New and Best Books in Middle Grade Fiction

Tumble By Celia C. Pérez Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593325179
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Published: Kokila - August 16th, 2022

From the award-winning author of The First Rule of Punk and Strange Birds, a dazzling novel about a young girl who collects the missing pieces of her origin story from the family of legendary luchadores she’s never met.

A 2023 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book


The Area 51 Files By Julie Buxbaum, Lavanya Naidu (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Julie Buxbaum, Lavanya Naidu (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780593429464
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 13th, 2022

Aliens, sassy hedgehogs, and unexplained disappearances . . . Oh, my! Discover the secrets of the universe in this hilarious, highly illustrated middle-grade series from New York Times bestselling author Julie Buxbaum.

“Epically fun!”—Max Brallier, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Kids on Earth


Odder By Katherine Applegate, Charles Santoso (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250147424
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 20th, 2022

Now a #1 New York Times bestseller! A touching and lyrical tale about a remarkable sea otter, from Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate, author of Wishtree.

Meet Odder, the Queen of Play:

Nobody has her moves.
She doesn’t just swim to the bottom,
she dive-bombs.
She doesn’t just somersault,


The Fort By Gordon Korman Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338629149
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 28th, 2022

From the bestselling author of RESTART, the story of a middle-school "band of brothers" -- five friends who need to stick together after they set up a hideout in an abandoned bomb shelter and discover that the only way to be true friends is to reveal their secrets and help each other out.

The morning after Hurricane Leo rips through the town of Canaan, residents awaken to widesprea


Best Wishes (Best Wishes #1) By Sarah Mlynowski Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781338628258
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 6th, 2022

Because you’re blue

This bracelet is now for you.

Speak one wish to make it true. . .

So begins this enchanting new adventure from Sarah Mlynowski, the New York Times bestselling author and co-author of the Whatever After and Upside-Down Magic series.


A Seed in the Sun By Aida Salazar Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593406601
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Published: Dial Books - October 25th, 2022

**Four starred reviews!**

A farm-working girl with big dreams meets activist Dolores Huerta and joins the 1965 protest for workers’ rights in this tender-hearted novel in verse, perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia and Pam Muñoz Ryan.


Sweet and Sour By Debbi Michiko Florence Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338671599
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 6th, 2022

A heartfelt middle-grade novel about ex-best friends, betrayals, and revenge that is best served sour.

Revenge is sweet!

For as long as she can remember, Mai has spent every summer in Mystic, Connecticut visiting family friends.


ChupaCarter By George Lopez, Ryan Calejo, Santy Gutierrez (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593465974
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2022

With his signature laugh-out-loud humor, world-famous comedian George Lopez launches a fantastical middle grade series inspired by his own colorful childhood and Latinx folklore.


Show Us Who You Are By Elle McNicoll Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593562994
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - October 25th, 2022

A neurodiverse twelve-year-old girl is shown an amazing new technology that gives her another chance to talk to the best friend she lost. But she soon discovers the corporation behind the science hides dark secrets that only she can expose in this heartwarming and heroic sophomore novel from the award-winning author of A Kind of Spark.


Merci Suárez Plays It Cool By Meg Medina Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536219463
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Published: Candlewick - August 16th, 2022

In a satisfying finale to her trilogy, Newbery Medalist Meg Medina follows Merci Suárez into an eighth-grade year full of changes—evolving friendships, new responsibilities, and heartbreaking loss.


The Big Dreams of Small Creatures By Gail Lerner Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593407851
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 4th, 2022

From Black-ish writer and director Gail Lerner comes a whimsical and heartwarming tale where two unlikely allies band together to protect and defend the insect world from the worst enemy of all…humans.

“What an enchanting and wondrous book for young readers.” —Jamie Lee Curtis, actress and bestselling children’s book author


Wildoak By C. C. Harrington Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338803860
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 20th, 2022

When the fates of a snow leopard, a child, and an ancient forest collide, the unimaginable can happen.


The Marvellers By Dhonielle Clayton, Khadijah Khatib (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250174949
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 3rd, 2022

Dhonielle Clayton makes her middle-grade debut with a fantasy adventure set in a global magic school in the sky an instant New York Times and #1 Indie Bestseller!

"The Marvellers deserves the highest compliment I can give a book: I want to live in this world." —Rick Riordan, #1 New York Times bestselling–author


Rise of the School for Good and Evil By Soman Chainani Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063161528
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Published: HarperCollins - May 31st, 2022

THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL is the #1 movie now streaming on Netflix—starring Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington, Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Yeoh, Sofia Wylie, Sophie Anne Caruso, Jamie Flatters, Earl Cave, Kit Young, and many others! 

The battle between Good and Evil begins.

Two brothers.


Zia Erases the World By Bree Barton Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593350997
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 26th, 2022

"Luminous, empowering, and full of heart-healing truths, this is a novel that belongs on every shelf."Katherine Applegate, Newbery Award winning author


Wildseed Witch (Book 1) By Marti Dumas Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419755613
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Published: Amulet Books - May 10th, 2022

A fun middle-grade contemporary fantasy with an all-BIPOC cast, about a social-media-loving tween who gets sent to an ultra-private witch camp

Hasani’s post-seventh-grade summer to-do list is pretty simple: get a bigger following for her makeup YouTube channel and figure out how to get her parents back together.


Singing with Elephants By Margarita Engle Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593206690
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 31st, 2022

A powerful novel in verse from Newbery and Pura Belpré Award-winning author Margarita Engle about the friendship between a young girl and the poet Gabriela Mistral that leads to healing and hope for both of them.


Once Upon a Tim By Stuart Gibbs, Stacy Curtis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Stuart Gibbs, Stacy Curtis (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781534499256
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2022

Join New York Times bestselling author Stuart Gibbs in this first book in a hilarious, highly illustrated new middle grade series about a peasant boy who wants to be a knight, perfect for fans of Max & the Midknights.

Tim is just a peasant, but he dreams big. He wants more out of life than to grow up to be a woodsman like his father.


Alice Austen Lived Here By Alex Gino Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338733891
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 7th, 2022

From the award-winning author of George, a phenomenal novel about queerness past, present, and future.

Sam is very in touch with their own queer identity. They're nonbinary, and their best friend, TJ, is nonbinary as well. Sam's family is very cool with it...


Alice Austen Lived Here By Alex Gino Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338733891
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 7th, 2022

From the award-winning author of George, a phenomenal novel about queerness past, present, and future.

Sam is very in touch with their own queer identity. They're nonbinary, and their best friend, TJ, is nonbinary as well. Sam's family is very cool with it...


Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone By Tae Keller Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593310526
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - April 26th, 2022

In her first novel since winning the Newbery Medal for When You Trap a Tiger, Tae Keller offers a gripping and emotional story about friendship, bullying, and the possiblity that there's more in the universe than just us.

Sometimes middle school can make you feel like you're totally alone in the universe...but what if we aren't alone at all?


The Lost Ryū By Emi Watanabe Cohen Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781646141326
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Published: Levine Querido - June 7th, 2022

Kohei Fujiwara has never seen a big ryū in real life. Those dragons all disappeared from Japan after World War II, and twenty years later, they've become the stuff of legend. Their smaller cousins, who can fit in your palm, are all that remain. And Kohei loves his ryū, Yuharu, but…


Osmo Unknown and the Eightpenny Woods By Catherynne M. Valente Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481476997
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - April 26th, 2022

“I loved every speck of it.” —Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Medal–winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon

From New York Times bestselling author Catherynne M.


My Own Lightning By Lauren Wolk Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525555599
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2022

Bestselling author Lauren Wolk returns to the world of Wolf Hollow, in this sequel to her beloved, Newbery Honor–winning debut.

★ “A powerful story to electrify the soul.” –Booklist, starred review

“Deep, dark, and indelible.” —The Times of London


Wretched Waterpark (The Sinister Summer Series #1) By Kiersten White Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593379042
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Published: Delacorte Press - June 7th, 2022

A middle-grade mystery series that's spooky, creepy, and filled with gothic twists! Meet the Sinister-Winterbottom twins, who solve mysteries at increasingly bizarre summer vacation destinations in the hopes of being reunited with their parents—or at the very least finally finding a good churro.


The Secret Battle of Evan Pao By Wendy Wan-Long Shang Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338678857
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 7th, 2022

Middle school can be a battlefield... From award-winning author Wendy Wan-Long Shang comes a poignant and timely take on prejudice, bullying, and claiming our own histories, perfect for fans of Front Desk.

A fresh start.


Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit By Jesse Q. Sutanto Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250794284
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - May 31st, 2022

After inheriting a grieving fox spirit, a Chinese American boy must learn to embrace his heritage to solve the mystery of his brother's death in Jesse Q Sutanto's magical, action-packed middle grade fantasy, Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit.


The Summer of June By Jamie Sumner Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534486027
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 31st, 2022

From the acclaimed author of Tune It Out and Roll with It comes a “needed, hopeful” (Booklist) middle grade book about a young girl who sets out to overcome her anxiety over the course of one life-changing summer.

Twelve-year-old June Delancey is kicking summer off with a bang.


Yonder By Ali Standish Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062985682
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Published: HarperCollins - May 10th, 2022

From Ali Standish, award-winning author of The Ethan I Was Before, August Isle, How to Disappear Completely, and The Mending Summer, comes a captivating historical fiction middle grade novel about a boy on the home front in World War II who must solve the mystery of the disappearance of his best friend.


The Last Mapmaker By Christina Soontornvat Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536204957
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Published: Candlewick - April 12th, 2022

A Newbery Honor Book
A Walter Dean Myers Honor Book 

From Christina Soontornvat, the visionary and versatile author of two 2021 Newbery Honor Books, comes a high-seas adventure set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world.


Cat Kid Comic Club: On Purpose: A Graphic Novel (Cat Kid Comic Club #3): From the Creator of Dog Man By Dav Pilkey, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dav Pilkey, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338801941
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Published: Graphix - April 12th, 2022

The Cat Kid Comic Club is deep in discovery in the newest graphic novel in the hilarious and heartwarming worldwide bestselling series by Dav Pilkey, the author and illustrator of Dog Man.

The comic club is going in all different directions! Naomi, Melvin, and siblings are each trying to find their purpose.


Cat Kid Comic Club: On Purpose: A Graphic Novel (Cat Kid Comic Club #3): From the Creator of Dog Man By Dav Pilkey, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dav Pilkey, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338801941
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Published: Graphix - April 12th, 2022

The Cat Kid Comic Club is deep in discovery in the newest graphic novel in the hilarious and heartwarming worldwide bestselling series by Dav Pilkey, the author and illustrator of Dog Man.

The comic club is going in all different directions! Naomi, Melvin, and siblings are each trying to find their purpose.


Air: A Novel By Monica Roe Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374388652
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - March 15th, 2022

An action-packed, empowering middle grade novel about a girl who has to speak up when her wheelchair motocross dreams get turned upside down.


Worser By Jennifer Ziegler Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780823449569
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Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - March 15th, 2022

A bullied 12-year-old boy must find a new normal after his mother has a stroke and his life is turned upside down.

William Wyatt Orser, a socially awkward middle schooler, is a wordsmith who, much to his annoyance, acquired the ironically ungrammatical nickname of “Worser" so long ago that few people at school know to call him anything else.


Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor By Xiran Jay Zhao Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781665900706
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - May 10th, 2022

Percy Jackson meets Tristan Strong in this hilarious, action-packed middle grade contemporary fantasy that follows a young boy as he journeys across China to seal the underworld shut and save the mortal realm.

Zachary Ying never had many opportunities to learn about his Chinese heritage.


Falling Short By Ernesto Cisneros Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062881724
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 15th, 2022

Ernesto Cisneros, Pura Belpré Award-winning author of Efrén Divided, is back with a hilarious and heartfelt novel about two best friends who must rely on each other in unexpected ways. A great next pick for readers who loved Ghost by Jason Reynolds or The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez.


Troublemaker By John Cho Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780759554474
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 22nd, 2022

An instant New York Times bestselller!
An Indiebound bestseller!

Troublemaker follows the events of the LA Riots through the eyes of 12-year-old Jordan as he navigates school and family.


The Second Chance of Benjamin Waterfalls By James Bird Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250811561
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - April 19th, 2022

A middle-grade novel by James Bird about a boy sent to his Ojibwe family to straighten out his life.


Shine On, Luz Véliz! By Rebecca Balcarcel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781797209678
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 3rd, 2022

A beautiful coming-of-age story for fans of Front Desk and Merci Suárez Changes Gears, this book celebrates identity, language, heritage, family, and the determination to follow one's own inner light.

Have you ever been the best at something . . . only to lose it all?


Freddie vs. the Family Curse By Tracy Badua Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358612896
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Published: Clarion Books - May 3rd, 2022

In this thrilling and hilarious middle grade adventure, a young Filipino-American boy must team up with his ancestor to break the curse that’s haunted their family for generations . . . or be trapped in an amulet forever.

Freddie Ruiz is cursed.


Moonwalking By Zetta Elliott, Lyn Miller-Lachmann Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374314378
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 12th, 2022

"This novel in verse, alternately narrated by two boys in 1980s Greenpoint, Brooklyn, one channeled by Elliott and one by Miller-Lachmann, eloquently tackles race, culture and life on the spectrum." — The New York Times


Golden Girl By Reem Faruqi Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063044753
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Published: HarperCollins - February 22nd, 2022

From the award-winning, ALA Notable author of Unsettled and Lailah’s Lunchbox, this is a captivating coming-of-age middle grade novel in verse about seventh grader Aafiyah Qamar, a Pakistani American girl who hatches a special plan to help her family but finds that doing what’s right isn’t always easy.


A Duet for Home By Karina Yan Glaser Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544876408
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Published: Clarion Books - April 5th, 2022

From the New York Times bestselling creator of the Vanderbeekers series comes a triumphant tale of friendship, healing, and the power of believing in ourselves told from the perspective of biracial sixth-graders June and Tyrell, two children living in a homeless shelter.


Out of Range By Heidi Lang Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781665903349
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 7th, 2022

Hatchet meets Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters in this “realistic, riveting” (Kirkus Reviews) middle grade tale of three warring sisters who find themselves lost in the wilderness and must learn to trust each other if they want to survive.

Sisters Abby, Emma, and Ollie have gone from being best friends forever to mortal enemies.

Thanks to thei


The School for Whatnots By Margaret Peterson Haddix Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062838490
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 1st, 2022

From master of suspense author Margaret Peterson Haddix comes another page-turning stand-alone adventure perfect for fans of Cog and Bad Magic.

No matter what anyone tells you, I’m real.

That’s what the note says that Max finds under his keyboard.


Witchlings By Claribel A. Ortega Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338745528
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 5th, 2022

An instant New York Times Bestseller! Disney's The Owl House meets Nevermoor, in a brilliant new adventure from Claribel A.


The Turtle of Michigan: A Novel By Naomi Shihab Nye Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063014169
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 15th, 2022

The stand-alone companion to National Book Award Finalist and beloved poet Naomi Shihab Nye’s The Turtle of Oman. The Turtle of Michigan is a deft and accessible novel that follows a young boy named Aref as he travels from Muscat, Oman, to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and adjusts to a new life and a new school in the United States.


Cress Watercress By Gregory Maguire, David Litchfield (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gregory Maguire, David Litchfield (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781536211009
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Published: Candlewick - March 29th, 2022

A lavishly illustrated woodland tale with a classic sensibility and modern flair—from the fertile imagination behind Wicked


The Sheep, the Rooster, and the Duck By Matt Phelan, Matt Phelan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matt Phelan, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062911001
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 8th, 2022

“A grand, giddy, and, at times, literally soaring tale.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“An amusing, fast-paced tale of land, sky, and spies.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa (Pilar Ramirez Duology #1) By Julian Randall Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250774101
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 1st, 2022

The Land of Stories meets Dominican myths and legends come to life in Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa, a blockbuster contemporary middle-grade fantasy duology starter from Julian Randall. Fans of Tristan Strong and The Storm Runner, here is your next obsession.


It's The End of the World and I'm in My Bathing Suit By Justin A. Reynolds Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338740226
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 5th, 2022

A hilarious new middle-grade from Justin A. Reynolds that asks: What happens when five unsupervised kids face the apocalypse under outrageously silly circumstances?

Twelve-year-old Eddie Gordon Holloway has concocted his most genius plan ever to avoid chores . . . especially the dreaded L-A-U-N-D-R-Y.


Lia Park and the Missing Jewel By Jenna Yoon Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534487932
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Published: Aladdin - May 3rd, 2022

Perfect for fans of the Storm Runner and Aru Shah series, this “intriguing, fast-paced” (Kirkus Reviews) middle grade fantasy follows a young girl who must venture to the undersea kingdom of the Dragon King in Korea to save her parents from an evil diviner spirit.

Twelve-year old Lia Park just wants to fit in.


New from Here By Kelly Yang Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534488304
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2022

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller!

This “timely and compelling” (Kirkus Reviews) middle grade novel about courage, hope, and resilience follows an Asian American boy fighting to keep his family together and stand up to racism during the initial outbreak of the coronavirus.

When the coronavirus hits Hong Kong, ten-year-old Knox Wei-Evans&


Maizy Chen's Last Chance: (Newbery Honor Award Winner) By Lisa Yee Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984830258
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 1st, 2022

NEWBERY HONOR AWARD WINNER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN AWARD FOR YOUTH LITERATURE

Twelve year-old Maizy discovers her family’s Chinese restaurant is full of secrets in this irresistible novel that celebrates food, fortune, and family.