A new neighbor and a mystery shake up the life of a small-town 12-year-old.

  • Abby McGanney Nolan
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Magic trick brings classmates together, but initially not as friends.

  • Abby McGanney Nolan
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When girls force Jaime out of their group, she begins to examine her own behavior.


Best friends and rivals navigate obstacles to running a race that’s almost too good to be true.

  • Abby McGanney Nolan
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An outgoing boy befriends a quiet girl and pushes her to stand up for a cause they believe in.

  • Mary Quattlebaum
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Two girls from opposite sides of the world meet and discover they have a lot to learn from each other.

The British publisher made children’s books popular; 100 years ago his name was suggested for a new U.S. prize.

  • Marylou Tousignant
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A potentially embarrassing mistake sparks a friendship between two middle-schoolers.

  • Mary Quattlebaum
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Christina Li’s debut novel pairs middle-schoolers with very different interests.

  • Mary Quattlebaum
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This summer’s eight middle-grade books focus on the power of friendship.

Mary Winn Heider’s “The Losers at the Center of the Galaxy” features a dad who has disappeared.

  • Mary Quattlebaum
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Nikki Grimes, Linda Sue Park and Dwayne Reed offer a wide range in form and tone.

  • Abby McGanney Nolan
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Middle-grade novel in verse explores how a girl deals with criticism from other kids and her own mother.

  • Mary Quattlebaum
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As a child in Cuba, Terry Catasús Jennings read “Treasure Island” and “Don Quixote.”

  • Mary Quattlebaum
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“The Year I Flew Away” features a Haitian girl who moves to New York and struggles to fit in.

  • Mary Quattlebaum
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Tae Keller’s novel, which weaves Korean folklore into a story of growing up, earns the highest honor in children’s literature.

The author of more than 130 books tells of a rough youth, when he was often on his own.

  • Mary Quattlebaum
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Rivalry with his own twin created stress. Illustrator Shannon Wright remembers friend drama.

  • Mary Quattlebaum
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Christopher Paul Curtis’s “The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963” incorporates the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, it isn’t just a lesson about the civil rights movement.

Authors and reviewers share their favorite middle grade, nonfiction and picture books.

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