Book picks similar to
In It to Win It by Melissa J. Morgan


young-adult
contemporary
middle-grade
realistic-fiction

The Secret Cooking Club 2: Confetti & Cake


Laurel Remington - 2017
    What's more, her mum is getting married, and Scarlett is baking the wedding cake. Everything is perfect ... or is it? As the wedding approaches, she has much more on her mind than the perfect bake ...

Hershey Herself


Cecilia Galante - 2008
    They don't. I almost don't go in. But then I think of Baby Ella. And Mom. I push open the door.... When twelve-year-old Hershey must run away with her mother to a women's shelter, she wonders how, among other things, she'll compete in the town talent show with her best friend, Phoebe; who will take care of her cat, Augustus Gloop; and if she'll survive being on a new bus route with her sworn enemy.

The Clique: Second Collection


Lisi Harrison - 2006
    A second box set of three books -- The Clique #4: Invasion of the Boy Snatchers; The Clique #5: The Pretty Committee Strikes Back; The Clique #6: Dial L for Loser -- in the New York Times bestselling series.

Kristy's Big News


Ann M. Martin - 1999
    Now, years later, he's called with some surprising news: He's getting married! Kristy and her brothers Sam and Charlie must head to California for the wedding--and to meet their new stepmom. Kristy doesn't know what to expect. It's been a long time since she's seen her father. And now she's supposed to be his bridesmaid!What will Kristy do?

Guitar Boy


Mary Jane Auch - 2010
    Homeless, penniless, and only fourteen years old, Travis tries to make money off of his singing and guitar playing skills. But when his beloved guitar--a family heirloom--is stolen, Travis grows desperate. By a stroke of luck, he gets a job helping a guitar maker. Through Travis's love of music, his devotion to his family, and the kindness of strangers, he begins to find his way in the world. But how will he keep his family together?

You Don't Know Me


Sophia Bennett - 2013
    They didn’t want to be. In fact, they wanted to keep their band a secret because it’s what they do when they’re being stupid together – dressing up and singing cheesy songs.But someone has stolen a video they made. It’s online, and it’s been entered into a talent competition. And what’s more … it’s got 24 votes. In only a few hours it’s got 24 votes.The girls are about to be faced with a big decision that could make them seriously famous.Just not necessarily the way they hoped …

Balancing Act


April Adams - 2012
    Four events. And only one gold medal. Floor routine. Uneven bars. Vault. And balance beam. 90 seconds. 75 seconds. 7 seconds. 90 seconds.In gymnastics, your best friends are your biggest rivals. And the Bellevue Kips are feeling the pressure. Everyone wants to win best all-around gymnast at Optionals and State finals, but only one girl goes home with gold. Who will it be? Nadia: Gymnastics royalty. Beam is her event. Gold is in her DNA. But how far is she willing to go to win?Bethany: Best on floor. Worst on vault. Does Bethany’s height spell gymnastics doom? Sara: They used to call her Tree Frog. Now, she’s too scared to tumble backwards. Can she get it together in time to compete?Kelley: Gymnast. Soccer Star. And ballerina. The time has come to choose her sport. What is she willing to sacrifice to win?Jamie: The new girl and the squad’s biggest mystery. Will she crumble under pressure? Or will she give them all a run for their money? The countdown to competition has begun. Will it make them? Or break them?

The Obnoxious Jerks


Stephen Manes - 1988
    Then two things happen to change the status quo--the Obnoxious Jerks decide to show up the administration once and for all, and a girl asks to join! Portrays the importance of questioning what is acceptable and what is worth fighting for.

Kat's Fall


Shelley Hrdlitschka - 2004
    Ten years ago she was convicted of throwing Darcy's baby sister off a fifth floor balcony. Kat survived, but Darcy has spent the last decade raising his sister, giving her the love and support she has been denied by an absent mother and an uncaring father. Now, with their mother about to be released, their father has decided he has had enough of parental responsibility and is determined to return the children to their mother's care. Darcy is horrified, and adamant that he will not subject his sister to the woman who once tried to murder her. Struggling to understand and control the anger and resentment that has consumed him, Darcy is forced to confront his feelings and engage with the outside world. With newfound friendships and the unflagging support of his teacher, Darcy is able to understand some of the pain of the past and accept that he cannot control everything. As he grudgingly re-establishes ties with the mother he thinks he hates, he is accused of a horrific act. It will take incredible strength--his own and others--to fight the charges, but he finds that truth is often an elusive concept and that trust--and love--are powerful allies.

Front Page Face-Off


Jo Whittemore - 2010
    But when an international rival named Ava invades her newsroom and takes over her crush, Delilah finds an unlikely ally in the Debutantes - a.k.a. the Little Debbies.

OMG! Is This Actually My Life?


Rae Earl - 2013
    How can she become a TOTAL HOTNESS GODDESS when Miss Gorgeous Knickers at school hates her and no one fancies her because she has no breast? And her family are an actual nightmare. Her unbelievably annoying brother is EVIL and on top of that, her gran is a TOTAL mental who may be texting rude jokes to just about EVERYONE in the world. Including her dentist. Hattie's diary of this tumultuous year is an absolutely hilarious account of the ups and downs of teenage life including a dating bogey phobia, near death from biscotti and a home-made breast-growing machine.

Pranked


Katy Grant - 2008
    While my best friend was sunbathing on the beach in Hawaii, I was stuck with outdoor showers, a rickety cabin, and only one friend—quiet, boring Melissa. Then the "Evil Twins" showed up. It turned out they're totally cool and they wanted to be my friend! They're not really evil—well, not to me, at least. They AREN'T too nice to Melissa. We started playing a few pranks and it's kind of gotten out of control... I know I should put a stop to things, but I don't want to lose my only friends here. I just hope that I don't do anything I regret.Love,Kelly

Agnes Parker... Keeping Cool in Middle School


Kathleen O'Dell - 2007
    The halls are hectic, the unspoken rules are baffling, and the eighth-grade boys are one big gang of bullies. Agnes' best friend Prejean has jumped in and decided to run for class president, but Agnes would rather try to be invisible. That'll be especially difficult now that Prejean has asked Agnes to be her campaign manager. And then there's the problem of Aram, a boy in Agnes' art class who seems to have a crush on her. He's smart and funny, and Agnes feels comfortable with him. But is he such an odd duck that she'll seem odd by association? O'Dell creates some of the liveliest characters in recent fiction, said VOYA of Agnes Parker . . . Girl in Progress. And here, those characters face the exciting, nerve-racking rite of passage that is seventh grade. It makes for Kathleen O'Dell's most genuine, endearing book yet. Who better to introduce readers to middle school than the funny, warmhearted Agnes, who can't be invisible even when she tries.

Back


Norah McClintock - 2009
    They wonder if his friends will start showing up again. They wonder if they'll be walking down the street one day and they'll run into Jojo and Jojo will give them attitude or shove them around, just for fun. Jojo's friends have a way of making it hard--really hard--on people who decide to press charges against Jojo. Those people just wish Jojo would go away and never come back. Then there are the people who have hate in their hearts. These people wish something bad would happen to Jojo. Something really bad. Ardell Withrow is one of those people.Also available in Spanish.

Candy Apple Book Set


Mimi McCoy - 2008
    144-192 pages each.