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Best Middle-Grade Fantasy & Science Fiction of 2020

  • CHILDREN'S

    EVA EVERGREEN

    AUG. 4, 2020

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE WATER BEARS

    APRIL 21, 2020

CHILDREN'S

THE WATER BEARS

by Kim Baker

Both a whimsy-soaked journey of self-discovery and a successful exploration of the tough reality of recovering from trauma. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    MAYA AND THE RISING DARK

    SEPT. 22, 2020

CHILDREN'S

MAYA AND THE RISING DARK

by Rena Barron

A truly #BlackGirlMagic, cloudy-day, curl-up kind of book. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    GIRL GIANT AND THE MONKEY KING

    DEC. 1, 2020

CHILDREN'S

GIRL GIANT AND THE MONKEY KING

by Van Hoang ; illustrated by Nguyen Quang & Kim Lien

At its core, a tale of magic and family strongly grounded in contemporary reality. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    PAOLA SANTIAGO AND THE RIVER OF TEARS

    AUG. 4, 2020

CHILDREN'S

PAOLA SANTIAGO AND THE RIVER OF TEARS

by Tehlor Kay Mejia

A new hero’s fantastic and fantastical debut—her next appearance can’t come soon enough. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    RACE TO THE SUN

    JAN. 14, 2020

CHILDREN'S

RACE TO THE SUN

by Rebecca Roanhorse

Native readers will see themselves as necessary heroes while readers of all walks will want to be their accomplices. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE BARREN GROUNDS

    SEPT. 8, 2020

CHILDREN'S

THE BARREN GROUNDS

by David A. Robertson

This middle-grade fantasy deftly and compellingly centers Indigenous culture. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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