Flyleaf's Favorite Kids Middle Grade (Ages 8-12) 2020

King and the Dragonflies Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338129335
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 4th, 2020

A beautiful older-middle-grade read that addresses themes of grief, race, and sexuality, King and the Dragonflies will make you cry and give you hope. --Talia


A Wish in the Dark Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536204940
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Published: Candlewick - March 24th, 2020

My favorite middle grade of the year. An utterly compelling tale of haves and have-nots set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world. An adventure yarn for sure but it's also full of sophisticated observations on leadership, power, resources and greed that couldn't be more timely.  My at-the-time 11-year-old loved it as well -- in fact, he's who told me I had to read it. And now I'm telling you. --Elese


Otto Tattercoat and the Forest of Lost Things Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525515272
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Published: Philomel Books - June 9th, 2020

Matilda Woods’ clever folktale-inspired stories are just waiting to be discovered by a wider audience. In her latest a young boy named Otto finds himself in Hodeldorf, a peculiarly cold village, where he quickly becomes separated from his mother, then his coat, before things take an even sharper turn for the worse. Delightfully littered with magical elements throughout, this is a read-aloud that equally captivated both my 12- and 8-year-old boys alike. What a treat. --Elese


Prairie Lotus Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328781505
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Published: Clarion Books - March 3rd, 2020

My boys and I passed the early stay-at-home days of the pandemic in the world of 1880s LaForge, Dakota Territory, as seen through the eyes of Hanna. It's a Little House on the Prairie take that de-centers the white experience; Hanna's late mother is Chinese & Korean and her father is white. While navigating the pervasive racism of this up-and-coming railroad town, Hanna pursues her dream of becoming a dressmaker, with all of the gloriously detailed sewing descriptions one could hope for -- bolts of calico fabric, button boxes and Godey's Lady's Book fashions. --Elese


Black Brother, Black Brother Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316493802
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

A High Five for Glenn Burke Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374312732
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - February 25th, 2020

Well, we haven't been high-fiving as much as we would have expected in 2020 ... but still, did you know that the high-five was invented by MLB player Glenn Burke in the 1970s?! Burke is a hero to Silas, a kid obsessed with baseball, Sandlot and making his teammates laugh. And there's another thing about Glenn Burke - he was gay. So is Silas. Silas channels Burke's spirit as he navigates speaking his truth to the friends, family and teammates in his life. A book full of hijinks and heart perfect for any sports fan. --Elese


Hide and Seeker Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338583625
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 15th, 2020

Legitimately spooky and filled with some of my new favorite characters, Hide and Seeker is one of the best middle-grade horror novels I have ever read. Hermon balances her scares with some great moments of humor, so the novel never feels too dark, even as it maintains a constant atmosphere of creepiness. --Zach


The Silver Arrow Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316539531
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

From the Desk of Zoe Washington Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062875853
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 14th, 2020

Tristan Strong Destroys the World (A Tristan Strong Novel, Book 2) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368042383
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - October 6th, 2020

Everything Awesome About Sharks and Other Underwater Creatures! Cover Image
By Mike Lowery, Mike Lowery (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338359732
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Published: Orchard Books - October 6th, 2020

Britannica All New Kids' Encyclopedia: What We Know & What We Don't Cover Image
By Christopher Lloyd (Editor), J. E. Luebering (Foreword by), Britannica Group
$30.00
ISBN: 9781912920488
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Published: Britannica Books - October 13th, 2020

The Best of Iggy Cover Image
By Annie Barrows, Sam Ricks (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781984813305
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2020

An early chapter book best for ages 6-9. Iggy is the kind of kid who can't seem to help himself from getting into trouble. It's mostly small potatoes -- well, there was that one incident on the roof -- until it isn't. But he's so darn lovable you can't help but root for him. Kids will laugh out loud, adults will appreciate how Iggy models for young readers that it's OK to make mistakes; it's about how you pick yourself back up and learn to make amends from your heart. -Elese