Chris's Favorites - Kids Middle Grade

I read more middle grade (readers 8 to 12 years old) and young adult (readers 13 to 18 years old) books than anything else, and I especially love fantasy, mystery and historical novels. These are some of my favorite recently (and not so recently) published books for middle grader readers. Enjoy!

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow By Jessica Townsend Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316508896
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2018

A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world--but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.


A Thousand Questions By Saadia Faruqi Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062943200
Availability: Available from Warehouse (currently significant shipping delays)
Published: Quill Tree Books - October 6th, 2020

Set against the backdrop of Karachi, Pakistan, Saadia Faruqi’s tender and honest middle grade novel tells the story of two girls navigating a summer of change and family upheaval with kind hearts, big dreams, and all the right questions.


City Spies By James Ponti Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534414914
Availability: Available from Warehouse (currently significant shipping delays)
Published: Aladdin - March 10th, 2020

A New York Times bestseller!
A GMA3 Summer Reading Squad Selection!
“Ingeniously plotted, and a grin-inducing delight.” —People
“Will keep young readers glued to the page…So when do I get the sequel?” —Beth McMullen, author of Mrs.


Rick Riordan Presents Paola Santiago and the River of Tears (A Paola Santiago Novel Book 1) By Tehlor Mejia Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368049177
Availability: Available from Warehouse (currently significant shipping delays)
Published: Rick Riordan Presents - August 4th, 2020

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents author Tehlor Kay Mejia and her thrilling fantasy adventure based on the Mexican legend of La Llorona (the Crying Woman).

"This fast-paced journey into Latinx folklore, with its clever protagonist, is sure to keep readers turning pages into the night." - Booklist (starred review)


Three Keys (Front Desk #2) By Kelly Yang Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338591385
Availability: Available from Warehouse (currently significant shipping delays)
Published: Scholastic Press - September 15th, 2020

The story of Mia and her family and friends at the Calivista Motel continues in this powerful, hilarious, and resonant sequel to the award-winning novel Front Desk.

Mia Tang thinks she's going to have the best year ever.


Front Desk (Front Desk #1) (Scholastic Gold) By Kelly Yang Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781338157826
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 25th, 2019

Four starred reviews and over ten best-of-year lists!* "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Winner of the Asian / Pacific American Award for Children's Literature!* "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewMia Tang has a lot of secre


Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor By Ally Carter Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358003199
Availability: Available from Warehouse (currently significant shipping delays)
Published: Clarion Books - March 3rd, 2020

"This is the kind of read that makes your soul sit up straight. At once a heart-wrenching tale of found family and a thrilling, atmospheric mystery that keeps you guessing at every page, Ally Carter's middle grade debut is a triumph.


A Wish in the Dark By Christina Soontornvat Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536204940
Availability: Available from Warehouse (currently significant shipping delays)
Published: Candlewick - March 24th, 2020

A 2021 Newbery Honor Book

A boy on the run. A girl determined to find him. A compelling fantasy looks at issues of privilege, protest, and justice.


Prairie Lotus By Linda Sue Park Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328781505
Availability: Available from Warehouse (currently significant shipping delays)
Published: Clarion Books - March 3rd, 2020

Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multilayered novel about a girl determined to fit in and realize her dreams: getting an education, becoming a dressmaker in her father’s shop, and making at least one friend.


The Mystwick School of Musicraft By Jessica Khoury Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328625632
Availability: Available from Warehouse (currently significant shipping delays)
Published: Clarion Books - January 21st, 2020

Humor and heart shine in this middle grade fantasy about a girl who attends a boarding school to learn how to use music to create magic, perfect for fans of Nevermoor and The School for Good and Evil series.

Amelia Jones always dreamed of attending the Mystwick School of Musicraft, where the world’s most promising musicians learn to create magic.


August Isle By Ali Standish Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062433428
Availability: Available from Warehouse (currently significant shipping delays)
Published: HarperCollins - March 31st, 2020

*A Junior Library Guild Selection*

From critically acclaimed author Ali Standish (The Ethan I Was Before), the story of one girl’s journey to a magical seaside town, where she uncovers her family’s long hidden secrets and ultimately finds truth and redemption.


Premeditated Myrtle (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery 1) By Elizabeth C. Bunce Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616209186
Availability: Available from Warehouse (currently significant shipping delays)
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

A 2021 Edgar® Award Winner, Best Juvenile
A BookPage Best Book of 2020: Middle Grade
A Mighty Girl's 2020 Books of the Year

Introducing Myrtle Hardcastle, your favorite new amateur detective: a wickedly smart twelve-year-old with a keen interest in criminology and a nose for murder.

Twelve-year-old Myrtle Hardcastle


The Bitter Side of Sweet By Tara Sullivan Cover Image
$17.99
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9780399173073
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - February 23rd, 2016

For fans of Linda Sue Park and A Long Way Gone, two young boys must escape a life of slavery in modern-day Ivory Coast


Wolf Hollow By Lauren Wolk Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101994825
Availability: Available from Warehouse (currently significant shipping delays)
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2016

A Newbery Honor Book
New York Times Bestseller

Wolf Hollow has stayed with me long after I closed the book. It has the feel of an instant classic." —Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestselling author of A Long Walk to Water


The Doldrums By Nicholas Gannon Cover Image
$17.99
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9780062320940
Published: Greenwillow Books - September 29th, 2015

“A dreamy charmer of a book, full of clever wordplay that practically demands it be read out loud.”—New York Times


Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms By Katherine Rundell, Melissa Castrillón (Illustrator) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442490628
Availability: Available from Warehouse (currently significant shipping delays)
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2016

Even a life on the untamed plains of Africa can’t prepare Wilhelmina for the wilds of an English boarding school in this “gripping, magical, and heartwarming tale of resilience, friendship, and hope” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Wilhelmina Silver’s world is golden.


Rooftoppers By Katherine Rundell, Terry Fan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Katherine Rundell, Terry Fan (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442490598
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 3rd, 2014

“The beauty of sky, music, and the belief in ‘extraordinary things’ triumph in this whimsical and magical tale” (Publishers Weekly) about a girl in search of her past who discovers a secret rooftop world in Paris.

Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan.


The War That Saved My Life By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780147510488
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - May 31st, 2016

*Newbery Honor book
*Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award 

This #1 New York Times bestseller is an exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War II, from the acclaimed author of Fighting Words, and for fans of Fish in a Tree and Sarah, Plain and Tall.
 


Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess (An Enola Holmes Mystery #1) By Nancy Springer Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780593350539
Availability: Available from Warehouse (currently significant shipping delays)
Published: Philomel Books - August 4th, 2020

Now a Netflix original movie starring Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, and Helena Bonham Carter!

Meet Enola Holmes, teenaged girl turned detective and the younger sister to Sherlock Holmes.


Under the Egg By Laura Marx Fitzgerald Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142427651
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rocky Pond Books - May 26th, 2015

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler meets Chasing Vermeer in this clever middle grade debut


Keeper of the Lost Cities By Shannon Messenger Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781442445949
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Aladdin - August 6th, 2013

A New York Times bestselling series
A USA TODAY bestselling series
A California Young Reader Medal–winning series

In this riveting series opener, a telepathic girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world before the wrong person finds the answer first.

Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life.


The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain #1) By Lloyd Alexander Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780805080483
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - May 16th, 2006

The Newbery-winning fantasy series now available in gorgeous new paperback editions!