Middle Grade

A Mango Shaped Space

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ISBN: 9780316058254
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2005

Mia is a thirteen-year-old girl who experiences synesthesia, which causes her to perceive words and noises as colors. She has always kept her condition a secret, but eventually she must accept that she isn’t like everybody else. Mia’s story is both poignant and enjoyable - vividly told and easy to relate to.




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Nightbird Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385389587
Availability: On Order at the Warehouse
Published: Wendy Lamb Books - March 10th, 2015

Much like the main character, Twig, this magical realism story is sweet and short. Twig has a big secret, and it's not just the secret ingredient in her mom's Pink Apple pie. The town of Sidwell is also plagued by a mysterious monster. A great middle grade, summer read!



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By John Boyne, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781627790314
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 25th, 2014

As with all John Boyne’s writing, I was quite taken with this book. He tells good stories of historical circumstances and through the perspective of his characters provides an intimate look of the times. This story is a good introduction to the First World War, of how the war affects a soldier, his loved ones, conscientious objectors, and of the public’s dawning recognition of what then was called “shell shock.”



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ISBN: 9780448478395
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - February 10th, 2015

When you're Louisa, a theater geek living in the middle of nowhere, what could be better than a new neighbor who used to be a Broadway star? And when you're Jack, done with acting for good, what could be worse than getting dragged into the world of small-town theater?



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My Near-Death Adventures (99% True!) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385390446
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - February 24th, 2015

I've never laughed so much as I did while reading this book--it's Diary of  Wimpy Kid set in an 1800s lumber camp in rural Michigan, and perfect for young, reluctant readers (but also with a lot of jokes for their parents). Join Stan as he learns about true manliness, searches for the father he never knew, avoids the antics of his cousin Scary Geri, tries to fend off the suitors sniffing around his eligible mama, and avoids the wrath of his Granny (who is 99% evil). If this is not the funniest book you read I'll year, I'll buy you breakfast.


The War That Saved My Life

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ISBN: 9780803740815
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Published: Dial Books - January 8th, 2015

This is a most remarkable story, and though a middle grade book I would recommend to any reader. World War II historical fiction, it tells of two children sent from London to the countryside to spend the duration of the war with a single woman living on the outskirts of town. Sound predicable? With Bradley’s storytelling of great nuance, it is anything but.




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