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.
Gutsy girls and strong women make up the diverse and appealing crew of a pirate ship that battles intrigue and deadly monsters in an action-filled fantasy adventure.
“Combine a pirate adventure of mythic proportions, a uniquely charming cast of characters, and a vivid new fantasy world and you get Lintang and the Pirate Queen.$17.99ISBN: 9781338245721Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Scholastic Press - October 15th, 2019Alan Gratz, bestselling author of Refugee, weaves a stunning array of voices and stories into an epic tale of teamwork in the face of tyranny -- and how just one day can change the world.$17.99ISBN: 9781534439559Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Aladdin - October 15th, 2019
Fish in a Tree meets The Thing About Jellyfish in this heartfelt middle grade debut about long-buried secrets, the power of memory, and the bond between a girl and her gram.
All Lulu Carter wants is to be seen.$16.99ISBN: 9781547602001Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Bloomsbury Children's Books - October 15th, 2019
"An exhilarating tale. . . Readers will be enthralled." --J.C. Cervantes, New York Times bestselling author of The Storm Runner$16.99ISBN: 9781368041287Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Disney-Hyperion - October 15th, 2019
Welcome to Elizabeth Webster's world, where the common laws of middle school torment her days . . .$16.99ISBN: 9780374308216Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - October 15th, 2019
Elly Swartz's Give and Take is a touching middle grade novel about family, friendship, and learning when to let go.$18.99ISBN: 9781338349665Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: David Fickling Books - October 15th, 2019"A thrilling fantasy quest... sure to lure fans of Christopher Paolini's Eragon and Rick Riordan." -- The Bookseller
When servant girl Milla uncovers four dragon eggs, she must figure out how to keep them a secret. But what if the dragons are exactly what the warring city need to bring about peace?$17.99ISBN: 9781338310474Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Scholastic Press - October 15th, 2019A startlingly original magical adventure that gives the phrase "unlikely hero" a whole new meaning.
Rose Coffin can't win. She's teased for her secondhand clothes. She's teased for blushing all the time. And she's teased for slipping into song at inopportune moments, though that's the only thing that keeps her panic at bay.
$16.99ISBN: 9781338236361Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 15th, 2019The deeply affecting next book from acclaimed author Amy Sarig King.
Liberty Johansen is going to change the way we look at the night sky. Most people see the old constellations, the things they've been told to see. But Liberty sees new patterns, pictures, and possibilities. She's an exception.
Some other exceptions:
$17.99ISBN: 9780316508421Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019
Cressida Cowell, author of How to Train Your Dragon, brings us the next thrilling installment in the internationally bestselling Wizards of Once series!$16.99ISBN: 9780062847843Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: HarperCollins - October 15th, 2019
YouTube star Connie Glynn is back with the sparkling follow-up to Undercover Princess, which Kirkus described as “Cinderella meets Mean Girls while at Hogwarts.”
Lottie Pumpkin never expected to become a royal during her first year at Rosewood Hall.$16.99ISBN: 9781250159212Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 15th, 2019
"Necessary for all of humankind, Under the Broken Sky is a breathtaking work of literature."—Booklist, starred review
A beautifully told middle-grade novel-in-verse about a Japanese orphan’s experience in occupied rural Manchuria during World War II.$14.99ISBN: 9781338329407Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Scholastic Inc. - October 15th, 2019From actor and lifelong activist Alyssa Milano comes Hope Roberts, a girl who's determined to change the world.
Hope is eleven years old, and she wants to be an astrophysicist. She loves swimming, Galaxy Girl comic books, her best friend Sam, and her two rescue dogs.
$16.95ISBN: 9781616207243Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Algonquin Young Readers - October 15th, 2019
Can Kit’s super-weird superpower save her world?
Twelve-year-old kit-with-a-small-k likes shopping at the flea market with her best friend, Clem, roller-skating, climbing to the roof to look at the stars, and volunteering at an animal shelter.$17.95ISBN: 9781623719388Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Crocodile Books - October 1st, 2019$16.99ISBN: 9781524764630Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019
Return to Lake View Middle School in the third book of the PERFECT SCORE series from the beloved author of Because of Mr. Terupt.
Eighth grade promises to be an unforgettable year of tears, laughter, surprises, and star power.$47.99ISBN: 9780545791427Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 8th, 2019The fourth book in the beloved Harry Potter series, now illustrated in glorious full color by award-winning artist Jim Kay.
$17.99ISBN: 9781481438285Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 8th, 2019
A National Book Award Finalist!
From National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a novel told in ten blocks, showing all the different directions a walk home can take.
This story was going to begin like all the best stories. With a school bus falling from the sky. But no one saw it happen.$17.99ISBN: 9781534430686Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 8th, 2019
A powerful middle grade debut that weaves together folklore and history to tell the story of a girl finding her voice and the strength to use it during the final months of the Communist regime in Romania in 1989.
Ileana has always collected stories.$24.99ISBN: 9781536208467Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Candlewick - October 8th, 2019
In this engaging and highly accessible compendium for young readers and aspiring power brokers, Virginia Senator Janet Howell and her daughter-in-law Theresa Howell spotlight the careers of fifty American women in politics — and inspire readers to make a difference. With foreword by Hillary Rodham Clinton.$16.99ISBN: 9780525707455Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Schwartz & Wade - October 8th, 2019
A heartstopping, poignant, epic adventure story about a boy destined to live forever, who only wants to grow up.
Without death, life is just existence.$17.99ISBN: 9781534440869Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 8th, 2019
“Gephart once again compassionately creates complex characters...Une histoire d’espoir—a story of hope.” —Kirkus Reviews
Fans of the Nate series by Tim Federle and The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm will love Cleveland Rosebud Potts in this poignant and heartfelt novel from the award-winning author of Lily and Dunkin.$16.99ISBN: 9781419736919Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Harry N. Abrams - October 8th, 2019$16.99ISBN: 9780062866417Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Balzer + Bray - October 8th, 2019
From award-winning actor Maulik Pancholy comes a hilarious and heartfelt middle grade debut about a gay Indian American boy coming into his own. Perfect for fans of Tim Federle’s Nate series.$16.99ISBN: 9780062872142Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Balzer + Bray - October 8th, 2019
“You can’t help falling in love with this hilarious upside-down take on Dungeons & Dragons. I read; I cheered; I laughed out loud.”—Gordon Korman$16.99ISBN: 9780316524742Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 8th, 2019
Perfect for fans of Mike Lupica and Tim Green, Bouncing Back brings readers onto the wheelchair basketball court in a story brimming with heart, humor, and thrilling sports action.$16.99ISBN: 9780062654977Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Katherine Tegen Books - October 8th, 2019
Middle school meets magic in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about a girl whose life flips when she wishes on an enchanted candle—perfect for fans of Sarah Mlynowski and Wendy Mass.
Sage Sassafras’s life is cursed! No, really. Since birth, Sage has been plagued by the Contrarium Curse that’s set her at odds with classmate Priscilla Petty.$16.99ISBN: 9780062791177Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: HarperCollins - October 8th, 2019
The Thing About Jellyfish meets Raymie Nightingale in this tender middle grade novel from Lisa Jenn Bigelow, acclaimed author of Drum Roll, Please.$15.99ISBN: 9780763695590Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Candlewick - October 8th, 2019
When the introspective Frank meets the gregarious Bean, can they find a way to make beautiful music together? Dry wit and hilarious illustrations introduce a new unlikely pair.$15.99ISBN: 9780823442645Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Holiday House - October 8th, 2019
Ten-year-old Rose's perfect life is upended when her long-absent disaster of a mother turns up. Can she hold her family together as everything unravels?
Growing up on the farm it was always just Rose and grandma, working the land that had been in the Lovell family for generations. She doesn't miss her mother, Iris, a bit.$17.99ISBN: 9780823442898Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Margaret Ferguson Books - October 8th, 2019
Ten-year-old Frank has trouble navigating his relationship with his younger brother Max who is autistic.
Frank loves soccer, codes, riding his bike, and playing with his friends. His brother Max is five. Max only eats foods that are beige or white, hates baths, and if he has to wear a t-shirt that isn't gray with yellow stripes he melts down down down.$12.95ISBN: 9781454936244Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Sterling Children's Books - October 8th, 2019
Meet 10-year-old Lotta She's funny (all of the time), fearless (some of the time), and will make you laugh out loud
"Lotta's escapades are described and illustrated with theatrical flair and humor, making this an enjoyable snapshot of tween life." --Booklist$18.99ISBN: 9781534425729Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Aladdin - October 8th, 2019
Fort Fitzgerald is determined to uncover the truth, but a new student at school and the secrets he has to keep complicate matters in this second novel in a thrilling new series from the author of the New York Times bestselling Story Thieves!
Fort Fitzgerald can’t stop having nightmares about the day his father was taken from him in an attack on Washington, DC.$17.99ISBN: 9781536204483Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Candlewick - October 8th, 2019
When Ben receives a mysterious invitation to an odd museum, he’s swept into a peculiar world of forgotten secrets and wild magic in this illustrated novel.$16.99ISBN: 9781623541088Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Charlesbridge - October 8th, 2019
One creative middle-schooler discovers that the best friend a girl can have is the one she makes herself in this charming magical realism read.$17.99ISBN: 9781338275476Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Scholastic Press - October 1st, 2019New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen transports readers to a corner of history with this inspiring story of a girl who discovers the strength of her people united in resisting oppression.Danger is never far from Audra's family farm in Lithuania.$47.99ISBN: 9780545791427Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 8th, 2019The fourth book in the beloved Harry Potter series, now illustrated in glorious full color by award-winning artist Jim Kay.
$16.99ISBN: 9780062871992Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: HarperCollins - October 1st, 2019
In her debut middle grade novel—inspired by her family’s history—Christine Day tells the story of a girl who uncovers her family’s secrets—and finds her own Native American identity.$16.99ISBN: 9780062473073Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Balzer + Bray - October 1st, 2019
The first middle grade novel from Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’ (now a popular Netflix film), is a funny, heartwarming story perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead, Ali Benjamin, and Holly Goldberg Sloan.$16.99ISBN: 9780062686077Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: HarperCollins - October 1st, 2019
Five robots. One unforgettable journey. Their programming will never be the same.
Wall-E meets The Wild Robot in this middle grade instant classic about five robots on a mission to rescue their inventor from the corporation that controls them all.$17.99ISBN: 9781534442559Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019
“A big-hearted story that’s as sweet as it is awesome.” —R.J.$17.99ISBN: 9780062406385Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: HarperCollins - October 1st, 2019
Peter Lerangis, the New York Times bestselling author of the Seven Wonders and Max Tilt series, returns with an electrifying new trilogy about a boy who discovers that he alone may be able to alter the course of history.$12.99ISBN: 9781250251879Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Feiwel & Friends - October 1st, 2019
The Magical Unicorn Society has released from its top-secret case files an entire book full of tales of unicorn encounters from throughout world history.$16.99ISBN: 9781499809459Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Yellow Jacket - October 1st, 2019
This retelling of the One Thousand and One Nights tale "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," set in tenth-century Baghdad, is told from the perspective of Marjana, the girl who saves Ali Baba, and brings a fresh perspective to the classic story!
Marjana and her little brother, Jamal, who have been slaves of Ali Baba's cruel brother ever since their mother died, are k$18.99ISBN: 9781524741440Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Philomel Books - October 1st, 2019
The Herons take to the high seas in the action-packed eighth installment of the Brotherband Chronicles, Brotherband: Return of the Temujai from John Flanagan, author of the internationally bestselling Ranger's Apprentice series!$16.99ISBN: 9781547602032Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Bloomsbury Children's Books - September 24th, 2019
"Thrilling, intense, with pulse-pounding chills . . . Everything you could want in a series." --Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil
New York Times bestselling authors Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs co-author another edge-of-your-seat adventure in this darkly suspenseful middle grade series.$17.99ISBN: 9781534432376Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Aladdin - October 1st, 2019
Barbara Dee explores the subject of #MeToo for the middle grade audience in this heart-wrenching—and ultimately uplifting—novel about experiencing harassment and unwanted attention from classmates.
For seventh-grader Mila, it starts with some boys giving her an unwanted hug on the school blacktop.$19.99ISBN: 9781786037824Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - October 1st, 2019What if heroes were celebrated for the power of their hearts instead of their swords?$18.99ISBN: 9781338255874Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 1st, 2019From the award-winning Jaclyn Moriarty comes a spellbinding tale of unlikely friendship, unexpected magic and competitive athletics.
The town of Spindrift is frequented by all kinds of Shadow Mages and charlatans.
$16.99ISBN: 9781250168641Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Feiwel & Friends - October 1st, 2019
"One of the best stories about bullying for middle grades. Highly recommended."--School Library Journal, starred review$18.99ISBN: 9781338540635Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Chicken House - October 1st, 2019Chosen as one of hundreds to journey to the top of the glacier in their village, Sabira will embark on a dangerous pilgrimage that will guarantee her a life of importance, but only if she can survive.$16.99ISBN: 9781492673316Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Sourcebooks Young Readers - October 1st, 2019
Hatchet meets The Babysitters Club in this epic and thrilling survival story about pushing oneself to the limit in the face of a crisis.
Hannah Steele loves living on Pelling, a tiny island near Seattle. It's a little disconnected from the outside world, but she's always felt completely safe there.$16.99ISBN: 9780062835659Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: HarperCollins - October 1st, 2019
From the critically acclaimed author of Mascot comes this heartfelt novel, perfect for fans of John David Anderson and Cammie McGovern, about a girl searching for the meaning of family.