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Best Middle-Grade Books of 2014 for Readers Who Like Quirky

  • CHILDREN'S

    HE LAUGHED WITH HIS OTHER MOUTHS

    AUG. 5, 2014

CHILDREN'S

HE LAUGHED WITH HIS OTHER MOUTHS

by M.T. Anderson ; illustrated by Kurt Cyrus

Layered, beautiful, smart and achingly funny. In a word, brilliant. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    AUDREY (COW)

    NOV. 1, 2014

CHILDREN'S

AUDREY (COW)

by Dan Bar-el ; illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss

Part Great Escape, part Hatchet, part Charlotte’s Web, all wonderful. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    LOWRIDERS IN SPACE

    NOV. 4, 2014

  • CHILDREN'S

    ODD, WEIRD & LITTLE

    JAN. 28, 2014

CHILDREN'S

ODD, WEIRD & LITTLE

by Patrick Jennings

Jennings does not skip a beat as he builds realistic relationships and problem-solving around an outrageously funny premise. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    NINE OPEN ARMS

    JUNE 24, 2014

  • CHILDREN'S

    HOOVES OF FIRE

    JUNE 23, 2014

CHILDREN'S

HOOVES OF FIRE

by Denys Cazet ; illustrated by Denys Cazet

Another romp with nary a dull nor serious moment; welcome back, girls. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE KEY THAT SWALLOWED JOEY PIGZA

    SEPT. 2, 2014

  • CHILDREN'S

    LET'S GET CRACKING!

    JAN. 7, 2014

CHILDREN'S

LET'S GET CRACKING!

by Cyndi Marko ; illustrated by Cyndi Marko

“Ham and eggs!”—you don’t want to miss this! (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 5-7) Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    BIRDCATDOG

    NOV. 1, 2014

CHILDREN'S

BIRDCATDOG

by Lee Nordling ; illustrated by Meritxell Bosch

Stylish and inventive and an excellent examination of point of view. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE DAY MY FATHER BECAME A BUSH

    JAN. 1, 2014

CHILDREN'S

THE DAY MY FATHER BECAME A BUSH

by Joke van Leeuwen ; illustrated by Joke van Leeuwen ; translated by Bill Nagelkerke

A brilliant, eerily engrossing evocation of war as it brushes up against youth—a harsh slice of the world during a mean... Full review >

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