Books for Middle Grade Readers

5th through 8th grade

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The Storm Runner Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781368023603
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - August 20th, 2019

13-year old Zane Obispo of New Mexico has always had a fairly bizarre life. From being drawn to the mysterious dormant volcano in his backyard to only having one good leg, he is no stranger to the word abnormal. But Zane learns a whole new definition of bizarre when he is forced into a millennia-old prophecy with the new girl at school, Brooks. He would much rather spend time with his dog Rosie, but in order to save his family (and the world) from an evil Mayan god, he is thrust into an adventure that will change his life forever. Unexpected heroes, wicked demons, feisty gods, and new friends give him the power to overcome his fears and become the Storm Runner.

-Kirsten


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The Someday Suitcase Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062352767
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 8th, 2019

When Clover, a 10-year-old science geek, learns about symbiosis, she thinks it perfectly describes her and Danny, who lives next door. They’ve known each other from birth and what they are goes beyond friendship. But when Danny becomes ill and doctors can’t figure out why, the dynamic changes. Clover’s sure she can use science to help him, but something magical is going on, too: whenever she’s with him, Danny gets better, but when they’re apart he declines. This deeply moving story of friendship, science, and growing up demands our attention . . . and plenty of Kleenex.

-Banna


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Walking with Miss Millie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399544576
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Published: Puffin Books - July 3rd, 2018

Alice has moved with her mother and younger brother to Rainbow, Georgia from Columbus,
Ohio to take care of her grandma, who has dementia. And the almost-11-year-old is not happy
about it. She hopes they won’t stay, she hopes her father will return to the family, but she is anxious and doubtful about both. After eavesdropping (on a party line; it’s 1968), Alice is forced by her mother to apologize to her next-door neighbor. An interracial, intergenerational friendship blossoms slowly, believably, in this tender and moving novel.

-Banna


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Witness (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338359671
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 30th, 2019

Based on a real, little-known piece of history, Hesse’s book tells the story of the Ku Klux Klan trying to establish a foothold in a small Vermont town in 1924. Eleven people tell their truths in a series of free-verse poems. Two of those voices belong to newcomers to the town: Leonora, a 12-year-old African American girl, and Esther, a 6-year-old German Jewish immigrant. Accompanying voices belong to people of various ages and circumstances, those who welcome the Klan, some who distrust it, some who are outright opposed. The stories are nuanced and moving; readers are left with insight and hope.

-Banna


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All Three Stooges Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399551758
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 9th, 2018

Noah Cohen, his (female) nemesis Noa Cohen, and his best friend, Dash, are the center of this wonderful novel. The story, set in their Bar and Bat Mitzvah year, cycles through classic Jewish humor (the titular Stooges, “Seinfeld,” the Marx Brothers, and many more), standard pre-teen angst, and, following a tragedy in Dash’s family, grief. Perl manages to keep all the balls in the air, not unlike a vaudeville juggler, in a way that will hook, retain, and enlighten her readers, leaving them with both lots of yuks and new paths to empathy and understanding.

-Banna


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The Season of Styx Malone Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524715953
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - October 16th, 2018

Caleb, this splendid story’s narrator, wants only to be outstanding in some way; his parents and younger brother seem devoted to being ordinary and inconspicuous. Then one summer the brothers meet Styx Malone, a teenage foster child, who’s anything but ordinary and seems to have all the answers – and all the schemes. The three boys get into mischief, sometimes borderline illegal, and readers become willing co-conspirators. All the main characters are black, and how refreshing it is that race is just one aspect of their very realistic and complicated lives.

-Banna


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Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419731402
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 25th, 2018

This magnificent book, set in Victorian London, will take your breath away. Orphaned, Nan was taken under the wing of a chimney sweep. But he disappeared when she was 6, leaving behind only a strange, warm piece of charcoal. Now 11, Nan works for a brutish boss with a group of other child sweeps. After surviving a hideous chimney fire thanks to her magical “char,” who morphs into a protective golem, Nan’s grit and the compassion of a teacher who nurtures her love of reading help her find her way. This magical blend of history, social consciousness, fantasy, and splendid writing must be read.

-Banna


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Sidetracked Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419726019
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 22nd, 2017

Joseph might as well walk around wearing a target, there’s so much material for bullies. He’s ADD. Small and skinny. Clumsy. Distracted. Phobic. Also, Jewish. He starts seventh grade with very low expectations, but two things begin to rock his world. His Resource Room teacher convinces him to join the school’s new track team (he’s a terrible runner, but begins to challenge himself), and a new kid – a very athletic, confident girl, also something of a misfit, befriends him (and punches his nemesis in the face!). Joseph’s voice is authentic, funny, and moving; you’ll love hanging out with him.

-Banna


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You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545956246
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 25th, 2018

When her sister is born Deaf, Jilly reaches out to a Deaf chat room friend for counsel; she’s surprised that he resents being reduced to just one characteristic. He’s a whole person. He’s also Black. So is her aunt’s wife, an issue with some family members. This book will heighten kids’ awareness of microaggressions, good intentions gone awry through cluelessness, and social justice. A wonderful read, and the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts. (Why did I capitalize Deaf? Read the book!)

- Banna


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Inkling Cover Image
By Kenneth Oppel, Sydney Smith (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781524772819
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - November 6th, 2018

A splotch of ink separates itself from a cartoonist’s sketchbook. Hmm. And then the splotch and the book take off: Inkling can move, and boy, does he – absorbing ink from books, posters, newspapers, and comics, learning how to draw and communicate with the cartoonist’s son, Ethan, in the process. This comes at a good time. The family is grieving the death of Ethan’s mother; his father has writer’s block and has shut down emotionally; his sister, who has Down syndrome, has fallen almost completely under Ethan’s care. And Ethan’s been lying to his classmates about his ability to complete his part of a group project. A warm and resonant look at a family in crisis, and a wildly suspenseful ride!

- BANNA


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The Night Diary Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735228511
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Published: Kokila - March 6th, 2018

Nisha’s world is fracturing, and her family’s in turmoil. It’s India in 1947; this 12-year-old and her twin brother are trying to make sense of India’s independence and partition. They’re caught in the middle: their father’s Hindu, and their late mother was a Muslim. Where do they belong? Her brother, an artist like their mother, provokes their father’s anger by his ebullient nature and inability to focus on schoolwork. Nisha’s shyness is painful – she can express herself only in the diary letters she writes to her late mother. As the family flees for their lives, Nisha’s deep feelings and ability to express them sweep the reader along on a suspenseful journey that will be eye-opening for today’s kids.

- BANNA


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The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524767570
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2018

In second grade, Lucy was struck by lightning. She survived, but experienced acquired savant syndrome; she’s now a math genius, as well as having OCD and synesthesia, a condition that leads her to see numbers as colors. (Though Lucy is fictional, this rare condition is a real thing.) Now that Lucy’s 12, her grandmother, who’s raising her, insists she spend a year in middle school, make one friend, and join one activity – a real challenge for this solitary home- and self-schooled girl. Lucy is a wonderfully candid and observant narrator, and a terrific guide through this extraordinary book. Great choice for fans of Wonder and Counting by Sevens!

- Banna


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Ghost Boys Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316262286
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 17th, 2018

With exceptional candor and compassion Rhodes addresses the events surrounding the shooting of Jerome, an unarmed, 12-year-old black boy, by a white police officer. Among the things make this book a stunning and essential read: the back stories that provide a visceral understanding of the characters and events, and Rhodes’s decision to let the ghost of Emmett Till accompany Jerome’s ghost as he observes the aftermath of the shooting among his family and friends. Jerome is visible only to the police officer’s anguished daughter as she struggles to understand her father’s action. Emmett Till’s story provides both a necessary history lesson and a context for current events. This is truly a must-read for every student, teacher, and parent.

- Banna


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Just Like Jackie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062652911
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Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2018

A magnificent debut novel! Robinson has a lot going for her: in-depth knowledge of auto mechanics, baseball, and maple sugaring; a wonderful grandpa (her only family), a strong sense of social justice, and a loving heart. But this biracial fifth-grader's explosive temper keeps getting her into trouble, and Grandpa is repeatedly summoned to school. His increasing dementia scares her: she fears she'll be taken away from him if others see how fragile he's become. Furthermore, he's always refused to tell her anything about her deceased mother, and she's afraid he'll lose those memories before he can share them. Brilliant book with indelible, complex characters.

- Banna


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Ban This Book: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765385567
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Published: Starscape - August 29th, 2017

Amy Anne, a go-along-get-along fourth grader, would definitely raise a few eyebrows if she spoke aloud all the thoughts she shares with us. Outwardly she takes the path of least resistance both at home, where her rambunctious twin sisters and overextended parents seem to consume all the oxygen, and at school, where a librarian appreciates and abets her book passion. A line is crossed when a parent has Amy Anne’s favorite book, and then some more, removed from the shelves. Amy Anne and a small group of friends create the Banned Books Locker Library, giving other students access to these wonderful books, which leads to her suspension . . . and to very creative activism she didn’t know she had in her. A terrific book for enthusiastic readers, and a great blueprint for kids who want to effect change. Another big plus: Amy Anne’s family is black.

- Banna


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Feathers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142415504
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Published: Puffin Books - January 7th, 2010

It’s 1971, and the arrival of a new student – the only white kid in the sixth grade – leads Frannie to examine many things she’s assumed or ignored. The boy is gentle and self-contained, with hair that curls to the middle of his back; his classmates promptly dub him Jesus Boy. Suddenly race, class, religion, and prejudice are front and center, and Frannie must decide how she feels and what she’ll do. Her close-knit family, which includes a deaf older brother, takes her seriously and supports her journey of discovery. Emily Dickenson’s “’Hope’ is the thing with feathers” illuminates Frannie’s quest in deeply moving ways. What a thoughtful, respectful book to put in the hands of middle-grade kids!

- Banna


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Wishtree Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250043221
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 26th, 2017

Before I started the book I feared it might be a bit too sweet for me: the narrator is a 216-year-old oak tree on whom the townsfolk annually hang their wishes, and most of the characters are talking animals. “Uh, really?” I thought skeptically. Boy, was I wrong. The story’s center is an anonymous, hateful act against a Muslim immigrant family. This book is both entertaining and a deeply moving story of humans and animals coming together to demonstrate kindness and protection. How lovely for kids to chuckle, have tears in their eyes, and see cooperation and compassion triumph – all in one story!

- Banna


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The First Rule of Punk Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425290408
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 22nd, 2017

Oh, how I love this book! Malú is a bright, creative protagonist, who writes, draws, and assembles her own “zines” (included) that weave together her love of punk music, her efforts to make sense of her mixed heritage, and her burgeoning activism. Her mother, a college professor, wants Malu to be an ideal Mexican-American señorita; her Caucasian father runs a funky indie record store a thousand miles away and encourages her love of all things punk. Malú, a flawed but admirable 12-year-old, is terrific company; readers will cheer her on as she navigates a multitude of conflicting external and internal messages.

- Banna


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Refugee Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545880831
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 25th, 2017

In different eras and places, three children face death and seek refuge. Josef and his family are Jews in 1938 Germany, trying to escape the looming Holocaust. In 1994, Isabel, her parents, and two neighbors are desperate to flee Cuba’s destitution and political oppression. In the third story, set in 2015, Mahmoud and his family frantically try to get from Syria to Germany. There are similarities (each family initially leaves by boat, each grapples with conspicuousness and invisibility) and differences. Each of the dramatically crafted, interwoven stories gives the others context. An extraordinary, and extraordinarily timely, book.

- Banna


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Saving Marty Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399539077
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Published: Dial Books - September 19th, 2017

Not since Wilbur and Fern has there been such an engaging, endearing pig-and-child pair. Lorenzo has raised Marty from his piglet days – raised him as a dog, which Marty seems to believe himself to be. But as the pig tips the scales at 350 pounds, Lorenzo’s mother becomes increasingly insistent that he must go. Lorenzo’s best friend, Paloma, a Korean-American girl who has an extraordinary musical gift, and his grandfather help him arrive at a rousingly satisfying conclusion, creating impressive definitions of heroism along the way.

- BANNA


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Beyond the Bright Sea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101994856
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2017

Crow’s life is a good one. She lives on an island off Massachusetts with Osh, a painter, who adores her, and is tutored by their neighbor, Miss Maggie. Their lives are pleasant, predictable, and self-sufficient. But there’s a missing piece: Crow has no idea where she came from. Osh found her, just hours old, in a boat that washed ashore twelve years ago. The mainlanders she comes in contact with seem especially wary of her. Is it because she’s black, or something more? Bit by bit she pulls together fragments of her history in a fascinating, suspenseful, and hugely satisfying story.

- BANNA


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The Lotterys Plus One Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545925815
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - March 28th, 2017

Families don’t get much more diverse than the Lotterys (a winning ticket inspired their chosen name): two gay moms, two gay dads, and seven homeschooled  biological and adopted children, all eleven of them of varying races and ethnicities. This exuberant, loving family is so inclusive you’ll feel a part of it from page one. A huge challenge arrives when a scowling, disapproving  grandpa from the Yukon, whose dementia means he can no longer live alone, moves in. You’ll be rooting without reservation for this family that’s constantly redefined “normal.

- Banna


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Chester and Gus Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062330680
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Published: HarperCollins - April 4th, 2017

Chester knows what his purpose is: find his person, and be that person’s service dog. But when fear of loud noises derails his certification, he’s at sea . . . until Gus’s parents choose him to be a companion to their son, who has autism. It’s not what Chester had in mind, especially because Gus seems completely uninterested in him. A relationship slowly develops as boy and dog begin to communicate wordlessly. Love dogs? Fascinated by how kids who aren’t neurotypical navigate the world?  Just want a great story movingly told? This book’s for you.

- Banna


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The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher (Family Fletcher Series #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385376556
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Published: Yearling - July 14th, 2015

The Fletchers have a host of ordinary problems: Sam, the jock, might try out for the school play, but worries about teasing; Jax has a major assignment he’s unable to complete; Eli’s transferred to a school for gifted kids that turns out not to be what he expected; and Frog is starting kindergarten with his imaginary friend Flare, a cheetah. The boys and their problems are vividly, lovingly drawn. But here’s what’s different: this multi-racial, multi-cultural family with two dads celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Diwali. Let yourself be embraced by this very real, very contemporary family.

- BANNA


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Dreidels on the Brain Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780803740976
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Published: Dial Books - October 4th, 2016

Who knew? A wonderful middle-grade novel with Hanukkah festivities at its center that will be loved by kids of all backgrounds. Joel is a short, funny-looking 12-year-old, a talented magician with a loving family. He needs a series of Hanukkah miracles: help for his father’s crippling arthritis and his family’s crippling money problems, the affection of a classmate, and – somehow – a way to get through the Winter Holiday assembly where he (the only Jew in his school) and his family are expected to enlighten everyone about their holiday. Great fun, and some genuinely moving moments.

- Banna


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The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog Cover Image
By Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780525426165
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2016

What a quartet: Jeanne, a peasant girl whose seizures let her see the future; William, a supernaturally strong, biracial  monk-in-training; Jacob, a Jewish boy with a gift for healing; and Gwenforte, a saintly greyhound resurrected from the dead. It’s France in 1242, and they meet by chance at an inn, all of them running for their lives from the persecution of King Louis. This episodic tale, told by multiple narrators, will bear you breathless on their journey. Along the way you’ll grapple with faith, truth, loyalty, and bigotry. And fierce knights. And a dragon with fiery flatulence. The book is visually stunning; adventure, humor, and mystery abound. Leap on this one!

- Banna


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The Other Boy Cover Image
By M. G. Hennessey, Sfe R. Monster (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062427663
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Published: HarperCollins - September 20th, 2016

Shane’s interests aren’t surprising for a 12-year-old – baseball, video games, creating a graphic novel, hanging with his best friend, and experiencing his first major crush. Just one thing: he was designated “female” at birth. No one at his school knows. He’s at a turning point, because it’s time to begin testosterone injections. His mom is supportive; dad, not so much. When a bully learns Shane’s secret, everything falls apart, but heartbreak and tragedy, thankfully, aren’t permanent conditions. Terrific book with plenty of depth and hope.

- Banna


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Ghosts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545540629
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Published: Graphix - September 13th, 2016

Wow. Just wow. Embracing anxiety, a move to a new community, life-threatening illness, and more, Telgemeier uses magical realism to give us an absorbing, moving, and thrilling graphic novel for middle graders. Sixth-grader Cat’s family has moved from Southern California to a gloomy town up the coast for the sake of her younger sister, whose cystic fibrosis made it hard for her to breathe in the drier climate. Cat’s anxious and resentful, but also guilt-ridden – she knows that her sister’s life hangs in the balance. Their new community is deeply into ghosts and the Day of the Dead; Cat and her sister are drawn into the celebration and their own Mexican heritage. You’ll want to devour the book at one sitting, but go slowly enough to savor the artwork and process the subject matter.

- Banna


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Cloud and Wallfish Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763688035
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Published: Candlewick - September 2nd, 2016

Fifth-grader Noah Keller has a challenge: a speech impediment he calls the Astonishing Stutter. Suddenly that’s the least of his problems. His parents pick him up at school one day and announce that they’re all off to the airport for a six month stay in East Berlin. Oh, and they all have new names: he’s now Jonah Brown. And there’s a whole series of rules, starting with No Serious Things Can Be Discussed Indoors. In this Cold War adventure, set in 1989, nothing is as it seems and everything is dangerous. A friendship with Claudia, a downstairs neighbor his age, and his loving parents help Noah/Jonah navigate this strange new world; historical notes will help kids grasp this amazing story and the bizarre world in which it’s set.

- Banna


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Threads Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781484746905
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - November 1st, 2016

Clara and her parents are mired in grief for her older sister, adopted from China, whom they lost to cancer. At the mall one day, Clara aimlessly reaches into a handbag on display – only to find a note pleading for help from Yuming, a child imprisoned in a factory in China where the bag was made. Clara knows immediately that she was meant to rescue Yuming and the other children in the factory. The story, told back and forth from each child’s perspective, is riveting and deeply moving.  What a wonderful opportunity for American kids to get an eye-opening look at the bitter reality of some of the world’s children. The absence of a contrived happy ending (but a thoroughly satisfying conclusion nonetheless) sealed the deal for me.

- Banna


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Lucky Strikes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781627793902
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - July 5th, 2016

Depression-era rural Virginia. Melia, a fatherless 14-year-old, must grieve her mother’s death, keep their gas station going despite the take-over schemes of a rival owner, look after her younger brother and sister, and keep the authorities from learning that the kids are orphans and sending them into different foster care placements. When a derelict rolls off a coal truck, she persuades him to pose as the kids’ father. Now, how to juggle all the other pieces? Melia is bright, determined (and then some), outspoken, and a crackerjack mechanic. All the characters and situations are exquisitely drawn, and draw readers in deeper than you might think possible. I love, love this book.

- BANNA


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Mayday Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316298018
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 24th, 2016

Whenever 12-year-old Wayne Kovok felt uncomfortable, which was often, his default was to fill conversational voids with some of the random fascinating facts he’s always collected. But after surviving a plane crash, he’s robbed of speech for a long period of healing and has to redefine himself. That would be hard enough, but he’s also grieving the death of a favorite uncle, always falling short in the eyes of his highly critical ex-military grandfather, and trying to deal with the repeated hurts and disappointments provided by his absent divorced father. Wayne is consistently good company, and it’s a great pleasure to cheer him on as he heals and finds his way.

- Banna


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Wolf Hollow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101994825
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2016

About to turn 12, Annabelle is jolted out of her predictable, peaceful life in rural Pennsylvania  –  peaceful despite World War II raging in the distance  – by a vicious bully and a new-found awareness of the naïveté and bigotry of some of the adults around her. She faces a series of difficult choices that endanger herself, her family, and a solitary, homeless, and virtually speechless World War I veteran who arouses the suspicion of many in the community. Annabelle will remind you of Harper Lee’s Scout in her intelligence, compassion, and dogged determination to confront issues of agonizing moral complexity.

- BANNA


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Gertie's Leap to Greatness Cover Image
By Kate Beasley, Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780374302610
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - October 4th, 2016

Gertie’s mission: to become the greatest fifth grader in the universe. Her reason? She has no relationship with her mother, who lives in another part of town. But when she learns her mom is about to move to another city, Gertie has to find a way to make her recognize and acknowledge what a terrific kid she is. Her plan appears to be thwarted on the first day of school by a new girl in class – pretty, instantly popular, and with a father who’s a movie director. Gertie’s grit, confidence, wild optimism, and even wilder imagination will make her the greatest fifth grader in your universe!

- Banna


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All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062333469
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 1st, 2016

Prison is the only home 11-year-old Perry has ever known; his mother was incarcerated before he was born. In an unusual arrangement (the warden is his foster mother), Perry lives in the prison, with full access to his loving mother and many friendships among the prison population. A district attorney overturns this, insisting that Perry come live with him, his wife, and their daughter, and threatens to sabotage Perry’s mom’s upcoming parole hearing. Perry’s world is turned upside down, but he manages to keep his bearings and respond brilliantly to these challenges. A rare look at the child of an incarcerated parent, and a beautifully written middle-grade novel.

- Banna


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Just My Luck Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062330659
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Published: HarperCollins - February 23rd, 2016

MIDDLE GRADE

Benny’s mom has always told him that when bad things happen you should try to help someone else who’s having problems. He’s trying to do just that, but he has plenty of issues of his own to deal with. His best friend has moved away, and he has difficulty making new friends. Schoolwork is a real challenge. One of his brothers is autistic. And Benny feels responsible for the accident that sent his father to the hospital. Whew. But this totally engaging, utterly believable fourth grader, with the help of his family and others, blossoms and grows in many directions. I’m generally wary of books called “heartwarming.” Trust me:  this book is truly soul-warming.

- Banna


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The Gallery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525428657
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Published: Dial Books - June 14th, 2016

You couldn’t ask for a smarter, sassier, feistier heroine than 12-year-old Martha in this jazz age mystery. Expelled from Catholic school for asking too many questions, she’s joined her mother as a servant in a Fifth Avenue mansion. Although newspaper baron J. Archer Sewell seems like a kind, generous employer, Martha never sees his wife, confined to her room. But Rose Sewell manages to communicate her despair and imprisonment by means of the paintings she chooses for display downstairs. Martha becomes Rose’s secret advocate, and a wild rescue ensues. Fitzgerald (Under the Egg) has crafted another engrossing art history thriller that will delight kids while immersing them in the Roaring Twenties.

- BANNA


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A Whole New Ballgame: A Rip and Red Book Cover Image
By Phil Bildner, Tim Probert (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781250079763
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Published: Square Fish - July 12th, 2016

I love it when an all-kinds-of-inclusive book isn’t a book about inclusion; it’s first and foremost a terrific story. Basketball-mad Rip (who’s black) and Red (who’s autistic) are longtime best friends. They’re sure they have fifth grade and the basketball team all figured out. They’re stunned to learn that they have a brand-new teacher, and even more so when they get to know him. Mr. Acevedo turns his class’s ideas about teaching and learning and basketball inside out and upside down, and everyone comes out the better for it.

- Banna


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Pax Cover Image
By Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062377012
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 2nd, 2016

Can a 12-year-old comprehend war? Or process devastating loss? Peter faces both and embarks on a journey, literal and figurative, to find answers. Shortly after his mother’s death he took in Pax, an orphaned fox kit. Five years later his father, before going off to war, takes Peter to live with his grandfather and forces him to abandon Pax. Parallel stories follow Peter’s determination to find his way back to Pax and the fox’s steadfast belief that Peter will return. War complicates everything, but wise elders enable boy and fox to find their way to each other, and to understanding. Nuanced, brilliant book.

- Banna


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By Kenneth Oppel, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481432320
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2015

This book will be buzzing around in your head (yes, pun intended) long after you finish it. Steve dreams of angels who offer to “fix” his baby brother, who was born with a life-threatening condition that consumes his parents’ time and attention. As the dream recurs repeatedly and is increasingly menacing, it becomes clear that the “angels” are actually wasps – just like the ones in a large nest outside Steve’s window. Steve rejects the wasps’ offer of help, but they refuse his rejection. It gets scarier and scarier, with a rock ‘em, sock ‘em absolutely terrifying climax!

- Banna


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ISBN: 9780545812542
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Published: Scholastic Press - August 25th, 2015

Gino has created a remarkable character and a remarkable book. Everyone sees George, a fourth grader, as a boy. George knows she’s a girl. Not only that, she’s determined to play Charlotte in a school production of Charlotte’s Web, her favorite book, despite the fact that her teacher won’t even let her audition. By using the female pronoun throughout the book, Gino lets us feel the disconnect between George’s interior and exterior. An excellent, accessible story about acceptance and unconditional friendship.

Banna


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$16.99
ISBN: 9780385743174
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - August 4th, 2015

This brilliant, New York Times bestselling novel from the author of the Newbery Medal winner When You Reach Me explores multiple perspectives on the bonds and limits of friendship.
 


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ISBN: 9781442485037
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 16th, 2015

Ruby’s mom is in prison, and to tell anyone the truth is to risk true friendship in this novel from the author of The Summer Before Boys that accurately and sensitively addresses a subject too often overlooked.

Eleven-year-old Ruby Danes is about to start middle school, and only her aunt knows her deepest, darkest, most secret secret: her mother is in prison.

Then Marg


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ISBN: 9780803740815
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Published: Dial Books - January 8th, 2015

Can a book be both heartbreaking and uplifting? This one sure can. Ada was born with a clubfoot that her mother chose not to have surgically corrected; this was only the start of her abuse and neglect. As World War II looms, Ada gets herself and her younger brother on a train from London to the English countryside with other evacuees. When no one wants to take them in, they’re dumped with a middle-aged woman who’s been paralyzed by grief since the death of her partner. How she and Ada restore each other to life is a beautiful, deeply moving tale, and the background of the war is fascinating.

- Banna


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ISBN: 9780062274625
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Published: HarperCollins - April 29th, 2014

This terrific middle-grade novel addresses intense environmental and social justice issues: hydrofracking in 2014 and a coal miners’ strike in 1938. When Margaret’s father is unjustly convicted and sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit, she feels compelled to use the O’Malley family gift of time-travel to go back to 1938 and change events in the life of the judge who sentenced him.  Readers of this absorbing story will be treated to heart-stopping adventure and beautiful writing, as well as important lessons in risk-taking and doing the right thing.

Banna


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By A.F. Harrold, Emily Gravett (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780802738110
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - March 3rd, 2015

While Harrold has a singular voice, he’s channeled some of Roald Dahl’s delicious, wry creepiness in this astonishing middle-grade novel. Amanda’s imaginary friend, Rudger, accompanies her on many and various adventures. Her mother finds this charming, though Rudger is invisible to her. But not to everyone. A mysterious Mr. Bunting and his own imaginary friend can see Rudger, too – and they have nefarious plans for him. An accident that lands Amanda in the hospital introduces Rudger to a whole world of imaginaries with complicated rules and relationships. Emily Gravett’s brilliant illustrations take this terrific book over the top. Kids with imagination and pizzazz will be reading it over and over!

- Banna


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ISBN: 9781419712173
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 2nd, 2014

In this fictionalized graphic memoir (whew!) for middle graders, Bell shares the challenges she faced as a hearing-impaired child. She wore a “phonic ear”; her teacher wore a lanyard microphone. Despite her embarrassment, it enabled her to hear in the classroom. It also enabled her to hear what her teacher was saying and doing outside the classroom – kind of like having super powers! She creates an alter ego, El Deafo, to celebrate what might otherwise be seen as a disability. This wonderful book will enable hearing readers to grasp what it’s like to live without a sense that most of us take for granted.

- Banna


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By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780763663391
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Published: Candlewick - August 26th, 2014

LeRoy Ninker wants to be a cowboy more than anything in the world. He has his hat, his boots, and his lariat. Now all he needs is a horse. Enter Maybelline. She likes donuts, loves compliments, craves companionship, and is afraid of thunderstorms. One dark and rainy night, a frightened Maybelline runs away. Can LeRoy find his horsy sidekick and save the day? Curl up at the campfire (or sofa) with your own cowkid, and share this charming tale of friendship and responsibility. Kate DiCamillo has done it again. Yippi-ki-yi-yi!

- Deborah


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ISBN: 9780316210485
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 2014

Every family has secrets, but in Mysti’s family there’s the secret they don’t even speak about  to each other: Mysti’s mother never leaves the house. Never. It’s called agoraphobia. The family has found ways to compensate – that is, until a disabling accident puts her father in the hospital. At age 12, smart as she is, can Mysti take charge of herself, her little sister, and their mother? And all this while her only friend is distancing himself from her and tormenting her in an effort to be seen as a hipster? Mysti is an engaging, quirky, admirable, very real young woman, and in a refreshing change this middle-grade novel features some well-meaning, competent, and helpful adults.

Banna


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ISBN: 9780803740013
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Published: Dial Books - March 18th, 2014

Every element in this engrossing story is beautifully handled, and the whole is even greater than the sum of its parts. Theo’s beloved grandfather has died suddenly, leaving her responsible for her dotty, math-absorbed mother, the deteriorating Greenwich Village brownstone they live in, and the garden and flock of chickens they live on. There’s not only the mystery of his dying words to be solved, but the challenge of living on a legacy of $463. An immensely likeable narrator pulls you by the hand into quite a lot of art history (there’s this painting; is it really by Raphael?), and you’ll love every step of the journe


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$18.99
ISBN: 9780525426813
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - April 15th, 2014

Who doesn’t/didn’t need help navigating the rocky shoals of adolescence? Eighth-grader Maya chose a guide for teens written in 1951, replete with girdles, white gloves, and pearls. Taking the writer’s advice to heart, bravely adopting one “tip” per month, she wittily and poignantly tries to weed out the still-relevant from the seemingly out of date. Astonishingly, most of the suggestions are spot-on, enriching her life and helping her see that “popular” can be redefined as respectful, inclusive, and kind.

- Banna


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ISBN: 9780316210492
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 20th, 2014

Sarah, 12, an articulate, captivating narrator, survived an attempted murder by her mother 10 years earlier; her twin brother did not. Her father, an alcoholic, moves the two of them to a new town whenever their story becomes known. Afraid of following in the footsteps of either of her parents, Sarah struggles to define herself, drawing courage from a number of sources. She seeks out neighbors who can provide guidance, formulates a plan to meet her institutionalized mother, and writes letter to Atticus Finch, her idealized parent, as she explores and analyzes herself and those around her.

- Banna


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By Kate DiCamillo, K.G. Campbell (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780763660406
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Published: Candlewick - September 24th, 2013

A squirrel, sucked up into a super-strong vacuum cleaner, is resuscitated by Flora, a lonely, imaginative girl grappling with the pain of her parents’ divorce. The squirrel, now partially bald and endowed with super powers, becomes Flora’s fast friend and ally. A host of vivid supporting characters, an impressive vocabulary, and charming illustrations that give a nod to Flora’s beloved comic books make this clever and touching book one kids will want to read and reread.

- Banna


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By Katherine Rundell, Terry Fan (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781442490581
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 24th, 2013

After a shipwreck an admirable and eccentric young scholar finds baby Sophie floating in a cello case in the English Channel, takes her in, and raises her. All is splendid until the National Childcare Agency threatens to remove Sophie, now 12, from his care. A clue to the identity of her mother appears; the intrepid child-and-guardian pair abscond to Paris to follow up on it. Matteo, who lives on the roofs of the city, assist in their quest. Enthralling, atmospheric; beautifully written and illustrated.

- Banna


The One and Only Ivan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061992254
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Published: HarperCollins - January 17th, 2012

Soon to be a major motion picture!

Winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller


Wonder Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780375869020
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2012

Millions of people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. 
 
The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement, a major motion picture, and the upcoming, critically acclaimed graphic novel White Bird  - on sale 10/1/2019!


Stars in the Shadows: The Negro League All-Star Game of 1934 Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780689866388
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 3rd, 2012

Meet Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and other baseball heroes in this unique radio broadcast reenactment of a legendary All-Star Game, marking a pivotal time in sports history.

1934, Chicago.


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By Lincoln Peirce, Lincoln Peirce (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9780061996610
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Published: HarperCollins - March 20th, 2012

"Big Nate is funny, big time!"—Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Big Nate is going for broke in the fourth novel in the hilarious New York Times bestselling series by Lincoln Peirce!