Middle Grade

Ophie's Ghost

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062915894
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 18th, 2021

This is the type of story that had I read as a child, I would still remember vividly. A chilling ghost story yes, but more chilling is the racial violence laid bare. A truly powerful book with such depth for the age range. Engaging and unafraid to present subjects that need to be discussed. We need more books like this!

Stacey


All you Knead is Love

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780374314231
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - March 30th, 2021

Filipina-Spanish-American Alba goes to live with her grandmother in Barcelona, where she finds her people -- Abuela Lola, baker Toni, and Toni's son Joaquim -- and her place, a bakery that feels like home. Learning to bake helps Alba deal with her family's problems back in New York, but when Toni goes out of business, it's up to Alba to create a new space for everyone.

Sarah


Red White and Whole

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ISBN: 9780063047426
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Published: Quill Tree Books - February 2nd, 2021

This long awaited novel in verse illustrating the struggles of balancing two cultural identities felt like I was looking into a mirror in which I could see myself, my mother, my grandmother, my aunts, and every Indian woman in my life who had to assimilate into American culture. It is beautifully written and is semi-autobiographical. If you like Rajani's work, check out her other middle grade novels and picture books. She is incredible!

Janaea


The Blackbird Girls

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$8.99
ISBN: 9781984837370
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Published: Puffin Books - January 19th, 2021

I often find it hard to sink into a historical fiction MG title, but this one absolutely sucked me in. The Chernobyl disaster isn't something widely addressed in kids' lit, and this title handles it so well. The interwoven political and social dynamics are heartbreaking, but the friendship the two main characters develop despite everything is so lovely. (This is also now a Sydney Taylor Book Award Silver Medalist)

Stacey


Amari and the Night Brothers

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ISBN: 9780062975164
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 19th, 2021

Such an inventive spin on the magical school narrative. The fantastical world building is superb, yet is not used as an escape from real-world problems. Amari is an awesome hero with a heart of gold and a will of iron. I truly cannot wait for the next book in the series. There's so much potential!

Stacey


Katie the Catsitter

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By Colleen AF Venable, Stephanie Yue (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781984895639
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2021

This book has all the bitter sweet friendship changes of Roller Girl plus the thrilling exploits, morally ambiguous antiheroes of a Catwoman comic. And so many cats!! Each one with their own special skills, and each one out to make trouble. It's delightful.

Shana


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