Trying to keep your kids hooked on reading? Or keep up? These best new middle school books of the year are going to hook your readers!
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Best New Middle School Books
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle: National Book Award Finalist * Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2018 * 2019-2020 Nebraska Golden Sower Award * Amazon Best Books of 2018 * Kirkus Best of Children’s 2018 * New York Public Library Best Books 2018 * Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books 2018 * 2018 Nerdy Book Club Middle Grade Winner
Both Mason and his new friend, tiny Calvin Chumsky, are relentlessly bullied by the other boys in their neighborhood, so they create an underground club space for themselves. When Calvin goes missing, Mason finds himself in trouble again. He’s desperate to figure out what happened to Calvin, and eventually, Benny. But will anyone believe him?
The Season of Styx Malone: Caleb Franklin and his big brother Bobby Gene are excited to have adventures in the woods behind their house. But Caleb dreams of venturing beyond their ordinary small town. Then Caleb and Bobby Gene meet new neighbor Styx Malone. Styx has secrets–secrets so big they could ruin everything.
Willa of the Wood: From Robert Beatty, the author of the award-winning Serafina books! Set in 1900 in the Great Smoky Mountains, it’s the story of an orphaned girl–gentle of heart, but brimming with the ancient forest powers of her people–who must struggle to survive in a changing world.
The Burning Maze (Trials of Apollo, The Book Three): The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg.
Louisiana’s Way Home: From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo comes a story of discovering who you are — and deciding who you want to be. Louisiana Elefante’s granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately. Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return.
Harbor Me: Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature! Jacqueline Woodson’s first middle-grade novel since National Book Award winner Brown Girl Dreaming celebrates the healing that can occur when a group of students share their stories.
The Night Diary: In the vein of Inside Out and Back Again and The War That Saved My Life comes a poignant, personal, and hopeful tale of India’s partition, and of one girl’s journey to find a new home in a divided country. Told through Nisha’s letters to her mother, The Night Diary is a heartfelt story of one girl’s search for home, for her own identity…and for a hopeful future.
Endling #1: The Last: Building on the success of her critically acclaimed novels The One and Only Ivan, Crenshaw, and Wishtree, while also returning to her action-packed fantasy roots of Animorphs, the Endling series is Katherine Applegate at her finest. Enthralling characters, a unique setting and a gripping adventure!
The Journey of Little Charlie: National Book Award Finalist. Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis brings his trademark humor and heart to this story of a boy struggling to do right in the face of history’s cruelest evils.
Aru Shah and the End of Time: Twelve-year-old Aru Shah, who has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. One day, schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it.
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor): The captivating and heart-pounding sequel to the New York Times bestselling and #1 Kids’ Indie Next Pick Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, as heroine Morrigan battles a new evil.
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster: Sweep is the story of a girl and her monster. Together, these two outcasts carve out a new life—saving each other in the process. Lyrically told by one of today’s most powerful storytellers, Sweep is a heartrending adventure about the everlasting gifts of friendship and wonder.
Amal Unbound: The compelling story of a girl’s fight to regain her life and dreams after being forced into indentured servitude.
Blended: Eleven-year-old Isabella’s blended family is more divided than ever in this thoughtful story about divorce and racial identity from the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Out of My Mind, Sharon M. Draper.
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl: An NPR Book of the Year * A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. A lightning strike gave her a super power…but even a super genius can’t solve the problem of middle school. A celebration of friendship, Stacy McAnulty’s smart and thoughtful middle-grade debut reminds us all to get out of our comfort zones and embrace what makes us different.
Front Desk: Mia Tang has a lot of secrets. It will take all of Mia’s courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?
Begone the Raggedy Witches (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book One): When witches kidnap her dad, Mup is swept up in a wild tide of magic that carries her to another world. Can she reunite her family and find her way back?
Rebound (The Crossover Series): From the New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander comes Rebound, a dynamic novel in verse and companion to his Newbery Award-winner, The Crossover, illustrated with striking graphic novel panels.
The House in Poplar Wood: Simultaneously heartwarming and delightfully spooky, The House in Poplar Wood is a story about a boy’s desire to be free, a girl’s desire to make a difference, and a family’s desire to be together again.
Hope in The Holler: The poignant–and funny–story of a girl trying to be brave and find her place in the world after she’s sent to live with scheming relatives.
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