perhaps social media doesn’t help! These guides highlight the difficulties many young people experience – and explore ways to cope with them.

RU Happy?

Josephine Herrlinger (author) Charlie Alder (illustrator)

Publisher: BrambleKids Ltd ISBN: 9781909711440

Some people seem to sail from childhood to adulthood calmly and confidently. Most people don’t! So many things are happening. The body is changing, view on life is shifting, there is increasing responsibility and a lot of pressure. Perhaps social media doesn’t help! These guides highlight the difficulties many young people experience – and explore ways to cope with them.

Finding and Keeping a Job

M.G. Higgins (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781630785819

Newcomers will build practical life skills that are expected of all American teens with this flipbook - the nonfiction side includes a glossary of key terms used in the text and topical conversation questions that help students practice English language skills, while the fiction side helps put it all into context. Great ELL resource.

Tolerance

Veronica B. Wilkins (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781645273943

In this book, readers will learn what tolerance is, why it is important, how to use mindfulness to better practice empathy and acceptance, and how to encourage it in others. Social and emotional learning (SEL) concepts support growth mindset throughout, while Grow with Goals and Writing Reflection activities further reinforce the content. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn more about tolerance and acceptance. Also includes sidebars, a table of contents, glossary, index, and tips for educators and caregivers.

Respect

Amber Bullis, MLIS (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781645273912

In this book, readers will learn what respect is, how and why to show it, how to use mindfulness to better practice respect, and how to encourage it in others. Social and emotional learning (SEL) concepts support growth mindset throughout, while Grow with Goals and Writing Reflection activities further reinforce the content. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn more about showing respect. Also includes sidebars, a table of contents, glossary, index, and tips for educators and caregivers.

Listening

Mari Shuh (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781645273820

In this book, readers will learn the difference between hearing and listening, ways to actively listen, how to use mindfulness to better practice their listening skills, and how to encourage it in others. Social and emotional learning (SEL) concepts support growth mindset throughout, while Grow with Goals and Writing Reflection activities further reinforce the content. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn more about listening. Also includes sidebars, a table of contents, glossary, index, and tips for educators and caregivers.

Patience

Mari Shuh (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781645273851

In this book, readers will learn about patience, ways to actively practice it, and how to encourage it in others. Social and emotional learning (SEL) concepts support growth mindset throughout, while Grow with Goals and Writing Reflection activities further reinforce the content. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn more about practicing patience. Also includes sidebars, a table of contents, glossary, index, and tips for educators and caregivers.

Perseverance

Mari Shuh (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781645273882

In this book, readers will learn what perseverance and grit is, ways to practice it, and how to build confidence in themselves and others every day. Social and emotional learning (SEL) concepts support growth mindset throughout, while Grow with Goals and Writing Reflection activities further reinforce the content. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn more about grit and perseverance. Also includes sidebars, a table of contents, glossary, index, and tips for educators and caregivers.

I Feel Loved

Stephanie Finne (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781645274063

In this book, readers will learn about love, how and why they feel it, how to best respond to it, and how to communicate these feelings. Social and emotional learning (SEL) concepts support growth mindset throughout, while Try This! and Grow with Goals activities at the end of the book further reinforce the content. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn more about states of mind and emotions. Also includes sidebars, a table of contents, glossary, index, and tips for educators and caregivers.

I Feel Confident

Stephanie Finne (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781645274032

In this book, readers will learn about confidence in themselves and others, how and why they feel it, how to best respond to it, and how to communicate these feelings. Social and emotional learning (SEL) concepts support growth mindset throughout, while Try This! and Grow with Goals activities at the end of the book further reinforce the content. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn more about states of mind and emotions. Also includes sidebars, a table of contents, glossary, index, and tips for educators and caregivers.

I Feel Anxious

Abby Cooper (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781645273974

In this book, readers will learn about anxiety in themselves and others, how and why they feel it, how to best respond to it, and how to communicate these feelings. Social and emotional learning (SEL) concepts support growth mindset throughout, while Try This! and Grow with Goals activities at the end of the book further reinforce the content. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn more about states of mind and emotions. Also includes sidebars, a table of contents, glossary, index, and tips for educators and caregivers.

I Feel Bored

Stephanie Finne (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781645274001

In this book, readers will learn about boredom in themselves and others, why they feel it, how to best respond to it, and how to communicate about these feelings. Social and emotional learning (SEL) concepts support growth mindset throughout, while Try This! and Grow with Goals activities at the end of the book further reinforce the content. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn more about states of mind and emotions. Also includes sidebars, a table of contents, glossary, index, and tips for educators and caregivers.

Facing Death

Stephanie Finne (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781645274124

In this book, readers will learn about healthy ways to cope with the death of a loved one, the different stages of grieving, and ways to help others who are experiencing loss. Social and emotional learning (SEL) concepts support growth mindset throughout, while Grow with Goals and Try This! activities further reinforce the content. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn more about coping with the death of a loved one. Also includes sidebars, a table of contents, glossary, index, and tips for educators and caregivers.

Facing Divorce

Stephanie Finne (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781645274155

In this book, readers will learn about divorce, what it can mean for families, and how to cope with it, communicate about it, and work to understand it. Social and emotional learning (SEL) concepts support growth mindset throughout, while Grow with Goals and Try This! activities further reinforce the content. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn more about coping with divorce and new daily routines. Also includes sidebars, a table of contents, glossary, index, and tips for educators and caregivers.

Empathy

Amber Bullis, MLIS (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781645273790

In this book, readers will learn what empathy is, how and why to show it, how to use mindfulness to better practice empathy, and how to encourage it in others. Social and emotional learning (SEL) concepts support growth mindset throughout, while Grow with Goals and Writing Reflection activities further reinforce the content. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn more about showing empathy. Also includes sidebars, a table of contents, glossary, index, and tips for educators and caregivers.