Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson is the first in a trilogy of mysteries set at a remote boarding school in Vermont. Student Stevie Bell attends the school in hopes that she will solve a murder that happened at the school in the 1930s. The audiobook is available on Hoopla! 

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The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson is the story of Candice, who is spending the summer in her Grandmother’s town. Candice uncovers a mystery about the town that her Grandma had been trying to solve, and with the help of her new friend Brandon, they search through the town’s history and secrets. It’s available on audio on Hoopla or RB digital. 

Middle Grade

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A filmed version of the 1984 Broadway production of “Sunday in the Park with George” is available on Hoopla. This is one of Abbey’s favorite musicals. The show is an exploration of art, love, and commitment. It’s written by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine and stars Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin.

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Echo tells the stories of Fredrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California. Each of these children has an experience with the same harmonica that ties their stories together. This audiobook is a rich listening experience as it has the music mentioned in the book woven into the audio. Available on Hoopla.

Middle Grade; Historical Fiction

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Follow Zuri Benitez as she represents her Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. Her pride will be challenged when the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street. Dariu and Zuri butt heads when it comes to their life views but are forced to find common ground, which eventually turns into an unexpected understanding. Zobi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification in this timely update of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

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New Kid is all about Jordan Banks, an aspiring artist who is going to a new private school for seventh grade where he is one of very few students of color. Jordan finds himself torn between two worlds and not quite fitting into either. Can he navigate his new school culture while staying true to himself? Available on Hoopla.

Teen; Middle Grade; Graphic Novel

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This 2021 Nutmeg Award Nominee is an urgent and heartwarming exploration of what it means to be an immigrant and what it means to be poor in America. Mia Tang’s family navigate their new job of running a motel, from the wonderful regular “weeklies” who live there, to difficult guests and neighbors, to the unkind owner who takes advantage of the Tang’s situation, the Calivista Motel is never without a colorful cast of fully realized characters. Mia continually comes up against obstacles and she finds her voice as a writer by using letters to solve problems for herself and her loved ones. Readers will be inspired to stand up for the underdogs in their own lives.

Middle Grade

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Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco isn’t used to having to split her time between her newly divorced parents, who have made the misguided decision of living two houses down from each other in nearly identical houses. Sweet Pea finds herself helping the neighbor that lives in between the mirror houses, an old woman named Flora who writes the town’s popular advice column. Sweet Pea takes to secretly answering some of the questions Flora is sent for her column, and by dispensing advice discovers the answers to some of her own feelings about her parent’s divorce and the friendship breakups and makeup she has been experiencing in middle school. 

Middle Grade

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Norris is a Black French Canadian teen who moves in the middle of high school to Austin, Texas. To cope with his culture shock he catalogs the people he’s meeting in his signature snarky voice. But if you get to know anyone well enough, they become more than just their label and Norris is surprised at how comfortable he gets in his new environment. Norris is a great character, he has a funny and biting sense of humor that kept her laughing and turning the pages.

Teen; Fiction; Humor

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