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Best Middle-Grade Books of 2019 Set in the Here and Now

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE NEXT GREAT PAULIE FINK

    APRIL 16, 2019

CHILDREN'S

THE NEXT GREAT PAULIE FINK

by Ali Benjamin

A book to make readers think, question, reach, laugh, and strive harder. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE MIGHTY HEART OF SUNNY ST. JAMES

    MARCH 26, 2019

CHILDREN'S

THE MIGHTY HEART OF SUNNY ST. JAMES

by Ashley Herring Blake

A sweet and gentle story of self-discovery and a beautiful addition to the growing genre of middle-grade realism featuring... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    LETY OUT LOUD

    FEB. 26, 2019

CHILDREN'S

LETY OUT LOUD

by Angela Cervantes

A touching story about the power of language, pets, and friendship. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    A STORY ABOUT CANCER (WITH A HAPPY ENDING)

    JAN. 29, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

A STORY ABOUT CANCER (WITH A HAPPY ENDING)

by India Desjardins ; illustrated by Marianne Ferrer ; translated by Solange Ouellet

Visually dreamlike, textually grounded: a deft balance proving that a single-issue exploration needn’t be formulaic or dry. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    FOCUSED

    MARCH 26, 2019

CHILDREN'S

FOCUSED

by Alyson Gerber

An accurate and compassionate picture of growing up with ADHD is the icing on the cake of this well-told novel Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    DEAR SWEET PEA

    OCT. 1, 2019

CHILDREN'S

DEAR SWEET PEA

by Julie Murphy

An excellent blend of eccentricity, humor, genuine sweetness, and mild drama Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    A GOOD KIND OF TROUBLE

    MARCH 12, 2019

CHILDREN'S

A GOOD KIND OF TROUBLE

by Lisa Moore Ramée

A timely, funny, and unforgettable debut about friendship, facing your fears, and standing up for what’s right. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    LOOK BOTH WAYS

    OCT. 8, 2019

CHILDREN'S

LOOK BOTH WAYS

by Jason Reynolds ; illustrated by Alexander Nabaum

The entire collection brims with humor, pathos, and the heroic struggle to grow up. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    PAY ATTENTION, CARTER JONES

    FEB. 19, 2019

  • CHILDREN'S

    ROLL WITH IT

    OCT. 1, 2019

CHILDREN'S

ROLL WITH IT

by Jamie Sumner

An honest, emotionally rich take on disability, family, and growing up. Full review >

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