Got a middle grade reader who devours books like they're Cool Ranch Doritos? Give them one of these. You'll be their new favorite friend/relative.
Best friends Matt and Cole grapple with their changing relationships during the summer after high school in this impactful, evocative story about growing up and moving on from a traumatic past.$16.99ISBN: 9781250183637Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Roaring Brook Press - March 26th, 2019
Cilla Lee-Jenkins returns to pursue her dreams of becoming a successful author while dealing with her Chinese-American family in Cilla Lee-Jenkins: The Epic Story by writer Susan Tan and illustrator Dana Wulfekotte.$16.99ISBN: 9780316380881Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 16th, 2019
In this acclaimed novel by the author of the award-winning, bestselling The Thing About Jellyfish, being the new kid at school isn't easy, especially when you have to follow in the footsteps of a classroom prankster like Paulie Fink.$16.99ISBN: 9780062835833Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: HarperCollins - March 26th, 2019
A hilarious and heartwarming stand-alone middle grade debut, The Tragical Tale of Birdie Bloom is a whimsically fractured fairy tale perfect for fans of Shannon Hale and Adam Gidwitz.
In the fairy-tale kingdom of Wanderly, everyone has a role.$17.99ISBN: 9780062838377Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Katherine Tegen Books - April 2nd, 2019
* Winter 2018-2019 Kids' Indie Next List Pick *
New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix takes readers on a thrilling adventure filled with mysteries and plot twists aplenty in this absorbing series about family and friendships. Perfect for fans of A Wrinkle in Time and The City of Ember!$16.99ISBN: 9780062433411Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: HarperCollins - April 16th, 2019
*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.$17.99ISBN: 9780545914246Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Scholastic Press - March 26th, 2019Newbery Honor-winning author Cynthia Lord has written a sensitive and accessible book about the challenges of fitting in when you know you're a little different.$17.99ISBN: 9781534419551Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2019
A boy who spent three days trapped in a well tries to overcome his PTSD and claustrophobia so he can fulfill his dream of becoming a famous chef in this charming novel that is Andrew Smith’s first foray into middle grade storytelling.
When he was four years old, Sam Abernathy was trapped at the bottom of a well for three days, where he was teased by a smart-aleck armadillo name$16.99ISBN: 9781536200034Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Candlewick - April 2nd, 2019
If home is where the heart is, what would happen if you lost it? Compassion and humor infuse the story of a family caught in financial crisis and a girl struggling to form her own identity.$17.99ISBN: 9781534420809Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2019
In this sweeping and inventive debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Roald Dahl, Neil Gaiman, and Tim Burton, a prodigal inventor flees his home to find his destiny.
In the humdrum town of Moormouth, Walter Mortinson’s unusual inventions cause nothing but trouble.$17.99ISBN: 9781629725291Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Shadow Mountain - April 2nd, 2019
Ozzy Toffy's adventure, which began in Wizard for Hire, continues when one dark and windy night, he gets out of bed, jumps out his window, and walks straight into the ocean.$16.99ISBN: 9781338118490Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Scholastic Press - March 26th, 2019"Strong themes of friendship and loyalty drive Lloyd's story, which soars under Mallie's heroic lead [whose] physical disability never holds her back. Rather, she bravely proves that questions have power and one's story can be reshaped." -Booklist, starred review$17.99ISBN: 9780735231603Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Dutton Books for Young Readers - April 16th, 2019
Funny, poignant, and deeply moving, The Line Tender is a story of nature's enduring mystery and a girl determined to find meaning and connection within it.$14.99ISBN: 9780735231795Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Dutton Books for Young Readers - April 16th, 2019
Pura Belpré Honor-winning author David Bowles joins Newbery Honor-winning Adam Gidwitz as co-author of the newest Unicorn Rescue Society adventure, as the kids travel to the U.S.-Mexican border to help the legendary chupacabras.$16.99ISBN: 9780062665553Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: HarperCollins - March 26th, 2019
“An adventurous dragon tale that delivers an emotionally satisfying ending.” —Kirkus
Fly with the dragons in this stunning fantasy from Sarah Prineas, author of the acclaimed Magic Thief series!$16.99ISBN: 9780062368300Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: HarperCollins - April 9th, 2019
An otherworldly middle grade story perfect for fans of A Wrinkle in Time and Stranger Things from the author of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series and the Agatha Award nominee The World’s Greatest Detective.$16.99ISBN: 9780062698841Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: HarperCollins - April 2nd, 2019
In a debut novel that's perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Erin Entrada Kelly, award-winning author/illustrator and educator Pat Cummings tells a poignant story about grief, love, and the untold stories that echo across time.$16.99ISBN: 9780062803467Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Balzer + Bray - April 16th, 2019
A heartfelt contemporary middle grade novel about a girl who must try to save her aunt’s failing pie shop, perfect for fans of The Thing About Jellyfish, Fish in a Tree—and The Great British Baking Show.$17.99ISBN: 9780062823519Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: HarperCollins - April 9th, 2019
An epic new adventure begins in Erin Hunter’s #1 bestselling Warriors series!$16.99ISBN: 9780374306427Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - March 26th, 2019
A summer romp full of mystery, new friends, and maybe a mermaid!
Eleven-year-old Anthoni Gillis is not the kind of kid who believes in fairies, unicorns, or even the word “maybe.” She’s more of a comic-books girl. So when her mom brings her to Thunder Lake for a summer at the Showboat Resort, she doesn’t believe the local rumors about the Boulay Mermaid.$16.99ISBN: 9781250191830Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Feiwel & Friends - March 26th, 2019
Friendship, heartbreak, and defining what family means are rarely as sensitively, beautifully portrayed in middle-grade fiction. Shaunta Grimes is an extraordinary new talent.
Gideon hates the idea of moving to Nevada from the East Coast. It's so empty and hot in his new neighborhood. Only one person his age lives nearby: the girl next door, Roona.$16.99ISBN: 9780525428459Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Kathy Dawson Books - March 26th, 2019
***Four starred reviews!***
"A storytelling wonder."--starred review, Kirkus Reviews
A one-of-a-kind voice lights up this witty, heartwarming debut set in 1985 Tennessee about the power of homespun wisdom (even when it's wrong), the clash between appearances and secrets, and the barriers to getting help even when it's needed most.$16.99ISBN: 9781338277555Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Chicken House - March 26th, 2019In this gripping, imaginative, and hilarious adventure -- comprised of an unforgettable crew of misfits -- a boy and his mechanical friends discover the truth about his past.
"Robots never seemed so human. One of a kind and utterly fantastic." -- Eoin Colfer
$16.99ISBN: 9781328460837Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Versify - April 2nd, 2019"The Last Last-Day-of-Summer reminds me that all children deserve to exist in magical spaces where their imaginations and familial bonds will them into heroism. Every single child should have the freedom to be one of The Legendary Alstons.$17.99ISBN: 9781328780966Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Versify - April 2nd, 2019The Newbery Award-winning author of THE CROSSOVER pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree.
Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States.$16.99ISBN: 9781524770129Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 16th, 2019
"Holy Batman, this is a gorgeous, heartbreaking, heartwarming book." --R.J. Palacio, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wonder$16.99ISBN: 9781681197432Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Bloomsbury Children's Books - April 2nd, 2019
This beautifully written, emotional debut perfect for fans of Lynda Mullaly Hunt or Ali Benjamin tells the story a girl, her special needs brother, and the summer they will never forget.
"An engaging, honest book." --Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Newbery Honor-winning author of The War That Saved My Life$16.99ISBN: 9781681197708Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Bloomsbury Children's Books - April 9th, 2019
For fans of Book Scavenger, a smart and funny math camp middle-grade mystery with built-in logic puzzles that readers can solve$8.99ISBN: 9781984849762Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2019
The littlest fashionistas will love this adorable purse-shaped board book that's as fun to carry as it is to read!$15.99ISBN: 9781536205428Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Candlewick - April 2nd, 2019
In a tender bedtime ritual, a parent elicits wishes from her little one, sparking imaginary journeys together before it’s time to sleep.
For all the stars across the sky,
Big and little and bright,
Here’s a wish from me to you,
Before we say good night.$15.99ISBN: 9781536205473Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Candlewick - April 16th, 2019
Amos is counting himself to sleep. It’s a good plan, until the cranky sheep land in his bedroom — and start in with their many demands.$16.95ISBN: 9781616207908Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Algonquin Young Readers - April 2nd, 2019Everything is changing for Becket Branch.
From subways to sidewalks to safety rules, she is a city kid born and raised. Now the Branch family is trading urban bustle for big green fields and moving to help their gran on Blackberry Farm, where Becket has to make sense of new routines, from feeding animals to baling hay.
But Becket is ready!$16.99ISBN: 9781627794220Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 26th, 2019
In Claire Fayers's darkly mysterious middle-grade fantasy, The Book of Unwyse Magic, a girl finds herself at the center of the struggle for power between the human world and the fairy world.
A corrupt overlord,
A struggle for power . . .
It’s up to twelve-year-old Ava to solve the mystery—and save the town!$17.99ISBN: 9781338091397Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Scholastic Press - March 26th, 2019New York Times bestseller Spencer Quinn returns with a laugh-out-loud series about the most epic rivalry of our time . . . Arthur the dog vs. Queenie the cat.$17.99ISBN: 9781419733727Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Harry N. Abrams - April 9th, 2019$16.99ISBN: 9780525646402Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - April 9th, 2019
As in Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, math and science inform this mind-bending mystery about a girl who must work with the laws of the universe and trust the love of her family if she is to set her world right.$17.99ISBN: 9780545800884Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Scholastic Press - March 26th, 2019Dear Coco and Leo,
I miss you! We all miss you! The whole forest misses you! I hear their thanks and wishes in my dreams. I hope you do, too.
$16.99ISBN: 9780553523553Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Crown Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2019
For fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate comes the second book in the side-splitting series about a class clown faking his way to comedy stardom from comedian and film star Craig Robinson, #1 New York Times bestselling author Adam Mansbach, and NAACP History Maker recipient and cartoonist Keith Knight.$13.99ISBN: 9781250196576Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - April 2nd, 2019
Book 8 of the much-loved My Life series
Derek Fallon and his friends are back for another hilarious adventure in Book 8 of the My Life series—this time featuring epic “meme” adventures!
Christy Ottaviano Books$17.99ISBN: 9780425291832Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2019
The fascinating companion title to the award-winning historical novel Blood on the River: James Town 1607.
After the colony of James Town is founded in 1607. After Captain John Smith establishes trade with the Native Americans. After Pocahontas befriends the colonists. After early settlers both thrive and die in this new world . . . a girl is born. Virginia.$13.99ISBN: 9780316411561Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: jimmy patterson - April 2019For anyone who loves cats, dogs (or both!), James Patterson's most pawsome story ever is set in a society defined by the oldest rivalry in the world: katts versus doggs!
Oscar is a happy dogg---a rambunctious kid who loves being a Dogg Scout. Thanks to his family, he knows that snobby katts are good for nothing but chasing up trees.
$16.99ISBN: 9780316471534Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2019Get ready for heart-pounding action, mystery, and hijinks in the thrilling sequel to The Inventors at No. 8!
$16.99ISBN: 9780062795298Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Katherine Tegen Books - April 2nd, 2019
From debut author Tina Athaide comes a soaring tale of empathy, hope, and resilience, as two best friends living under Ugandan President Amin’s divisive rule must examine where—and who—they call home.
Perfect for fans of Half from the East and Inside Out and Back Again.$17.99ISBN: 9780062796400Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: HarperCollins - April 9th, 2019
The next installment in the New York Times bestselling series!
From YouTube gamer StacyPlays comes the exhilarating sequel to her Minecraft-inspired adventure novel about a girl raised by wolves.$16.99ISBN: 9780062798442Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Walden Pond Press - March 26th, 2019
The third book in the funny and joyful series Katherine Applegate has called “tender and important,” by National Book Award finalist Elana K. Arnold.$16.99ISBN: 9780062374479Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: HarperCollins - April 16th, 2019
In this jaw-dropping final installment of New York Times bestselling author Dan Gutman’s action-packed series, four risk-taking friends travel back in time to record the most infamous duel in American history.$16.99ISBN: 9780062673183Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: HarperCollins - April 16th, 2019
A lyrical, poignant middle grade novel about embracing change, accepting help from others, and finding a place to call home. Perfect for fans of Raymie Nightingale.
Lizzie St. Claire wants to be invisible. Forced to move out of her home, she and her mom now live in a transitional housing shelter, Good Hope, until they can get back on their feet.$16.99ISBN: 9780062693259Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: HarperCollins - March 19th, 2019
“Kathryn Lasky’s latest is a sleight-of-hand that will have you clapping your hands.$16.99ISBN: 9780062852540Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Greenwillow Books - March 19th, 2019
From two-time Newbery Honor and New York Times–bestselling author Kevin Henkes, this timeless novel about loss, loneliness, and friendship tells the story of the spring break that changes seventh-grader Amelia Albright’s life forever.