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Merci Suarez changes gears by Meg Medina

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Winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal sixth grader, Merci Suarez, struggles with being a scholarship student in a private school in Florida while dealing with changes at home.

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

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An elementary teacher creates a “safe space” for six students to talk. They learn how to trust and empathize with each other with their stories and ultimately learn the value of friendship.

Click by Kayla Miller

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Olive has tons of friends—bus friends, homeroom friends, lunch friends. Everything is great until the fifth-grade talent show leaves Olive without a group to join. Has she always been the third-wheel in all of her “clicks”? Kids of all ages will relate to Olive as she struggles to stay true to herself and find her place among her peers.

The Library Book by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark. Illustrated by Chuck Groenink

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“What’s the best way to cure a gloomy day? A trip to the library! Based on the hit song by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark, here is an affectionate, exuberant, uproarious celebration of books, reading, and—SHHH!—libraries!”

Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

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“From fixing the class computer to repairing old radios, twelve-year-old Iris is a tech genius. But she's the only deaf person in her school, so people often treat her like she's not very smart. If you've ever felt like no one was listening to you, then you know how hard that can be.”

Romeosaurus and Juliet Rex by Mo O’Hara

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"Romeosaurus, who comes from a family of herbivores, befriends Juliet Rex, who comes from a family of carnivores, and they must find a way to be together despite their warring families"