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Jake the Fake Keeps It Real: Jake the Fake, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Funny take on fitting in and self-discovery at art school.
By Craig Robinson, Adam Mansbach
(2017)
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Well, That Was Awkward Book Poster Image
age 11+
Friendships tested in clever tween-texting romcom.
By Rachel Vail
(2017)
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A Monster Calls Movie Poster Image
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age 12+
Heartrending adaptation explores the enormity of grief.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Secrets & Sequences: Secret Coders, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Clever puzzles and a new villain enliven this installment.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2017)
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Amina's Voice Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Beautiful tale of Pakistani American middle-schooler.
By Hena Khan
(2017)
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Me and Marvin Gardens Book Poster Image
age 8+
Sensitive boy vs. subdivision, bullies in coming-of-age gem.
By Amy Sarig King
(2017)
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Hello, Universe Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Charming tale of friendship, courage, and self-acceptance.
By Erin Entrada Kelly
(2017)
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Andi Mack TV Poster Image
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age 10+
Heartwarming, diverse coming-of-age story best for tweens.
Network: Disney Channel
(2017)
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Sci-Fi Junior High Book Poster Image
age 8+
Convoluted plot, forced humor keep space story from soaring.
By Scott Seegert
(2017)
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The Someday Birds Book Poster Image
age 10+
Unlikely hero of family adventure delivers hopeful message.
By Sally J. Pla
(2017)
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It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health Book Poster Image
age 12+
Informative, updated, explicit sex ed book.
By Robie H. Harris
(2014)
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Stef Soto, Taco Queen Book Poster Image
age 8+
Warm, funny tale of family, tacos, and middle school.
By Jennifer Torres
(2017)
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Bunsen Is a Beast TV Poster Image
age 7+
Themes of inclusiveness often upstaged by beastly behavior.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2017)
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We Are Chicago Game Poster Image
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age 13+
South Side life sim meant to spark conversations.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2017)
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The Warden's Daughter Book Poster Image
age 9+
Heartbreaking story of motherless girl's grief, healing.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2017)
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Paper Girls, Volume 2 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Action-packed sci-fi about growing up and growing older.
By Brian K. Vaughan
(2016)
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Trying to Float: Coming of Age in the Chelsea Hotel Book Poster Image
age 14+
Funny, moving memoir of eccentric childhood in New York.
By Nicolaia Rips
(2016)
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Finding Perfect Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Hopeful story of likeable tween's struggle with OCD.
By Elly Swartz
(2016)
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Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom: Frazzled, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Girl conquers middle school worries in fun graphic novel.
By Booki Vivat
(2016)
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Cents Movie Poster Image
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age 12+
Well-meaning but sometimes confusing middle school drama.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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