This booklist [pdf] comes from Deschutes Public Library and features recommended reads (prose novels and graphic novels) for tweens in grades 4-7.
Booked by Kwame Alexander
Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John Anderson
Three boys are dismayed when their teacher falls ill and leaves for the rest of the school year, a situation that compels them to share their stories while cutting class and journeying across town together on a fateful day.
Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi
While practicing for their next baseball game, thirteen-year-old friends Rabi, Miguel, and Joe discover that the activities of the local meat- packing plant have caused cows to turn into zombies.