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There are LOADS of new books now available!  Graphic novels, biographies, science fiction, fantasy, you name it!  Below are just some of the titles waiting to be checked out!

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The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett - Tom Angleberger
Call Number: FIC ANG
ISBN: 9781419708589
Publication Date: 2013-08-06
Dark times have fallen on McQuarrie Middle School. Dwight's back--and not a moment too soon, as the gang faces the FunTime Menace: a new educational program designed to raise students' standardized test scores. Instead, it's driving everyone crazy with its obnoxious videos of Professor FunTime and his insidious singing calculator! When Principal Rabbski cancels the students' field trip--along with art, music, and LEGO classes--to make time for FunTime, the students turn to Origami Yoda for help. But some crises are too big for Origami Yoda to handle alone: Form a Rebel Alliance the students must. United, can they defeat the FunTime Menace and cope with a surprise attack from Jabba the Puppett?

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I Am Malala - Malala Yousafzai; Christina Lamb (As told to)
Call Number: B YOU
ISBN: 9780316322409
Publication Date: 2013-10-08
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.

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Dogs of War - Sheila Keenan; Nathan Fox (Illustrator)
Call Number: FIC KEE
ISBN: 9780545128872
Publication Date: 2013-10-29
DOGS OF WAR is a graphic novel that tells the stories of the canine military heroes of World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. This collection of three fictional stories was inspired by historic battles and real military practice. Each story tells the remarkable adventures of a soldier and his service dog and is rendered with fascinating and beautiful detail, bringing to life the faithful dogs who braved bombs, barrages, and battles to save the lives of countless soldiers.

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Zombie Baseball Beatdown - Paolo Bacigalupi
Call Number: FIC BAC
ISBN: 9780316220781
Publication Date: 2013-09-10
The zombie apocalypse begins on the day Rabi, Miguel, and Joe are practicing baseball near their town's local meatpacking plant and nearly get knocked out by a really big stink. Little do they know the plant's toxic cattle feed is turning cows into flesh-craving monsters! The boys decide to launch a stealth investigation into the plant's dangerous practices, unknowingly discovering a greedy corporation's plot to look the other way as tainted meat is sold to thousands all over the country. With no grownups left they can trust, Rabi and his friends will have to grab their bats to protect themselves (and a few of their enemies) if they want to stay alive...and maybe even save the world.

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The Saturday Boy - David Fleming
Call Number: FIC FLE
ISBN: 9780670785513
Publication Date: 2013-06-13
If there's one thing I've learned from comic books, it's that everybody has a weakness—something that can totally ruin their day without fail.

For the wolfman it's a silver bullet.
For Superman it's Kryptonite.
For me it was a letter.

With one letter, my dad was sent back to Afghanistan to fly Apache helicopters for the U.S. army.

Now all I have are his letters. Ninety-one of them to be exact. I keep them in his old plastic lunchbox—the one with the cool black car on it that says Knight Rider underneath. Apart from my comic books, Dad's letters are the only things I read more than once. I know which ones to read when I'm down and need a pick-me-up. I know which ones will make me feel like I can conquer the world. I also know exactly where to go when I forget Mom's birthday. No matter what, each letter always says exactly what I need to hear. But what I want to hear the most is that my dad is coming home.


Summer Reading Suggestions

6th Grade

  • The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  • Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Million Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica
  • Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
  • Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
  • Splendors & Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

7th Grade

  • A Mango-Shaped Space  by Wendy Mass
  • Doll Bones by Holly Black
  • The Graveyard Book  by Neil Gaiman
  • Counting by 7s  by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
  • Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

8th Grade

  • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
  • Bad Boy by Walter Dean Myers
  • Beneath a Meth Moon  by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition by Karen Blumenthal





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