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New Kid, New Scene: A Guide to Moving and Switching Schools
By Debbie Glasser
Youth Non-Fiction 373.18
A nonfiction book that teaches kids the ins and outs of navigating new surroundings, making new friends (as well as staying in touch with old ones), and finding a place that feels like their own.

4th Grade

Amber Brown Goes Fourth
By Paula Danzinger
Youth Early Chapter Books AMBER BROWN

Amber is determined to find a new best friend--and fast--but maybe the new girl at school doesn't want to be a "replacement" friend.

Fourth Grade Rats
By Jerry Spinelli
Youth Fiction SPINELLI

Suds learns that his best friend is wrong. You don't have to be a tough guy, a "rat," to be a grown up fourth grader.

Put Your Eyes Up Here & Other School Poems
By Kalli Dakos
Youth Non-Fiction 811 D

The story of a very unusual classroom told in poems by the author of "If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand."

Amelia's Notebook
By Marissa Moss
Youth Fiction MOSS

A nine-year-old girl's notebook, in which she records her thoughts and feelings about moving, starting school, and dealing with her older sister, as well as keeping her old best friend and making a new one. (Published by American Girl.)

Amelia's School Survival Guide
By Marissa Moss
Youth Fiction MOSS

Amelia's notebook full of advice, games, and quizzes that will help you cope with any school worries that come your way.

5th Grade

4 Kids, 5-E, 1 Crazy Year
By Virginia Frances Schwartz
Youth Fiction SCHWARTZ

Family, school, and life seen through the writings of four fifth graders from New York City.

The Liberation of Gabriel King
By K.L. Going
Youth Fiction GOING

In 1976 a white boy who is being bullied & an African American girl who is facing prejudice, decide to overcome their many fears together as they enter fifth grade.

Thank You, Lucky Stars
By Beverly Donofrio
Youth Fiction DONOFRIO

Ally and her best friend, Betsy, have planned since kindergarten to sing in the fifth grade talent show, but Betsy has a new best friend and shy Ally is targeted by bullies and a strange new student who is looking for a friend.

Jack on the Tracks
By Jack Gantos
Youth Fiction GANTOS

Jack tries to break some of his bad habits but finds himself irresistibly drawn to things disgusting, gross, and weird.

Middle School

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
By Jeff Kinney
Youth Fiction KINNEY

Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowle hope just to survive.

Agnes Parker...Girl in Progress
By Kathleen O'Dell
Youth Fiction O'DELL

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. Also Agnes Parker -- Keeping Cool in Middle School

Heads or Tails: Stories from 6th Grade
By Jack Gantos
Youth Fiction GANTOS

Jack's diary helps him deal with his problems which include dog-eating alligators, a terror for an older sister, a younger brother who keeps breaking parts of himself, and next-door neighbors who are really weird.

6th Grade Can Really Kill You
By Barthe DeClements
Youth Fiction DE CLEMENTS

Helen fears that lack of improvement in her reading may leave her stuck in the sixth grade forever, until a good teacher recognizes her reading problem.

Too Old For This, Too Young For That
By Harriet Mostache
Teen Zone Non-Fiction 646.7 M

Quizzes, stories, surveys, and activities for middle schoolers addressing such issues as physical and emotional changes, connecting with friends and family, setting goals, and handling peer pressure.

Middle School Survival Guide
By Arlene Earlback
Youth Non-Fiction J373.18 E
Teen Zone Non-Fiction 373.18 E

Guidebook to help with changes in school, families, social lives, and bodies that come during the middle school years.

Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf
By Jennifer Holm
Youth Fiction HOLM

Ginny Davis begins seventh grade with a list of items to accomplish. This list, along with lots of other "stuff" — including diary entries, refrigerator notes, cards from Grandpa, and IM screen messages—show a year full of ups and downs.

Middle School: The Real Deal: From Combination Locks to Cafeteria Food
By Juliana Farrell
Teen Zone Non-Fiction 373.18 F

The most up-to-date information on everything from cliques and clubs to technology and tests.

Links to books to help parents prepare their children through transitions from preschool to high school.

Links to Plymouth Canton Community Schools.

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