What to Read Now - Kids Middle Grade Books

New and notable middle grade books (for readers ages 8-12). Last updated February 15, 2021.

Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062869944
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Published: Heartdrum - February 9th, 2021

Ground Zero Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338245752
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 2nd, 2021

A Place to Hang the Moon Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780823447053
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Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - February 2nd, 2021

The Magical Reality of Nadia Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338572285
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - February 2nd, 2021

Red, White, and Whole Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063047426
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Published: Quill Tree Books - February 2nd, 2021

The Vanished (Shuri: Black Panther Novel #2) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338587180
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - February 2nd, 2021

One Jar of Magic Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062689856
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - February 9th, 2021

Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062975164
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 19th, 2021

The Comeback: A Figure Skating Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374313791
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - January 19th, 2021

City of the Plague God Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368051507
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - January 12th, 2021

Flood City Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338111125
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 2nd, 2021

Root Magic Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062899576
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Published: Walden Pond Press - January 5th, 2021

The Last Bear Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063041073
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Published: HarperCollins - February 2nd, 2021

Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374314156
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - January 12th, 2021

Shaking Up the House Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062970725
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Published: HarperCollins - January 5th, 2021

Just Like That Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544084773
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Published: Clarion Books - January 5th, 2021

After her best friend dies suddenly, Meryl Lee slips into the "Blank," a deep and overpowering sense of grief. Her parents enroll her in a Maine boarding school, hoping that a change of scenery will help her heal. Despite early struggles to fit in at the strict St. Elene's prep school for girls, Meryl Lee soon forges strong connections with peers, teachers, and one Matt Coffin, a local boy who's fighting to overcome his own history of grief and loss. Brilliant characterization and a vividly realized 1970s setting make this novel really shine. Highly recommended for older KMG/early YA. -Talia


The Awakening of Malcolm X: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374313296
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - January 5th, 2021

Star Wars The High Republic: A Test of Courage Cover Image
By Justina Ireland, Petur Antonsson (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781368057301
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Published: Disney Lucasfilm Press - January 5th, 2021

Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781681199443
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - January 5th, 2021

A Wolf Called Wander Cover Image
By Rosanne Parry, Mónica Armiño (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062895943
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Published: Greenwillow Books - January 5th, 2021

Now in paperback!


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

Dear Sweet Pea is the perfect book for both tween readers, their parents, or 20-somethings like myself. In Sweet Pea I see a younger reflection of myself, and it was so affirming to read such a heartfelt and nuanced take about what exactly it means to be a middle-schooler. The protagonist, Sweet Pea, navigates friendships, mean girls, crushes, body-shaming, and her parent's divorce as seventh-grade draws to a close. Julie Murphy tackles all these issues with grace and humor. Don't be surprised if you both laugh out loud and cry while reading; I sure did.  --Genni


Sunnyside Plaza Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316531214
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2021

Now in paperback! When the residents of Sunnyside Plaza - a group home for adults with developmental disabilities - start unexpectedly passing away, a young woman must work with the other Sunnysiders to figure out what's happening. Scott Simon's characters are instantly emotionally engaging and their resiliency and determination to help and protect each other will have readers of all ages deeply invested in their story. --Colin


From the Desk of Zoe Washington Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062875860
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 5th, 2021

Now in paperback!


Indian Shoes Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780064421485
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Published: Heartdrum - February 9th, 2021

Now in paperback!