Books for Middle Readers

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Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316493888
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

Fans of Kiki's Delivery Service or anything by Miyazaki will snatch this one up based on the cover alone. Coming-of-age story about an enchanting little witch.

Recommended by Kristine


A Pinch of Magic Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358193319
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

This is a fun, magical story about sisters, curses, and adventure. A fast paced read with strong female characters and some fancy plot twists. Readers will be swept along in the adventure.

Recommended by Kristine 


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Monster and Boy Cover Image
By Hannah Barnaby, Anoosha Syed (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781250217837
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - July 28th, 2020

Very sweet and un-scary story about a boy and his monster under the bed.

Recommended by Kristine


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Seekers of the Wild Realm Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534438583
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Published: Aladdin - July 7th, 2020

Fablehaven meets How to Train Your Dragon in this action-packed fantasy about a young boy and girl who become reluctant allies when caring for a baby dragon—the first in brand-new duology!

Twelve-year-old Bryn has always dreamed of becoming a Seeker, just like her dad.


The Girl and the Witch's Garden Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534461581
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 23rd, 2020

“As enchanting as it is wise, the true magic of this secret garden story is in its unflinching, heart-wrenching exploration of grief, belonging, and inner strength.


The One and Only Bob Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062991317
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Published: HarperCollins - May 5th, 2020

Like The One and Only Ivan, this book is perfect for early middle grade readers. It tells the story of Ivan’s faithful friend Bob who is finding it difficult to adjust as a “pet” dog. Add a tornado and a long lost sister, and you have the perfect story to attract readers looking for an exciting story full of heart. Applegate’s short sparse text will give beginning chapter readers confidence.

Recommended by Kristine


The Book of Boy Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062686213
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 5th, 2020

I am biased towards anything medieval... but I really enjoyed this. The writing is solid, the characters and their mysterious quest intriguing, and the setting vivid. Great for readers of historical and adventure fiction. Fans of The Inquisitors Tale should definitely check it out.

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The Blackbird Girls Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984837356
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

A great book that sheds light on a important piece of history. This is a story of two very different girls whose lives are uprooted after the nuclear accident at Chernobyl and how they  find the resilience to survive.  The subject matter isn’t easy - if your kids are anxious about environmental issues, abusive relationships or religious prejudice,  you might want skip it. Worth reading WITH your kids though and using it to open some honest dialog. For fans of The War That Saved My Life and the HBO miniseries “Chernobyl”.

Recommended by Kristine


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Black Brother, Black Brother Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316493802
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

I liked this book. It starts off strong with Rhodes' poetic prose telling the story of a biracial prep school boy who is wrongly accused of delinquent behavior. Fast-paced and sparse, this is a good starting point for middle grade readers looking for discussions on a serious subject matter. I wish it were longer and slower. The characters, the details on the sport of fencing, as well as the legal and social commentary on racism, are worthy of many more pages.

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King and the Dragonflies Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338129335
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 4th, 2020

A unique and unflinching coming-of-age story. King looses his older brother to a tragic accident and has a hard time letting him go. It is only after he comes to a friend's aide and confronts some hard truths about prejudices of all types that he is finally able to be honest with himself and his family.

Recommended by Kristine