Fantastic Middle Grade Novels From 2016 with Messages of Tolerance, Empathy, & Expanding Horizons (for kids grades 3/4 to 6/7)

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544612310
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Published: Clarion Books - May 3rd, 2016

A laugh-out-loud funny book that will speak to anyone navigating the everyday realities of 6th grade, friendships and family ... with a welcome dash of Iranian & U.S. history thrown in as well.


Ghost Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481450157
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Published: Atheneum Books - August 30th, 2016

Meet Castle Crenshaw, aka Ghost. A kid who feels like things don't usually break his way. That all changes when he wanders onto a Defenders team track practice and challenges their star sprinter to a race. Will he be able to stay altercation-free and remain on the team or will the ghosts of his young 8th grade life hold him back?


Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442485068
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 28th, 2016

Told from the points of view of four middle schoolers -- Aimee in LA, Sergio in Brooklyn, Nadira in Ohio, and Will in Shanksville, Pa. -- this page-turning novel allows young readers to experience the emotional importance of 9/11 without focusing on the details of the day itself.


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By Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062377012
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 2nd, 2016

In a near-present future and with the threat of war looming, Peter is forced to release his pet fox into the wild. Narrated in alternating sections by the fox and Peter as they fight to be reunited, this powerful, elegantly written story with layers of meaning will allow different kids to connect to the story in different ways. 


Towers Falling Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316262224
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 12th, 2016

Deja is just getting the hang of life in her new home - a homeless shelter in Brooklyn - and at her new school, where her class is beginning a unit on September 11, 2001. At first Deja doesn't see the connections to her own life, but as she learns, she begins to understand how events of the past impact her present. A reminder how history is always alive.


Furthermore Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101994764
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2016

Best described as Alice in Wonderland meets The Phantom Tollbooth, this tale of adventure in the magical lands of Ferenwood and Furthermore is also a tale of the redemptive power of finding and harnessing your own magic, particularly in a world where you may not look like everyone around you.


Booked Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544570986
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 5th, 2016

A novel in verse that almost demands to be read aloud -- it's about soccer, sesquipedalia (look it up!), separation/divorce, and standing up for friends. This was a story my 8-year-old and I both loved; one that's accessible to ages 8 to 14. 


The Nameless City Cover Image
By Faith Erin Hicks, Jordie Bellaire (Contribution by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781626721562
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Published: First Second - April 5th, 2016

This is a world to sink into - incredible artwork and strong storytelling combine to create a mythical yet believable place of insiders and outsiders, shifting power and endless intrigue. First of a planned trilogy of graphic novels, The Nameless City is great for readers in 2nd grade to adulthood.