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My Box-Shaped Heart

by Rachael Lucas Feiwel & Friends (August 20, 2019)

Rachel Lucas's My Box-Shaped Heart is a powerful YA novel about an unlikely friendship between two struggling teens—and how they come together to help one another.

Holly's mom is a hoarder, and Holly is fed...


Gut Check

by Eric Kester Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (August 13, 2019)

A darkly comic high-school drama about brotherhood, body image, concussions, and toxic masculinity from Eric Kester, the Boston Globe bestselling adult author of That Book About Harvard.

Wyatt has wanted nothing...


The Bone Garden

by Heather Kassner & Matt Saunders Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (August 06, 2019)

A spooky and adventurous debut illustrated fantasy novel about a girl made of dust and bone and imagination who seeks the truth about the magic that brought her to life.

Featuring illustrations by Matt Saunders!...


A Dog’s Best Friend: The Secrets that Make Good Dog Owners Great

by Jan Fennell Harper (May 30, 2019)

Through touching and emotive anecdotes, internationally-acclaimed author and dog trainer Jan Fennell shares with us the successes, set-backs and secrets that will strike a chord with dog lovers everywhere.

In...


The Miraculous

by Jess Redman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (July 30, 2019)

In the tradition of heartwrenching and hopeful middle grade novels such as Bridge to Terabithia comes Jess Redman's stunning debut about a young boy who must regain his faith in miracles after a tragedy changes...


For Black Girls Like Me

by Mariama J. Lockington Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (July 30, 2019)

In this lyrical coming-of-age story about family, sisterhood, music, race, and identity, Mariama J. Lockington draws on some of the emotional truths from her own experiences growing up with an adoptive white...


The Falcon’s Feather (Explorer Academy)

by National Geographic Kids National Geographic Kids (March 21, 2019)

Danger, mystery, and high adventure await as Cruz boards the Explorer Academy ship on a dangerous mission to the icy north in search of the first piece of his mother's hidden cypher.

In the exciting follow-up...


How to Rob a Bank

by Tom Mitchell HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (March 07, 2019)

A hilarious, filmic and fast-paced crime-caper by 2019’s funniest new voice in teen fiction, ideal for readers aged 11 and up.

Some people rob banks because they’re greedy. Others enjoy the adrenalin rush....


Murder at the Museum (Agatha Oddly, Book 2)

by Lena Jones HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (March 07, 2019)

A second mystery for thirteen-year-old Agatha Oddly – a bold, determined heroine, and the star of this stylish new detective series.

Agatha Oddlow’s set to become the youngest member of the Gatekeepers’...


The Hunger in the Forest "Fuuuurrrrrr n'Bum"

by Rosaalda Brandão Grosvenor House Publishing (May 31, 2019)

Hunger in the forest “Fuuuurrrrrr n'bum”, is a cultural book, which tells the story about the relationship between two best friends in a struggle for survival in the forest. It also represents a culture...


All the Ways Home

by Elsie Chapman Feiwel & Friends (May 28, 2019)

"In All the Ways Home, Elsie Chapman gracefully explores the complexities of family and loss. The specificity in which Chapman narrates Kaede's journey in Japan is particularly satisfying. An insightful, compassionate,...


Pie in the Sky

by Remy Lai Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (May 14, 2019)

A poignant, laugh-out-loud illustrated middle-grade novel about an eleven-year-old boy's immigration experience, his annoying little brother, and their cake-baking hijinks! Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier...


Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Tentacle Terror

by Liam O'Donnell & Mike Deas Orca Book Publishers (April 16, 2019)

When valuable cargo ships vanish from Rockfall Mountain's busiest port, crime-fighting goblin detective Fizz Marlow and his troll sleuthing partner, Tank Wrenchlin, know Dectective Hordish is going to need their...


No Ballet Shoes In Syria

by Catherine Bruton Nosy Crow (April 25, 2019)

Aya is eleven years old and has just arrived in Britain with her mum and baby brother, seeking asylum from war in Syria. When Aya stumbles across a local ballet class, the formidable dance teacher spots her...


Dad Droid

by Chris Bran & Justin Chubb Unbound (May 30, 2019)

When Freddy Bird’s genius-inventor dad goes missing, he and best friend Minnie find themselves plunged into mortal danger, pursued by dangerous thugs, deadly mechanical birds and a sinister businessman with...


The Startup Squad

by Brian Weisfeld & Nicole C. Kear Imprint (May 07, 2019)

Girls mean business in a brand-new middle grade series about friendship and entrepreneurship!

All the great leaders had to start somewhere. And Theresa (“Resa” for short) is starting with the lemonade stand...


A Is for Elizabeth

by Rachel Vail & Paige Keiser Feiwel & Friends (May 07, 2019)

The first in a new chapter book series spinning off of the Justin Case books, starring Justin's little sister, Elizabeth.

Elizabeth is in second grade. Class 2B! It's great! Friends, recess, homework!

Even a...


All Your Fault

by Cath Howe Nosy Crow (February 06, 2019)

Maya and Rose won't talk to each other. Even though they are sisters. Not since the accident. Maya is running wild, and Rose doesn't know what to do. Now Maya and Rose have to go away together on a week-long...


We Won An Island

by Charlotte Lo Nosy Crow (February 07, 2019)

When Luna's family win an island, Luna thinks it will solve everything AND she can finally get a donkey! But things don't go entirely to plan - no one expects Luna's younger brother to win a Sheep Pageant, for...


An Otter Called Pebble

by Helen Peters & Ellie Snowdon Nosy Crow (February 08, 2019)

The seventh in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon. Jasmine...


Terrifying Tales to Tell at Night

by Randy Broecker & Stephen Jones Sky Pony (July 02, 2019)

For the fans of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, here comes a new illustrated children's horror anthology. You have been warned!

The stories in this book are scary. Real scary! After reading these horrible...


The Lost Boy's Gift

by Kimberly Willis Holt Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (April 30, 2019)

Kimberly Willis Holt explores themes of divorce, acceptance, intergenerational friendship, and the power that comes with noticing in The Lost Boy's Gift, an insightful middle-grade novel.

There are places where...


Bert’s Bath

by Annette Campbell Library For All (March 01, 2019)

Bert doesn't want to have a bath! He must hide so his mum can't find him! Reading Level 3 Books That Travel Collection Keywords: family; hygiene, animals; sounds


Sally’s Lucky Socks

by Rhianne Conway Library For All (March 01, 2019)

Sally loves to play basketball! She can dribble and shoot and pass … as long as she is wearing her lucky socks. But one day, her lucky socks are nowhere to be found. How is she going to win the big match in...


Death by Airship

by Arthur Slade Orca Book Publishers (January 29, 2019)

Prince Conn will never be king. And that's just fine with him. He's ninth in line for the pirate throne and is quite happy to sail the skies in his airship with his crew of cheery misfits, plundering as they...


Room 555

by Cristy Wilson Orca Book Publishers (January 29, 2019)

Fourteen-year-old Roonie loves hip-hop almost as much as she loves her grandmother. She cannot wait to compete in her school's dance competition. But as her grandmother's health deteriorates, Roonie becomes...


Tick Tock Terror

by Melanie Jackson Orca Book Publishers (January 29, 2019)

Conor loves to climb. So when the crusty old manager of a thrill ride based on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" challenges Conor to scale the ride in the dark of night and hide a package at the top,...


Nova in New York

by Katherine Richards Orca Book Publishers (January 29, 2019)

Seventeen-year-old Nova Abbott grew up dancing barefoot in the backyard with her aunt Ivy, whose dreams of becoming a professional ballerina were cut short by cystic fibrosis. Nova is invited to attend a prestigious...


Embrace the Chicken

by Mahtab Narsimhan Orca Book Publishers (January 29, 2019)

Even though she only left Mumbai a few months ago, Shivani isn't feeling like such an outsider anymore. She likes her new school. She finally has a best friend. But when her mother volunteers for the school's...


The Astonishing Maybe

by Shaunta Grimes Feiwel & Friends (March 26, 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...


Cilla Lee-Jenkins: The Epic Story

by Susan Tan & Dana Wulfekotte Roaring Brook Press (March 26, 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....


Little Lion Rescue

by Rachel Delahaye Stripes Publishing (March 07, 2019)

Fliss loves animals and will do anything to save them! Join her on her adventures to save wild animals in danger. What starts out as a school trip to the zoo for Fliss and her classmates ends up being the adventure...


The Puppy Who Couldn't Sleep

by Holly Webb & Sophy Williams Stripes Publishing (April 04, 2019)

When Lara and her dad discover a scared black puppy in an alleyway while walking their dog Oliver, Lara desperately wants to take him home and look after him. Her dad isn’t so sure. But Lara can’t stop thinking...


Level Up

by Tom Nicoll & Anjan Sarkar Stripes Publishing (May 02, 2019)

Videogame-obsessed Flo gets more than she bargained for when she finds herself INSIDE her favourite game. Turns out, virtual reality isn’t as much fun when it’s not so virtual. When Flo’s engineer mum...


Bernard Dunne

by Bernard Dunne The O'Brien Press (March 21, 2019)

How a little kid from Dublin became a world champion boxer. Bernard Dunne tells his own story in his own words: for children!

Growing up in Neilstown, west Dublin, Bernard Dunne was always going to be a boxer....


Tito the Bonecrusher

by Melissa Thomson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (March 05, 2019)

In Melissa Thomson's first standalone middle-grade novel, the beloved author of the Keena Ford chapter book series delivers a funny yet moving story about fathers, sons, and criminal justice.

Oliver "Spaghetti-O"...


The Last Secret (Scarlet and Ivy, Book 6)

by Sophie Cleverly HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (January 10, 2019)

A brand-new mystery for fans of Harry Potter and Murder Most Unladylike children’s books, The Last Secret is the sixth and final book in the Scarlet and Ivy series.

When Scarlet and Ivy return to school after...


The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 3

by Rachel Renee Russell Aladdin (June 04, 2019)

From #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries author Rachel Renée Russell comes the third book in a series about Max Crumbly and his daily ups and downs in middle school.

When we last left our courageous hero,...


Ruby in the Sky

by Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (February 05, 2019)

A Washington Post KidsPost Summer Book Club Read

Twelve-year-old Ruby Moon Hayes does not want her new classmates to ask about her father. She does not want them to know her mother has been arrested. And she...


Get a Job, Creep

by Greyson Mann & Amanda Brack Sky Pony (May 21, 2019)

When Gerald’s parents decide it’s time for him to learn the value of an emerald, he sets out to get the perfect summer job. Wolf-walking, anyone? Baby-zombie-sitting? Llama grooming? Gerald isn’t exactly...


When Pigmen Fly

by Cara J. Stevens & Mitchell Creeden Sky Pony (May 21, 2019)

Before they can graduate, they must face their greatest challenge!

It’s the last semester at Redstone Junior High and Pixel, Sky, and Uma are about to enter into their most exciting adventure yet. The students...


A Creeper Camps Out

by Greyson Mann & Amanda Brack Sky Pony (July 30, 2019)

Gerald isn’t exactly thrilled when his parents send him to summer camp. Building shelters? Not really his thing. Gathering mushrooms? Thanks, but no thanks. Tracking wolves? Um . . . NO. Gerald especially...


Basil and the Royal Dare

by Eve Titus, Cathy Hapka & David Mottram Aladdin (May 28, 2019)

Named one of “13 Detective Book Series You Obsessed Over as a Kid” by BuzzFeed and the inspiration for a hit Disney film, the masterful Great Mouse Detective is back and ready to find out what happened when...


Just South of Home

by Karen Strong Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 07, 2019)

“Readers of Turnage’s Three Times Lucky will appreciate this well-wrought, atmospheric mystery.” —BCCB

“A stirring Southern middle grade book that burns brighter than fireworks on the Fourth.” —...


Batting Order

by Mike Lupica Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 28, 2019)

A New York Times bestseller

From acclaimed author of the Home Team Mike Lupica comes a brand-new novel about the heart and soul of baseball.

On or off the field, Matt and Ben couldn’t be more different. Ben...


Camp Shady Crook

by Lee Gjertsen Malone Aladdin (May 21, 2019)

It’s Ocean’s Eleven set in a summer camp as two kids try to one-up each other in a con competition at a camp that isn’t quite what it seems…

For Archie, the start of summer means another stint at Camp...


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...


Switching Goals

by Alex Morgan Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 11, 2019)

From FIFA World Cup Champion, Olympic gold medalist, and bestselling author Alex Morgan comes the tenth book in an empowering and fun-filled middle grade series that inspired the streaming original series, The...


Dream Within a Dream

by Patricia Maclachlan Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 07, 2019)

A young girl finds herself—and so much more—during a summer stay with her grandparents in this tender novel from Newbery Award–winning author Patricia MacLachlan.

When Louisa (short for Louisiana) is sent...


Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet

by Megan Frazer Blakemore & Nadja Sarell Aladdin (June 18, 2019)

Ivy and Bean meets Aliens in my Pocket in this start to a brand-new chapter book series about Frankie Sparks, a third grader who uses her love for science and math to help her solve problems she comes across...