Middle Grade

The Thing About Jellyfish

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ISBN: 9780316380843
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 4th, 2017

While everyone else believes that a drowning accident took Franny Jackson's life, her best friend Suzy Swanson is on a self-imposed mission to find the real culprit of her death. What is grief? When is it okay to let go? How do you move on? Ali Benjamin presents answers to all of these difficult questions in her stunning debut. Beautifully written and heartfelt to the core, The Thing About Jellyfish is the kind of book that you read as a kid and still remember years down the line.


Unidentified Suburban Object

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ISBN: 9780545782272
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - May 30th, 2017

This is a delightful story about how a Korean American middle-grader, Chloe, feels about growing up in a town where no one else looks like her except for her family. It's hard to give a true and wonderful review w/out spoilage but what feels like a contemporary story at the beginning does take a turn into another genre that is quite exciting.


The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

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ISBN: 9780060012359
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Published: HarperCollins - August 12th, 2008

The Amazing Maurice is a delightful, kid-friendly introduction into the universe of Discworld, Terry Pratchett's celebrated comic fantasy series. Great for kids (and adults) who love magic, intelligent animals, and thinking about death — I know you're out there, you little goth stars — MAURICE is at turns exciting, hysterical, chilling, and almost more sincere than our feline protagonist can stand.


Much Ado About Baseball

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ISBN: 9781499811018
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Published: Yellow Jacket - June 15th, 2021

LaRocca's newly released companion novel to Midsummer Mayhem is cute, fun, and will definitely make you hungry! I love catching all the similarities between LaRocca's fresh take and Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing!


Ophie's Ghost

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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!


All you Knead is Love

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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.


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!



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