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Staff Suggestions — Kids 8-12 Years

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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
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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
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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


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The Book of Fatal Errors (The Feylawn Chronicles #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374301194
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - July 7th, 2020

The perfect read for holidays, vacations, or if you just want to escape. Once I slipped into this fantasy, it was impossible to leave, which is just the way I like it! Rufus and Abigail are so likeable and determined to help Grandpa Jack. And Iris is the best fairy I’ve ever met and totally breaks the mold for fairies. Love the humor.

— Susan


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Otto Tattercoat and the Forest of Lost Things Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525515272
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Published: Philomel Books - June 9th, 2020

Brrr! I can feel the cold seeping through Otto and Nim’s tattercoats! Matilda Woods delivers a wonderful family read aloud with a hopeful quest as Otto searches for his Mom. I also love the mystery of why the village of Hodeldorf is getting colder, and the magical creatures along the way that spice the story perfectly. Grab a cup of cocoa and enjoy!

— Jamie


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Zeus, Dog of Chaos Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062885937
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 2nd, 2020

It was a lot of fun reading this book and learning about dogs and diabetics, how they sense and smell changes in a person's chemistry. Zeus had clever ways to let Madden know there is an issue with his blood sugar, and to check it. I totally enjoyed reading Zeus's hilarious explanations of the students, teachers, and the classes.

— Jeannette


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Nat Enough (Nat Enough #1) Cover Image
By Maria Scrivan, Maria Scrivan (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338538199
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Published: Graphix - April 7th, 2020

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We Dream of Space Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062747303
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 5th, 2020

OMG! I loved this book from start to finish. Siblings, Bird, Fitch, and Cash are navigating their own unique ways through 7th Grade and dealing with parents who spend more time arguing than with them. Set in 1986 as the country was preparing for the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger and its first teacher in space, this book is filled with triumphs and hardships that all kids go through. A must read!

— Karen


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The Colossus of Roads Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780823444502
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Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - April 1st, 2020

When I read this book, I immediately thought of Beverly Cleary, who said: I write about ordinary kids living ordinary everyday lives. Christina Uss has captured this feeling! There’s humor, charm and a great friendship that builds between Rick and his neighbor Mila. Add to that, Rick’s love of traffic patterns makes this story fresh and unusual. Perfect for readers ready to move from early chapter books into middle grade novels.

— Susan


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The Mystery of the Moon Tower (The Pathfinders Society) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425291870
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 21st, 2020

When a summer camp in a small town starts to have money problems, a group of campers decide to try to find the legendary treasure the camp's founder has hidden. There are plenty of clues for them to follow as they get to know each other in this first in a graphic novel series. A perfect read for kids looking for more story in their graphic novels.

— Jamie


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Stepping Stones (Peapod Farm #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984896841
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Published: Random House Graphic - May 5th, 2020

I liked Jen and the way she handled her Mom’s new boyfriend, his two daughters, the things she’s bad at (like math), and the things she’s really good at, but maybe doesn’t give herself the credit she deserves (like art). A great read under a shady tree. 

— Jamie


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Ways to Make Sunshine (A Ryan Hart Novel #1) Cover Image
By Renée Watson, Nina Mata (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781547600564
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - April 28th, 2020

I like this new take on the lovable girl-of-her-time Ramona. Rising star Renee Watson has written an updated new girl-next-door best friend and I, for one, am happy to make her my new bestie!

— Jamie


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Echo Mountain Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525555568
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - April 21st, 2020

I was thoroughly captivated in just the first two pages of this breathtaking novel, and I loved Ellie's quiet assured voice in the face of difficulty. Taking place in Maine during the Depression, the resilience shown by Ellie and her family is especially hopeful, and Ellie's own awakening is powerful. Once again, Wolk proves she is one of the finest writers for middle grade.

— Jamie


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Wink Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984815149
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Published: Dial Books - March 31st, 2020

Like a lot of realistic fiction, it's the warm, funny, and vulnerable character that makes his story relatable, allowing you to begin to see a new perspective. I found Ross to be such a character. Wonder fans, of course, will enjoy this one, but also graphic novel fans looking for something humorous with a side of serious.

— Jamie


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Mr. Tiger, Betsy, and the Blue Moon Cover Image
By Sally Gardner, Nick Maland (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593095164
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Published: Penguin Workshop - April 7th, 2020

This stunning new work by Sally Gardner takes its place right next to My Father's Dragon and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a classic read aloud. A fantastical circus tent, and charming characters like the tiny Gongalong acrobats and wise Mr. Tiger, are just a few of the enchanting elements that families will want to revisit again and again. A must on every bookshelf. 

— Jamie


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Here in the Real World Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062698957
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 4th, 2020

Like Ware, a creative misunderstood dreamer, I think I want to live in Magic Fairness Land! This is a feel good story of two outsiders who come together and discover who they are. I loved that not everything works out because, after all, they are living "here in the real world."

— Jamie


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Center of Gravity Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250191861
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - March 24th, 2020

I love a sad, beautifully written story with a message of hope. Tessa and her new group of friends are proof that we are never alone, even in our darkest times. This novel shines a light on the strength kids possess, both in trying to handle their problems on their own, and in having the courage to seek out help. An overall stunning novel. 

— Becky


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Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525554189
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Published: Dial Books - February 25th, 2020

I couldn’t decide if I wanted Vivy to succeed because she’s on the spectrum or because she’s a girl who wants to play baseball, not softball! Told through a series of emails, I cheered all the way through this gentle story about believing in yourself. I’m also completely psyched for knuckleball season!

— Jamie


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

Coo is a brilliant debut all about friendship, bravery, and how not all families are brought together by blood. I love Coo. She's curious, compassionate, and fiercely loyal to her flock. A story about a girl raised by everyone's least favorite birds managed to steal my heart from the opening pages. The pigeons unique personalities and language make the story really come to life. I adored this book!

— Becky


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City Spies Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534414914
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Published: Aladdin - March 10th, 2020

I am a fan of spy novels, so I loved this group of kids that MI6 is secretly training at a special school in Scotland. In City Spies, we get to know them and see them in action—enjoy this adventure!

— Jamie


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Fire in the Star (The Unicorn Quest) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781681192499
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - February 18th, 2020

Sometimes when I finish a novel, I don’t want to pick up another. I want to let that story simmer. And this is a perfect example! With the end of book three comes the end of wondrous trilogy. But oh, what a marvelous ending to a finely spun tale. Benko kept building and building the suspense; I thought the book was going to explode out of my hands! I love Claire and Sophie; their relationship is so authentic and so is their journey.

— Susan