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25 Magnificent Middle Grade Books To Share With The Whole Family

Books·Updated 18 minutes ago. Posted 18 minutes agoGet ready to immerse yourself in these incredible reads. Rick Riordan Presents, Via kwamembalia.com Certain to go down in literary history as one of the best middle grade novels of all time, Kwame Mbalia’s debut is a delight for mythology, adventure, and magic lovers of all ages. Tristan…

25 Magnificent Middle Grade Books To Share With The Whole Family

Updated 18 minutes ago. Posted 18 minutes ago

Get ready to immerse yourself in these incredible reads.


Rick Riordan Presents, Via kwamembalia.com

Certain to go down in literary history as one of the best middle grade novels of all time, Kwame Mbalia’s debut is a delight for mythology, adventure, and magic lovers of all ages. Tristan is supposed to be spending a month at his grandparents’ farm in Alabama, where he’s being sent to heal after a bus accident that took his best friend Eddie’s life. All he has left of Eddie is a notebook of his stories… which is stolen by a doll-like creature on his first night at the farm. In the ensuing struggle, Tristan punches a tree, accidentally opening a chasm into the MidPass, and landing him in the middle of a conflict involving Black American folk heroes (such as Brer Rabbit and John Henry) and West African Gods (such as Anansi, the Weaver).

Get it from Bookshop for $16.55, Barnes and Noble for $15.99, or from a local independent bookstore through Indiebound here.


Balzer + Bray, Via jasminewarga.com

Jude and her mom have just come to live in Ohio with her uncle, leaving her dad and brother behind in Syria. Adjusting to a new culture is hard enough, but with half her family on the other side of the world, and people putting labels on her that she’s never expected, she’ll need to find herself and rediscover what home means. Jasmine Warga describes the new surprises in Jude’s life — such as new friends and a school musical — through gorgeous free verse.

Get it from Bookshop for $15.63, Barnes and Noble for $15.29, or from a local independent bookstore through Indiebound here.


Walden Pond Press, Christopher Healy

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You’ve heard of the Prince Charmings, right? Well, let me tell you, they all have names — Prince Liam, Prince Frederic, Prince Duncan, and Prince Gustav, to be precise — and they’d like the world to use them. It should also be known that their princesses are quite capable of saving themselves, so really the only option for our four princes is for them to band together and form a League of Heroes and go off fighting battles — which they’re still not really great at.

Get it from Bookshop for $7.35, Barnes and Noble for $7.99, or from a local independent bookstore through Indiebound here.


Little, Brown, Jessie Weinberg

Alberta is thrilled when she finds out that the new owners of the bed and breakfast across the street have a 12-year-old daughter just like her — finally, she won’t be the only Black girl in town. While Alberta loves being a California girl, Edie misses her native Brooklyn and is struggling with the adjustment to their small town. When the girls discover a box of old journals in the bed and breakfast, they decide to investigate who they belonged to and why they were left in the attic.

Get it from Bookshop for $15.62, Barnes and Noble for $16.99, or from a local independent bookstore through Indiebound here.


Algonquin, Liz Welch

Fig and her father, a once-renowned piano player, live in a beachside town where hurricane season lasts long months. Sometimes, her dad will go looking for the music in the middle of a storm, and when he shows up at school one day, confused and looking for her, it brings social services to their door. With the help of her best friend, her new neighbor, a cute girl at the library, and the art class she’s taking to help her see the world through her dad’s eyes, she learns that it’s okay to make your own definition of family.

Get it from Bookshop for $7.31, Barnes and Noble for $7.95, or from a local independent bookstore through Indiebound here.


Simon & Schuster, Stephanie Ifendu

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Sarah is 12 years old, and finally considered old enough to watch — aka boss around — her younger brother, Ellis, rather than being bossed around by their grandmother. But her plans for this summer are squashed when their cousin Janie, who has a knack for getting into trouble, comes to stay with them. And their journey soon turns into much more when they discover a deep-seated part of their town’s racist past.

Get it from Bookshop for $8.27, Barnes and Noble for $8.99, or from a local independent bookstore through Indiebound here.


Scholastic, Via kellyyang.com

Ten-year-old Mia Tang wants to be a writer, but her mom thinks she should stick to math since English isn’t her first language. Her parents are immigrants, and they all work at the Calivista Motel: Every day, while her parents clean the rooms, Mia manages the front desk. She also keeps a big secret — her parents hide immigrants in the empty rooms of the motel, and if Mr. Yao, the mean owner of the motel, found out, they’d all be in big trouble. So Mia starts to wonder if there’s a way her dream of writing could help her parents and the immigrants they assist.

Get it from Bookshop for $7.35, Barnes and Noble for $7.99, or from a local independent bookstore through Indiebound here.


Putnam, Jamie Wright Images

Eleven-year-old Riley has a lot of wishes: that the bullies at school would leave him alone; that his crush, Dylan, would like him back; that he’d stop wetting the bed; and, most importantly, that his missing mom would come home. Determined to find her, he and his friend Gary go on a camping trip where Riley plans to track down the Whispers — magical wood creatures that grant wishes.

Get it from Bookshop for $8.27, Barnes and Noble for $8.99, or from a local independent bookstore through Indiebound here.


Balzer + Bray, Rod Searcey

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Shayla is a rule follower. All she wants to do is get through seventh grade without causing any trouble (and maybe learn to run track and get a cute boy’s attention along the way). But in the midst of friendship woes, and some classmates saying she isn’t Black enough, Shayla starts to question the rules she thought she understood. After attending a protest with her sister, Hana, Shay starts wearing an armband to school in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Everyone at school takes sides, and when Shay is issued an ultimatum, she must face her choice head on.

Get it from Bookshop for $7.35, Barnes and Noble for $7.99, or from a local independent bookstore through Indiebound here.


Henry Holt, Cameron Straatsma

In this gorgeous lyrical debut that is perfect for fans of Tangled and The Graveyard Book, Heather Kassner tells the story of Irréelle — a girl made of dust and bone and imagination, with only the finest magical thread tethering her to life. But when she makes an unforgivable mistake, and her cruel creator, Miss Vesper, threatens to imagine her away, Irréelle flees to the underside of the graveyard in defiance of her creator for the very first time.

Get it from Bookshop for $15.63, Barnes and Noble for $16.99, or from a local independent bookstore through Indiebound here.


Penguin, David Beinstein

In 1947, India was split into two countries — India and Pakistan — after being freed from British rule. Tensions stay high between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders. Nisha is half-Muslim, half-Hindu, and very unsure of where she belongs. But when her father decides it’s too dangerous to remain in Pakistan, their family become refugees and journey to a new home — something Nisha chronicles in letters to her late mother.

Get it from Bookshop for $8.27, Barnes and Noble for $8.99, or from a local independent bookstore through Indiebound here.


Algonquin Young Readers, Via traceybaptiste.com

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Corinne isn’t afraid of anything, especially not jumbies — after all, they’re just made up by parents to frighten their kids. But after chasing an agouti all the way to the forest one night, and meeting a beautiful stranger the next day, she knows something life-changing is about to happen. That stranger, Severine, plans to claim her entire island for the jumbies, and it is up to Corinne to save her home and embrace the magic inside of her.

Get it from Bookshop for $7.31, Barnes and Noble for $7.95, or from a local independent bookstore through Indiebound here.


HMH, Via lindajacksonwrites.blogspot.com

Rose Lee Carter lives with her grandparents who work as sharecroppers on a Mississippi plantation in 1955. When Emmett Till is murdered one town over — and his murderers are unjustly acquitted — Rose realizes she wants to be a part of the movement to help change the South. Rose Lee Carter also appears in the sequel, A Sky Full of Stars.

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