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Emmie and Friends series by Terri Libenson

Invisible Emmie - This is the story of two totally different girls—quiet, shy, artistic Emmie and popular, outgoing, athletic Katie—and how their lives unexpectedly intersect one day when an embarrassing note falls into the wrong hands.

Positively Izzy - Middle school is all about labels. Izzy is the dreamer. There’s nothing Izzy loves more than acting in skits and making up funny stories. The downside? She can never quite focus enough to get her schoolwork done. Bri is the brain. But she wants people to see there’s more to her than just a report card full of As. At the same time, she wishes her mom would accept her the way she is and stop bugging her to “break out of her shell” and join drama club. The girls’ lives converge in unexpected ways on the day of a school talent show, which turns out to be even more dramatic than either Bri or Izzy could have imagined.

Just Jaime - Friends. Frenemies. Middle school. The last day of seventh grade has Jaime and Maya wondering who their real friends are. Jaime knows something is off with her friend group. They’ve started to exclude her and make fun of the way she dresses and the things she likes. At least she can count on her BFF, Maya, to have her back . . . right? Maya feels more and more annoyed with Jaime, who seems babyish compared to the other girls in their popular group. It’s like she has nothing in common with Jai anymore. Are their days as BFFs numbered?

Becoming Brianna - Middle school is full of challenges. Everyone knows how much brainy Bri likes the spotlight (not). So why did she ever agree to something that forces her to learn a new language, give a speech, help organize a party, and juggle drama at school and home?! As the big event inches closer, Bri wonders if it's all worth it... 

Truly Tyler - Emmie is psyched that she gets to work on a comics project with her crush, Tyler. But she gets the feeling that his friends don’t think she’s cool enough. Maybe it’s time for a total reinvention. . . . Ever since Tyler started getting into art and hanging out with Emmie, his friends have been giving him a hard time. Why can't he be an artist and play basketball?

Remarkably Ruby - Ruby and Mia are total opposites. Ruby is a little awkward, not a “joiner,” and loves to write poetry; while Mia is type A, popular(ish), and wants to be class president. They used to be friends, but they have nothing in common anymore--or do they?

Surprisingly Sarah - Sarah and Leo have been BFFs since they were little. They share everything... until Sarah starts crushing on Leo’s friend Ben. Then one day Sarah is suddenly faced with a big choice, ask Ben to the school dance or chicken out. Either way, Sarah and Leo’s friendship will be put to the test.

Find them in Graphic Novels - GN LIB

Real Friends series by Shannon Hale

Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends since they were little, but the ups and downs of middle school life threaten to change that. First crushes, popularity contests, staying true to yourself—these two learn just how hard it is to stay real friends—and why it’s worth the journey.

Book 1 - Real Friends

Book 2 - Best Friends

Book 3 - Friends Forever

Find them in Graphic Novels - GN HAL

Sunny series by Jennifer L. Holm

Sunny Side Up - Sunny Lewin has been packed off to Florida to live with her grandfather for the summer. At first she thought Florida might be fun, it is the home of Disney World, after all. But the place where Gramps lives is no amusement park. It's full of old people. Really old people. Luckily, Sunny isn't the only kid around. She meets Buzz, a boy who is completely obsessed with comic books, and soon they're having adventures of their facing off against golf ball-eating alligators, runaway cats, and mysteriously disappearing neighbors. But the question remains, why is Sunny down in Florida in the first place? The answer lies in a family secret that won't be secret to Sunny much longer... 

Swing it, Sunny - Summer's over and it's time for Sunny Lewin to enter the strange and unfriendly hallways of middle school. When her Gramps calls her from Florida to ask how she's doing, she always tells him she's fine. But the truth? Sunny is NOT having the best time. Not only is the whole middle school thing confusing, but life at home is confusing too. Sunny misses her brother Dale, who's been sent to boarding school. But when Dale comes back, she STILL misses him because he's changed. Luckily Sunny's got her best friend and a mysterious new neighbor on her side because she is NOT going let all this confusion get her down.

Sunny Rolls the Dice - Sunny's just made it to middle school and it's making her life very confusing. All her best friend Deb wants to talk about is fashion, boys, makeup, boys, and being cool. Sunny's not against any of these things, but she also doesn't understand why suddenly everything revolves around them. She's much more comfortable when she's in her basement, playing Dungeons & Dragons with a bunch of new friends. Because when you're sword fighting and spider-slaying, it's hard to worry about whether you look cool or not. Especially when it's your turn to roll the 20-sided die.

Sunny Makes a Splash - It's summer, and Sunny is BORED. Most of her friends are out of town. Her mom wants her to baby-sit way more than Sunny wants to baby-sit. There's nothing good on TV. The only place that's cool is the community pool. Sunny loves going there and loves it even more when she's offered a job at the snack shack. Soon she's flinging fries and serving soft ice-cream like a pro with the assistance of the very sweet boy who works with her.

Find them in Graphic Novels - GN HOL