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The Courage of Cat Campbell

by Natasha Lowe Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (January 06, 2015)

“Lowe echoes the whimsy of J.K. Rowling with…charismatic characters.” —Publishers Weekly

“Fans of Matilda…will be happy to meet another spunky girl.” —School Library Journal

Cat Campbell is a...


Hidden

by Donna Jo Napoli Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (December 30, 2014)

A young girl must learn to survive and find her family against all odds in this heartbreaking companion to Hush from award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli.

Lost at sea when her sister is taken captive on a marauding...


The Dagger Quick

by Brian Eames Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (May 10, 2011)

It’s the pirate’s life for Kitto in this “exciting and richly detailed historical swashbuckler” (Publishers Weekly).

Twelve-year-old Christopher, aka Kitto, is seemingly doomed to follow in the footsteps...


The Contract

by Derek Jeter & Paul Mantell Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (September 23, 2014)

The debut book in the New York Times bestselling Contract series, The Contract is a middle grade baseball novel inspired by the youth of legendary sports icon and role model Derek Jeter.

As a young boy, Derek...


Revenge of the Bully

by Scott Starkey Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (September 23, 2014)

Rodney Rathbone must protect his reputation as a reluctant hero when he takes on team sports—and a football bully—in this laugh-out-loud follow-up to How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying and Call...


Pay It Forward

by Catherine Ryan Hyde Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (August 19, 2014)

The internationally bestselling book that inspired the Pay It Forward movement is now available in a middle grade edition.

Pay It Forward is a moving, uplifting novel about Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old...


Wishes

by Molly Cochran Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (April 29, 2014)

In the e-only companion to Molly Cochran’s Legacy and Poison, Kaity Ainsworth learns that wishes come with consequences.

On Walpurgisnacht, where it is said that fairies abound, Katy meets a troubled fairy...


Extra Innings

by Tiki Barber, Ronde Barber & Paul Mantell Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (February 18, 2014)

Batter up! Football, basketball, and now baseball—is there anything the Barber brothers won’t try their best to do? The Barbers join the baseball team in this home-run adventure from NFL superstars and bestselling...


Saving Kabul Corner

by N. H. Senzai Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (February 04, 2014)

From Afghanistan to America, family matters most in this “empowering mystery” (Publishers Weekly), a companion to Shooting Kabul, which Kirkus Reviews called a “story with much to offer.”

A rough and...


The Teashop Girls

by Laura Schaefer & Sujean Rim Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (December 22, 2009)

The Official Rules of the Teashop Girls

1. Teashop girls are best friends forever.

2. Tea is held every week, no matter what.

3. All tea and scones must be split equally at all times.

Annie, Genna, and Zoe...


Angel's Grace

by Tracey Baptiste Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (August 04, 2009)

Grace has always had wild red hair like no one else in her family and a birthmark on her shoulder that her mother told her was the mark of an angel. When Grace is sent from New York to spend the summer with...


Wild Card

by Tiki Barber, Ronde Barber & Paul Mantell Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (August 04, 2009)

Champions give their all

on the field, and in

the classroom!

The eighth-grade season couldn't be going better for the Hidden Valley Eagles. The team is beginning to gel with their new head coach, and Tiki...


My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life

by Kate Feiffer & Diane Goode Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (March 24, 2009)

Everyone has only nice things to say about my mom.

Everyone likes her.

She looks nice.

She bakes great cookies and makes me feel better when I have a bad day.

But would a really nice mom do embarrassing...


The Problem with the Puddles

by Kate Feiffer & Tricia Tusa Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (February 24, 2009)

What if your parents agreed to disagree?

Eight and a half years ago, when their beautiful baby girl was born, Mr. and Mrs. Puddle couldn't agree on what to name her. So Mrs. Puddle calls her daughter Emily...


The Dagger X

by Brian Eames Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (November 12, 2013)

Kitto’s adventure continues in the suspenseful sequel to The Dagger Quick, which School Library Journal called aquest perfect for landlubbers and pirate aficionados alike.”

On the high seas of the Caribbean...


Jump Shot

by Tiki Barber, Ronde Barber & Paul Mantell Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (November 05, 2013)

The Barber brothers know their way around a football field—but can they succeed on the basketball court? Find out in this slam dunk with “lively basketball action and life lessons aplenty (Kirkus Reviews...


Yuck's Robotic Butt Blast

by Matt and Dave & Nigel Baines Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (August 06, 2013)

Yuck creates an amazingly gross invention and tries to outlast his sister on an outdoor adventure in these two delightfully disgusting tales.

In “Yuck’s Robotic Bottom,” Yuck is determined to win first...


Yuck's Big Booger Challenge

by Matt and Dave & Nigel Baines Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (June 04, 2013)

Join Yuck for some bona fide Yucky fun as he takes on big boogers and stinky socks in these two revolting adventures.

In “Yuck’s Big Booger Challenge,” Yuck is always getting in trouble for picking his...


Yuck's Pet Worm

by Matt and Dave & Nigel Baines Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (April 02, 2013)

Yuck is the master of all things disgusting in these two tales—especially when he adds a squirmy pet and some gross-out tricks to the mix.

In “Yuck’s Pet Worm,” Yuck has a new pet—a worm called Fang....


All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens

by Gloria Whelan Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (April 02, 2013)

Rosalind is caught between two worlds as Gandhi’s nonviolent revolution takes hold in this companion to Small Acts of Amazing Courage that “seamlessly weaves history and culture into a novel that stands...


The Call of the Bully: A Rodney Rathbone Novel

by Scott Starkey Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (January 01, 2013)

Rodney Rathbone is back in this sequel to How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying—but will his superstar reputation survive summer camp?

Rodney’s parents surprise him by signing him up for summer camp—pitting...


Victoria Rebels

by Carolyn Meyer Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (January 01, 2013)

Queen Victoria’s personal journals inform this “intimate and authentic portrait” (Booklist) of one of history’s most prominent female leaders.

Queen Victoria most certainly left a legacy—under her rule...


The Power of Poppy Pendle

by Natasha Lowe Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (September 04, 2012)

“There is a strong essence of Roald Dahl to this story…a crowd-pleaser.” —Library Media Connection

“[A] sweet story about true friendship.” —School Library Journal

Poppy has magical powers, but...


Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse

by Susan Vaught Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (May 14, 2019)

“Edgar-winning Vaught, a neuropsychologist, has both personal and professional experience to draw on in crafting a narrator who is admirably smart and resilient despite an ‘itchy’ brain and a compulsion...


Fast Break

by Derek Jeter & Paul Mantell Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (April 16, 2019)

In the sixth book in the New York Times bestselling middle grade series inspired by the life of iconic New York Yankee Derek Jeter, young Derek bites off more than he can chew when he decides to enter the school...


End Zone

by Tiki Barber, Ronde Barber & Paul Mantell Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (August 28, 2012)

The Hidden Valley Eagles have high hopes for the football championship in this novel from NFL superstars and bestselling authors Tiki and Ronde Barber.

Tiki and Ronde are ready to end junior high with a win—a...


Smoke and Mirrors

by K. D. Halbrook Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (September 04, 2018)

“Rewarding.” —BCCB (starred review)

A Wrinkle in Time–inspired adventure…Halbrook’s writing is artful.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This is a story to savor.” —Kathi Appelt, National Book Award finalist...


The Crossroads

by Alexandra Diaz Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (September 04, 2018)

“An incredibly heartfelt depiction of immigrants and refugees in a land full of uncertainty.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Insightful, realistic picture...especially important reading for today’s children.” —...


The Boy, the Boat, and the Beast

by Samantha M. Clark Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (June 26, 2018)

“A poignant story.” —School Library Journal

“An unforgettable, life-affirming tale.” —Booklist

The Graveyard Book meets Hatchet in this eerie novel about a boy who is stranded on a mysterious beach,...


Escape from Aleppo

by N. H. Senzai Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (January 02, 2018)

“Filled with kindness and hope, but also with the harsh realities of the horrors of war, this heartbreaking book is a necessary reminder of what many people live through every day.” —Booklist (starred...


Lucy Castor Finds Her Sparkle

by Natasha Lowe Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (February 20, 2018)

“A quietly reassuring story showing that change can be a good thing at times.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This is a feel-good story…a wonderful read-aloud, especially for snuggling by a fire on a cold night!”...


Curveball

by Derek Jeter & Paul Mantell Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (April 17, 2018)

In the fifth book in the New York Times bestselling middle grade series inspired by the life of iconic New York Yankee Derek Jeter, Derek spends the summer with his grandparents in Pequannock Township, New Jersey....


Signed by Zelda

by Kate Feiffer Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (April 24, 2012)

An aspiring handwriting analyst tracks down her missing neighbor in this “gratifying mystery” (Kirkus Reviews) from the author of The Problem with the Puddles.

More than anything, eleven-year-old Lucy wants...


P.S. Send More Cookies

by Martha Freeman Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (May 16, 2017)

The girls from Flowerpot Cabin learn that there are two things they can count on in life—friendship and cookies—in Martha Freeman’s third novel in the Secret Cookie Club series, which was called “a younger...


Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge

by Kristin L. Gray Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (March 07, 2017)

“A heartfelt read filled with nuanced characters; recommended for those seeking a fast-paced adventure with a very human story.” —School Library Journal

“A humorous, poignant, realistic debut story.”...


Calico Girl

by Jerdine Nolen Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (February 14, 2017)

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2017

“Nolen’s tender story of the Wilcomb family’s losses and aspirations will resonate. At once heartbreaking and uplifting, a gentle, lyrical story of a determined black...


Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question

by Martha Freeman Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (March 07, 2017)

“An excellent addition to middle grade collections.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

After being shipped off to stay with her aunt and uncle in Nowheresville, Pennsylvania, city girl Effie Starr...


Fair Ball

by Derek Jeter & Paul Mantell Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (April 18, 2017)

Inspired by Derek Jeter’s own life, Fair Ball is the fourth middle grade novel in the New York Times bestselling Jeter Publishing Program and focuses on the theme “the world isn’t always fair.”

Life isn’t...


Red Zone

by Tiki Barber, Ronde Barber & Paul Mantell Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (August 31, 2010)

The Hidden Valley Eagles have the championship in sight—but will chicken pox get in the way?

The Hidden Valley Eagles are on track to make the playoffs. Full of focus and determination, every player is at his...


Glimpse

by Carol Lynch Williams Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (June 22, 2010)

Twelve-year-old Hope’s life is turned upside down when her older sister, Lizzie, becomes an elective mute and is institutionalized after trying to kill herself.

Hope and Lizzie have relied on each other from...


Kickoff!

by Tiki Barber, Ronde Barber & Paul Mantell Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (August 26, 2008)

"Hut! Hut! Go long, Tiki!"

Tiki and Ronde's twelfth summer is winding down -- the nights are getting shorter and the evenings cooler. That means two things: The first day of junior high is just a few days away,...


Eliza's Freedom Road

by Jerdine Nolen & Shadra Strickland Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (January 04, 2011)

It is 1852 in Alexandria, Virginia. An orphaned slave, twelve-year-old Eliza has only the quilt her mother left her and the memory of the stories she told. Stories become Eliza’s lifeline to freedom after...


How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying

by Scott Starkey Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (January 03, 2012)

When luck gives a new kid a false reputation as a tough guy, can he find the strength to live up to his image?

Rodney Rathbone is a self-admitted coward. Things scare him, and he can’t help it. So naturally...


Libby of High Hopes

by Elise Primavera Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (June 12, 2012)

“High hopes finally pay off for a horse-loving girl” (Kirkus Reviews) in this charming chapter book from New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Elise Primavera.

Ten-year-old Libby Thump loves two...


Waiting

by Carol Lynch Williams Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (May 01, 2012)

After her brother’s death, a teen struggles to rediscover love and find redemption in this “stunningly powerful free-verse story” (VOYA).

Growing up, London and Zach were as close as could be. And then...


Shooting Kabul

by N. H. Senzai Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (June 22, 2010)

Fadi never imagined he’d start middle school in Fremont, California, thousands of miles from home in Kabul—and half a world away from his missing six-year-old sister, Mariam.

Adjusting to life in the United...


Cleopatra Confesses

by Carolyn Meyer Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (June 07, 2011)

Meet teenage Cleopatra in this first-person account of history that captures “sibling rivalry at its most vicious” (Publishers Weekly).

It is the first century B.C., an ancient time of everpresent drama...


Yuck's Slime Monster

by Matt and Dave & Nigel Baines Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (May 01, 2012)

Captain Underpants fans will be gleefully disgusted with this new laugh-out-loud series, starring a boy so gross they named him Yuck.

In “Yuck’s Slime Monster,” the Prince of Pungency hatches a disgusting...


Yuck's Amazing Underpants

by Matt and Dave & Nigel Baines Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (May 01, 2012)

The gross-out antics of these two Yuck adventures take disgusting to a new level!

In “Yuck’s Amazing Underpants,” Yuck has been wearing his favorite underpants every day and every night—for six weeks....


Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry

by Susan Vaught Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (September 06, 2016)

CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book

Finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award

ILA Young Adults’ Choices

“A provocative, sensitive, and oh-so-timely read.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Ambitious,...