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Staff Picks-Middle School Readers

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Erin Bow
Current price: $16.99
Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature “Funny, poignant and—most important—hopeful.” —New York Times For fans of Kate DiCamillo and Jack Gantos, a hilarious, wrenching, hopeful novel about finding your friends, healing your heart, and speaking your truth. Simon O’Ke ... Read More about
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Dan Santat
Current price: $14.99
A middle grade graphic memoir based on bestselling author and Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat's awkward middle school years and the trip to Europe that changed his life. Dan's always been a good kid. The kind of kid who listens to his teachers, helps his mom with grocery shopping, and stays out of tr ... Read More about
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Morgan Matson
Current price: $18.99
The Penderwicks meets The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street in New York Times bestselling author Morgan Matson’s middle grade debut about a young girl who gets to know her mom’s side of the family and hunts for hidden treasure over the course of one chaotic summer. For as long as Ryanna Stuart can remem ... Read More about
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Alexandra Alessandri
Current price: $17.99
Encanto meets The Chronicles of Narnia by way of Colombian folklore in this middle grade fantasy adventure. To save their father’s life, a brother and sister must journey across a land full of mythical creatures and find the most powerful and dangerous of them all: the madremonte. Twelve-year-old Va ... Read More about
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Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestselling author Lois Lowry transports readers to an Iron Age world through the suspenseful dual narrative of a boy and girl both battling to survive. In an utterly one-of-a-kind blend of fiction and history, a master storyteller explores the mystery and life of ... Read More about
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Kate O'Shaughnessy
Current price: $17.99
What are the essential ingredients that make a family? Eleven-year-old Mo is making up her own recipe in this unforgettable story that's a little sweet, a little sour, and totally delicious. Nan was all the family Mo ever needed. But suddenly she’s gone, and Mo finds herself in foster care after her ... Read More about
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Gordon Korman
Previous price: $19.99 Current price: $17.99
From Gordon Korman, the bestselling author of Restart and The Unteachables, comes a hilarious new story about a mysterious new teacher who turns out to be an AI robot from a secret experimental program. Oliver Zahn, spitball champion and self-declared rule-wrecker of Brightling Middle School, is not ... Read More about
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Cassandra Rose Clarke
Current price: $6.99
Star Trek: Prodigy is a brand-new animated series streaming on Paramount+ and airing on Nickelodeon! Don’t miss this thrilling, all-new original middle grade novel starring Dal, Gwyn, and the rest of the Protostar crew. While traveling through the Delta Quadrant, the Protostar crew discovers a worn ... Read More about
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Claire Swinarski
Previous price: $19.99 Current price: $16.99
*NOW A REGIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER* In this engrossing and inventive contemporary middle grade novel that's Where'd You Go Bernadette? with a #MeToo message, an eighth grader uses social media posts, passed notes, and other clues to find out why a formerly popular girl is now the pariah of her new sc ... Read More about
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Jasmine Warga
Current price: $19.99
New York Times bestseller * Best Book of the Year from The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library The One and Only Ivan meets The Wild Robot in this unique and deeply moving middle grade novel about the journey of a fictional Mars rover, from the Newbery ... Read More about
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