Staff Picks - Middle Grade

For 8 to 12 year olds — ready for longer reads with fewer pictures.

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George (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545812573
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 25th, 2017

Lovingly told story of a transgender girl and her class play, “Charlotte's Web.” George’s story is told gently and honestly about how hard, scary, and incredible lonely it is to feel different – a theme anyone of any age or identity can relate to. This book is a great entryway to talking about kindness and inclusion - Francesca Acocella


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By Trenton Lee Stewart, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316003957
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 2008

For ages 10 - 14: Mystery abounds in this delectably fun book about a secret society of highly intelligent children. Once you start book one you will definitely want to finish the series. I couldn’t stop reading them once I started. - Quentin


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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440420477
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Published: Yearling - March 13th, 2007

The four Penderwicks summer in Cameron, ME, where they encounter Jeffrey, his evil mother, two rabbits and countless adventures in this modern Little Women. Simply heartwarming and fun! - Jolie


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The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780805080483
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Published: Square Fish - May 16th, 2006

The book that started my love affair with the fantasy genre. A boy chases the prized family pig into an enchanted wood. On his quest to find the pig he uncovers a plot by the evil Horned King and must warn the people of his kingdom. First in a trilogy, so if you like it, you don’t need to even think about what you will read next! - Dustyn


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The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog Cover Image
By Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525426165
Availability: Currently sold out, can usually be ready for pick-up or shipping in 2-5 business days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2016

Told through “illuminated” pages, like an actual medieval manuscript, this book is made up of many tales about three extraordinary children. Each narrator is unique, from the nun to the jongleur. Historical detail (6 years of research!), witty dialogue, and miraculous feats keep the pages flying by. Can Jeanne, William, and Jacob defy demons, crazy monks, and the king of France himself? – Maggie


A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning Cover Image
By Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780061146305
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Published: HarperCollins - May 8th, 2007

A truly wonderful series, Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler) uses wit and melancholy to chronicle the lives of the resourceful Baudelaire orphans. Both tragic and tragically funny, this is perfect for expanding vocabulary in middle grade - Andy


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By Andrew Clements, Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780689818769
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - February 1998

My favorite school story of all time. One smart kid takes on a smart teacher in a battle of wits and what it means for a word to be “real.” - Nick


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The Crossover (The Crossover Series) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544107717
Availability: Currently sold out, can usually be ready for pick-up or shipping in 2-5 business days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 18th, 2014

Poetry for people who don’t like poetry. Sports for people who don’t like sports. A book for people who don’t like to read. A book for people who LOVE to read. This Newbury winner about family and basketball is all of these and more. - Nick


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The Gregor the Overlander (Scholastic Gold) (The Underland Chronicles #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780439678131
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 25th, 2013

I always like these action-packed books better than her Hunger Games series. Sort of like Harry Potter, but instead of Hogwarts a boy discovers a secret, dangerous, underground world. - Nick


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The Enormous Egg Cover Image
$7.00
ISBN: 9780316119207
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1993

A little like Charlotte’s Web in era and feel but more satirical, political, and hilarious. A triceratops hatches in a chicken coop in Freedom, New Hampshire. Hucksterism ensues. Kids 8 - 12 love this book. And so do I. - Kate