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 Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby

Aladdin/Simon & Schuster Kids

In this sweet and funny follow-up to The Charming Life of Izzy Malone, Jenny Lundquist brings us the tale of Violet Barnaby, who searches for the joy in life after losing her mother. While packing up to move to her new home after her father remarries, Violet finds a letter her mother wrote to her before she died, asking Violet to complete her Christmas Wish List of things her mom wants her to do during the holidays. A list that will lead her on a grand adventure and hopefully to healing.

Sean Connolly

The Book of Wildly Spectacular Sports Science


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


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.

Shana Knizhnik and Irin Carmon

Notorious RBG: Middle Grade Reader

HarperCollins Children's Books

The New York Times bestselling biography Notorious RBG—whose concept originated with a Tumblr page of the same name—is now available in a vibrant, full-color young readers’ edition. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become an icon to millions. And now, perfect for a younger generation, comes an accessible biography of this fierce woman, detailing her searing dissents and powerful jurisprudence.

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.