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75 Mighty Girl Books for Tweens' Summer Reading List

A Mighty Girl's top picks of girl-empowering books for middle grade readers!

One of the great joys of summer for avid young readers is the opportunity to explore books all on their own! Tweens are ready for intriguing, original, and complex stories, which means that middle grade readers can find titles perfect for them in every genre. And with new titles coming out all the time — many of them starring Mighty Girl characters — there is an ever-growing selection of books to choose from!

Whether your tween is looking for an imaginative fantasy novel or a suspenseful mystery, a hilarious romp or a thrilling story of adventure, the empowering titles in our new blog post will keep her flipping through pages all summer long! Both classic novels and new releases are included, so you can encourage your tween to read a book you remember fondly from your own childhood, or help her discover a new favorite. With a wide range of diverse, courageous, and determined Mighty Girls at the center of the story, your young reader is sure to find a character she loves.

Books starring mighty Girls for tweens

The Complete Ramona Collection

The Complete Ramona Collection

Written by: Beverly Cleary
Illustrated by: Jacqueline Rogers
Recommended Age: 6 - 10

Now you can introduce a new generation to Beverly Cleary's classic character Ramona Quimby with this giant set! This box set collects all eight books featuring Ramona, from Beezus and Ramona to Ramona's World. Whether she’s getting into tussles with her older sister Beezus, struggling to find her place at school, or trying — not always successfully — to help out Mom and Dad, these stories will have your kids giggling!

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The Night Fairy

The Night Fairy

Written by: Laura Amy Schlitz
Illustrated by: Angela Barrett
Recommended Age: 7 - 10

Flory is a night fairy, no taller than an acorn, with a beautiful set of wings like a luna moth... until she loses them in an encounter with a bat. Unable to fly home, Flory suddenly finds herself having to learn how to survive among the daylight creatures in the Giantess' garden! The world may be very big and dangerous, but Flory is fierce and determined, and more than ready to tell others like Skuggle, her new squirrel friend, what to do. Not all of the garden's residents, however, are willing to bend to her demands. Through Flory's personal growth, this magical story offers an important lesson in how skills like compassion, diplomacy, and quick thinking are valuable complements to one's bravery in reaching your goals.

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The Real McCoys

The Real McCoys

Written by: Matthew Swanson
Illustrated by: Robbi Behr
Recommended Age: 7 - 10

The world's greatest fourth-grade detective, Moxie McCoy, is on the hunt for the person who's kidnapped the school's beloved mascot... but without her best friend/crime-solving partner, who's moved away, things just don't feel right. So her interrogations now serve a double purpose: searching for clues, and interviewing for a new partner. Nobody quite seems to suit, and Moxie can't solve the case on her own. But when her quiet, tentative, boring little brother Milton proves he's an excellent listener, maybe the pair can form an unexpected alliance. Warm and funny, with clever "debrief" questions that encourage readers to examine Moxie's narrative, this will be a hit with mystery fans. The mystery-solving siblings return in The Real McCoys: Two's A Crowd.

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Meena Meets Her Match

Meena Meets Her Match

Written by: Karla Manternach
Illustrated by: Rayner Alencar
Recommended Age: 7 - 10

Third-grader Meena is an exuberant, creative, color-loving kid.... but recently, she's been feeling a little more blah. Her best friend since kindergarten, Sofí­a, has stopped playing with her, and she doesn't know why. Worse, she's noticing weird things happening: stretches of time she can't remember, jerky arms, and more. When Meena has a seizure, it means hospitalization, medical tests, and a diagnosis of epilepsy. As she grapples with managing her condition, Meena becomes even more determined to find a way to bring the color back into her life. That means figuring out what's going on with Sofí­a — and understanding her own part in what happened. This charming illustrated chapter book, perfect for fans of Ramona Quimby, explores friendship, personal secrets, and the ups and downs of life. Meena's adventures continue in Never Fear, Meena's Here.

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Clementine

Clementine

Written by: Sara Pennypacker
Illustrated by: Marla Frazee
Recommended Age: 6 - 9

Clementine is having an absolutely terrible week. It starts on Monday, with a trip to the principal's office for helping cut her friend Margaret's hair, and by Saturday, Margaret, her mother, and Clementine's own mother are all mad at her. Clementine's "spectacularful" ideas aren't appreciated by the people around her, and she's starting to wonder if her precocious brain is really worth the trouble! Fortunately, thanks to a resilient and optimistic attitude, Clementine is able to turn things around and figure out a way to make things right. With delicious language and an irrepressible, good-hearted main character, this is sure to be a hit. For more Clementine, there is also A Box of Clementines, a box set containing the first three books in the series.

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Gooney Bird Greene

Gooney Bird Greene

Written by: Lois Lowry
Recommended Age: 7 - 10

There's never been anyone like Gooney Bird Greene at Watertower Elementary School. What other new kid comes to school wearing pajamas and cowboy boots one day and a polka-dot t-shirt and tutu on another? She is the star of story time and keeps her teacher and classmates on the edge of their seats with her "absolutely true" stories. But what about her classmates? Maybe they have interesting stories to share too.... This laugh-out-loud book will teach young readers the elements of storytelling — and encourage them to come up with stories of their own! Fans of Gooney Bird can check out the second book in the series, Gooney Bird Greene and the Room Mother.

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Star Scouts

Star Scouts

Written by: Mike Lawrence
Illustrated by: Mike Lawrence
Recommended Age: 7 - 12

Everyone in her new school thinks Avani is weird, especially the girls in her Flower Scouts troop. Is it so strange to think scouting should be about fun and adventure, not about makeovers and boys, boys, boys? Then Avani is accidentally abducted by Mabel, an alien from across the galaxy. It turns out that Mabel is a Star Scout, and collecting alien specimens is just one of the activities on her troop’s list. If Avani can make it through Camp Andromeda — and prevent her dad from realizing she’s left the planet — she’ll prove that humans can hold their own in the Star Scouts and finally find a place to belong. Kids will devour this fun sci-fi romp full of teamwork, inventiveness, and laughs. Avani's adventures continue in the sequel, Star Scouts: The League of Lasers.

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Matilda

Matilda

Written by: Roald Dahl
Illustrated by: Quentin Blake
Recommended Age: 7 - 12

Clever little Matilda is a precocious reader, but her parents don't appreciate books or their daughter. when she starts school, her teacher Miss Honey encourages Matilda's remarkable gifts — including one that defies all expectation. But with the bullying headmistress Miss Trunchbull out to force Matilda into submission, and her uncaring parents refusing to acknowledge their daughter's talents, how will Matilda ever get to enjoy the books and learning she loves? This modern classic Mighty Girl story has delighted generations of children with its intelligent, book-loving main character.

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The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Recommended Age: 7 - 12

After Mary Lennox is orphaned by a cholera epidemic, she goes to live on her uncle's Yorkshire estate. Lonely and sad, she's left alone to explore, eventually meeting the high-spirited Dickon and her sickly and imperious cousin Colin. Then she discovers the greatest treasure of all: a locked, walled garden, overgrown and desperately in need of tending. And as she, Dickon, and Colin start caring for the garden, a remarkable thing happens: Mary and Colin start to bloom too. This classic novel, full of beauty and emotion, is sure to inspire your Mighty Girl as it has inspired generations of others.

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The BFG

The BFG

Written by: Roald Dahl
Illustrated by: Quentin Blake
Recommended Age: 7 - 12

Eight-year-old orphan Sophie's life takes a surprising turn for the better when a giant swipes her out of her bed in London and takes her to Giantland! The BFG, or Big Friendly Giant, is definitely both friendly and giant to Sophie, but it turns out that he's not so big compared to some of his more ferocious relations. In fact, Sophie and the BFG will have to work together to bring beautiful dreams to all the other boys and girls, make an alliance with the Queen, and finally trap the evil giants for good! This beloved book — which has been adapted into a film version — is just as entrancing for readers today as it was when it was published decades ago.

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The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot

Written by: Peter Brown
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Roz the robot opens her eyes for the first time to find herself alone on a remote island, full of nothing but wilderness. A fierce storm and a vicious bear attack convince Roz that the best way to make it is to adapt, observe, and learn from the island's animals. Slowly, the animals adapt to Roz too, and before long, the island is feeling like home. But can Roz really live a wild, free life — even when her creators finally come looking for her? Author / illustrator Peter Brown tells an exciting and touching story about nature, technology, and what it means to belong. Roz's story continues in The Wild Robot Escapes, or both books are available in The Wild Robot box set.

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From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Written by: E.L. Konigsburg
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

This Newbery Award-winning novel tells the story of 12-year-old Claudia, who decides to run away from home — and brings her little brother Jamie along for the ride. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City as their new home and they quickly settle into living secretly in the museum. But when a new exhibit arrives — a marble angel statue that might just be a real Michaelangelo — the children fall into the middle of a mystery that takes them on another grand adventure: finding the previous owner of the statue, Mrs. Frankweiler herself, in hopes of proving it! This classic, suspenseful read with an urban adventure story has been a favorite for generations.

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Measuring Up

Measuring Up

Written by: Lily LaMotte
Illustrated by: Ann Xu
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

12-year-old Cici is trying to get comfortable in her new Seattle home, but she misses so many things about Taiwan — especially her grandmother, A-má, who's about to celebrate her 70th birthday. When she learns that there's a cooking contest with a $1000 prize, it seems like the perfect opportunity: that much money would let her buy A-má a ticket to Seattle. But Cici only knows how to cook Taiwanese food, and her classmates' reaction to her lunchbox tells her THAT won't do. As she draws inspiration from Julia Child and wrestles with fitting in with friends while also staying true to herself, Cici may discover that differences can be something to savor! This delightful graphic novel celebrates food, family, and finding your place in a new home.

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Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble

Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble

Written by: Anna Meriano
Illustrated by: Mirelle Ortega
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Leonora's mother, aunt, and older sisters run the best bakery in Rose Hill, Texas, and Leonora wants to help prepare for Dia de los Muertos — but once again, they tell her she's too young. One day, when Leo sneaks down to the bakery, she learns why: they are all brujas, witches of Mexican ancestry, and they bake a little delicious magic into every bite! Leo's sure she's old enough to learn magic too, so when her best friend has a problem, she decides to dig into the family recipe book. But Leo doesn't read Spanish, so deciphering the recipes isn't easy... and when things go awry, Leo learns that her family will support her but she has to fix her own mistakes! This charming story effortlessly weaves together Mexican, Texan, and American cultures and adds a dash of mystery and magic to delightful effect. The story continues in this three-part series in A Sprinkle of Spirits.

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Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers

Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers

Written by: Anna James
Illustrated by: Paola Escobar
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

11-year-old Tilly Pages' mother disappeared shortly after she was born, and she found solace in the thousands of books at her grandparents' bookshop, and her one friend, Oskar. But when some of the avid reader's favorite characters — including Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland — make an appearance, Tilly learns she can travel into any story she chooses. Tilly's bookwandering is more powerful than most, though, and when a creepy employee of the shop follows her into the books, she and Oskar must dig into the mystery... which might even reveal what really happened to Tilly's mother. This imaginative ode to the magic of books is sure to make young readers wish they could bookwander with Tilly. For more of Tilly's adventures, check out our Pages & Co. Collection.

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Mustaches for Maddie

Mustaches for Maddie

Recommended Age: 8 - 12

12-year-old Maddie loves her quirky sense of humor (including the fake mustaches she slaps on at every opportunity) and her new lead role in the class play, even if they mean unwanted attention from a class bully. But when she develops unusual symptoms, she's diagnosed with a brain tumor and her world is flipped upside down. At first, Maddie wants to hide her illness, but as her surgery date approaches, her creativity, offbeat humor, and kind heart might make a difference for more people than she ever thought possible. Kids will love Maddie's big heart and even bigger imagination.

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A Whale of the Wild

A Whale of the Wild

Written by: Rosanne Parry
Illustrated by: Lindsay Moore
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

A young orca named Vega knows she will be the matriarch of the pod someday, hunting and navigating the Salish Sea with her brother, Deneb, supporting her — but Vega still wonders if she's the right whale to lead. Then, an earthquake and tsunami separate Vega and Deneb from the pod, and leave the ocean unrecognizable with wreckage from the disasters everywhere. To save her brother and her surviving family, Vega will have to journey into the open water and find her way back home again. Told in alternating perspectives by Vega and Deneb, this thrilling animal adventure, accented by black and white spot illustrations, incorporates lessons about sea life and environmental issues into a powerful story about the strength of family.

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Ronia, the Robber's Daughter

Ronia, the Robber's Daughter

Written by: Astrid Lindgren
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Ronia is the celebrated daughter of Matt, leader of a ferocious band of robbers, but she’s happiest alone, exploring the deep forest. There, she meets Birk, the son of Matt’s greatest rival, Borka, and the two become unexpected friends. But when new hostilities break out between two bands, Ronia is faced with conflicting loyalties when her father wants to use Birk as a hostage to force his rival’s surrender. Can Ronia and Birk find a way to reconcile the two robber barons, or will they have to choose between friendship and family? This book by Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking, is full of adventure and suspense, as well as insightful explorations about loyalty, gender, and standing up for what you believe in.

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Rescue at Lake Wild

Rescue at Lake Wild

Written by: Terry Lynn Johnson
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

12-year-old Madi's parents have told her if she brings home one more stray or injured animal, she'll lose an opportunity to meet one of her heroes, Jane Goodall! But then she and her friends Aaron and Jack find two dead beavers by the side of the lake — and when Madi investigates their lodge, she finds two orphaned kits. The three kids hide the beavers inside their clubhouse, but in addition to keeping them safe, they have to figure out who killed the two beaver parents, and why. But as they dig into the mystery, they might discover a local environmental crisis that will take more than the three of them to solve! Perfect for fans of Pax and A Boy Called Bat, this book about a determined animal-loving girl will make kids wonder what they can do about protecting wildlife in their own communities.

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11 Birthdays

11 Birthdays

Written by: Wendy Mass
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Amanda is excited for her eleventh birthday — until everything goes wrong, including a fight with her best friend, Leo. She's glad when the day is over... but wakes up to discover that she's starting it all over again. The only other person aware of the time loop is Leo, and soon the pair have patched their friendship and start exploring the possibilities of unlimited do-overs. It turns out that seemingly small decisions have big and often unforeseen consequences — but can they find the one that gets them out of the loop and back to real life? Kids will love seeing Amanda and Leo rebuild their friendship and discover that what they do really does make a difference. Fans can return to author Wendy Mass' unique world in the second book in the series, Finally.

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Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki's Delivery Service

Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Fans of Kiki's Delivery Service will be delighted to read this new translation of the book that inspired the Studio Ghibli film! Half-witch Kiki is ready to follow the witch tradition of choosing a new town to call home for one year after her thirteenth birthday. But the village of Koriko is not as welcoming as she might have hoped, and the villagers aren't so sure about her idea to use her witch's powers to help them. It takes some determination, but slowly, Kiki makes friends in her new home... and realizes that there's magic in every day, ordinary places, too. This brand new translation of the first book in the Kiki series will delight readers young and old!

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The Gilded Girl

The Gilded Girl

Written by: Alyssa Colman
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

12-year-old Emma lives in a world where any child has a hint of magic — but where only the wealthy and powerful are allowed to kindle it, so that they can use it as adults. As the daughter of a magical architect, she gets the opportunity to attend one of the best kindling schools in New York City: Miss Posterity’s Academy for Practical Magic. Meanwhile Izzy, a servant girl, is determined to find a way to hold onto her magic. When Emma's father dies, she strikes a bargain with Izzy: if Izzy helps her pay her debts to Miss Posterity by teaching her to work as a servant, Emma will teach Izzy what she knows about magic. Together, can they find a way to kindle their magic, despite all the obstacles? This magical story, which pays homage to the classic novel A Little Princess, explores friendship, class, and the power of the human spirit.

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The Key To Extraordinary

The Key To Extraordinary

Written by: Natalie Lloyd
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Everyone in Emma's family is special, and they all learned what their extraordinary destiny would be through a dream. Emma's been waiting for her dream since her mother died, after promising her she would do whatever it takes to make fulfill it. But when Emma's dream finally does come, it directs her to find a legendary treasure which is hidden in her town's cemetery. It's been missing for centuries and is rumored to be protected by a singing ghost, so the task seems impossible — but how can Emma let down generations of her ancestors and break such an important promise to her own mother? Full of lyrical writing and quirky humor, this book by the author of the best-selling A Snicker of Magic is sure to delight young readers!

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Karma Khullar's Mustache

Karma Khullar's Mustache

Written by: Kristi Wientge
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Everything seems to be going against Karma: her best friend has found a blonder best friend; her beloved dadima has passed away; her father has become the new stay-at-home parent while her mother spends most of her time at work; and perhaps worst of all, she's spotted seventeen hairs sprouting on her upper lip. As her classmate's taunts about her mustache grow, Karma wonders if someone like her — half White and half Indian, half Methodist and half Sikh — belongs anywhere. In the tradition of Judy Blume, this charming novel tackles topics such as body hair, self-image, and bullying as one girl learns how to define her own destiny.

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Emily Windsnap: Six Swishy Tails of Land and Sea

Emily Windsnap: Six Swishy Tails of Land and Sea

Written by: Liz Kessler
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Emily Windsnap is half-human, half-mermaid, and the moment she discovers her true heritage, she's off on a series of underwater adventures! But there are dangers that Emily, who was raised as a human, isn't prepared for in the world of the merpeople — and when she makes mistakes, the consequences can be enormous. Fortunately, she has good friends to help her find her way. This beautiful collection includes the first six books from the Emily Windsnap series in paperback editions. For more books in the series, visit our Emily Windsnap Collection.

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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Written by: Judith Kerr
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Anna is growing up in Berlin, and thinks of herself as a German like everyone else she knows. Hitler’s face on posters around the city doesn’t mean anything to her — until one night her father disappears. Her mother explains that he had to leave, and soon, they will join him. Escaping Nazi Germany means a life as a refugee, leaving everything Anna knows behind, but at first it just seems like an adventure. Soon, though, Anna realizes the move is permanent, complete with new languages to learn, financial struggles, and a new realization: the most important thing of all is that their family is together. Kids will empathize with Anna's confusion as this book provides a gentle introduction to World War II and Holocaust history.

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Nim's Island

Nim's Island

Written by: Wendy Orr
Illustrated by: Kerry Millard
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Young Nim is comfortable handling life in her island home on her own: her mother died when she was young, and her father often has to leave for days at a time on scientific expeditions. But she knows how to climb a tree, chop down bananas with a machete, and even start a fire with a piece of glass — and she has a sea lion and an iguana to keep her company. She even has a new email friendship with adventure novelist Alex Rover. But when her father's ship is damaged — and then his cell phone calls stop coming altogether — Nim starts to worry... and when she injures her knee, things start looking grim. It will take all of Nim's ingenuity and the help of her friends — including Alex, who isn't nearly as capable as her novels' protagonists — to help her make it through. This delightful novel has also been adapted into a live action feature film.

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The Nerviest Girl in the World

The Nerviest Girl in the World

Written by: Melissa Wiley
Illustrated by: Mike Deas
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

11-year-old Pearl lives on a cattle and ostrich ranch outside San Diego, where her days are spent collecting feeding cows, collecting eggs, and avoiding the cranky birds. But when her brothers get jobs doing stunts for the newfangled silent film industry, Pearl gets curious — and a set visit leads to director Mr. Corrigan signing the "nervy girl" on to do stunts too! Riding tricks are second nature to Pearl, but acting is less so (which is particularly annoying when her rival, Mary Mason, seems to find it so easy.) And, of course, her mother wouldn't be happy to learn what Pearl has been up to... This laugh-out-loud cross between Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken and Ramona Quimby, inspired by real-life stuntwoman Pearl White, is packed with adventure and fascinating facts about early film.

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The Magic Half

The Magic Half

Written by: Annie Barrows
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Miri is the only non-twin in a family of five kids, and there are times she feels downright out of place. Then, she discovers a surprising property of her bedroom in the family's new home, an old farmhouse: somehow, she transports herself back to 1935, where she meets Molly, a girl her own age who desperately needs to escape her abusive life. The two become fast friends, but when Miri accidentally goes back to her own time — without Molly — she has to figure out how to get back to Molly and maybe even end up with the sister she's always wanted. This fast-paced and magical story is sure to delight young readers who have wondered what secrets might lurk in their own home. Fans of this story can follow Miri and Molly in the sequel, Magic In The Mix.

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Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

Written by: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrated by: Garth Williams
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

When Laura Ingalls and her family set out in a covered wagon for new lands to settle in Kansas, they're determined to find the perfect place to call home. Laura and her older sister Mary must be determined and brave along their journey, and then, when they finally settle, there is much work for them to do — but there are still plenty of opportunities for fun and exploration in the rolling hills nearby! Just as they are really starting to feel at home, the Ingalls family finds themselves in the middle of an unexpected conflict. Even if they have to leave their little prairie house behind, though, they know they will always have the most important thing: each other. Fans may want to consider the complete box set of this series so they can read it start to finish! For more resources about this beloved author, visit our Laura Ingalls Collection.

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A Snicker of Magic

A Snicker of Magic

Written by: Natalie Lloyd
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Midnight Gulch used to be a place where people could sing up a thunderstorm or dance up sunflowers; thanks to a curse, though, magic like that is a thing of the past. Felicity is familiar with the effects of such curses, since her mother has been cursed with a wandering heart, leaving her unable to settle anywhere. And she knows about magic: Felicity is a “word collector” and sees words shimmering everywhere. But then, Midnight Gulch produces words she's never seen before: words like “home” and “friend.” Perhaps Felicity can heal her mother's heart and bring back Midnight Gulch's magic... A charming story full of heart, this fantasy novel is pure delight.

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A Tangle of Knots

A Tangle of Knots

Written by: Lisa Graff
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Everyone in 11-year-old Cady's world has a Talent, a semi-magical ability. In Cady's case, she has a gift for making cakes: just by looking at someone, she knows exactly what they'd like. It seems like a mundane (if delicious) ability, but it will lead Cady on an unexpected journey, out of the orphanage where kindly Miss Mallory has been struggling to find a family for her, to a lost-luggage emporium, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a mysterious Talent Thief. And maybe, to truth about how Cady became an orphan — and even to a long-lost parent. Fans of this magical world can return to it in A Clatter of Jars.

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Written by: Grace Lin
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Minli lives in the valley of the Fruitless Mountain, where she and her parents struggle to survive. At night, her father tells her miraculous tales about the Jade Dragon and the Old Man in the Moon, who holds everyone's destiny, but her mother is too busy worrying to enjoy the stories. So one day, Minli decides that she will find the Old Man in the Moon and change her family's fortune. Along the way, she befriends a talking fish, a flightless dragon, and more amazing creatures... but when she reaches the Old Man, she will have to decide whether asking for riches for herself and her family is the best use of a chance to change fate. Inspired by Chinese folktales and full of vibrant illustrations, this unique story teaches an important lesson about greed and happiness. Fans of this book can check out the companion, When The Sea Turned To Silver.

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The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle

The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle

Written by: Christina Uss
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

In this quirky story, 12-year-old introvert Bicycle has been raised by Sister Wanda in the Mostly Silent Monastery since she was left there as a three-year-old. But Sister Wanda is worried that Bicycle doesn't have any friends, so she declares that she's going to sleepaway camp at the Friendship Factory (“Three Guaranteed Friendships or Your Money Back.”) Bicycle has other ideas, and sets off on her own bike for California, aiming to meet her hero, Polish cycling racer Zbig. Along the way, she encounters a good-natured ghost, a mysterious woman in black, and an unexpected number of new friends! Hilarious and charming, this adventure celebrates the call of the open road and the joy of friendship.

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Moo: A Novel

Moo: A Novel

Written by: Sharon Creech
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

When Reena's family moves to Maine, she's expecting beaches, blueberries, and lobster — not being "volunteered" to work for Mrs. Falala on a farm with animals like Paulie the Pig, Edna the snake, China the cat, and a very stubborn cow named Zora. Even more unexpectedly, Reena discovers a surprising bond with the ornery but somehow lovable cow — and learns more about Mrs. Falala, which in turn affects her family in ways she'd never predicted. Told in a combination of prose and free verse poems, this book recognizes the power of being open to new experiences and the bonds we can form with the most unexpected people (and creatures.)

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The Case of the Missing Moonstone

The Case of the Missing Moonstone

Written by: Jordan Stratford
Illustrated by: Kelly Murphy
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Imagine a world where Lady Ada Byron (who created the first computer algorithm) and Mary Shelley (the author of Frankenstein) met as girls — and decided to turn their combined brainpower to solving mysteries! That's the premise behind this unique new series in which the pair form The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency. In order to find the missing heirloom — and prove the false confession wrong — they'll have to use science, math, and creative analytical thinking to unveil the true culprit. Ada and Mary's adventures continue in the rest of The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency series.

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Pie

Pie

Written by: Sarah Weeks
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Alice's Aunt Polly was the Pie Queen of Ipswitch, and when she dies, her recipe for her world-famous pie crust is surely lost forever. Or is it? In her will, Polly actually leaves the recipe to her surly, overweight cat Lardo — and leaves Lardo to Alice. Now everyone in town is wondering how you leave a pie recipe to a cat, and with the next big pie contest approaching fast, competitive drive is running wild. Alice and her friend Charlie are going to have to puzzle out what Polly was up to, whether the recipe actually exists... and perhaps most difficult of all, what is going to make her happy. This funny and sweet story about family and friends even includes a handful of pie recipes for your kids to try!

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The Ordinary Princess

The Ordinary Princess

Written by: M. M. Kaye
Illustrated by: M. M. Kaye
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Upon her christening, the fairies gift Princess Amy with Wit, Charm, Health, Courage... and Ordinariness. Unlike her exquisite sisters, Amy's appearance is plain, and she's far more interested in adventures than in marrying a prince. So when her parents try to marry her off, Amy decides to run away, and her gift of being ordinary allows her to blend in perfectly as a kitchen maid in the neighboring kingdom's palace. There, she makes a new friend — but Perry, a "man of all work", has a secret as remarkable as her own. In fact, they may just be the perfect pair... This charming story, with its reminder that looks are unimportant without substance behind them, also captures the power of choosing your own future.

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Allergic: A Graphic Novel

Allergic: A Graphic Novel

Written by: Megan Wagner Lloyd
Illustrated by: Michelle Mee Nutter
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Maggie knows her 10th birthday will be the best ever: she's getting a dog! Even though the dog is supposed to be for the whole family, she knows that her twin brothers are completely focused on one another, and her parents are busy with the new baby they're expecting; the dog will definitely be Maggie's. But then she has a severe allergic reaction while cuddling a dog at the shelter, and after testing, the doctor recommends she avoids all animals with fur or feathers! Can Maggie figure out the perfect pet, while also managing a new school and her family's changing world? This graphic novel, inspired by author Megan Wagner Lloyd's experiences with allergies and accented by warm illustrations by Michelle Mee Nutter, is a charming story about finding your place — even when it's not what you expect.

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Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking

Written by: Astrid Lindgren
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

In the wacky Villa Villekulla lives a very extraordinary girl! Pippi Longstocking, the strongest girl in the world, lives alone with her monkey Mr. Nilsson, and her arrival is going to turn Tommy and Annika’s life upside down. Full of incredible hijinks, daring deeds, and expectation-defying adventures, any child would want to follow Pippi just to see what happens next! Fans of Pippi should also check out The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, which collects the three full-length Pippi books into one volume. You can also find more Pippi books, films, and toys in our Pippi Longstocking Collection.

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Tuesdays at the Castle

Tuesdays at the Castle

Written by: Jessica Day George
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Princess Celie loves living in Castle Glower, and she especially loves Tuesdays, the day that a new room, turret, or wing magically appears! No one can guess what the castle will do next, and Celie is the only one who ever takes the time to map the new additions. And, when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and foreign interlopers appear to try to claim the kingdom, Celie's intimate knowledge of the castle will be key to protecting herself, her family, and her people. Celie's unique friendship with the magical castle provides fodder for all sorts of fun adventures in this charming story! You can continue Celie's adventures in Wednesdays in the Tower, Thursdays with the Crown, Fridays with the Wizards, and Saturdays at Sea.

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Mandy

Mandy

Written by: Julie Andrews Edwards
Illustrated by: Johanna Westerman
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

10-year-old Mandy is an orphan who wants a place to call her own more than anything in the world. So when she climbs over the orphanage wall and finds an abandoned cottage, Mandy realizes that she’s found the perfect place. Through the year, Mandy works to make the cottage hers, “borrowing” things she needs from the orphanage. But when Mandy gets sick at the cottage on a stormy night, she’ll learn that there are friends to be found in the most unexpected places! This charming novel by beloved actress Julie Andrews is sure to delight any child who’s dreamed of creating her very own secret space.

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The Power of Poppy Pendle

The Power of Poppy Pendle

Written by: Natasha Lowe
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

In Poppy's world, witches work for good and are treated with respect and honor so when Poppy, whose parents are not witches, develops powers, they are thrilled. Poppy, on the other hand, is not: all she wants to do is become a great baker. Her parents push her into magic despite her protests, and soon Poppy is exploring some dark paths out of frustration and resentment. Fortunately, friendship and good food win out in the end! Poppy is a sympathetic characters and readers will empathize with a tween who expresses her anger in inappropriate ways (and enjoy the included recipes!) Fans of this story can find more stand-alone stories set in Poppy's magical world in our Poppy Pendle Collection.

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Book Scavenger

Book Scavenger

Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Emily's literary idol, Garrison Griswold, lives in San Francisco — something that makes her move to the city a lot more exciting! He's the creator of Book Scavenger, a game where books are hidden in cities around the country. But when she arrives, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and no one knows anything about the epic new game he was just about to launch. When Emily and her friend James discover a strange book, they find themselves rushing from clue to clue, trying to find the secret — before whoever attacked Griswold comes after them too. This fun adventure, sprinkled with mysteries and ciphers, is sure to appeal to mystery fans. Emily and James' adventures continue in The Unbreakable Code and The Alcatraz Escape.

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Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie

Written by: Kate DiCamillo
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Opal comes home from her local Winn-Dixie supermarket with something entirely unexpected — a stray dog! Soon she and the dog are best friends, and she’s named him after the place where they met. Winn-Dixie’s goofy, warm attitude become the conversation starter Opal needs to meet a wide variety of unexpected characters in her new town... and even prompts her sad, introverted father to open up about why Opal’s mother left the family. This Newbery Honor book, which was also adapted into a live-action film, is a lovely story of friendship, acceptance, and love.

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Bob

Bob

Illustrated by: Nicholas Gannon
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Five years after her first visit to her grandmother's house in Australia, Livy is back — and feels like there's something important she's forgotten about her last trip. What she forgot was Bob: a small, mysterious being dressed in a chicken suit. She promised to help find his family… and Bob remembers her promise, even if he doesn't remember his way home. Together, Livy and Bob will have to puzzle out the clues to where Bob comes from — and along the way, they'll learn truths about both love and the joys of childhood. Told in alternating chapters in Livy and Bob's perspectives, this irresistible story explores friendship, belonging, and the magic of storytelling.

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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

Written by: Jeanne Birdsall
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

The Penderwick sisters are spending the summer on a sprawling estate, and as the girls meander through the gardens and nose through the attics, they also meet a fascinating new companion: Jeffrey, the son of the estate’s owner, Mrs. Tifton. Mrs. Tifton doesn't approve of these antics, and Jeffrey's on the verge of being sent to a military school. Will the sisters' adventures save their new friend from such a terrible fate, or just get him deeper into hot water? It will be a summer of full of trouble, laughter, mischief, and confusion — definitely one that no one on the estate will ever forget! Fans of the Penderwicks can find more of their adventures in our Penderwicks Collection.

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Finding Serendipity

Finding Serendipity

Written by: Angelica Banks
Illustrated by: Stevie Lewis
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Tuesday's mother, Serendipity, is a famous author — and now she's missing. So Tuesday and her dog Baxterr set out to find her, and discover the mysterious, unpredictable place that stories come from. In order to rescue her mother — and get to The End — Tuesday will have to make new friends, learn to sail a magical boat, defeat a dangerous pirate, learn the truth about her definitely-not-ordinary dog, and get in touch with her creative side to find the power in storytelling. This magical adventure plays with narrative structure and the creative process to celebrate the power of finding your own voice, and along the way celebrates the loyalty of a loving dog (even if your Mighty Girl's dog isn't quite as unique as Baxterr.) Tuesday and Baxterr return in the sequel, A Week Without Tuesday.

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All Four Stars

All Four Stars

Written by: Tara Dairman
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Gladys Gatsby adores gourmet food — something her fast food-loving parents don’t appreciate. So she's been cooking fancy dishes for herself in secret since the age of seven... until she accidentally sets fire to the kitchen and finds herself banned from cooking altogether. But then a major newspaper contacts her, thinking she's an adult foodie, asking her to write a review of one of the best restaurants in New York City! If Gladys wants to get her dream job, she'll have to engage in some clever maneuvering — and draw on the help of both her friends and the snobbiest girl in school. This clever and funny book about a girl with a passion for fine food will delight young readers. Gladys' story continues in The Stars of Summer and Stars So Sweet.

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Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted

Written by: Gail Carson Levine
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

At birth, Ella was given the "gift" of obedience by a foolish fairy; as a result, she cannot refuse any order given to her, no matter what it is — or who gives it to her. Ella's stepmother and stepsisters are more than happy to take advantage of her curse, but Ella is not content to accept her fate. Instead, she sets out to find a way to reverse the curse and spell... and find her own happiness. This Newbery Honor book plays with many aspects of the traditional Cinderella story, but at its heart is an independent, determined heroine who ultimately frees herself. For a companion novel set in the same world, check out Ogre Enchanted.

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Camp

Camp

Written by: Kayla Miller
Illustrated by: Kayla Miller
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Olive is sure this will be the best summer ever — she and her friend Willow are heading to camp together! But while Olive makes friends fast, Willow struggles, and latches onto Olive for companionship. It's not long before Olive is fed up and they have a full-on fight. Summer camp was definitely not supposed to be the end of their friendship! Fortunately, a little time apart gives them the chance to find their own way — and their way back together. Tween readers will sympathize with both Olive and Willow during this graphic novel sequel to Click that celebrates how summer adventures can help you discover new strength. Olive's story continues in Act and Clash.

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The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City

The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City

Written by: Jodi Kendall
Illustrated by: Pascal Campion
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

In Josie Shilling's house, there's never enough room, attention, or time for everyone... and she feels like she's the one who always gets left out. That's extra hard when the young gymnast is worrying about whether she's getting too tall for her favorite sport -- and whether her parents can afford the fee. So when her brother brings home a rescued piglet named Hamlet from a nearby farm, Josie delights at feeling a special connection with him. But if there's no room for the kids in the Shilling home, there's definitely no room for Hamlet — and who ever heard of a pig in the city? Josie decides she'll have to find Hamlet a forever home... and along the way, she might find she's not as alone as she thinks.

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Rain Reign

Rain Reign

Written by: Ann M. Martin
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Rose Howard's Asperger's syndrome manifests in a love of homonyms and anxiety about changes to routine. When her struggling single father brings home a dog, though, it's a change Rose adores, and she quickly chooses the name Rain — which, since it has two homonyms (reign, rein) is one of the most special names of all. But when Rain goes missing in a storm, Rose has to break all of her familiar patterns to find her beloved pet... and when she learns that Rain may already have a home, Rose will face a very difficult decision. This heartfelt novel about justice, courage, and love is sure to touch your Mighty Girl's heart.

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Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment

Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment

Recommended Age: 9 - 12

12-year-old Max Einstein is a homeless genius with a big heart who knows the truth of Albert Einstein's quote "Imagination is more important than knowledge." She relies on asking herself "What would Einstein do?" when she has a problem — which means that, when she learns about the Change Makers Institute, which is dedicated to solving the world's problems, she's determined to help. With eight other whiz kids from around the world, she's determined to find ways to apply Einstein's theories to help the world... without getting caught up by the greedy Corporation. This exciting novel is packed full of world travel, rollicking STEM adventures, and hilarious hijinks! The series continues with Max Einstein: Rebels with a Cause.

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The Serpent's Secret

The Serpent's Secret

Written by: Sayantani DasGupta
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Kiranmala's parents have always told her that she's a real Indian princess, and she's always rolled her eyes... until the morning of her twelfth birthday, when her parents disappear and a rakkhosh demon smashes into the kitchen of her New Jersey home! Then, two handsome princes show up at her door, insisting they are here to rescue her. As Kiran gets whisked away to a dimension of magic, wonder, and creatures she thought were Indian fairy tales, she'll have to learn fast to avoid the Serpent King and the Rakkhoshi Queen, find her parents, and save the world. Full of action, mythology, and magic, this book is a thrilling and fast-paced introduction to Kiran's world; she returns in the rest of the four-part Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond series.

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Beyond Platform 13

Beyond Platform 13

Recommended Age: 9 - 12

The world of The Secret of Platform 13 is back! The Island of Mist is only accessible through gumps, secret doors that open for nine days every nine years, but now a group of harpies have forced most of the magical inhabitants out. Odge Gribble, a hag, and her friend Prince Ben are determined to find a mistmaker expert to help reclaim the island. Instead, as they hunt through Vienna for help, they run into 9-year-old Lina, an ordinary girl who's up for some derring-do. Now Odge, Ben, and Lina will have to discover the secret of the mist (and some unusual magic) to save the day! Inspired by Eva Ibbotson's classic book, The Secret of Platform 13, Sibéal Pounder expands the world of Platform 13 with this entertaining adventure.

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The Color of My Words

The Color of My Words

Written by: Lynn Joseph
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Ana Rosa is a budding writer — but in the authoritarian Dominican Republic controlled by dictator Rafael Trujillo, there is no freedom of expression. She spends her days scribbling on napkins, paper bags, and shop paper, and dreams of having a notebook of her own. The only support her mother feels safe offering is, "there always has to be a first person to do something." Then, the government announces that they will be bulldozing Ana Rosa's village to build hotels, and Ana Rosa's brother is appointed the village's spokesperson. Ana Rosa's poems don't have the power to stop the government's crackdown, but perhaps they can help her process her grief and tell her loved ones' story to the world. This powerful story about oppression, creativity, and the drive to seek justice will get kids thinking about the freedoms they likely take for granted.

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The Unicorn Quest

The Unicorn Quest

Written by: Kamilla Benko
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

After 11-year-old Claire and her older sister Sophie move to Windermere Manor, they discover a secret ladder in the fireplace leads to the magical land of Arden. There, they find a world in constant turmoil: the four magic guilds no longer trust each other after the disappearance of their beloved unicorns, and terrible wraiths freely roam the land. Scared, the girls return home, but when Sophie disappears, Claire will have to push through her fear to return to Arden and bring her sister safely home. A magical world where nothing is ruled by pure good or evil and a protagonist who challenges herself to find her own power make this an exciting introduction to the world of Arden. The sisters' adventures continue in the sequel, Secret in the Stone and concludes with Fire in the Star.

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City Spies

City Spies

Written by: James Ponti
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

12-year-old Sara Martinez ended up in juvenile detention after she hacked the New York City foster care system to prove her foster parents were breaking the law. She's expecting a grim stretch with no computer access when she gets approached by a mysterious man who calls himself Mother and recruits her for an all-kid spy agency. Before she's even gotten to know her new team, Sara is on her way to Paris where the billionaire sponsor of a youth environmental summit is getting death threats. This thrilling series opener, perfect for fans of Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls, is full of excitement, espionage, and friends becoming family. The City Spies' adventures continue in the sequel, Golden Gate.

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So B. It

So B. It

Written by: Sarah Weeks
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

12-year-old Heidi knows nothing about her background: her mentally disabled mother is minimally verbal and can't fill her in. Fortunately, a kindly next door neighbor and Heidi's own "good luck" powers have kept them safe. But when her mother adds the word "soof" to her vocabulary, Heidi becomes curious, and when she discovers a camera with an undeveloped roll of film, she becomes determined to figure out where he mother came from — and what "soof" means. This touching coming-of-age story has also been adapted into a live action motion picture. Fans of this book can also check out the companion novel, Soof.

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The Jumbies

The Jumbies

Written by: Tracey Baptiste
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Corinne La Mer isn't afraid of the jumbies — they're just stories made up by parents! Except that one night, she sees a pair of yellow eyes near the forbidden forest. The next day, a beautiful but strange woman named Severine shows up at Corinne's house. She's going to claim the entire island for the jumbies — unless Corinne can stop her. Corinne has courage aplenty and friends to stand by her sides — but how can an ordinary girl save her island against this magical force? Unless, of course, she has magic of her own... An action-packed story and vibrant Caribbean setting will delight middle grade readers. Readers can follow Corinne's adventures in Rise of the Jumbies and The Jumbie God's Revenge.

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Ban This Book

Ban This Book

Written by: Alan Gratz
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Amy Anne considers herself shy, but when she learns that her favorite book in the whole world, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, has been banned from the library, she decides it's time to find her courage! So she recruits her friends to make their point: they start a secret banned books library in her locker, and even make arguments why every single book in library should also be banned to point out the folly of censorship. It turns out that when Amy Anne finds a cause that's important to her, she's ready to take on the world! Middle grade readers will laugh and cheer as they read this stirring defense against censorship.

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Savvy

Savvy

Written by: Ingrid Law
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Every Beaumont knows that when they turn 13, they develop a savvy, a magical power — and with brothers who create electricity and hurricanes, Mibs is hoping for something amazing. But one day before her birthday, Poppa is in a terrible accident, and now all she wants is a savvy that will save him. Confident that her coming savvy will address the situation, she sneaks onto a salesman's bus — followed by her sibling and the preacher's kids — with plans to get to the hospital. But when the bus is going the wrong way, and Mibs' savvy doesn't turn out to be what she expected, she'll have to figure out what to do about the mess she's made. Fans of this volume can follow the adventures of the Beaumont family in Scumble and Switch.

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Nightlights

Nightlights

Written by: Lorena Alvarez
Illustrated by: Lorena Alvarez
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Every night, little lights appear in Sandy's bedroom, and she transforms them into companions to play with until she falls asleep. The next day, she's always captivated trying to draw her nighttime friends. One day, a girl with purple hair arrives at her school, and to Sandy's surprise, Morfie seems to know all about Sandy's lights. But when it turns out that Morfie intends to enter Sandy's night world and take it over, Sandy will have to muster all of her confidence and determination to fight off the invader. Exquisitely illustrated, this thoughtful graphic novel will prompt discussions about creativity, insecurity, and gaining control of your fears. Sandy's story continues in the sequel Hicotea.

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Invisible Emmie

Invisible Emmie

Written by: Terri Libenson
Illustrated by: Terri Libenson
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Emmie is quiet, artistic, shy, and self-conscious — and feels practically invisible in the halls of her middle school. Katie, on the other hand, is outgoing, athletic, and confident. When the sappy love note Emmie wrote to a crush as a joke is made public by a bully, she's humiliated; but to Emmie's surprise, Katie comes to her defense. Soon Katie is urging Emmie to finally make her voice be heard — and a surprising twist reveals that the two girls have more in common than anyone imagined. This empowering graphic novel carries a powerful message about facing down embarrassment and standing up for yourself. You can find companion graphic novels featuring some of Emmie's friends and classmates in the best-selling Emmie and Friends series; the first two books from the series are collected in the Adventures in Middle School set.

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Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe

Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe

Written by: Jo Watson Hackl
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Cricket's grandmother and father are dead, and her beloved mama has run off, leaving her in the "care" of a scheming aunt — so Cricket decides the best way to get her mama to come back is to find the secret room, painted by a mysterious artist, that she always told stories about. With a few handfuls of stolen snacks, she runs off into the Mississippi woods with the only clue she has: an old coin from a nearby ghost town. As she camps out in a tree house and forages for food, Cricket tries to figure out the puzzle, meets some new friends — and starts to come to terms with some hard truths about her family. A survival adventure, an art mystery, and a touching story of searching for home all come together beautifully in this unique tale.

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Wish

Wish

Written by: Barbara O'Connor
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

For years, 11-year-old Charlie Reese has collected ways to make wishes, from blowing off an eyelash to eating the pointed tip of a slice of pie last. She wishes for luck, to fit in, and for her mother to get off the couch and care for her so she doesn't have to go live with an aunt and uncle she doesn't even know. But while living with Aunt Bertha and Uncle Gus, Charlie stumbles across a stray dog she names Wishbone and a neighbor boy named Howard, both of whom threaten to break through her tough exterior. And when Wishbone goes missing, Charlie might find that there's a difference between what you wish for and what you actually want. This complex story about the true meaning of family will resonate with readers long after they're done.

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The Fourteenth Goldfish

The Fourteenth Goldfish

Written by: Jennifer L. Holm
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

11-year-old Ellie is nervous about the first year in middle school — navigating new and old friendships and all the changes of a new school are feeling pretty daunting. And things only get stranger when an odd, cranky boy at her school turns out to be her Grandpa Melvin, who's long dreamed of finding the secret to immortality. Having a grandfather her own age gives Ellie the chance to learn more about his passion for science — but the more she learns, the more she wonders if science can go too far. Maybe Ellie has a few lessons to teach Melvin too. This lighthearted, funny book is sure to be a hit with science-loving kids; Ellie and Melvin return for more adventures in the sequel, The Third Mushroom.

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The Lost Girl

The Lost Girl

Written by: Anne Ursu
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Twins Iris and Lark are identical but not the same: Iris is the sensible, capable counterpart to her brilliant and dreamy sister, and has grown accustomed to protecting Lark after a series of illnesses. But in fifth grade, the twins suddenly find themselves not just in different classrooms, but in different after-school activities too. Suddenly, everything feels wrong — strange things are happening in the city, including items going missing. If the sisters are going to save one another — and everyone else — they may have to realize that being apart isn't the same as growing apart. An eerie mystery, deep symbolism, and a mysterious narrator combine in this powerful story about the struggles of growing up.

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Annie's Life in Lists

Annie's Life in Lists

Written by: Kristin Mahoney
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Annie uses lists to help her feel more in control — and the shy fifth grader is dealing with a lot right now, including 1. An almost photographic memory that sometimes gets her in trouble; 2. Wanting to overcome her shyness; 3. A move to the small town of Clover Gap, and a brother who's convinced its her fault they moved; 4. A best friend forever (hopefully?); 5. A whole new class full of people she doesn't know; and 6. A difficult start finding her place in her new home. This novel, written entirely in lists, introduces a sympathetic and appealing Mighty Girl who slowly settles in and finds her voice.

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Because Of The Rabbit

Because Of The Rabbit

Written by: Cynthia Lord
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Emma has been lonely homeschooling without her brother who is now attending high school, so she's decides to start 5th grade at Lakeview Elementary. The day before she starts, she helps her game warden father rescue a lost bunny trapped in a fence. Emma names the bunny Lapi, after her beloved French Canadian grandfather's stories, and Lapi helps her find common ground with her first friend, a misfit named Jack who speaks out of turn and adores animals. And when Emma wonders if her friendship with Jack could hold her back at school, Lapi will also remind her that staying true to yourself is the most important thing of all. This heartfelt novel encourages young readers to see the value in understanding other peoples' perspectives — especially when they're different.

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Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

Written by: Jonathan Auxier
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

12-year-old Sophie knows little beyond the four walls of her father's bookshop, where she repairs old books and dreams of escaping the confines of her dull life. But when a strange boy, Peter Nimble, and his talking cat/horse companion show up with a rare and mysterious book, she finds herself pulled into a real-life adventure beyond anything she has ever read! Soon Sophie is on an adventure to find four magical tomes that can help Peter solve a riddle and save the world. This companion to Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes introduces an intriguing Mighty Girl character to Jonathan Auxier's fascinating world of magic and mystery.

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Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Written by: Meg Medina
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Merci is full of confidence and drive, but sixth grade will test even her. As a scholarship student at her Florida private school, she's always felt different from her peers, and this year, her required community service makes Merci the target of the school queen bee's jealousy. Meanwhile, her grandfather Lolo has been acting strangely, from forgetting things to getting angry over nothing, and no one will tell her what's going on. Fortunately, her take-charge personality helps her overcome all the bumps in the road! This Newbery Medal-winning coming-of-age tale stays light, while still tackling tough issues facing many middle-grade kids. Merci and her family return in the sequel, Merci Suárez Can't Dance.

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The Elephant's Girl

The Elephant's Girl

Written by: Celesta Rimington
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

When she was a toddler, a tornado swept Lexington Willow up and dropped her in the Nebraska zoo, where Nyah, a kindly elephant, kept her safe. When nobody was able to find her family, Lex ended up staying at the zoo, with Roger, her foster father, and her friend Fisher. But she also maintained a special connection with Nyah, and with the wind that whispers in her ear. Now at 12, a vision from Nyah sends Lex and Fisher into the woods, where they meet a misplaced spirit named Miss Amanda who's hunting for a misplaced treasure. With the help of the elephants and the wind, Lex will step outside the zoo to solve Miss Amanda's mystery — and maybe her own, too. Magical and mysterious, with a bittersweet ending, this engaging story explores destiny, identity, and home.

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The Distance to Home

The Distance to Home

Written by: Jenn Bishop
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Last summer, Quinnen was a star pitcher, with her whole family there to cheer her on — including her big sister Haley. But this summer, everything is different: Haley has died, Quinnen's family is still reeling, and baseball seems like the least important thing in the world. But when Quinnen's family is picked to host one of the players for the Bandits, the local minor-league baseball team, it might just be the glimmer of hope the whole family needs — and the push that gets Quinnen back up on the pitcher's mound. Told in chapters that alternate between the previous summer and the current one, this poignant and heartfelt novel explores grief, resiliency, and the difficulty of forgiving yourself.

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The Rose Legacy

The Rose Legacy

Written by: Jessica Day George
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Orphan Anthea Cross-Thornley desperate for a home when she receives an invitation to safety from a long-lost uncle. To her horror, she discovers that her uncle breeds horses, which have been forbidden from her kingdom after they spread a plague centuries ago. Worse, Anthea finds she can sense the horses' thoughts and feelings, and while her uncle considers The Way a gift, it terrifies her. As Anthea learns more about her family and her country's history, though, she starts to question all the truths she thinks she knows... and when she learns that her mother is alive and threatens everything she holds dear, Anthea will have to choose which path to follow. This thought-provoking fantasy will delight young animal lovers and anyone who has ever felt like an outsider. Anthea's story continues in the second volume, The Queen's Secret and concludes in The Rider's Reign.

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Stand Up, Yumi Chung!

Stand Up, Yumi Chung!

Written by: Jessica Kim
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

11-year-old Yumi would be a terrific stand-up comedian... if she had a stage to perform on, and the courage to do it. Instead, she stands out at school, where kids tease her for smelling like her parents' Korean restaurant, and she's a disappointment compared to her over-achieving, med-school-student sister. Her parents enroll her in hagwon — Korean summer school — in hopes that she'll win a scholarship to private school. Instead, she stumbles across a comedy camp... and accidentally takes the place of a girl who was registered for it. But keeping the deception going is a lot of work, and Yumi realizes she may have to admit what happened... even if it means disappointing literally everyone. This laugh-out-loud story about a girl struggling to find her place in both her culture and her family will delight middle grade readers.

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A Wolf for a Spell

A Wolf for a Spell

Written by: Karah Sutton
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Zima the wolf knows that humans, and especially witches, are dangerous creatures, but when her younger sibling is injured, Baba Yaga may be the only one who can help. It turns out that Baba Yaga needs Zima's keen nose, and in exchange for the healing, she switches bodies with Zima. Now, Zima must pretend to be Baba Yaga — and when her path collides with an orphan girl named Nadya whose close friend is engaged to the intimidating Tsar Aleksander, it starts her on a quest to unite the wolves, witches, and villages against a common enemy that could destroy them all. Full of magic and wonder, and inspired by Russian folk stories, this fantastical tale, which features stylistic black and white artwork sprinkled throughout, is perfect for fans of The Girl Who Drank the Moon and Pax.

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Real Friends

Real Friends

Written by: Shannon Hale
Illustrated by: LeUyen Pham
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends forever, but things start to change when Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the leader of the elementary school's popular clique known as The Group. To be in The Group, you have to do everything Jen says — even if that means bullying others. Shannon will need to decide whether being part of The Group is worth it... and figure out how to stand up for herself if it's not. This graphic novel memoir from beloved author Shannon Hale about navigating the challenges of friendship and discovering what it means to be a real friend will resonate with many young readers. Hale's story continues in the other two books of the trilogy, Best Friends and Friends Forever.

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A New Beginning (Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger #1)

A New Beginning (Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger #1)

Written by: John Flanagan
Recommended Age: 10 and up

Princess Madelyn chafes against the restrictions of royal life, while Ranger Will Treaty has fallen into grief and depression after the loss of a friend. Will's former master Halt knows a solution for both problems: Will should train Maddie as an apprentice ranger. Maggie constantly questions her master and wrestles with finding her place if she's not a princess. But when she and Will discover a dangerous plot, Maddie will not only learn to work with her master; she'll also learn where she really belongs. Simultaneously an ending to the best-selling Ranger's Apprentice series and the beginning to the Royal Ranger series, this exciting action adventure introduces readers to the first female Ranger in the world of Araluen. To continue Maddie's story, check out The Red Fox Clan, Duel at Araluen, and The Missing Prince.

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The Borrowers Collection

The Borrowers Collection

Written by: Mary Norton
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Little people have some big adventures in Mary Norton's classic series The Borrowers! Pod, Homily, and their daughter Arriety are miniature people who "borrow" what they need from the giant "human beans" who live around them — everything from matchboxes for dressers to postage stamps for artwork. But after Pod is spotted by a human boy, the Borrowers' lives change forever. These charming stories have been favorites for many, and were even adapted into the Studio Ghibli film The Secret World of Arrietty. This beautiful volume collects all of the Borrowers books and stories, perfect for both old and new fans. To check out just the first volume, see The Borrowers.

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Stand On The Sky

Stand On The Sky

Written by: Erin Bow
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

In 12-year-old Aisulu's Mongolian Kazakh community, roles for girls and boys are still sharply divided, but she chafes at the boundaries. When her brother Serik develops a limp that won't go away, her parents take him to a distant hospital, leaving Aisulu with her aunt and uncle — and secretly caring for an orphaned baby eagle, just like the traditional eagle hunters do. Her aunt says that 'there have been women with eagles since ancient days'; Aisulu isn't sure that her father will agree. But when Serik needs expensive treatment, Aisulu hopes that a win at the Eagle Festival will not only pay for his care, but also prove that she deserves to be an eagle hunter. Lyrical and ultimately hopeful, middle grade readers will soar along with Aisulu as she finds her place in her community.

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Aru Shah and the End of Time

Aru Shah and the End of Time

Written by: Roshani Chokshi
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Aru Shah tells fibs to fit in with her jet-setting classmates, but it backfires when several of them show up at the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture and demand she prove her claim that the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed. Lighting the lamp releases the Sleeper, an ancient demon who wants to wake the God of Destruction. With her classmates and mother frozen in time, Aru will need to seek legendary heroes from the Mahabharata — and discover unexpected gifts of her own — but will it be enough to save the day? This exciting adventure rooted in Indian mythology is perfect for fans of Rick Riordan. Aru's adventures continue in the rest of this three-part series, Aru Shah and the Song of Death and Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes.

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Sisters Ever After: Thornwood

Sisters Ever After: Thornwood

Written by: Leah Cypess
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

11-year-old Briony has never been as important as her big sister: beautiful Rosalin was cursed to prick her finger on a spindle on her 16th birthday, while Briony never got a fairy's curse — or blessing — at all. When Briony wakes up a hundred years after the fateful day, in a room with a large spinning wheel, she thinks she knows what's happened... but not everything adds up. Prince Varian, the hero, is acting strangely; the castle is still strangled by thorns and vines, and there's a vaguely scary fairy godmother hanging around. But the only person who will listen to her is Rosalin herself. As the sisters try to untangle the plots around them, they'll realize that nothing is more important than sisterhood... and that destiny isn't all it's cracked up to be. This is the first book in a three-part series that explores the stories of the sisters who didn't make it into the fairy tales.

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Keeper of the Lost Cities Collection

Keeper of the Lost Cities Collection

Written by: Shannon Messenger
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit in, and she's always had to conceal a big secret: she's a Telepath. When she meets a mysterious boy named Fitz, she learns that she literally doesn't belong where she is, because she's actually an elf living in the human world. But while returning to the elf world answers some of her questions, others linger...including where she really came from and why she can't remember her past. This box set collects paperbacks of the first five volumes of the series, Keeper of the Lost Cities, Exile, Everblaze, Neverseen, and Lodestar. For the remaining books in the series, check out Nightfall, Flashback, and Legacy, plus the extra special installment Unlocked which alternates between Sophie and Keefe’s perspectives and includes plenty of fun bonus information!

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The Mad Wolf's Daughter

The Mad Wolf's Daughter

Written by: Diane Magras
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

For years, 12-year-old Drest has trained as a warrior, but has been protected by her father, the Mad Wolf of the North, and her five loving brothers, the mainstay of his early 13th century Scottish warband. But when her father and brothers are captured by invading knights — and scheduled to be executed in five days — Drest comes up with a daring rescue plan: travel to Faintree Castle and trade an injured knight for their freedom. On the dangerous journey, she meets allies and enemies alike, and starts to hear stories about her father and brothers that contradict her image of them as just and moral warriors. Drest will have to race against time through a world she's never navigated alone if she's going to learn the truth about her family and save the day. This fast-paced and riveting adventure story explores the complexity of morality, friendship, and family loyalty. Drest's adventures continue in the sequel, The Hunt for the Mad Wolf's Daughter.

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The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart

The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart

Written by: Stephanie Burgis
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Aventurine the dragon is tired of being treated like she's a helpless fledgling, so she decides to sneak out of her home and prove her mettle with a hunt. It all goes awry, though, when Aventurine is lured by the delicious aroma of a cup of enchanted hot chocolate and gets transformed into a weak, vulnerable 12-year-old girl! The trade off is that she has a new passion — and the chance to learn to make the confection herself. But can Aventurine figure out the human world well enough to reconcile her human and dragon identities...and can a mere chocolate apprentice save the kingdom? It turns out that combining magic, chocolate, and dragons makes a recipe for a delicious story! The adventure continues in The Girl with the Dragon Heart and The Princess Who Flew With Dragons.

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It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

Written by: Firoozeh Dumas
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Zomorod Yousefzadeh is the new kid — again. Her family's most recent home is California's Newport Beach, where she's going to start fresh; she's even picked a perfect new, and very American, name, Cindy. But in the late 1970s, with Iran making headlines in the U.S. with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages, even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can't protect Cindy from anti-Iran sentiments that are way too close to home. The first middle grade novel by the author of the best-selling adult memoir Funny in Farsi, this story shows middle grade leaders what it's like to bridge the gap between beloved traditions and new customs.

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Amina's Voice

Amina's Voice

Written by: Hena Khan
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Pakistani American Amina prefers to stay in the background, hanging out with her friend, Soojin. But with the start of middle school, things are changing fast: Soojin is hanging out with one of the "cool" girls, and is even talking about picking an "American" name, while Amina's uncle believes that her love of music is un-Islamic. Then, Amina's mosque is vandalized, leaving her heartbroken. She's never spoken out before, but when she finds the courage and support she needs to make her voice heard, maybe she can bring her whole community together. This book celebrates the complexity and joys to be found in multicultural communities, as well as the power of one person's voice to change those around her. Amina's story continues in the sequel, Amina's Song.

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The Unadoptables

The Unadoptables

Written by: Hana Tooke
Recommended Age: 9 - 13

In 1880s Amsterdam, the five babies who were left at the Little Tulip Orphanage as babies — Lotta, Egg, Fenna, Sem, and Milou — are considered "unadoptable" for their physical differences, but each of them has an unexpected talent, too. Then the sinister Meneer Rotman suddenly shows interest in the kids, setting off Milou's mysterious danger sense. She convinces her friends to make a run for it, hoping to find the family she's convinced she has. The kids use their gifts to keep themselves save, but Rotman is still on the hunt. Will they finally find the home and family they crave? This mysterious and fantastical story with a Gothic flair is a celebration of found families.

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Recommended Age: 9 - 13

Kit Tyler is heartbroken when she has to leave her beloved Barbados to join an aunt and uncle she's never met in 1687 Connecticut. And from the moment she arrives, she is the topic of disapproval and suspicion: in their Puritan community, a girl like Kit who swims and dares to talk back to her elders might get labeled a witch. And when Kit finds a kindred spirit in Hannah Tupper, a Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, she suddenly finds herself facing witch hysteria and a mob mentality with nothing but a sense of truth and justice. This Newbery Medal-winning novel provides a stirring exploration of witch hysteria in early colonial America and the power of courageous individuals to stand up to mob mentality.

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The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

Written by: Stacy McAnulty
Recommended Age: 9 - 13

When 12-year-old Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning at age eight, she developed genius math skills and has been homeschooled ever since. Now she's ready to head off to college, but before she does, her grandma insists on a different sort of test: middle school. Her tasks: attend for 1 year, make 1 friend, join 1 activity, and read 1 book (not another math textbook!). In this smart, funny, and heartfelt novel, author Stacy McAnulty cleverly helps readers see the world through Lucy's point of view – both her gift for numbers and her struggles with OCD, which can lead to spiraling digits of pi taking over her brain. This outstanding story is an uplifting celebration of friendship, self acceptance, and, of course, math!

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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Written by: Jacqueline Kelly
Recommended Age: 9 - 13

11-year-old Calpurnia is curious why the yellow grasshoppers in her yard are so much bigger than the green grasshoppers. But it's Texas in 1899, and girls are supposed to devote their time to proper activities like needlework, not tromping through the grasses studying bugs. Still, Calpurnia recruits her grandfather, an avid naturalist, to help her figure out the mystery. As the pair grows closer, Calpurnia dreams of becoming a scientist, even as it becomes more obvious how difficult that will be for a girl in her time. This book will give tweens new perspective on the challenges that faced female scientists in the past. Calpurnia's story continues in The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate, while readers age 6 to 9 can check out the early chapter book series Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet.

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Furthermore

Furthermore

Written by: Tahereh Mafi
Recommended Age: 9 - 13

Twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow is determined to find her missing father, who always loved her even though she is pale and almost empty of color, out of place in a vibrant world full of magic. When Oliver Newbanks approaches her for help, she's skeptical, especially since he usually teases her about her appearance, but he says he knows where her father is. Together, the pair will travel into the dangerous land of Furthermore — but nothing there is as it seems. Can Alive find her father... and maybe even herself? This lush fantasy is rich and imaginative; fans of this book will want to check out the darker companion, Whichwood.

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Ghosts

Ghosts

Written by: Raina Telgemeier
Illustrated by: Raina Telgemeier
Recommended Age: 9 - 13

Catrina's family is moving to Bahia de la Luna, where the coastal air will help Maya's cystic fibrosis symptoms. Cat misses her friends and resents being forced to move, but she loves her sister and is terrified of Maya getting sick. So when their neighbor tells them that Bahia de la Luna is home to ghosts — spirits of ancestors who watch over them — Cat wants nothing to do with them... and is horrified to discover that Maya seems fascinated by the ghosts. As the Day of the Dead approaches, and Cat meets the ghosts face to face, she'll learn more about the Mexican side of her heritage — and learn to set her fears aside, for both Maya's sake and her own. This original graphic novel by best-selling author / illustrator Raina Telgemeier explores family, friendship, and courage.

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Orphan Island

Orphan Island

Written by: Laurel Snyder
Recommended Age: 9 - 13

Only nine orphan children live on Jinny's island, and every year there is a Changing: a boat arrives with a new, young child, and the eldest gets taken away, never to be seen again. This year, the boat brought Ess, and took Deen, Jinny's best friend — leaving her as the new elder. Jinny will fill her role by teaching Ess everything she needs to know to live on the island, but as the next Changing grows closer, Jinny starts wondering if she dares to defy the rules that she's never even questioned before. Haunting and mysterious, this book will raise interesting questions about holding on versus letting go.

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Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Written by: Dusti Bowling
Recommended Age: 9 - 13

Aven has long since gotten tired of questions about what "happened" to her arms, so she creates crazy stories instead of repeating over and over that she was born without them. When her family moves to Arizona to run a theme park called Stagecoach Pass, she steels herself for even more questions. Then she meets Connor, who also feels isolated by disability (in his case, Tourette's Syndrome.) When the newfound friends discover a mystery at Stagecoach Pass, the real adventure can begin! This quirky story starring a delightfully funny main character is a reminder that others' reactions are often more problematic than the disability itself — and that nothing, not even "lack of armage," has to hold you back. Aven's story continues in the sequel, Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus.

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Orphan Train Girl

Orphan Train Girl

Written by: Christina Baker Kline
Recommended Age: 9 - 13

Molly Ayer is a is a Penobscot Indian girl who has been shipped from foster family to foster family; she's tired of adults acting like she's an inconvenience, and she doesn't care who knows it. But when Molly has to help an elderly woman clean out her attic for community service, she's surprised to discover that Vivian actually listens to her. As they work side by side, Vivian tells Molly her own story: the life of an Irish immigrant orphan riding an "orphan train" to the Midwest with hundreds of other children. This young readers' edition of Christina Baker Kline's #1 New York Times bestselling novel Orphan Train celebrates friendship and forgiveness.

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Night on Fire

Night on Fire

Written by: Ronald Kidd
Recommended Age: 9 - 13

Billie Simms may only be 13, but she is already determined to see an end to segregation in her hometown of Anniston, Alabama — even if few people agree with her. When she hears that the Freedom Riders will pass through Anniston, Billie hopes that the town will see the justice in their cause; instead, they show the depths of their racism and prejudice. With the buses about to move on, Billie has to decide what to do: stay safe at home, or join the cause she believes in so passionately. In addition to the presentation of historical events, this novel explores Billie's developing awareness of her own internalized racism, which provides an intriguing starting point for discussion about racial issues of today.

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The Birchbark House

The Birchbark House

Written by: Louise Erdrich
Recommended Age: 9 - 13

7-year-old Omakayas is Ojibwa; her name means Little Frog, because her first step was a hop. She knows she was adopted as an infant after being the sole survivor of a smallpox epidemic in her family’s village, and she adores her family on the Island of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker on Lake Superior... but despite being wise for her years, she still struggles with sibling conflict, including a sometimes disdainful older sister and an often pesky younger brother. The rhythms of everyday life are peaceful, but when they are broken by a smallpox epidemic, Omakayas will prove her courage, even in the face of tragedy. Omakayas' story continues in the sequels The Game of Silence and The Porcupine Year.

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The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel Box Set

The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel Box Set

Written by: Ann M. Martin
Illustrated by: Raina Telgemeier
Recommended Age: 9 - 13

All seven full-color paperback editions of The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels are now available in this great box set from Graphix. Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and Dawn are The Baby-sitters Club! Whatever comes up — cranky toddlers, huge dogs, scary neighbors, prank calls — you can count on them to save the day. These graphic adaptations by Raina Telgemeier and Gale Galligan are sure to delight both old and new fans of the Baby-Sitters Club.

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A Crooked Kind of Perfect

A Crooked Kind of Perfect

Written by: Linda Urban
Recommended Age: 9 - 13

Ten-year-old Zoe has dreams of piano perfection, and all she needs is lessons and an elegant piano to practice on. But when her father goes to the music store, he comes home with a wheezy organ instead! That's just the latest in a series of frustrations and confusion, including Mom constantly working, Dad's fears of leaving the house, and the odd classmate who follows her home from school so that he can bake with her dad. But when her teacher recognizes Zoe's musical talent and recommends her for the Perfectone Perform-O-Rama organ competition, it's the start of a big realization: life can be perfect, even with quirks, surprises, and a family that's a little off-kilter. Simultaneously funny and wise, kids will love the fast-paced chapters full of Zoe's tongue-in-cheek observations.

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A Night Divided

A Night Divided

Written by: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Recommended Age: 9 - 13

When the Berlin Wall went up, it split Gerta's family in two: her father and middle brother, who had gone to West Berlin to look for work, are on one side; Gerta, her mother, and her other brother are on the other, under the Soviet's authoritarian control in East Berlin. Now Gerta is growing up with East German soldiers pointing guns at their own citizens to keep them prisoners in their own city. Then, on her way to school, Gerta spots her father on a viewing platform, performing a strange dance, and receives a mysterious drawing. Her conclusion? Her father wants them to tunnel under the wall and reunite the family. But do they dare the deadly consequences of getting caught in search of freedom? This gripping book encourages kids to consider how fragile freedom can be as it ends with the warning: 'History repeats itself."

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The Science of Breakable Things

The Science of Breakable Things

Written by: Tae Keller
Recommended Age: 9 - 13

Natalie's botanist mother is suffering from depression, so Natalie has to figure out how to fix it. Her solution? Enter an egg drop competition, win the prize money, and use it to take her mother to see the cobalt blue orchids that survive in nearly impossible conditions — the ones her mother wrote about in her book How To Grow A Miracle. She's sure the sight of them will breathe some hope back into her mother's life. With the help of her friends, Twig and Dari, Natalie gets to work... but in the end, she'll learn that sometimes talking is the best way to grow the miracle you need. This book sensitively explores the impact of depression on both an individual and on the people who love them.

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The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street

The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street

Written by: Lauren Oliver
Illustrated by: Ethan M. Aldridge
Recommended Age: 9 - 13

12-year-old Cordelia and her father protect the magical creatures of 19th century Boston, from dragons to zuppies (zombie puppies). But when her father and most of the monsters go missing, Cordelia has to set off in search of them. With her new friend Gregory by her side, she travels the monster-unfriendly world — and meets many dangerous people — in her quest to save her father... and realizes that "the monsters people name are not the real danger... it’s the monsters who name themselves that you really have to watch out for." Lauren Oliver's mix of whimsical fantasy and real-life parallels, accented by occasional illustrations from Ethan M. Aldridge, draws young readers into Cordelia's world and invites them to contemplate what makes a monster.

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Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls

Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls

Written by: Beth McMullen
Recommended Age: 9 - 13

When Abigail's attempt to escape from her terribly boring boarding school fails, she learns her school is more interesting than she thought! The school is actually a cover for an elite spy ring called The Center, and Abigail's mother, The Center's top agent, has gone missing in action. Abigail has to master her spy training fast, because even with the help of a former nemesis and a boy from her grade, she doesn't have much time to solve the mystery and save her mother. And answers may be closer than she thinks... Fast-paced and full of twists and turns, this will be a hit with young would-be spies! For more volumes in the series, check out Power Play and Double Cross — or get all three in the Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls Complete Collection.

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One Crazy Summer

One Crazy Summer

Written by: Rita Williams-Garcia
Recommended Age: 9 - 13

Delphine may only be eleven, but she's used to caring for her sisters, Vonetta and Fern, since her mother left seven years ago for California. But the summer of 1968 is going to be different: their father is sending all three girls to visit Cecile in Oakland. They're expecting family trips to Disneyland to meet Tinkerbell; instead, Cecile sends them to youth programs at a Black Panther center and tells them to stay out as long as they can while she writes poetry. They may not be getting the maternal experience they expected, but over one crazy summer, they'll learn a lot about their family, their country, and themselves. Fans of this book can continue the sisters' story in P.S. Be Eleven and Gone Crazy In Alabama.

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Dragon Slippers

Dragon Slippers

Written by: Jessica Day George
Recommended Age: 9 - 13

When her aunt uses the orphan girl Creel as bait for a dragon — and therefore a prince — as a way to drag the family out of poverty, Creel befriends the dragons instead! With encouragement from her new friends, and a gift of a mysterious pair of slippers, Creel moves to the city and opens a dress shop, only to find herself drawn into a conflict that could spell the end of both the kingdom and the dragons. With an epic world, exciting action, and vivid description, this book is sure to captivate young readers. Creel (and the dragons’) story also continues in the sequels, Dragon Flight and Dragon Spear.

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Princess Academy

Princess Academy

Written by: Shannon Hale
Recommended Age: 9 - 13

When their small mining village is deemed to be the location of the future princess, Miri and the other teenaged girls are sent to an academy where they will learn how to be “proper” princesses before the prince comes to choose one of them as his wife. At first, Miri only has to face the strict, condescending academy mistress and the bitter competition among the girls, but when bandits determined to kidnap the future princess find the academy, Miri has to rally the girls to work together and use her newly discovered power to communicate silently to save herself and all her classmates. This multilayered story in a rich historical fantasy world will captivate readers! Miri's story continues in Princess Academy: Palace of Stone and Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters.

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The True Meaning of Smekday

The True Meaning of Smekday

Written by: Adam Rex
Illustrated by: Adam Rex
Recommended Age: 9 - 14

Gratuity "Tip" Tucci has a tough assignment for school: writing about "The True Meaning of Smekday." For Tip, it brings back memories of her mother being abducted by aliens and the invasion of the Boov, who renamed the Earth "Smekland" after their captain and forcibly relocated all the humans to Florida. But it also reminds her of an unlikely friendship with a rogue Boov mechanic, a hovercar called Slushious, and a cross-country trip to rescue her mother and (hopefully) rescue her planet from yet another invasion. This funny and genre-bending novel which became the inspiration for the animated movie Home is full of newspaper clippings, "photos," and other fun details for you to discover together.

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Inside Out and Back Again

Inside Out and Back Again

Written by: Thanhhà Lại
Recommended Age: 9 and up

10-year-old Hà has lived her whole life in Saigon, and she loves everything about the city — the bustling markets, its unique traditions, and her very own papaya tree. But when the Vietnam War reaches the capital, Hà and her family are forced to flee. They make their way by boat to a tent city in Guam, then to Florida, and finally, to a new home in Alabama. To Hà, this new land is all wrong: her neighbors are cold, the food is dull, and even the landscape feels alien. Even still, thanks to the strength of her family and help from a teacher with a very unexpected connection to the country where she was born, Hà begins to find her own place in this new world. This National Book Award-winning novel is written in free verse. Fans of this story will enjoy the companion novel, Listen, Slowly.

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The Wee Free Men

The Wee Free Men

Written by: Terry Pratchett
Recommended Age: 9 and up

Terry Pratchett brings his Discworld witches to younger readers with his series about budding witch Tiffany Aching. In The Wee Free Men, nine-year-old would-be witch Tiffany finds herself desperately seeking witch magic to defend her home — and her pesky little brother — from the denizens of Fairyland. It turns out that Tiffany, who's intelligent, determined, and has a talent for cheese, also has a gift for being a witch. Tiffany's story continues in A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, I Shall Wear Midnight, and Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown — in which Tiffany comes into her own as a fully independent witch. With plenty of adventure, humor, and heart, this action-packed and thought-provoking series will bewitch readers young and old alike!

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Amulet Box Set

Amulet Box Set

Written by: Kazu Kibuishi
Illustrated by: Kazu Kibuishi
Recommended Age: 9 and up

After tragedy strikes their family, Emily and Navin’s mother Karen decides to move the family to their great-grandfather’s house in the little town of Norlen. The locals believe the house is haunted, but the family discounts the rumors — until Karen is kidnapped by a monster! Emily and Navin discover they will have to follow her into another world if they want to reunite their family. Along the way, Emily discovers a stone amulet and learns that she has powers she didn’t know she possessed. This box set collects the first eight volumes of this popular and critically-acclaimed graphic novel series.

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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

Written by: L.M. Montgomery
Recommended Age: 9 and up

Brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decided to take in an orphan boy to help on the family farm; they’re not expecting spirited, flame-haired Anne to show up instead. But Matthew is quickly charmed by Anne’s unique personality and vivid imagination. In fact, it wasn't long before everyone at Green Gables — and in the town of Avonlea — agrees that Anne is something special. It may be that this unexpected but loving girl will be the best thing ever to happen to their family! This beloved book has delighted readers since its publication in 1908 with its creativity, romance, and charm. Fans of Anne can also check out this box set featuring all the Anne novels, as well as the other products in our Anne of Green Gables Collection.

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Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

Written by: Jonathan Auxier
Recommended Age: 9 and up

11-year-old Nan Sparrow is a 'climbing boy,' an orphan owned by a chimney sweep to do the dirty, dangerous work of cleaning flues in Victorian London. But, Nan isn't a boy and she's quite possibly the best chimney climber who ever lived, beating the odds again and again... until the day she's trapped in a chimney fire. When she wakes up safe in an attic, she discovers that she was saved by a mysterious creature — a golem — made from ash and coal. Together, the two outcasts will need to evade Nan's abusive boss and figure out how to create a better life in a world that's quick to label differences as monstrous. Told by master storyteller Jonathan Auxier, this powerful and heartwarming tale explores the search for home and family, in whatever form they take.

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The Search for WondLa

The Search for WondLa

Written by: Tony DiTerlizzi
Illustrated by: Tony DiTerlizzi
Recommended Age: 9 and up

Eva Nine was raised in an underground sanctuary by the robotic Muthr, but when her home is destroyed, the 12-year-old returns to the surface to search for other humans — who she knows must exist because of a strange piece of cardboard depicting a girl, an adult, a robot, and the letters "WondLa." But not all humans will be friends, and soon Eva finds herself making tough choices on her journey to a place she can call home. This unique story includes Augmented Reality maps so readers can follow Eva's journey in 3D. Fans of Eva can follow the rest of her story in A Hero for WondLa and The Battle for WondLa; the trilogy is also available in a box set.

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Written by: Scott O'Dell
Recommended Age: 9 and up

12-year-old Karana lives a contented life on an island with her Nicoleño people — until the day a brutal attack by Russian and Aleut fur hunters leaves many of the men dead. The remaining Nicoleño decide to leave the island, but at the last minute, her little brother Ramo leaves the ship, and Karana leaps off to join him rather than leave him alone. But before long, Ramo is killed by wild dogs, and it's Karana who finds herself stranded without anyone else to help her. To survive, she must take on traditionally masculine tasks, like hunting and fishing, and also find companions to keep her company through the years of solitude. This Newbery Medal-winning novel, with its indomitable heroine, is a modern classic.

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The Westing Game

The Westing Game

Written by: Ellen Raskin
Recommended Age: 9 and up

Sixteen people — including one extremely smart 13-year-old girl, Turtle — are offered the opportunity to live in an exclusive condo. Shortly after, they discover that they are also invited to the reading of Sam Westing’s will, where two million dollars rest on finding Westing’s murderer before the other potential heirs! Suspicions, lies, and alliances flurry through the group as Westing gets to play one last game. The fascinating cast of characters and fast pace make this a title that's hard to put down, and its complex, layered mystery story will have readers guessing to the end.

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A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

Written by: Madeleine L'Engle
Recommended Age: 9 and up

People in town think Meg is a loose cannon, her brother Charles Wallace is dumb, and her father ran off and left their scientist mother — but Meg doesn’t believe a word of any of it. So when an unexpected stranger appears in their kitchen and tells Meg about a tesseract — the “wrinkle in time” which her father was researching for the government — Meg decides to set off through space and time to find him, with Charles Wallace and her next-door neighbor Calvin. It turns out her mission will require all of their strengths to accomplish! A Wrinkle in Time is the first of a quintet of science fiction classics, which are also available in a box set. Fans of the book can also check out the graphic novel adaptation by Hope Larson.

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The Girl Who Drank The Moon

The Girl Who Drank The Moon

Written by: Kelly Barnhill
Recommended Age: 9 and up

For hundreds of years, a small group of Elders have ruled the Protectorate by terrorizing its citizens with stories of a witch who will destroy the community if a baby is not left in the forest for her once a year. A witch does live in the forest — but she is a kind and gentle witch named Xan, who rescues the abandoned babies. One year, however, she accidentally feeds a rescued baby moonlight instead of starlight. The moonlight fills the child with powerful magic, and for her safety, Xan decides to raise this special child, Luna, as her own. As Luna approaches her 13th birthday, her magic begins to grow in new and unpredictable ways. With her coming of age, Luna will face new challenges to protect the people she loves and bring renewed hope to the lives of those around her. This stunning novel, winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal, has become a modern classic.

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Number the Stars

Number the Stars

Written by: Lois Lowry
Recommended Age: 9 and up

It’s Denmark in 1943, and word is leaking out that the Nazis intend to detain the Danish Jews before shipping them to concentration camps. 10-year-old Annemarie doesn’t know why anyone would want to hurt her neighbors, including her best friend, Ellen Rosen, who Annemarie’s family conceals as one of their own. With the efforts of the Danish Resistance — and the entire community — Annemarie looks on as the Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, is seen to safety on Sweden’s shores. This beautiful story of the heroism of ordinary people is sure to be thought-provoking. Younger readers can learn about this inspiring moment of resistance and defiance in The Whispering Town for ages 6 to 9.

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Dealing with Dragons

Dealing with Dragons

Written by: Patricia C. Wrede
Illustrated by: Elise Primavera
Recommended Age: 9 and up

Princess Cimorene has no interest in being a proper princess, so instead of waiting to be kidnapped by a dragon, she runs away and makes a bargain with one — and not just any dragon, but Kazul, one of the most powerful and dangerous dragons! Soon, to the great confusion of the princes who come to rescue her, she sends them all packing and settles into her new life among the dragons. Fortunately for Kazul, Cimorene also manages to help unearth the wizards’ plot against the dragons in time to stop it... for now. Fantasy fans will love reading about how Cimorene finds life, love, and family, all on her own terms. Readers can also check out the Enchanted Forest Chronicles box set, which includes all four books in the series.

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Rules

Rules

Written by: Cynthia Lord
Recommended Age: 9 and up

Catherine just wants a normal life, but that seems impossible with her autistic brother, David. The family's whole life revolves around David, and Catherine has spent years trying to teach him rules so that he won't embarrass her — everything from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public." But when Catherine becomes friends with Jason, a nonverbal paraplegic boy who uses a book of images to communicate, she's suddenly confronted with the truth: "normal" is hard to define, and rules are less important than acceptance and love. Catherine is an appealing character whose struggles between love for her brother and frustration with having to defer to his needs ring true.

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Hope in the Holler

Hope in the Holler

Written by: Lisa Lewis Tyre
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

When 11-year-old Wavie's mother dies, she is forced to leave the trailer park they called home and live with Aunt Samantha Rose in the poverty-mired Appalachian community of Conley Hollow. Once there, she discovers that Samantha Rose is cruel, verbally abusive, and only wants Wavie there so she can spend her social security checks. Wavie struggles with grief, but she takes comfort in sleeping in her mother's old bed, and even makes a few friends (although Samantha Rose calls them the "neighborhood-no-accounts.") But she hangs on to her mother's final words of wisdom: "You got as much right to a good life as anybody, so find it!" With its nuanced story about grief, poverty, and hanging on to hope, this book will linger with middle-grade readers.

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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Written by: Jessica Townsend
Recommended Age: 10 and up

Morrigan Crow knows she's cursed: she was born on the unluckiest day, she gets blamed for every misfortune, and everyone reminds her that she's doomed to die on midnight of her next birthday. Then a mysterious man named Jupiter North appears and whisks her away to a magical city called Nevermoor. But her residence isn't permanent: Morrigan is Jupiter's selection to compete for a place in the Wundrous Society... and if she fails, she'll have to face her deadly fate. Exciting, whimsical, and colorful, this book will be a favorite with readers who love fantasy and adventure; Morrigan's adventures continue in Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow and Hollowpox: the Hunt for Morrigan Crow.

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Premeditated Myrtle: A Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery (#1)

Premeditated Myrtle: A Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery (#1)

Written by: Elizabeth C. Bunce
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

12-year-old Myrtle Hardcastle is a wickedly smart twelve-year-old with a passion for justice and a Highly Unconventional obsession with criminal science — one that is very much not proper in a Victorian Young Lady of Quality. When her next-door neighbor, a wealthy and eccentric connoisseur of rare flowers, dies mysterious, Myrtle decides this is the chance to prove herself and sets off with her governess, Miss Ada Judson, at her side. Her mission is to prove it was murder and find the killer! Witty, clever, and full of twists and turns, this delightful series opener introduces a clever and determined new detective! Myrtle's adventures continue in the sequels How to Get Away With Myrtle and Cold-Blooded Myrtle.

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The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

Written by: Dan Gemeinhart
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

Ever since 12-year-old Coyote Sunrise's mother and sisters were killed in a car accident, she and her father have been on the road in an old school bus; the only place they'll never go is their old hometown. But then she learns that a park in her old neighborhood is being destroyed — the park where she, her mom, and her sisters buried a memory box. So Coyote decides to trick her father into driving 3,600 miles in four days... without him realizing the destination. Along the way, they'll meet new friends, each of whom help Coyote as she struggles to find a home and a happy ending. Action-packed and charming, this poignant and hilarious story celebrates the power of reclaiming the past.

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Twilight Hauntings

Twilight Hauntings

Written by: Angie Sage
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

11-year-old Alex uses her Enchanted cards to make money in the markets of the city of Luma — but since Enchantment is illegal there, she knows there's a risk to using them. When her foster sister betrays her to the Sentinels, Alex has to make an escape... only to discover even more dangers outside the city. Deadly creatures called Hauntings hunt Enchanters and their children, and now they're hunting Alex. Her deck of cards is the only clue to her identity, and now she's determined to find out who she is — and stop the Twilight Hauntings forever. This rollicking fantasy series opener by the author of the Septimus Heap series features vivid worldbuilding, imaginative creatures, and an interweaving narrative in which Alex's personal mission might just save everyone.

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Tune It Out

Tune It Out

Written by: Jamie Sumner
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

12-year-old Lou's mother is sure she's going to be a singing star, even though Lou hates performing — loud noises and high fives physically hurt. But if Lou won't sing, she and her mom will be stuck in poverty, skipping meals and living in their truck. When an accident results in child services getting involved, Lou finds herself living with her Aunt Ginger and Uncle Dan in Nashville. They offer her stability, while a school counselor tests her for sensory processing disorder and helps her understand that SPD doesn't make her "weak" or weird, just different. And when a new friend encourages her to join a theater club, Lou will finally discover her own voice — something that will help both her and her mom. Jamie Sumner, acclaimed author of Roll with It, has created a moving story about invisible disability, family, and the power of being yourself.

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Starfish

Starfish

Written by: Lisa Fipps
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

12-year-old Ellie has been bullied for her weight since she was five — both by her peers and by members of her own family, including her mother, who thinks criticizing Ellie's body will finally make her want to diet. She's set rules for herself: don't eat in public, don't move in ways that make you jiggle, and don't draw attention to yourself. But when a new neighbor, Catalina, moves in next door, she likes Ellie and doesn't even seem to notice her weight. With support from her father and from an insightful therapist who pushes Ellie to explore her feelings, she begins to realize that she could spread out like a starfish and claim her place — just the way she is. This poignant novel-in-verse is sure to start important conversations about body-shaming, self-confidence, and the power of loving yourself.

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A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking

A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking

Written by: T. Kingfisher
Recommended Age: 10 and up

14-year-old Mona is a wizard, but she's not the kind you're thinking of: unlike the powerful magic-users who protect the city, her powers only work on bread. So she lives a quiet life at her aunt's bakery, where she bakes delicious biscuits and makes gingerbread men dance to delight the customers. But when an assassin starts targeting wizards in Mona's city — and the City Inquisitor frames Mona for a murder as part of a plot to take over — she realizes that none of the 'real' wizards are coming to save everyone with their lightning and earthquakes. To save herself and everyone she loves, Mona will have to figure out how a bread wizard can be a hero. Winner of the 2021 Hugo Award for Best Young Adult Book, this quirky and funny fantasy, perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, explores what happens when a girl who was never considered 'strong' — including by herself — becomes the one to save the day.

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Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess

Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess

Written by: Nancy Springer
Recommended Age: 10 and up

With her mother missing, Enola Holmes, the little sister of the famous Sherlock, sets out for London to search for her — but it's not long before she's pulled into even more mystery! Soon, she's investigating the kidnapping of a marquess, evading dangerous villains (and her older brothers), and trying to put together the puzzle pieces to figure out where Mrs. Holmes has gone. Tweens will love this two-in-one mystery story that emphasizes just how revolutionary Enola's pluck, intelligence, and independence makes her in Victoria society. The mysteries continue in the next book in the series, The Case of the Left-Handed Lady.

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Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor

Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor

Written by: Ally Carter
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

April was abandoned as an infant, but her mother left a note, promising she'd return, and a mysterious key. The key, it turns out, bears the crest of the Winterborne family, so April sneaks into their newly opened museum exhibit to see what she might be able to open — with disastrous results. Next thing she knows, she and four other foster children have been selected to live in Winterborne House, which is being converted into a group home. But strange things are happening in the house, and as the children learn stories about a missing heir, a mysterious phantom, and a fiendish plan, they start to wonder if they are capable enough to avoid losing the first place that's felt like home. Acclaimed author Ally Carter's middle grade debut is an entertaining mystery packed with action, adventure, and found family. April's story continues in the sequel, Winterborne Home for Mayhem and Mystery.

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Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

Written by: Ellie Terry
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

Ever since her father died, Calliope June has faced rejection from peers every time her mother moves yet again; her Tourette's syndrome causes facial tics and noises that she can't control. In St. George, Utah, Calli finds friendship with her neighbor Jinsong, the student body president and a sports star. But will he be brave enough to make their friendship public when Calli fails to blend in? And what if Calli's mom decides to move again just as she's beginning to feel like her differences aren't the end of the world? Told in Calli and Jinsong's dual perspectives, in prose poetry and free verse, this touching story celebrates the power of acceptance and being true to who you are.

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May Bird and the Ever After

May Bird and the Ever After

Written by: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Illustrated by: Leonid Gore
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

The woods of Briery Swamp fit May Bird like a fuzzy mitten, and keep her safe from the taunts of children at school who don't understand her. But one day, when she falls in the lake, she emerges into an unexpected new world — one that's far from warm and fuzzy. The Ever After is full of ghosts — including kindly ghosts like Pumpkin, who has watched May Bird since she was a child, but also nightmarish and bizarre creatures that have been haunting her for years. And if she doesn't get out fast, horrifyingly evil Bo Cleevil will turn her into nothing. This offbeat fantasy, the first of a trilogy is scary, fanciful, and truly suspenseful. Fans of this story can find the whole series in The May Bird Trilogy box set.

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So Done

So Done

Written by: Paula Chase
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

Jamila and Tai have been best friends as long as they can remember, hanging out together in their low-income housing project. But while Tai loves the energy of their neighborhood, Mila just wants out, and after she spends a summer with her aunt in the suburbs, she's more interested in dance auditions than spending time with her friend. Both girls are keeping secrets from one another, but they'll soon realizing that letting a friend in can be the first step in speaking up. A complicated friendship and real-life issues — including drug addiction, safety, and searching for your place in the world — make this a stand-out title for middle grade readers.

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Scritch Scratch

Scritch Scratch

Written by: Lindsay Currie
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

12-year-old Claire is logical and scientific, and has no interest in her father's ghost-themed Chicago bus tours. Except when she rides along on the tour one night, she sees a mysterious dark-eyed boy... who disappears when the tour is over. Then she starts seeing him everywhere she goes, along with the number 396, and hearing strange scratching noises and voices in the dark. To find out what the dark-eyed boy wants, she'll have to recruit her older brother and two friends – and dive deep into the personal cost associated with a historic disaster. Atmospheric and intriguing, this suspenseful novel blends the supernatural with real-life Chicago history to create a spine-tingling ghost story perfect for fans of Goosebumps and Small Spaces.

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Walking with Miss Millie

Walking with Miss Millie

Written by: Tamara Bundy
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

Alice hates her new home in Rainbow, Georgia, in the mid-1960s: it's too hot, too dry, and just plain doesn't feel like home. She's resentful when she's put in charge of walking her neighbor, Miss Millie's, dog, and frustrated when the dog won't walk without Miss Millie. But that means all three walk together, and soon, a surprise friendship begins to emerge — and Alice starts to learn about her new town and about the painful effects segregation has had on Miss Millie's family. And with Miss Millie, Alice is finally able to open up as well. This gentle depiction of a deep intergenerational friendship is tender and sweet.

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The Last Shadow Warrior

The Last Shadow Warrior

Written by: Sam Subity
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

12-year-old Abby has spent her life training to be an Aesir — an elite Viking warrior that hunts Grendels — just like her mother was. Except no one has seen a Grendel for hundreds of years, and the Viking Council plans to disband the Aesir for good. When Abby's father is injured, and she has to go stay at Vale Hall, a strange school in Minnesota, Abby quickly realizes that an actual Grendel is hunting her, but no one believes her. On her quest to save herself (and find the truth) Abby soon realizes that someone at the school wants to destroy the Aesir for good... and it's up to Abby to foil the plot and save the day! This action-packed adventure based on Norse mythology is perfect for fans of Percy Jackson.

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I Am Defiance: A Novel of WWII

I Am Defiance: A Novel of WWII

Written by: Jenni L. Walsh
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

Brigitte does her part to support Adolf Hitler's war, like all good Aryan girls. But she wonders why even simple questions are unwelcome at her League of German Girls meetings. Then a mysterious pamphlet from a group called the White Rose shows up at her house. Her father and older sister, Angelika, seem to agree with the White Rose, but they also seem to think agreeing is dangerous. Brigitte wonders if the White Rose could endanger her entire family... but as she starts to see more of the truths that have been hidden by the Nazi Party, she wonders instead if she has the courage to take a stand. This gripping story about a real-life resistance movement from World War II will make young readers wonder what they would choose in Brigitte's place.

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Beyond the Bright Sea

Beyond the Bright Sea

Written by: Lauren Wolk
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

Crow grew up in an isolated village in the Elizabeth Islands of Massachusetts, but other than Osh, the man who raised her, and Miss Maggie, their neighbor, the villagers treat her with suspicion. She was found adrift in a boat when she was only a few hours old — and everyone knows the only place she could have come from is the nearby island of Penikese, a leper colony. Crow has always been curious about her history, but when a mysterious fire appears across the water, her curiosity becomes overwhelming. So she, Osh, and Miss Maggie set off on a journey that includes adventure, danger, a story about hidden gold, and an important question: what does it mean to be a family? This evocative and heart-wrenching story stars a truly determined heroine.

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Spark

Spark

Written by: Sarah Beth Durst
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

12-year-old Mina's home of Alorria enjoys beautiful weather, thanks to the storm beasts and their bonded human guardians, who ensure the climate stays warm and pleasant. Mina is eager to have a storm beast of her own, but everyone is shocked when she hatches a lightning beast: lightning guardians are normally "brash and loud and brave." Mina may be quiet, but she is brave, which she proves when she and Pixit, her lightning beast, discover that her country's weather comes at a terrible price. A unique fantasy setting and appealing dragon-like storm beasts will leave readers wishing they could leap into Mina's world. For another compelling middle grade fantasy from this author, check out The Stone Girl's Story for ages 9 to 13.

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A Tale of Magic...

A Tale of Magic...

Written by: Chris Colfer
Recommended Age: 9 - 13

14-year-old Brystal Evergreen lives in the Southern Kingdom, where women are forbidden from reading and all magic is outlawed. But the book-loving girl defies the first law, and then, to her shock, discovers that she's also breaking the second: she is a fairy with magic abilities! Disowned by her family and sent to the Bootstrap Correctional Facility for her "crimes," Brystal is rescued by a mysterious woman named Madame Weatherberry, who runs an Academy of Magic. But when Madame Weatherberry disappears, Brystal and her classmates will have to decide if they dare to go searching for her — and if they have the power to stop a plot that threatens to end all magic forever! The first book in a new series by the author of the Land of Stories, this magical adventure celebrates found family and being true to yourself.

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Raymie Nightingale

Raymie Nightingale

Written by: Kate DiCamillo
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

Raymie has a plan: she'll win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, her father will see her picture in the paper, and he'll forget all about the woman he ran away with and come home. Winning the competition requires new skills, including dealing with her fellow competitors — like Louisiana Elefante, who has a show business background but faints constantly, and Beverly Tapinski, who's determined to sabotage the whole thing. But as the competition approaches, the three girls develop an unexpected bond based on loneliness, grief, and a series of adventures in which each girl gets a chance to come to the rescue. Through Raymie's eyes, middle readers will see how friendship can help you find peace in a difficult time.

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The Last Windwitch

The Last Windwitch

Written by: Jennifer Adam
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

12-year-old Brida was a foundling taken in by Mother Magdi, a kindly hedgewitch, but hard as she tries she doesn't have the knack for herbcraft. Instead, Brida discovers that she seems to have a gift for a more powerful magic... one that catches the eye of the wicked queen Moira, who drove her two sisters out and set the formerly peaceful realm off-balance, causing unpredictable weather and even the rise of monsters. With the huntsman — and, worse, Moira's Crow spies — on her tail, Brida starts to discover the truth behind her powers, and realizes that she may be the key to overturning Moira's reign... as long as she can maintain her courage and her firm sense of right and wrong. Brida will uncover her destiny against truly evil foes in this rich fantasy, perfect for fans of Shannon Hale and Kelly Barnhill.

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Orphan Eleven

Orphan Eleven

Written by: Gennifer Choldenko
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

It's the 1930s, and Lucy has been living at the Home for Friendless Children for five years. After her beautiful singing voice got her singled out for special attention from a "university lady," she's been tormented into the silence of selective mutism. When she and three other orphans get the opportunity to escape, they find their way to a circus, where they can stay if they can secure an apprenticeship within a week. Lucy is captivated by the elephants, but if she can't speak, she can't work with them — and the stakes are getting higher, as the orphanage is hunting for her specifically. But someone else is also looking for Lucy if she can learn to raise her voice. Part adventure, part mystery, and inspired in part by the stories of real-life experimentation on children, this novel is still an uplifting and encouraging story about finding home.

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Alone

Alone

Written by: Megan E. Freeman
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

12-year-old Maddie had planned a secret sleepover at her grandparents' empty summer apartment, and when her friends can't come, she figures she might as well stay by herself. Except when she wakes up, her town has been evacuated and abandoned... and she's been left behind. As days turn to weeks, Maddie befriends a neighbor's abandoned Rottweiler and learns the skills she'll need to survive natural hazards like Colorado winters, wild animals, and a tornado... and human ones, like looters. But worse of all is the crushing loneliness, which leaves Maddie wondering if she'll be able to make it through all on her own. This riveting novel-in-verse powerfully captures Maddie's struggle to survive alone over a three-year period.

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When You Trap a Tiger

When You Trap a Tiger

Written by: Tae Keller
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

7th grader Lily's Korean grandmother always warned her: never make a deal with a tiger. But when Lily's family moves in to help Halmoni after she falls sick, a magical tiger straight out of her folk tales appears! The tiger tells Lily that Halmoni has been hiding stories that made her sad, and promises her that, if Lily releases the stories, her health will be restored. But just as Halmoni said, deals with tigers are not what they seem, and soon Lily realizes that, with the help of her sister and her friend Ricky, she needs to find her voice, face the things she's most afraid of, and recognize the power that stories have to remember the ones we love... even when they're gone. This stunning magical realism novel, based on Korean mythology, is a powerful look at the importance of letting go.

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The Lions of Little Rock

The Lions of Little Rock

Written by: Kristin Levine
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

It's 1958, and twelve-year-old Marlee is struggling: the Governor of Arkansas has shut all high schools to avoid the federal order to integrate schools, so her sister has been sent away so she doesn't miss a year. Always shy, Marlee responds to the chaos by retreating even more... until she meets Liz, the new girl at her middle school. Fearless and determined, Liz knows just what to say to encourage Marlee to find her voice. Then, one day, Liz is gone; rumor has it that she was actually black, and pretending to be white. Liz's friendship helps Marlee understand the damage that segregation does — and the value of fighting it. As racial tensions rise, danger looms for both the girls and their families as they stand up for integration, but their friendship helps them stand strong. Heartfelt and satisfying, this story of friendship and the fight for justice will make young readers cheer.

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The Witches of Willow Cove

The Witches of Willow Cove

Written by: Josh Roberts
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

Abby Shepherd just turned 13... and discovered she's a witch. She's not quite sure how to manage her powers, and worse, her best friend Robby is suddenly keeping secrets from her. When a stranger named Miss Winters arrives in town and offers to teach Abby — and a few other young witches in town — it seems like the perfect opportunity. But when Robby reveals that he's trying to solve the mystery of what happened to his mother, and Abby helps him investigate, she starts wondering if Miss Winters is as trustworthy as she thinks. Atmospheric, just-spooky-enough, and magical, this story celebrates true friendship and standing up for what's right.

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A Dash of Dragon

A Dash of Dragon

Recommended Age: 10 - 13

Lailu Loganberry has spent years training to be an expert in monster cuisine — and now her dreams are coming true! Her mentor is opening a restaurant and Lailu will be the head chef. Everything seems perfect... until Lailu learns that her mentor borrowed money from a loan shark named Mr. Boss, and if the restaurant fails, she'll be trapped cooking for him for the rest of her life. To outsmart Mr. Boss, she'll have to avoid the king's assassin, the elf mafia, and Mr. Boss' henchmen — and work alongside her greatest rival. Kids will love the mix of humor, action, and fantasy in this delicious novel. Lailu's adventures continue in A Hint of Hydra.

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Echo Mountain

Echo Mountain

Written by: Lauren Wolk
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

The Great Depression has cost Ellie's family almost everything, and their plan to start over in the forests near Echo Mountain turns tragic when her father has a tree-felling accident that leaves him in a coma. Ellie doesn't fear the woods — even though her mother blames Ellie for the accident — and she finds freedom as she takes over many of his chores. When she learns about elderly Cate, a healer that most of the community call "the hag," Ellie wonders if she might be able to help. It turns out that Ellie can help Cate too... and in the process will discover her own healing gifts. Atmospheric and timeless, this book is a powerful story of finding your own path and the ways that compassion can heal a community.

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A Game of Fox & Squirrels

A Game of Fox & Squirrels

Written by: Jenn Reese
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

For years 11-year-old Sam and her older sister Caitlin have tiptoed around their abusive father, but when he breaks Caitlin's arm in one of his rages, Sam speaks up to authorities — only to find she and Caitlin are yanked away from everything they know to "visit" Aunt Vicky and her wife in rural Oregon. Sam wants to return home, so when Ashander, the trickster fox from Vicky's mysterious card game, "A Game of Fox & Squirrels," comes to life, he offers her the opportunity... if she proves her loyalty. But Ashander's demands keep escalating, and life with Vicky is stable and loving, so Sam starts to question what she really wants... This haunting and powerful novel, with its paired real-life and allegorical depictions of abuse and its aftermath, is ultimately a hopeful reminder that seeking help can lead to a better life.

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Rescue

Rescue

Written by: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

Almost two years ago, Meg's father went to fight against the Nazis — and she hasn't seen him since. With the family farm now in Nazi-occupied territory, Meg has already been secretly helping the French Resistance, while also deciphering codes he left in a jar to entertain her while he's gone... a jar that's almost empty. Then Meg stumbles across an injured British spy who tells her that her father could be released from Nazi imprisonment — if she can guide a family of German refugees safely to Spain. To do so, she'll have to untangle the most complicated cipher yet — one that could reveal dangerous secrets that might risk both her mission and her life. Jennifer A. Nielsen, bestselling author of Resistance, has crafted a suspenseful story that will leave readers wondering who Meg can trust to the very end.

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Paola Santiago and the River of Tears

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears

Written by: Tehlor Kay Mejia
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

12-year-old Paola is embarrassed by her mother's warning to stay away from the Gila River, where she says La Llorona lurks; the space-loving girl believes in science, not superstition. Except when she arranges to meet her friends Dante and Emma near the river to try out her new telescope, Emma never arrives... and Pao sees a figure hiding in the reeds. To rescue her friend, Pao has to enter a world full of nightmares and folk tales, where she'll discover that legends — and her own conflicting feelings — have a power of their own. Tehlor Kay Mejia draws on her Latinx heritage to create a fantasy adventure exploring our connection with ancestry and the strength of friendship.

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Shouting at the Rain

Shouting at the Rain

Written by: Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

12-year-old Delsie has always been content living with her kindhearted Grammy in her Cape Cod home, but recently she's started wondering what it would be like to have a "normal" family. And, when Delsie's best seasonal friend, Brandy, returns to her cottage for the summer hanging out with a snobby new friend who scoffs at Delsie's immaturity, Delsie starts to feels like the world doesn't make sense anymore. So when she meets Ronan, a new neighbor who is known as a liar and a thief, she thinks he's just another storm on the horizon. After he stands up for her, however, Delsie discovers that Ronan is caring and courageous but, like her, is lonely and troubled by his own losses. This touching story by the author of Fish in a Tree features a resilient Mighty Girl who discovers that, with real friends and loving family by your side, you can stand strong through just about any weather.

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Cinders and Sparrows

Cinders and Sparrows

Written by: Stefan Bachmann
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

12-year-old orphan Zita believes she's destined for life as a housemaid — so she's shocked when an animated scarecrow appears to tell her that she is heir to a mysterious castle and the powerful witchcraft of the Brydgeborn family. At Castle Blackbird, Zita gets instruction in magic from a guardian, Mrs. Cantanker, and bonds with Minnifer and Bram, two other orphans who tend to the castle and grounds. But all is not as it seems: the Brydgeborns were victims of foul play, and their magic is key in a battle between the living and the dead. Zita needs to figure out who she can trust — and whether she can save the family she's always wanted. Suspenseful and magical, with a vibrant and witchy world, this compelling novel is perfect for fans of Katherine Arden’s Small Spaces and Diana Wynne Jones’s Howl’s Moving Castle.

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Race to the Sun

Race to the Sun

Written by: Rebecca Roanhorse
Recommended Age: 10 - 13

12-year-old Nizhoni Begay has discovered an unexpected ability: she can identify monsters disguised as regular people. This becomes even more concerning when she realizes that one of them is Mr. Charles, her father's supervisor at the oil and gas company, who seems strangely interested in her, her brother Mac, and their Navajo heritage. When her father disappears, Nizhoni, Mac, and Nizhoni's best friend Davery set out on a rescue mission — one which includes getting help from Diné Holy People and accepting her and her brother's identity as the latest incarnation of the Hero Twins. This fast-paced tale that draws from Navajo folklore includes universal themes about honoring both family and the land on which we live.