What to Read Now - Kids Middle Grade Books (Paperback)

New and notable middle grade books (for readers ages 8-12) in paperback. Also check out our list of New and Notable Middle Grade Books - Hardcover

Last updated November 17, 2022

Frankie & Bug By Gayle Forman Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781534482548
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Published: Aladdin - October 25th, 2022

This is a terrific middle-grade read! I loved how the main character Bug grows up over the course of the summer, learning important and life-changing things about herself, her family, and the beloved neighbors who make up her extended family. The vivid description of life in Venice Beach in 1987 and the depiction of the AIDS crisis and LGTBQ identities is particularly poignant today. --Maggie


A Mouse Called Miika (Boy Called Christmas) By Matt Haig, Chris Mould (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matt Haig, Chris Mould (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780593644850
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Published: Yearling - October 18th, 2022

Generation Misfits By Akemi Dawn Bowman Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250833266
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Published: Square Fish - October 11th, 2022

One Kid's Trash By Jamie Sumner Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781534457041
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - November 8th, 2022

One Kid's Trash has lots going for it: a fully-developed main character who we cheer for but who also makes lots of mistakes. Parents who are going through changes in their life and marriage which affect the story in interesting ways. Great examples of how to sort out your problems and be a better friend by owning up to your mistakes and making good on them. The sleuthy theme of garbology appealed to my love of Sherlock Holmes deduction! --Maggie


Houdini and Me By Dan Gutman Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780823452569
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Published: Holiday House - October 18th, 2022

A Place to Hang the Moon By Kate Albus Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780823452460
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Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - October 11th, 2022

Walking in Two Worlds (The Floraverse) By Wab Kinew Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780735269026
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Published: Tundra Books - October 4th, 2022

Recognize!: An Anthology Honoring and Amplifying Black Life By Wade Hudson (Editor), Cheryl Willis Hudson (Editor) Cover Image
By Wade Hudson (Editor), Cheryl Willis Hudson (Editor)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593381625
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Published: Yearling - October 4th, 2022

The Lost Language By Claudia Mills Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780823452507
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Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - November 1st, 2022

Rick Riordan Presents Tristan Strong Keeps Punching (A Tristan Strong Novel, Book 3) By Kwame Mbalia Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781368055055
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - October 4th, 2022

The Swallows' Flight By Hilary McKay Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781665900928
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - October 18th, 2022

Escape from Atlantis By Kate O'Hearn Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781534456921
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Published: Aladdin - October 25th, 2022

The Leopard Behind the Moon By Mayonn Paasewe-Valchev Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062993625
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Published: Greenwillow Books - October 18th, 2022

Orphans of the Tide By Struan Murray Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780063043121
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Published: HarperCollins - November 15th, 2022

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition By Misty Copeland Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481479806
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Published: Aladdin - November 8th, 2022