New and notable middle grade books (for readers roughly ages 8-12). Last updated Sept. 21.
Book #6 in the ever-hilarious Last Kids on Earth series.
The sequel to the brilliant Front Desk.
Legitimately spooky and filled some of my new favorite characters, this 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. Hide and Seeker is also a wonderfully powerful story of kids coming to terms with loss and anxiety, conquering their fears, and finding strength, support, and resilience in friendship. Perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and Katherine Arden’s Small Spaces. --Zach
Book #4 in the Vanderbeekers series!
Book #3 in the Pages & Co. series.
Book #3 in the Storm Runners series.
A candid and fierce middle grade novel about sisterhood and sexual abuse, by Newbery Honor winner Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. "Della's tough, straightforward narration pulls no punches as she learns the power of using her 'big mouth' and inspires others to tell their stories when and how they are able. Sharp characterizations by Newbery Honoree Brubaker Bradley create an essential, powerful mirror and window for any reader." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Award-winning Nnedi Okorafor, acclaimed for her Akata novels, introduces a new and engaging hero in her first novel for middle grade readers set against a richly textured background of contemporary Nigeria.
A re-telling of a Malaysian folktale.