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 April 13, 2024.

Nowhere Better Than Here By Sarah Guillory Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250895233
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Published: Square Fish - March 19th, 2024

It's not just natural disasters that bring about cataclysmic change. For Jillian, a lil extra rain signals the end of Boutin as she knows it. Turns out, Boutin's bayous have been changing a lot over the last few decades and the rising water isn't just destroying homes, but memories. Feeling powerless, Jillian starts documenting the oral histories of Boutin residents to keep some part of her town alive, even if the water takes it. A moving, relevant book that dives into the trauma of losing your home, the realities of climate change, and the power of community. (Recommended for ages 8 and up). --Jamie K.


Always, Clementine By Carlie Sorosiak Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781536236095
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Published: Walker Books US - March 19th, 2024

The Ruins of Gorlan: Book One (Ranger's Apprentice #1) By John Flanagan Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780593692837
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2024

Bringing to life feudal Britain and surrounding countries, The Ranger’s Apprentice perfectly blends history and fantasy for a compelling read. We follow Will, whose life was flipped upside down when he was selected by the shadowy Rangers as a new trainee. Once the plot kicks in, you won’t be able to put it down. --Jalon (Youth Advisory Board Member)


On Air with Zoe Washington By Janae Marks Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780063212329
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - April 16th, 2024

The Last Cuentista: Newbery Medal Winner By Donna Barba Higuera Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781646144129
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Published: Levine Querido - March 26th, 2024

Goblin Market By Diane Zahler Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780823455935
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Published: Holiday House - April 2nd, 2024

A fairy tale setting focusing on the importance of sister relationships. The main character Lizzie is neurodivergent and the rest of the characters in the book see and appreciate her different outlook on the world. If you're looking for a book to help connect with your child and to see things from their perspective, I would highly suggest Goblin Market. --Jamie K.


Nic Blake and the Remarkables: The Manifestor Prophecy By Angie Thomas Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780063225145
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 2nd, 2024

Cress Watercress By Gregory Maguire, David Litchfield (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gregory Maguire, David Litchfield (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781536232479
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Published: Candlewick - March 26th, 2024

The Kingdom Over the Sea By Zohra Nabi Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781665931090
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - April 16th, 2024

Millicent Min, Girl Genius (The Millicent Min Trilogy) By Lisa Yee Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781339039541
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 2nd, 2024

Alice Austen Lived Here By Alex Gino Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781338733846
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 2nd, 2024

The Area 51 Files By Julie Buxbaum, Lavanya Naidu (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Julie Buxbaum, Lavanya Naidu (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593429495
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Published: Yearling - April 16th, 2024

Sisterhood of Sleuths By Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, Vesper Stamper (Illustrator) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316331203
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Published: Christy Ottaviano Books - March 26th, 2024