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Virginia Reader's Choice

The winning middle school book for 2012-13 is Powerless by Matthew Cody!

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2012 - 2013 Titles

 1.  All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg
 2.  BULU:  African wonder dog by Dick Houston
 3.  Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon
 4.  Cosmic by Kathryn Erskine
 5.  Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
 6.  Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
 7.  Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes
 8.  Peak by Roland Smith
 9.  Powerless by Matthew Cody
10.  When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

See below for short summaries about the books: 

 1.  All the Broken Pieces: a novel in verse  Ann E. Burg
     Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind and, now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past.

 2.  BULU:  African wonder dog Dick Houston

     Discusses how Bulu, a Jack Russell terrier born on a crocodile farm in Zambia, became a foster parent for orphaned baby animals after being adopted by Anna and Steve Tolan, former police officers who left England to live in the African bush.

 3.  Camo Girl  Kekla Magoon

     Ella has always been friends with a boy known as Z, despite his reputation as the weird kid, but when a new boy, Bailey, moves to town and befriends Ella because they are the only two
African American students in the class, she must choose between the popularity Bailey will bring to her life and her lifelong friendship with Z.

 4.  Cosmic  Frank Cottrell Boyce

     Twelve-year-old Liam, who looks like he is thirty and is tired of being treated like he is older than he really is, decides he is going to pose as the adult chaperone on the first spaceship to take civilians into space, but when he ends up in outer space with a group of kids and no adult supervision, he must think fast to make things right.

 5.  Flygirl  Sherri L. Smith

     During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl "passes" for white in order to join the Women Air Force Service Pilots.

 6.  Heart of a Samurai:  based on the true story of Manjiro Nakahama  Margi Preus

     In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.

 7.  Operation Yes  Sara Lewis Holmes

     In her first ever teaching job, Miss Loupe uses improvisational acting exercises with her sixth grade students at an Air Force base school, and when she experiences a family tragedy, her previously skeptical class members use what they have learned to help her, her brother, and other wounded soldiers.

 8.  Peak  Roland Smith

     A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest, battling against a young Chinese climber and the harsh conditions on the mountain - full of action, mystery, adventure and suspense!

 9.  Powerless  Matthew Cody

     Soon after moving to Noble's Green, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Daniel learns that his new friends have super powers that they will lose when they turn thirteen, unless he can use his brain power to protect them.

10.  When You Reach Me  Rebecca Stead

     As her mother prepares to be contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.