11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass.
Amanda and Leo discover that they are caught in a time loop, waking up each morning to find themselves repeating their eleventh birthday. Only if they work together, can they move ahead.
The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney.
This third book in the Wimpy Kid series contains absolutely spot-on vignettes of a middle boy’s existence. Greg, a sarcastic, observant narrator, loves video games, naps, and sugary snacks. He avoids bullies, sports and laundry, even if that means he has to wear his swimming suit as underwear.
Spyology by Spencer Blake.
Readers match wits with Agent K, a British spy, who is tracking down the evil international Operation Codex, by using all the special tools included in this interactive book.
Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls.
“My name is Sam. I am eleven years old. I collect stories and fantastic facts. I have leukemia. By the time you read this I will probably be dead.” So begins a frank, guileless, unflinching first-person account of the last days of a young boy’s life.
Bill Gates: A Twentieth Century Life by Marc Aronson.
The book is structured like a how-to manual—detailing how Gates got so rich and suggesting that similar initiative could pay off for the reader. Well researched, thought-provoking, and up-to-date, this biography from the Up Close series offers insights into Gates’ character as well as an engaging account of his life.