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Twins (Twins #1) Cover Image
By Varian Johnson, Shannon Wright (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781338236170
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Published: Graphix - October 6th, 2020

Middle school is full of challenges - new classes, new friends, new choices. And for twins Maureen and Francine, sixth grade means going their separate ways, which is tough, but running for the same spot on the student council is even tougher! Twins takes two very different girls and reminds them of just how much they have in common.

— Laura


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Class Act Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
$22.99
ISBN: 9780062885517
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Published: Quill Tree Books - October 6th, 2020

The wait for the sequel to New Kid is over! But it was well worth it because Craft has done it again. By drawing on his own childhood, his writing has once again put me in the heads of these kids—their worries and fears—in such an authentic way. Although he approaches difficult truths, it is softened with humor making it age appropriate for the reader. A great opener for conversations about colorism and class, this is a book for every classroom and school library. 

— Susan


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Cinders and Sparrows Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062289957
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Published: Greenwillow Books - October 13th, 2020

Bachmann is one of my favorite authors for fantasy, this time writing a captivating witches’ tale for middle grade. Beautifully crafted details of the castle and its contents, plus devious evil creatures are perfectly wrought in a twisting story of finding home. A wonderful book to get lost in! 

— Jamie


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No Ordinary Thing Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780823444229
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Published: Holiday House - October 13th, 2020

A mysterious snow globe sets a series of events in motion in this novel of time travel. I liked how Adam’s desire to change his parents’ untimely deaths is dealt with directly and with gentle wisdom. Wonderful characters and a great ending make this a great read.

— Jamie


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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781733329293
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Published: Rebel Girls - October 13th, 2020

In the newest collection of Rebel Girls, they shine a spotlight on 100 immigrant women who have changed the world! From Madeleine Albright to Carmen Herrara, follow these awe-inspiring women as they struggle and prosper in a land that is not their birth country. For fans of the Rebel Girls series! 

— Lindsay A.


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Brains On! Presents...It's Alive: From Neurons and Narwhals to the Fungus Among Us Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316428293
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 8th, 2020

A humorous nonfiction book about life on earth and all the cool and gross things that live here! Find out if trees can talk to one another, why some people have allergies, and why food goes bad. Perfect for the kid in your life who always asks “Why?”

— Lindsay A.


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Becoming Muhammad Ali Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316498166
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Published: jimmy patterson - October 5th, 2020

“The fight is won before you get in the ring”—words of wisdom abound as I learned what it took for Ali to become a great sports hero. Patterson and Alexander are the perfect writers to make this biography compulsively readable and absorbing. I love this book; it’s the best biography for middle grade I’ve ever read.

— Jamie


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One Time Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062570741
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Published: HarperCollins - September 8th, 2020

I soon found myself completely charmed by Gina, a quiet character, and her classmates. Her wise teacher creates a classroom of creativity and acceptance: the perfect environment for kids to learn “who are you?” and “who could you be?” So many endearing characters make this a phenomenal realistic fiction novel.

— Jamie


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The Explorer's Code Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250258854
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Published: Imprint - September 29th, 2020

Anna is my kind of girl with her love of explorers and how she sees mystery and adventure around every corner. I also found Charlie so relatable with his love of books, codes and ciphers, and Emily too, with her love of history. Having the three of them trying to solve the secret of Idlewood Manor without knowing the others too added so much tension! And oh what a discovery they make at the end! Love it!

— Susan


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The Stitchers (Fright Watch #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419746925
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 18th, 2020

With a recommendation from Stephen King, I knew this would be the perfect blend of scary thriller and great characters. What’s lurking in your quiet neighborhood? I definitely look at my neighbors differently now!

— Jamie


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Skunk and Badger (Skunk and Badger 1) Cover Image
By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781643750057
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

With pictures by renowned illustrator Jon Klassen, this family read aloud is on its way to becoming a classic. Two animals, with all too human traits, work out their partnership with the help of a roomful of chickens, a suspicious stoat, and a timely telegram from Aunt Lula. I can’t wait for book two!

— Jamie


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The Silver Arrow Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316539531
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

I love the fantastical elements that bring the sense of wonder and empowerment to Kate and her brother Tom. As Grossman easily transitions this sense to the many endangered animals they meet on the way, Kate begins to understand that she can affect change.

— Jamie


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The Nerviest Girl in the World Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780375870385
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 18th, 2020

With three older brothers and a farm full of ornery ostriches, Pearl isn't afraid of much. But the stakes rise like the hot air balloon she's dangling from, and the reader will have to stay tuned to see if Pearl can balance peril, parents and a growing itch to keep performing in the first moving pictures.

— Laura


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Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian Cover Image
By Tim Probert, Tim Probert (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062990464
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Published: HarperAlley - September 1st, 2020

I love a graphic novel with a big cinematic feel! The Girl embarks on a noble journey to find a missing pig wizard, meeting very mysterious characters along the way. An underlying message of believing in yourself follows the classic coming of age trope, but feels freshly applied. I loved it! 

— Jamie


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Lupe Wong Won't Dance Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781646140039
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Published: Levine Querido - September 8th, 2020

I finished this book with tears in my eyes and a smile on my lips. It is achingly realistic, and funny. Do middle school square dancing memories cause you to shudder? Lupe has a plan! I loved it! 

— Jamie


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Forget Me Nat (Nat Enough #2) Cover Image
By Maria Scrivan, Maria Scrivan (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338538243
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Published: Graphix - September 1st, 2020

I couldn’t wait to get back into Nat’s world of hilarious chaos! Hit with her first crush, everything is hearts and floating on air, but is she being true to herself? A wonderful second book in the series!

— Jamie


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Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419749094
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 4th, 2020

Come hang out with Rowley and his friends in the second book of the Rowley Jefferson series. Rowley loves to write and create, but finds it a little hard when others don’t like his work. This is a perfect series, especially for Diary of Wimpy Kid fans! It introduces new characters to the Wimpy Kid Universe while also featuring some familiar faces. The coolest part? We have SIGNED COPIES while supplies last! 

— Karen


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Diana and the Island of No Return (Wonder Woman Adventures #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593174470
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 14th, 2020

Flying chariots. Evil demons. Fierce warriors and more. For fans of fantasy, adventure or mythology, you’ll appreciate this story of twelve-year-old Diana (Wonder Woman) who, along with best friend Sakina, must help a stowaway—Augustus. The fate of all their worlds rests in their hands. An ideal read for kids who’ve just moved into middle grade.

— Susan


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The Time of Green Magic Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534462762
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - July 28th, 2020

I love this book so much so that I’ve read it several times and intend to read it again. It’s comforting, and with each pass, I find a new, hidden gem. Another thing to note: with its mysterious, ivy covered house and lively, loving, bumpy, newly-put-together family, this is a story longing to be read out loud! Don’t miss out on a joy-of-a book!

— Susan


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War Stories Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338290202
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - July 21st, 2020

I am used to laughing through a Korman story, but I was riveted by this poignant portrayal of a great grandfather and grandson, bonded by WWII. With flashbacks to the war and plenty of military action, each character’s honor shines through, including the grandson’s. I would love to have them in my family!

— Jamie


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The Mysterious Messenger Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250205674
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - July 21st, 2020

Although set in contemporary Brooklyn, this is a good old fashion adventure with just the right amount of mystery sprinkled in, making this a brisk-paced story that also introduces the reader to poets, artists, and musicians of the 1950s. An added extra, the author also did illustrations for the book. Surprises abound for the reader when they follow Maria and Sebastian, as they try to locate a treasure and save Mrs. Fisher.

— Susan


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Seven Clues to Home Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593119617
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 9th, 2020

Seven Clues To Home is the heartwarming journey of 13-year-old Joy, who is trying to work through the loss of her best friend, Lukas. The book starts a year to the day after Lukas’s death, which just so happens to be Joy’s 13th birthday.  As was their birthday tradition, Joy sets out on a scavenger hunt that Lukas had planned the day he died. On this hunt Joy meets unforgettable characters as she works through her feelings about Lukas’s death, and their incredible friendship, ultimately realizing how deep it was.  Alternating between the voice of Joy and Lukas, this book delivers everything.  Family, friendship, laughter, mystery, loss, discovery, and finally, joy!  A must read!! 

— Karen


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Kerry and the Knight of the Forest Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781984893291
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Published: Random House Graphic - July 7th, 2020

I like this feel good story. Our vulnerable hero, Kerry, meets many characters in the forest but has to distinguish friends and enemies. Andi Watson includes fascinating information on how this story evolved and encourages the reader to try writing too—amazing! 

— Jamie


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When Stars Are Scattered Cover Image
By Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed, Victoria Jamieson (Illustrator), Iman Geddy (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780525553908
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Published: Dial Books - April 14th, 2020

An astounding account of a Somali refugee's life as a child in a Kenyan refugee camp. Ultimately hopeful, it is eye-opening, honest, and heartfelt. Omar's brother, Hassan, has disabilities, which adds yet another layer to this sweeping tale of humanity. I cannot recommend this memoir enough. 

— Jamie