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Get Ready for Middle School

The transition to middle school can be hard on students. Friends, classes, clubs, and even where you hang out in the library can change! Teen Librarians Renata and Anna have put together a list of book and resources that may help make this tough transition a little smoother. 

Additionally, we welcome teens and their parents - especially sixth graders or students new to Andover - to attend our Teen Room Open House on Wednesday, September 20th from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Stop by to see what our program for students in grades 6 - 12 is all about and meet your librarians.


	Awkward
Awkward
by Svetlana Chmakova

After shunning Jaime, the school nerd, on her first day at a new middle school, Penelope Torres tries to blend in with her new friends in the art club, until the art club goes to war with the science club, of which Jaime is a member

	Booked
Booked
by Kwame Alexander

A follow-up to the Newbery Medal-winning The Crossover finds 12-year-old soccer aficionado Nick discovering the power of words while wrestling with problems at home, standing up to a bully and trying to impress the girl of his dreams. Simultaneous eBook. 75,000 first printing.

	Ask my mood ring how I feel
Ask my mood ring how I feel
by Diana López

Learning that her beloved mother has breast cancer, 13-year-old Erica "Chia" Montenegro makes a promise to God that she will raise money for breast cancer awareness, an effort that leads to a discovery that when friends and family work together, miracles can happen.

	Ghost
Ghost
by Jason Reynolds

"Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential"

	Fish in a tree
Fish in a tree
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Hiding the truth about her inability to read from a highly motivated new teacher, Ally eventually discovers that her dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of and gains new confidence as she finds alternative ways to learn. By the award-winning author of One for the Murphys. Simultaneous eBook.

	Wonder
Wonder
by R. J. Palacio

Born with a facial deformity that initially prevented his attendance at public school, Auggie Pullman enters the fifth grade at Beecher Prep and struggles with the dynamics of being both new and different, in a sparsely written tale about acceptance and self-esteem.

	Schooled
Schooled
by Gordon Korman

After his hippie grandmother ends up in the hospital, Cap Anderson is forced to leave the commune where he is homeschooled and attend Claverage Middle School, where his odd looks and behavior make him the target of bullies. Reprint.

	Amelia's sixth-grade notebook
Amelia's sixth-grade notebook
by Marissa Moss

Although everything was going super well during the first half of her first day of sixth grade, things took a turn for the worst when young Amelia attended her afternoon class and came face-to-face with Mr. Lambaste--the meanest teacher she ever met!

	Girls' life ultimate guide to surviving middle school
Girls' life ultimate guide to surviving middle school
by Lauren Brown

Counsels 'tween girls entering middle school on how to prepare for typical challenges from managing friendships and networking with teachers to interacting with upper classmen and handling relationships with the opposite sex. Original.

	Surviving middle school : navigating the halls, riding the social roller coaster, and unmasking the real you
Surviving middle school : navigating the halls, riding the social roller coaster, and unmasking the real you
by Luke Reynolds

A veteran teacher humorously and compassionately counsels kids on how to survive and thrive in middle school, outlining helpful life lessons about how to find their footing and rise to challenges that may be complicated by peers and home-life issues. By the author of The Looney Experiment. Simultaneous and eBook.

	Popular a memoir : Vintage wisdom for a modern geek
Popular a memoir : Vintage wisdom for a modern geek
by Maya van Wagenen

Documents a high school student's year-long attempt to change her social status from that of a misfit to a member of the "in" crowd by following advice in a 1950s popularity guide, an experiment that triggered embarrassment, humor and unexpected surprises. A first book.

	Asperger's rules! : how to make sense of school and friends
Asperger's rules! : how to make sense of school and friends
by Blythe N. Grossberg

Offers guidance to young people with Asperger's syndrome by explaining how to understand and communicate with their peers and teachers, standing up for and taking care of themselves, setting realistic goals, and making friends

	It's complicated : the social lives of networked teens
It's complicated : the social lives of networked teens
by danah boyd

Surveys the online social habits of American teens and analyzes the role technology and social media plays in their lives, examining common misconceptions about such topics as identity, privacy, danger, and bullying

	Middle school makeover : improving the way you and your child experience the middle school years
Middle school makeover : improving the way you and your child experience the middle school years
by Michelle Icard

"Middle School Makeover is a guide for parents and educators to help tweens navigate their middle school years"

	Planet middle school : helping your child through the peer pressure, awkward moments & emotional drama
Planet middle school : helping your child through the peer pressure, awkward moments & emotional drama
by Kevin Leman

Presents advice for parents of middle school students, discussing how they can best help their children overcome pressures to conform, develop a positive self image, express gratitude, and plan their future

	The gift of failure : how the best parents learn to let go so their children can succeed
The gift of failure : how the best parents learn to let go so their children can succeed
by Jessica Lahey

A full-length guide based on the author's provocative essay on the website of The Atlantic counsels parents of school-aged children on how to overcome tendencies toward over-protectiveness to allow children to develop independence. 75,000 first printing.