Middle Grade

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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By Alvin Schwartz, Stephen Gammell (Illustrator)
$6.39
ISBN: 9780062682826
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Published: HarperCollins - July 25th, 2017

 

These stories are the epitome of Halloween and are enjoyable for all ages. They are sure to have you both sleeping with one eye open and laughing. In this collection, you will find stories that range from classic to creepy to comical, but don’t be fooled, these stories will stick with you forever.

Hannah


Witches of Brooklyn

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$10.39
ISBN: 9780593119273
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Published: Random House Graphic - September 1st, 2020

 

When orphaned Effie moves in with her Aunts, she's expecting it to be the worst. But her spunky aunts are more than they appear, and when Effie herself starts to exhibit magical talent, life gets interesting. Escabasse's characters are delightfully quirky, and her drawings effervescent. Sweet, smart, magical...this is a loving and lovely book. Readers will devour this graphic novel and beg for the two sequels!

Marika


Beetle and the Hollowbones

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By Aliza Layne, Aliza Layne (Illustrator), Kristen Acampora (Colorist), Natalie Riess (Colorist)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781534441545
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

SO CUTE. Lots of ghoulies, skeletons, love, and adorable illustrations. Also there's a brief glimpse of a pumpkin headed bookseller who stole my heart.

Stacey


Kiki's Delivery Service

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By Eiko Kadono, Emily Balistrieri (Translated by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984896667
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - July 7th, 2020

Kiki's Delivery Service is a classic for all those who love Hiyao Miyazaki films and this is the story that inspired the film. Kiki is such a delight and I don't know about you, but a whimsical story about a witch who travels to the seaside village of Koriko whilst forging new friendships is the kind of content that 2020 needs right now. Plus, there is a black cat, Jiji, who steals the scene.

Sinny


The Line Tender

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$8.99
ISBN: 9780735231610
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Published: Puffin Books - April 21st, 2020

If you know or have ever been a townie in a New England seaside town, this book will feel like home, like riding your bike through the warm twilight of summer. Even if you've hardly left Boston, this book will sweep you up and break your heart and then put the pieces back together with tape and bits of string. Kate Allen's writing is both lyrical and straightforward, mature and yet captures the enthusiasm and confusion of being thirteen. 

Meaghan


Ikenga

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ISBN: 9780593113523
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 18th, 2020

Ikenga reads like a blend between a folk tale and a Marvel origin story (no wonder why, since brilliant author Okorafor is also creator of more than a few Wakandan comics). When Nnamdi discovers a way to tap into incredible powers, justice is at the forefront of his mind – but he learns that the line between hero and bad guy is thinner than he could’ve imagined.

Leila


The Demon King

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ISBN: 9781423121367
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 31st, 2010

I was late getting my staff pick write-up in because I was busy reading the sequel to this. The Seven Realms series is the perfect sort of classic fantasy: there are wizards, lost royalty, disguises, and a whole cast of memorable characters getting in all sorts of trouble. I can't believe I slept on this series for so long but I'm making up for lost time now!

Caleb


Julieta and the Diamond Enigma

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781643790466
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Published: Tu Books - June 30th, 2020

A missing diamond! Mystery across two continents (and several languages)! A tour around all of the neatest attractions of Paris, with plenty of shenanigans and sleuthing along the way. This story has tons of fun, plenty of fascinating tidbits, and my new favorite girl detective. Julieta immediately feels like a classic children's lit star!

Caleb


Just South of Home

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ISBN: 9781534419391
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - July 7th, 2020

 

Author Strong doesn't shy away from racial violence in this MG story, and she slams it out of the park. It's a chilling ghost story wrapped in an endearing tale of family and friendship. For kids who may not like reading non-fiction, this could be a good bridge towards discussions of White violence against Black bodies. Also all of the characters are just so adorable!

Stacey


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