Alcott, Louisa May  Little Women

Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young ladies in nineteenth-century New England.

Cohn, Rachel  Two Steps Forward

Fourteen-year-old Annabel's extended family gathers in Los Angeles for several weeks over the summer where she must contend with step- and half- sisters and brothers and her own mother's failing second marriage.  Also check out The Steps.

Creech, Sharon  Heartbeat

Twelve-year-old Annie ponders the many rhythms of life the year that her mother becomes pregnant, her grandfather begins faltering, and her best friend (and running partner) becomes distant.

Dowell, Frances O'Roark  The Secret Language of Girls

Marylin and Kate have been friends since nursery school, but when Marylin becomes a middle school cheerleader and Kate begins to develop other interests, their relationship is put to the test.

Freeman, Martha  The Year My Parents Ruined My Life

Twelve-year-old Kate has her entire world turned upside-down when she has to move from California to snowy Pennsylvania, where she tries to adjust to a new climate, a new school, and new friends.

Griffin, Adele  Vampire Island

Siblings Maddy, Lexie, and Hudson Livingstone, who are vampire-fruit bat hybrids, struggle to adjust to living as humans in New York City while maintaining their individual vampire strengths.

Gownley, Jimmy  Amelia Rules

Han, Jenny  Shug

Annemarie Wilcox, or Shug, is beginning to think there's nothing worse than being twelve.  And now she has to start junior high, where the friends she counts most dear aren't acting so dear anymore.  All Shug wants is for things to be like they used to be.

Henkes, Kevin  Olive’s Ocean

On a summer visit to her grandmother's cottage by the ocean, twelve-year-old Martha gains perspective on the death of a classmate, on her relationship with her grandmother, on her feelings for an older boy, and on her plans to be a writer.

Jocelyn, Marthe  Mable Riley: a Reliable Record of Humdrum, Peril, and Romance

In 1901, fourteen-year-old Mable Riley dreams of being a writer and having adventures while stuck in Perth County, Ontario, assisting her sister in teaching school and secretly becoming friends with a neighbor who holds scandalous opinions on women's rights.

Levine, Gail Carson  Ella Enchanted

In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

Levine, Gail Carson  Fairest

In a land where beauty and singing are valued above all else, Aza eventually comes to reconcile her unconventional appearance and her magical voice, and learns to accept herself for who she truly is.

Lord, Cynthia  Rules

Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic.

Margolis, Leslie  Boys are Dogs

When her mother gets a new boyfriend, sixth-grader Annabelle gets to cope with a new town, a new school, and a new puppy and, while training her puppy, she decides to apply some of the same techniques to tame the unruly boys that are making her middle-school life miserable.  Also check out Girls Acting Catty.

Montgomery, L.M.  Anne of Green Gables

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

Morris, Taylor  Class Favorite

Sara must deal with a lot of issues, including everybody finding out that she got her period after her mom sends her flowers, her crush having no idea who she is, and her dad leaving home, so Sara decides to become popular to make her life easier.

Myracle, Lauren  Eleven (Winnie Series)

The year between turning eleven and turning twelve bring many changes for Winnie and her friends.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds  The Agony of Alice (The Alice Series)

Eleven-year-old, motherless Alice decides she needs a gorgeous role model who does everything right; and when placed in homely Mrs. Plotkins's class she is greatly disappointed until she discovers it's what people are inside that counts.

O'Dell, Kathleen  Agnes Parker... Girl in Progress (Agnes Parker Books)

As she starts in the sixth grade, Agnes faces challenges with her old best friend, a longtime bully, a wonderful new classmate and neighbor, and herself.

Spinelli, Eileen  Summerhouse Time

The approach of summerhouse time at the beach brings back good memories of this annual tradition, of aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents cleaning, laughing, eating, playing, and relaxing.

Tarshis, Lauren  Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love

Seventh-grader Emma-Jean Lazarus uses her logical, scientific mind to navigate the mysteries of the upcoming Spring Fling, her friend Colleen's secret admirer, and other love-related dilemmas.  Also check out Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell out of a Tree.

Vega, Denise  Click Here: (to find out how I survived seventh grade)

Seventh-grader Erin Swift writes about her friends and classmates in her private blog, but when it accidentally gets posted on the school Intranet site, she learns some important lessons about friendship.  Also check out Access Denied: (and other eigth grade error messages).


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