Middle Grade

From Newbery-winning Karen Cushman’s The Midwife’s Apprentice to more contemporary middle grade writers Jenny Lundquist’s Seeing Cinderella, we are always excited to expand our middle grade list. With successful titles in both non-fiction and fiction, we love books for middle grade readers that inspire, entertain, and educate.

A Wide Range

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A Wide Range

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Holly Kowitt

The Principal's Underwear Is Missing

Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan

When you're a sixth-grade nobody, you don’t want attention. But when Becca Birnbaum grabs the wrong shopping bag from the principal's office -- one containing a very personal item, and then loses it, the whole school is after her. Holly Kowitt has written more than fifty books for younger readers, including the Loser List series. 

Jenny Lundquist

The Charming Life of Izzy Malone

Aladdin/Simon & Schuster Kids

Izzy Malone, a spunky girl who wants to be part of an elite rowing club, must first attend a very unique charm school in this first novel of a brand-new duology from the author of Seeing Cinderella and Plastic Polly. Izzy Malone isn’t your typical sixth grader. She wears camouflage combat boots and tie dye skirts and after only a month of middle school she’s already set the record for the most trips to the Principal’s office. But when she is forced to enroll in a course in manners and etiquette, Izzy will have to earn her charms while staying true to herself. 

Sean Connolly

The Book of Wildly Spectacular Sports Science

Workman

Why does a knuckleball flutter? Why do belly flops hurt so much? Why would a quarterback prefer a deflated football? Here Connolly provides 54 all-star experiments that demonstrate the scientific principles powering a wide variety of sports and activities—and offer insights that can help you improve your own athletic skills. Using common household objects, each project includes step-by-step instructions, tips, and a detailed explanation of how and why the experiment worked. It’s a win-win.

Karen Cushman

Catherine Called Birdy

HarperCollins

Newbery Honor Book, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, ABC Children's Booksellers Choice Award and Booklist Editors' Choice, Catherine, Called Birdy features a clever young maiden who uses her smarts and trickery to avoid being married off by her father to a rich suitor. In addition to rave reviews by Kirkus, this novel was one of School Library Journal’s Best Books of the Year and made the International Board on Books for Young People Honor List.

Patricia Bailey

The Tragically True Adventures of Kit Donovan

Albert Whitman

Kit’s mother always wanted Kit to be a “proper lady,” but when her mother dies of fever and Kit finds out her father’s working conditions in a 1905 Nevada mine are unsafe, she can’t sit back and do nothing. In Patricia Bailey’s first novel, Kit defies threats of violence and discovers that justice doesn’t always look like she imagined it would.

Yasmine Surovec

My Pet Human

Roaring Brook Press

From queen cat lady Yasmine Surovec comes a cuddly new chapter book series about a cat in need of a pet human.  Oliver is an independent kitty. He has his run of the neighborhood and looks at his animal friends with their fussing humans with pity. But when a freckle-faced girl moves into town, Oliver sees the opportunity to train a human to provide him with a few creature comforts. And if he can help her adjust to her life and make a new friend, that's just all in a day's work. The real surprise comes, however, when Oliver needs Freckles just as much as she needs him.