Each year we add books from the Sunshine State Young Readers Association (SSYRA) to our collection for middle school students to check out. These are the books that have been recommended by the Florida Association for Media in Education.
|Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone|
At her summer CodeGirls Camp, Allie Navarro invents Click’d, a friend pairing app. Click’d pairsits users with others who have common interests and then sends them a on scavenger hunt tofind their matches. A glitch threatens to reveal private information, and Allie must work fast in theschool computer lab to find a fix. Can Allie fix her app, win back her friends and get it ready forGames for Good?
|A Crack in the Sea by H.M. Bouwman|
A portal between two worlds opens unexpectedly. Those who travel to the second worldfind solace, but the Raft King wants to change all of that. Relating the tales of three setsof siblings who endure hardships, experience magic, adventures on the sea, and an enchantingsecond world, A Crack in the Sea is a unique tale where the door to the firstworld may never reopen.
|Curse of the Boggin by DJ Machale|
There’s a place beyond this world where spirits tell their tales, stories that ended too soon, ordon’t end at all. It’s a place for unexplainable things: mysteries without solutions, ghosts and aboggin. They all have a story. Marcus and his friends have found the key to unlock the Libraryand they need to use it. A strange man in a bathrobe haunts them; fires rage out in an instant, acreepy old lady shows up at Marcus’s house. The terror is real.
|The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya|
Arturo lives in Miami playing basketball and working a few shifts at his Abuela’s restaurant. Whenhe meets Carmen, a young girl who moves into Arturo’s apartment complex, his stomach is inknots. On top of the problems with his new crush, his town is being threatened by a land developer.With the help of Carmen and the book of poetry of Jose Marti left by his grandfather, Arturodiscovers family bonds and community are stronger than ever.
|The Eureka Key by Sarah Thomson|
When middle school puzzle master Sam and history wiz Martina win a contest for a summer tripacross the US, they discover they've been drafted into something vastly more extraordinary. Joininganother kid on the trip, Theo, a descendant of George Washington himself, they must followclues to find seven keys left behind by the Founding Fathers. Together the keys unlock BenjaminFranklin's greatest invention--a secret weapon intended to defend the country. Each key is hiddenin a unique location around the U.S., protected with puzzles, riddles, and traps.
|The Firefly Code by Megan Frazer Blakemore|
Up until a new girl, Ilana, moves to Firefly Lane, Mori and her friends lived a normal life. Theynever questioned anything in Old Harmonie, their utopian community. Questions arise about thenew girl. Where Ilana says she comes from doesn’t add up and her behavior is strange. Oncethey discover the truth they must make tough decisions about their seemingly perfect world.
|First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez|
Punk rocker, Zine maker, Mariá Luisa is moving to Chicago with her Mexican-American motherand starting 7th grade in a new school. When she begins her first day with a rebellious start, sheneeds to figure out how she’ll fit in and still hold on to her unique character.
|Forest of Wonders by Linda Sue Park|
Raffa Santana has always loved the mysterious Forest of Wonders. For a gifted young apothecary,every leaf has the potential to unleash a kind of magic. If only Raffa's father would allow himto experiment freely.
|Frogkisser! by Garth Nix|
Poor Princess Anya! Forced to live with her evil stepmother’s new husband, her evil stepfather,has the unfortunate ability to break curses with magic kisses, AND now forced to go on the runwhen her stepfather decides to make the kingdom entirely his own. She is not alone, aided by aloyal talking dog, a boy thief trapped in the body of a newt, and some extraordinarily mischievouswizards.
|Ghost by Jason Reynolds|
Running. That's all that Castle Cranshaw aka Ghost has ever known. But never for a track team.His game has always been ball. But when Ghost impulsively challenges an elite sprinter to a race-- and wins -- the Olympic medalist track coach sees he has something: natural talent.
|The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst |
Sophie loves the hidden shop below her parents' bookstore, where dreams are secretly bought and sold. When the dream shop is robbed and her parents go missing, Sophie must unravel the truth to save them. Together with her best friend—a wisecracking and fanatically loyal monster named Monster—she must decide whom to trust with her family’s carefully guarded secrets. Who will help them, and who will betray them?
|How Lunchbox Jones Saved me from Robots, Traitors and Missy the Cruel by JenniferBrown|
Video game-loving Luke Abbott has no interest in joining his school robotics team. For one, hereally doesn’t know much about robotics. Two, the team has a record of losing. And three, hisarch nemesis Missy the Cruel and the scary Lunchbox Jones are both on the team! What is withhis lunchbox anyways?
|Restart by Gordon Korman|
Chase wakes up from a fall off the roof not knowing who he is. When he returns to school, thestudents know exactly who he is, or at least, who he was. Some of the students act like he is ahero, some seem scared of him, and one utterly despises him. Chase is faced with having to figure out not only who he was, but who he wants to be.
|Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan|
Julia might be short, but she refuses to let her height be her shortcoming. Encouraged by hermother to audition for the musical The Wizard of Oz, Julia quickly falls in love with the world oftheater and all its characters. Over the course of the summer, Julia discovers talents she didn’tknow she had, forms unlikely friendships, and finds a second home in the theater. It’s true whatthey say-- good things come in small packages.
|The Van Gogh Deception by Deron Hicks|
When a young boy is discovered in Washington DC’s National Gallery without any memory ofwho he is, a high-stakes race begins to unravel the greatest mystery of all: his identity. As thestakes continue to rise, the boy must piece together the clues of his origins while using his limitedknowledge to stop one of the greatest art frauds ever attempted.