Middle Grade

Sanity and Tallulah

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By Molly Brooks, Molly Brooks (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781368022804
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 16th, 2018

 

A fun story about two smart girls in their space station home with their three-headed kitten named Princess, Sparkle, and Destroyer of Worlds. What's not to love? I really enjoyed the relationship treatment in the story, both with the girls' friendship, their familial relationships, and the relationships amongst coworkers on the station.

Stacey


DeadEndia

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781910620472
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Published: Nobrow - August 7th, 2018

 

If you put the Muppets in a theme park and added the heart of Steven Universe and some paranormal energy, you'd get Deadendia. It's an awesome mixture of humor, friendship, self-discovery, and drama with flawed characters you will love as much as your best friends. Heart-warming, heartbreaking, heart-pounding, and heartfelt!

Marika


SANITY & TALLULAH

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Sanity & Tallulah (Sanity & Tallulah, Book 1) Cover Image
By Molly Brooks, Molly Brooks (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781368022804
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 16th, 2018

A fun story about two smart girls in their space station home with their three-headed kitten named Princess, Sparkle, and Destroyer of Worlds. What's not to love? I really enjoyed the relationship treatment in the story, both with the girls' friendship, their familial relationships, and the relationships amongst coworkers on the station.

Stacey


Small Spaces

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780525515029
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2018

 

Who knew middle grade could be so delightfully spooky? Arden does a wonderful job of anchoring increasingly fantastic (and scary) situations in fleshed-out, vivid characters; readers will surely grow invested in Ollie's journey to find freedom, family, and a way out of the grip of fearful scarecrows!

Caleb


Merci Suárez Changes Gears

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780763690496
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Published: Candlewick - September 11th, 2018

 

Merci has a lot of things going on as she enters sixth grade--bossy Edna Santos has a crush on her school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, her beloved grandfather Lolo is forgetting things, and to top it off, she's not allowed to try out for the school soccer team! At least her family is on her side. Meg Medina perfectly captures the worst and best of middle school in this satisfying and extremely relatable coming of age tale.

Rebecca


Mortification of Fovea Munson

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By Mary Winn Heider, Chi Birmingham (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781484780541
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 5th, 2018

 

A darkly comedic middle-grade novel that will probably appeal to fans of "The Green Ribbon," both children and adults who enjoy children's fiction. I would probably not recommend for the easily queasy.

Stacey


Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish

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ISBN: 9781101997260
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 21st, 2018

 

With problems at school looming, Marcus convinces his mom to spend a week visiting family in Puerto Rico. He plans to track down his estranged father while they're on the island, but things don't quite go the way he hopes.

Sarah


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