Middle Grade

On the Blue Comet

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$8.99
ISBN: 9780763658151
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Published: Candlewick - September 11th, 2012

Lionel trains and time travel, what could be better?  Set during the crash of 1929, this adventurous tale is part historical fiction and part fantasy. The beautiful illustrations of Bagram Ibatouline grace this period piece. See the trains at Lionel’s site.

Robin


Jepp, who defied the Stars

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781423135005
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 9th, 2012

History is effortlessly interwoven into the story of 15th century dwarf Jepp, who in his search for love, family, respect and a destiny of his own, becomes first a court dwarf then an assistant to a famous astrologer. Jepp is a sympathetic,  entertaining narrator and his adventures and fate completely entrance the reader.


Susannah


Almost Home

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780670012893
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2012

First of all, who can resist this cover?? When Sugar and her mom, Reba, wind up homeless, everything seems quite hopeless. But with the help of a little dog named Shush, a teacher from Sugar’s past, a foster home that works and a strengthened Reba, Sugar can look forward with reasonable hope. Kids 9 to 12 will enjoy this very well-told, engrossing story.
Carol


Three Times Lucky

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ISBN: 9780803736702
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Published: Dial Books - May 10th, 2012

Twelve-year-old Miss Moses Lobeau, and her friend Dale, are self appointed detectives in the small town of Tupelo, NC. Lost your cat, they'll find it. Now there has been a murder, and people are disappearing. Can they help? Meanwhile Mo is trying to solve her own personal mystery. This is a fast moving, and fun read.

Robin


Liar and Spy

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780385737432
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - August 7th, 2012

When Georges meets Safer, the dog-walking, coffee-drinking, parrot-watching kid in his new apartment building, the two become fast friends.  Georges helps spy on the mysterious man upstairs.  Safer teaches Georges to make the perfect pan of scrambled eggs.  But the Spy Club is not without its secrets, and the boys will be forced to confront them eventually.  Touching, funny, and fiercely believable, Stead’s new novel won’t disappoint.

Kim


Lizzie Bright and the Buckminister Boy

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$6.99
ISBN: 9780553494952
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Published: Yearling Books - April 25th, 2006

In this fictionalized telling of a shocking historical event in 1911, there are several predicable paths this novel could go. It follows none of them.  It is sophisticated in its storytelling, and beautiful in its description of coastal Maine.


Robin


Horten's Miraculous Mechanism

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781402798061
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - April 3rd, 2012

A little bit whacky, a lot mysterious and a totally captivating read for middle grade readers.  Pint sized Stuart Horten (S. Horten, get it?) and his family move back to their home town and a grand adventure begins.  Full of clues, magic and larger than life characters, the search for what happened to Stuart's uncle and magician Teeny Tiny Tony Horton can't fail to delight.

Susannah


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

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By Frank Cottrell Boyce, Joe Berger (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763659578
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Published: Candlewick - March 13th, 2012

Even if you're not familiar with the original story - this all-new Chitty adventure will have you rolling on the floor in fits of laughter. Seriously, it's hilarious! There's something here for everyone--adventure, mystery, intrigue, humor, and a darn good family read. And really, don't worry if you haven't read the original or seen the movie, this new adventure works completely on its own. Boyce's Chitty is the first of a projected trilogy.
Carter


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