Middle Grade -- Ages 8 to 12 -- In the small town of Valentine TX, Sweet Pea has often written in to her favorite advice column in the local paper, Miss Flora Mae I. When Miss Flora Mae suddenly has to leave town, she tasks Sweet Pea with forwarding her mail... only Sweet Pea takes the liberty of replying to some of the letters herself. Navigating her parents' divorce and evolving friendships at school, Sweet Pea realizes it's time to take some of her own advice. This sweet story of empathy and friendship is inclusive, body-positive, and feels like a big hug. I wish I'd had this story as a middle grader! -- Casey
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by the New York Public Library • Kirkus Reviews • Booklist • Publishers Weekly
Middle Grade - ages 8-12 -- Remy Lai explains middle school feelings so well!!! Chapter book. Perfect for kids who like superheros or graphic novels or friendship stories. Has a kind of modern Harriet the Spy vibe. Henry's family treats him like a baby so he decides to run away to his dad's house - from Australia to Singapore, by himself!! Really wonderful book that helps kids reframe family dynamics and realize how to communicate their needs. --Sara
The story of Mia and her family and friends at the Calivista Motel continues in this powerful, hilarious, and resonant sequel to the award-winning novel Front Desk.Mia Tang thinks she's going to have the best year ever.
Middle Grade -- ages 8-12 -- This was a very cute witchy adventure story!! Felt fairly original whilst also being comfortably nostalgic of other witchy fantasy stories. Ember the fire fox was so freaking cute! --Sara
Middle Grade -- Ages 8 to 13 -- 11 year old Isabella is biracial and feels torn between two identities--a feeling that is heightened by her parents' divorce and the pressure she feels to choose between them. While navigating these changes, her eyes are are opened to racial injustices in the world. Writing with compassion and heart, Draper makes difficult topics approachable and digestable. -- Casey
Available for the first time in paperback, The Tea Dragon Society is the two-time Eisner Award-winning gentle fantasy that follows the story of a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.
Winner of the 2018 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids
Winner of the 2018 Eis
Graphic Novel -- Ages 10 to 14 -- This book is so magical. Not wizards and dragons magical--well, maybe a little--but mostly just a deep, heart-swelling, kind of magical. It's about kids riding their bikes at night, chasing the lanterns floating down the river to see where they go. The further they get from home, the more whimsical it becomes. Gorgeous monochromatic colorscapes make it as stunning to look at as it feels to read it. Great for a range of ages: 10 and up, even teens! -- Casey
Middle Grade -- Ages 8 to 13 -- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire meets Lemony Snicket! Morrigan Crow knows she's supposed to die on her 11th birthday. It's a curse that's been destined since her birth. But when the fated day comes, she's whisked away to another world an entered into a tournament to join the mysterious Wunderous Society. This is a pageturner from start to finish, and full of the most awe-inspiring magic! -- Casey