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30 Most Anticipated Middle-Grade Books for Fall

  • CHILDREN'S

    RIGHT SIDE UP

    AUG. 1, 2019

CHILDREN'S

RIGHT SIDE UP

by Eric A. Kimmel ; illustrated by Steve Brown

Purists may be puzzled at first, but readers will find themselves loving these Chelmites. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    ME AND MRS MOON

    AUG. 6, 2019

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

ME AND MRS MOON

by Helen Bate ; illustrated by Helen Bate

Poignant, loving, informative, and consoling alike for children in similar situations. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    BENEATH THE BED AND OTHER SCARY STORIES

    SEPT. 3, 2019

  • CHILDREN'S

    OUT TO GET YOU

    SEPT. 3, 2019

CHILDREN'S

OUT TO GET YOU

by Joshua Allen ; illustrated by Sarah J. Coleman

Tasty, bite-sized bizarreness for brave preteens. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE BIG BOOK OF MONSTERS

    SEPT. 3, 2019

CHILDREN'S

THE BIG BOOK OF MONSTERS

by Hal Johnson ; illustrated by Tim Sievert

Readers on the lookout for something wicked this way coming will be terrified, grossed out, delighted. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    CHILD OF THE DREAM

    SEPT. 3, 2019

CHILDREN'S

CHILD OF THE DREAM

by Sharon Robinson

A lovingly honest memoir of a racial—and social activist—past that really hasn’t passed. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE LIGHT IN THE LAKE

    SEPT. 3, 2019

CHILDREN'S

THE LIGHT IN THE LAKE

by Sarah R. Baughman

Compassionately told, this compelling debut brings to life conservation issues and choices young readers will confront as... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    LALANI OF THE DISTANT SEA

    SEPT. 3, 2019

CHILDREN'S

LALANI OF THE DISTANT SEA

by Erin Entrada Kelly ; illustrated by Lian Cho

Fast-paced and full of wonder, this is a powerful, gripping must-read. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    MORE TO THE STORY

    SEPT. 3, 2019

CHILDREN'S

MORE TO THE STORY

by Hena Khan

A delightful concept well executed, this volume is sure to find many fans. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    SOME PLACES MORE THAN OTHERS

    SEPT. 3, 2019

CHILDREN'S

SOME PLACES MORE THAN OTHERS

by Renée Watson

A moving exploration of the places we come from and the people who shape us—not to be missed. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    STARGAZING

    SEPT. 10, 2019

  • CHILDREN'S

    SAUERKRAUT

    SEPT. 10, 2019

  • CHILDREN'S

    ASTRONUTS MISSION ONE

    SEPT. 10, 2019

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

ASTRONUTS MISSION ONE

by Jon Scieszka ; illustrated by Steven Weinberg

A winning mix of fun and fact—readers will be eager for the next mission. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    HOBGOBLIN AND THE SEVEN STINKERS OF RANCIDIA

    SEPT. 17, 2019

CHILDREN'S

HOBGOBLIN AND THE SEVEN STINKERS OF RANCIDIA

by Kyle Sullivan ; illustrated by Derek Sullivan

As the stench-loving Rancidians would say: It stinks! (Fantasy. 7-12) Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    MOMENTOUS EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS

    SEPT. 17, 2019

CHILDREN'S

MOMENTOUS EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS

by Dusti Bowling

Those preparing to “slay the sucktastic beast known as high school” will particularly appreciate this spirited read. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    HARVEY COMES HOME

    SEPT. 19, 2019

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE CROSSOVER

    SEPT. 24, 2019

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

THE CROSSOVER

by Kwame Alexander ; illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile

Flashy and engaging with emotional depth—a slam-dunk thrill. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    CRYPTID CREATURES

    SEPT. 24, 2019

CHILDREN'S

CRYPTID CREATURES

by Kelly Milner Halls ; illustrated by Rick Spears

Just enough info to whet the appetites of budding cryptozoologists. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE LONG RIDE

    SEPT. 24, 2019

CHILDREN'S

THE LONG RIDE

by Marina Budhos

Readers will find a powerful window into the past and, unfortunately, a way-too-accurate mirror of the present. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    EMMY IN THE KEY OF CODE

    SEPT. 24, 2019

CHILDREN'S

EMMY IN THE KEY OF CODE

by Aimee Lucido

Never didactic, these poems interweave music, programming, family drama, and middle school as interconnected parts of Emmy’s... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    SPIT

    OCT. 1, 2019

CHILDREN'S

SPIT

by Mary Batten ; illustrated by James Braithwaite

A lot to digest—but easy to chew, swallow, and regurgitate. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE TORNADO

    OCT. 1, 2019

CHILDREN'S

THE TORNADO

by Jake Burt

A satisfying tale of bullying redemption with a STEM twist. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THROUGH THE WATER CURTAIN

    OCT. 8, 2019

CHILDREN'S

THROUGH THE WATER CURTAIN

edited by Cornelia Funke

Denouncing past social norms, these tales are bewitching. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE BEST AT IT

    OCT. 8, 2019

CHILDREN'S

THE BEST AT IT

by Maulik Pancholy

This coming-of-age story about diverse characters coming to grips with their layered identities rings true. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE POISON EATERS

    OCT. 15, 2019

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE FOWL TWINS

    NOV. 5, 2019

CHILDREN'S

THE FOWL TWINS

by Eoin Colfer

Like its bestselling progenitors, a nonstop spinoff afroth with high tech, spectacular magic, and silly business. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE RABBITS' REBELLION

    NOV. 19, 2019

CHILDREN'S

THE RABBITS' REBELLION

by Ariel Dorfman ; illustrated by Chris Riddell

A wickedly funny allegory for today’s post-truth era. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    I, COSMO

    DEC. 24, 2019

CHILDREN'S

I, COSMO

by Carlie Sorosiak

Love might not last forever, but it can certainly teach an old dog new tricks. Full review >

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