Middle Grade Fiction Recommendations

Dear Sweet Pea Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062473080
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 2nd, 2021

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


The Magic Fish: (A Graphic Novel) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984851598
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Published: Random House Graphic - October 13th, 2020

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by the New York Public Library • Kirkus Reviews • Booklist • Publishers Weekly


Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (A Tristan Strong Novel, Book 1) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781368042413
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - September 22nd, 2020

Middle Grade -- Ages 9 to 13 -- From the imprint of Rick Riordan (creator of Percy Jackson)! Since the day of the tragic accident that killed his best friend Eddie, Tristan Strong has felt anything but strong. When Eddie's journal is stolen by a sticky-fingered character from African folklore, Tristan fights so hard to get it back that he punches a hole in the sky and enters a world he thought only existed in his grandmother's stories. In this epic tale of a boy who just wants to go home, Tristan makes friends with heroes and gods like John Henry, Brer Rabbit, and Nyame as they fight off monsters threatening to erase their stories. -- Erica


Fly on the Wall Cover Image
By Remy Lai, Remy Lai (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250314116
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - September 15th, 2020

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


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

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


Blended Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442495012
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 7th, 2020

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


The Tea Dragon Society Cover Image
By K. O'Neill, K. O'Neill (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781620107379
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Published: Oni Press - June 16th, 2020

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 


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Front Desk (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338157826
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 25th, 2019

Middle Grade -- ages 8 to 12 -- This story is based on the author's own experience working in a motel with her parents in the 1990's. Just like the author, Mia's parents immigrated with her from China in pursuit of a better life, only to be stuck working for a terrible boss who barely pays them enough to get by. Despite their circumstances, they find a way to help other immigrants who need shelter. Mia faces each obstacle with a problem-solving attitude and buckets of empathy. This book will  teach you about the realities of the American Dream and make you laugh and cry along the way. -- Casey


This Was Our Pact Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781626720534
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Published: First Second - June 11th, 2019

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


Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316508896
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2018

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