Gift Guide: For The Middle Grader

Whether they've always got their nose in a book or they aren't exactly sure about the whole "reading is fun" thing, we've got a book that'll suit every youngster.

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Frankie & Bug Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534482531
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Published: Aladdin - October 12th, 2021

In the debut middle grade novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Gayle Forman comes a poignant and powerful coming-of-age story that follows a young girl and her new friend as they learn about family, friendship, allyship, and finding your way in a complicated world.

It’s the summer of 1987, and all ten-year-old Bug wants to do is go to the beach w


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Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250294258
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Published: Square Fish - January 8th, 2019

Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire is the first book in a spellbinding middle grade fantasy adventure series by screenwriter John August.

“A thrilling adventure full of magic and wonder. John August is a master storyteller.” —Ransom Riggs, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children


Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062947703
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 8th, 2021

The first in an action-packed debut middle grade fantasy duology about a Cuban American girl who discovers that she’s one of the nine Muses of Greek mythology. Perfect for fans of The Serpent’s Secret, the Aru Shah series, and the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.


Obie Is Man Enough Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593379462
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - September 7th, 2021

A coming-of-age story about transgender tween Obie, who didn't think being himself would cause such a splash. For fans of Alex Gino's George and Lisa Bunker's Felix Yz.

Obie knew his transition would have ripple effects. He has to leave his swim coach, his pool, and his best friends. But it’s time for Obie to find where he truly belongs.
 


The Okay Witch Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781534431454
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Published: Aladdin - September 3rd, 2019

A School Library Journal Best Graphic Novel of 2019
A YALSA 2020 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
A YALSA 2020 Great Graphic Novel for Teens

Sabrina the Teenage Witch meets Roller Girl in this hilarious, one-of-a-kind graphic novel about a half-witch who has just discovered the truth about herself, her family, and her town an


The Awakening Storm: A Graphic Novel (City of Dragons #1) Cover Image
By Jaimal Yogis, Vivian Truong (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338660425
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Published: Graphix - September 21st, 2021

Grace and her friends must protect a newly hatched dragon from mysterious evildoers.

When Grace moves to Hong Kong with her mom and new stepdad, her biggest concern is making friends at her fancy new boarding school.


Aster and the Mixed-Up Magic: (A Graphic Novel) Cover Image
By Thom Pico, Karensac (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593118870
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Published: Random House Graphic - March 2nd, 2021

Aster is charming, resourceful, and fun." - Dana Simpson, author of Phoebe and Her Unicorn

Magic turned Aster's life upside-down -- and it's not over! Get ready for more family, more fun, and even more magic in this graphic novel adventure.


The Secret Garden: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
By Mariah Marsden (Adapted by), Hanna Luechtefeld (Illustrator)
$11.99
ISBN: 9781524858155
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - June 15th, 2021

Green-growing secrets and powerful magic await you at Misselthwaite Manor, now reimagined in this bewitching graphic novel adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved tale. From Mariah Marsden, author of the critically acclaimed Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel, comes the second installment in this series of retold children's classics


Minecraft: Mob Squad Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593355770
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Published: Del Rey - September 28th, 2021

Come with the Mob Squad on an amazing adventure through the Overworld in this official Minecraft novel!

The village of Cornucopia is practically perfect in every way. Plenty of food, cozy homes, and a huge wall to keep everyone safe from the scary world outside. What more could a kid possibly need?

Well, a lot, actually.


Pony Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553508116
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“Perfection.” –The Wall Street Journal

The bestselling author of Wonder returns with an enthralling adventure about a boy on a quest to rescue his father, with only a ghost as his companion and a mysterious pony as his guide.  


The Insiders Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063008106
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Published: HarperCollins - September 21st, 2021

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

Three kids who don’t belong. A room that shouldn’t exist. A year that will change everything.


Tristan Strong Keeps Punching (A Tristan Strong Novel, Book 3) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368054874
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - October 5th, 2021

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents the finale of Kwame Mbalia's trilogy, in which Tristan Strong faces off with his archenemy, King Cotton, once and for all.

"Imagine if you combined Anansi the Spider, John Henry, and Marvel into, like, one book."--New York Times best-selling author and Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander


Aru Shah and the City of Gold: A Pandava Novel Book 4 (Pandava Series #4) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368013864
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - April 6th, 2021

Best-selling author Rick Riordan Presents the penultimate book in the Pandava series by best-selling author Roshani Chokshi.

*"Chokshi spins a fantastical narrative that seamlessly intertwines Hindu cosmology and folklore, feminism, and witty dialogue for an uproarious novel for young readers."--Kirkus (starred review of Aru Shah and the End of Time)


The Vanderbeekers Make a Wish Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358256205
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Published: Clarion Books - September 21st, 2021

One hilarious Harlem family is on a mission to find the perfect way to celebrate their Papa's fortieth birthday while discovering more about their mysterious grandparents in this heartfelt romp and latest installment to the New York Times best-selling series, perfect for fans of the Penderwicks. 

It's summer on 141st Street, and the Vanderbeeker


Ahmed Aziz’s Epic Year Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063024892
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Published: Quill Tree Books - June 22nd, 2021

This hilarious and poignant tween debut about dealing with bullies, making friends, and the power of good books is a great next read for fans of Merci Suárez Changes Gears and John David Anderson.

Ahmed Aziz is having an epic year—epically bad.


Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338671568
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Published: Scholastic Press - August 3rd, 2021

Fans of Lisa Greenwald and Wendy Mass are sure to fall head-over-heels for this funny, sweet story of crushes, competition, and the confusing reality of middle school.