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Middle Ground Book Fest Book List

Middle Ground Book Fest

This FREE virtual event will blend together authors, educators, librarians, and book lovers in a fun and safe space where we can learn from one another and find new ways to inspire the 8-14 year old reader. The goal: create lifelong readers! This is a trying time for everyone and books are more important than ever. Let's give Middle Grade some love, with an emphasis on diversity! The festival will consist of panels featuring middle grade authors, as well as teachers and librarians. There will also be pre-taped mini-lessons that educators and librarians will be able to use once the school year begins.​ 

Click here for Saturday Panels & Books | Click here for Sunday Panels & Books

 

Festival Organizers

     

 

 

 

 

 

Shannon Doleski was born and raised in Cazenovia, New York. After graduating from Niagara University with an English Education degree, Shannon was an English teacher and swim coach in New York and Maryland. She lives with her husband, three children, and beagle wherever the Air Force sends them (currently West Texas). Visit her author website at shannondoleski.com. Mary Underwater is her debut novel.

Janae Marks graduated from the New School with an MFA in writing for children. When she isn’t writing fiction, she’s spending time with her husband and daughter at home in Connecticut. From the Desk of Zoe Washington is her debut novel. Visit Janae online at www.janaemarks.com.

Tanya Guerrero is Filipino and Spanish by birth, but has been fortunate enough to call three countries home—the Philippines, Spain, and the United States. Currently, she lives in a shipping container home in the suburbs of Manila with her husband, daughter, and a menagerie of rescued cats and dogs. In her free time, she grows her own food, bakes bread, and reads. How to Make Friends with the Sea is her debut novel.

Lorien Lawrence is a writer and middle-school English teacher. When she's not reading or writing, she can be found hunting ghosts with her family. She currently resides in Connecticut. The Stitchers is her debut novel.


In addition, the complete book list for all participating authors is below,

listed in order of panel times.


 

For Black Girls Like Me Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374308049
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - July 30th, 2019

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Midsummer's Mayhem Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781499808889
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Yellow Jacket - June 11th, 2019

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The Dragon Warrior Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781547602001
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - October 15th, 2019

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Planet Earth Is Blue Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525646570
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - May 14th, 2019

The Prophet Calls Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781499807554
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Published: Yellow Jacket - November 6th, 2018

Birdie and Me Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399186776
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Published: Kathy Dawson Books - February 18th, 2020

My Life in the Fish Tank Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534432338
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Published: Aladdin - September 15th, 2020

Maybe He Just Likes You Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534432376
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Published: Aladdin - October 1st, 2019

Halfway Normal Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481478519
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Published: Aladdin - September 5th, 2017

So Done Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062691798
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Published: Greenwillow Books - July 23rd, 2019

Dough Boys Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062691811
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - August 27th, 2019

Legend of the Storm Sneezer Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781948095563
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Published: Monster Ivy Publishing - May 5th, 2020

What Lane? Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525518433
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - April 14th, 2020

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We Dream of Space Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062747303
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - May 5th, 2020

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Hello, Universe Cover Image
By Erin Entrada Kelly, Isabel Roxas (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062414151
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 14th, 2017

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Lalani of the Distant Sea Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062747273
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - September 3rd, 2019

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You Go First Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062414199
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 9th, 2019

The Land of Forgotten Girls Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062238658
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 14th, 2017

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Song for a Whale Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781524770266
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Yearling - December 31st, 2019

Show Me a Sign Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338255812
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 3rd, 2020

The Dream Weaver Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534462311
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 23rd, 2020

Ghost Squad Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338280128
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - April 7th, 2020

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Stand Up, Yumi Chung! Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525554974
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Kokila - March 17th, 2020

Efrén Divided Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062881687
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Quill Tree Books - March 31st, 2020

Into the Tall, Tall Grass Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534449671
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - April 7th, 2020

Horace & Bunwinkle Cover Image
By PJ Gardner, David Mottram (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062946546
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - September 15th, 2020

The Elephant's Girl Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593121221
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - May 19th, 2020

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Coo Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062955975
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 3rd, 2020

The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374313609
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - July 21st, 2020

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A Wolf for a Spell Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593121658
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - December 1st, 2020

The Brave Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250247759
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Feiwel & Friends - June 30th, 2020

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The Stitchers (Fright Watch #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419746925
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 18th, 2020

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Sea of Kings Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781631634437
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Jolly Fish Press - April 27th, 2021

Cattywampus Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338561593
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - August 4th, 2020

Dan Unmasked Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062943057
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - July 28th, 2020

A Wish in the Dark Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536204940
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Candlewick - March 24th, 2020

Frost Friends Forever (Diary of an Ice Princess #2) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9781338353976
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - July 30th, 2019

Hide and Seeker Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338583625
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 15th, 2020

Mary Underwater Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419740800
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 7th, 2020

Children's Secret Diary: Kid's Diary Cover Image
$5.67
ISBN: 9781628846843
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Published: Shaan White - July 19th, 2013

Witches of Brooklyn Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593119273
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Random House Graphic - September 1st, 2020

The Derby Daredevils: Kenzie Kickstarts a Team: (The Derby Daredevils Book #1) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419740794
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 24th, 2020

Fever Year: The Killer Flu of 1918 Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780544837409
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

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Rocket to the Moon!: Big Ideas that Changed the World #1 Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781419734045
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 5th, 2019

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Nat Enough (Nat Enough #1) Cover Image
By Maria Scrivan, Maria Scrivan (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338538199
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Graphix - April 7th, 2020

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Twins (Twins #1) Cover Image
By Varian Johnson, Shannon Wright (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338236132
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Graphix - October 6th, 2020

Orange for the Sunsets Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062795298
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - April 2nd, 2019

A Good Kind of Trouble Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062836687
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 12th, 2019

Something to Say Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062836717
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - July 14th, 2020

That’s What Friends Do Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062888938
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Published: HarperCollins - January 28th, 2020

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Lupe Wong Won't Dance Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781646140039
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Levine Querido - September 8th, 2020

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All the Impossible Things Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250202864
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 3rd, 2019

Taylor Before and After Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250171870
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Published: Imprint - February 18th, 2020

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Take Back the Block Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593175170
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 26th, 2021

What the Wind Can Tell You Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781944762414
Availability: Special Order
Published: Islandport Press - May 15th, 2018

Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316493888
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

Kiki MacAdoo and the Graveyard Ballerinas Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781945654558
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Published: Owl Hollow Press, LLC - August 4th, 2020

The Star Shepherd Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492658207
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

The Bone Garden Cover Image
By Heather Kassner, Matt Saunders (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250296894
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - August 6th, 2019

The Forest of Stars Cover Image
By Heather Kassner, Iz Ptica (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250297006
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - August 4th, 2020

Maya and the Rising Dark Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328635181
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2020

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Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062975164
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 19th, 2021

96 Miles Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250192301
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Starscape - February 11th, 2020

My Life as a Potato Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593118665
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - March 24th, 2020

The Mutant Mushroom Takeover (A Maggie and Nate Mystery) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534468658
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2020

Finally, Something Mysterious Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984830036
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 14th, 2020

Warren the 13th and the Thirteen-Year Curse: A Novel Cover Image
By Tania del Rio, Will Staehle (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781683690900
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Quirk Books - March 24th, 2020

The Derby Daredevils: Kenzie Kickstarts a Team: (The Derby Daredevils Book #1) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419740794
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 24th, 2020

In the Role of Brie Hutchens... Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616209070
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - June 30th, 2020

Hurricane Season Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9781643750323
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 17th, 2020

Ana on the Edge Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316458610
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 20th, 2020

Pepper's Rules for Secret Sleuthing Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534453432
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2020

The Best at It Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062866417
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - October 8th, 2019

The Other Half of Happy: (Middle Grade Novel for Ages 9-12, Bilingual Tween Book) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452169989
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 20th, 2019

Other Words for Home Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062747808
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 28th, 2019

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (A Sal and Gabi Novel, Book 1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368022828
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - March 5th, 2019

The Only Black Girls in Town Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316456388
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business Cover Image
By Lyla Lee, Dung Ho (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781534440074
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Published: Aladdin - January 14th, 2020

Rise of the Dragon Moon Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250195555
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Published: Imprint - August 6th, 2019

The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984893833
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

The Witches of Willow Cove Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781945654497
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Published: Owl Hollow Press, LLC - May 26th, 2020

When Life Gives You Mangos Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593173978
Availability: On Our Shelves; Typically Ships in 1 - 2 Days
Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - October 20th, 2020

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Games of Deception: The True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler's Germany Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525514633
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Published: Philomel Books - November 5th, 2019

The Last Cherry Blossom Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781510753440
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Published: Sky Pony - August 25th, 2020

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Puberty Is Gross but Also Really Awesome Cover Image
By Gina Loveless, Lauri Johnston (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781635653533
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Rodale Kids - March 23rd, 2021

To Fly Among the Stars: The Hidden Story of the Fight for Women Astronauts (Scholastic Focus) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338290158
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Published: Scholastic Focus - March 3rd, 2020

Just South of Home Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534419384
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2019