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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M.G. Hennessey

The Other Boy

HarperCollins Children's

A beautifully heartfelt story about one boy’s journey toward acceptance. A book that Jill Soloway, the award-winning creator of Transparent, called “a terrific read for all ages” and Ami Polonsky, author of Gracefully Grayson, called “an emotionally complex and achingly real read.” Hennessey shares a tale that Kirkus said had a “triumphant-but-realistic ending that trans kids haven’t had enough of.”

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.

Jennifer Mann

Scar

Boyds Mills Press

Sixteen-year-old Noah Daniels wants nothing more than to fight in George Washington’s Continental Army, but an accident as a child left him maimed and unable to enlist. He is forced to watch the Revolution from his family’s hard scrabble farm in Upstate New York—until a violent raid on his settlement thrusts him into one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution, the Battle of Minisink. A riveting coming of age story, Mann has created a springboard for immersion in a sadly overlooked yet important part of our history.

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.