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Cover: A Calf Named Brian Higgins: An Adventure in Rural Kenya

A Calf Named Brian Higgins

Thirteen-year-old Hannah Higgins is convinced her summer is ruined when she is forced to travel to Africa and work in a remote village in Kenya with her mom and uncle. Never having been to a developing country, she finds the food gross and the community filthy. She has to live without… View →

 
Cover: Seventh Grade vs. the Galaxy

Adventures of the PSS 118

Life aboard the PSS 118, a public school spaceship orbiting Jupiter, has never been stellar for Jack. But when he accidentally activates a brand-new light speed engine and transports the ship across the galaxy, middle school gets a whole lot more complicated.… View →

 
Cover: AfterMath

AfterMath

“This book is a gift to the culture.” —Amy Schumer, writer, actor, and activist After her brother’s death from a congenital heart defect, twelve-year-old Lucy is not prepared to be the new kid at school—especially in a grade full of… View →

 
Cover: A Long Way from Home

A Long Way from Home

Twelve-year-old Abby has a lot to worry about: Climate change. The news. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. And now moving to Florida for her mom’s new job at an aerospace company. On the Space Coast, Abby meets two boys, Adam and Bix, who tell her… View →

 
Cover: Amelia's Middle-School Graduation Yearbook

Amelia's Middle-School Graduation Yearbook

Amelia is excited to graduate from middle school, but she’s nervous about starting high school, especially when she finds out she won’t have her best friend, Carly, with her. In her graduation yearbook, drawings and “photos” nostalgically recap her earlier years… View →

 
Cover: A Pocketful of Stars

A Pocketful of Stars

Safiya and her mother have never seen eye to eye. Her mother doesn’t understand Safiya’s love of gaming, and shy Safiya doesn’t think she has anything in common with her vibrant, sometimes volatile mother. But when her mother falls into a coma,… View →

 
Cover: Artie and the Wolf Moon

Artie and the Wolf Moon

“A heartfelt, magical family drama you can really sink your teeth into.” —Nilah Magruder, M.F.K. After sneaking out against her mother’s wishes, Artie Irvin spots a massive wolf—then watches it don a bathrobe and transform into her mom. Thrilled to… View →

 
Cover: A Time Traveler's Theory of Relativity

A Time Traveler's Theory of Relativity

He believes in science, but only magic can help his mom. Twelve-year-old Finn is used to people in his family disappearing. His twin sister, Faith, drowned when they were three years old. A few months ago, his mom abandoned him and his dad with no… View →

 
Cover: Building a Team: A Baseball Buddies Story

Baseball Buddies

Meet the Baseball Buddies, a diverse group of young boys and girls who come together to form a baseball team. Each team member has their unique strengths and personalities. With the help of their enthusiastic coach, Coach Joe, they embark on an exciting journey to View →

 
Cover: Searching for Lucky #3002

Ben and Blue

This mystery series contemplates important themes of our time. The inaugural title explores the topic of third-party reproduction, by which 30,000 – 60,000 children are born each year. It is the first novel to represent young readers of this demographic in a… View →

 
Cover: Benno and the Night of Broken Glass

Benno and the Night of Broken Glass

Benno was the neighborhood’s favorite cat. During the week, he napped in a sunny corner of Mitzi Stein’s dress shop and begged scrapped from Moshe the butcher. But one night in Berlin, the Nazis changed everything. Life would never be the same. … View →

 
Cover: Blood Diaries: Tales of a 6th-Grade Vampire

Blood Diaries

Middle school is tough enough for normal humans, but when you’re a vampire, it’s even more challenging. Edgar rises to the occasion with wit, humor, and some help from his friends. View →

 
Cover: Building a Team: A Baseball Buddies Story

Building a Team

When Luis joins his new baseball team, the Manatees, things seem pretty hopeless at first. Some of his new teammates—including “loud and obnoxious” home-run slugger Jimmie—are mean to him or to each other. His new coach doesn’t tell the players… View →

 
Cover: Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship

Can I Touch Your Hair?

Two poets, one white and one black, explore race and childhood in this must-have collection tailored to provoke thought and conversation. How can Irene and Charles work together on their fifth grade poetry project? They don’t know each… View →

 
Cover: Cardslinger

Cardslinger

“An epic quest full of action and mystery. A big adventure with a big heart, Cardslinger is aces!” —Michael Northrop, New York Times bestselling author of the TombQuest series It’s 1881, and a newfangled card game called… View →

 
Cover: The Drained Brains Caper: Book 1

Chicagoland Detective Agency

Raf Hernandez knows Megan is odd from the moment she walks into his mom’s pet supply store asking for a tarantula. That’s weird, but in Chicagoland, weird things happen several times a day. Megan Yamamura is a vegetarian manga-reading haiku artist, and she doesn’t fit… View →

 
Cover: The Beautiful Game

Cody Trilogy

Thirteen-year-old Cody Dorsett is recovering from cancer and wants a normal life, and that includes soccer. Stuck on the bench and bullied as the new, bald kid, Cody has to find a way to prove himself as a Striker. The Beautiful Game challenges Cody to fight for what he View →

 
Cover: Coyote's Soundbite: A Poem for Our Planet

Coyote's Soundbite

A rip-roaring poem about protecting our planet, told through the eyes of Coyote the trickster. Excitement spreads like wildfire through the jungle. Earth-goddesses are planning a conference! From Australia to Antarctica, Amazon to Africa,… View →

 
Cover: Go Free or Die: A Story about Harriet Tubman

Creative Minds Biographies

Meet some of the world’s most creative minds! Written in story format, these episodic biographies give clear, straightforward accounts of historical figures’ lives. Each true story is accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. View →

 
Cover: Crunch and Crack, Oink and Whack!: An Onomatopoeia Story

Crunch and Crack, Oink and Whack!

Rhyming verse from Brian P. Cleary presents the fictional Clip-Clop Elementary School’s celebration of “Onomatopoeia Day.” Enthusiastic young students make their way from band room (Rattle! Boom! Twang!) to the gym (Whiff! Whack! Swish!) to the science View →

 
Cover: Cruzita and the Mariacheros

Cruzita and the Mariacheros

Cruzita is going to be a pop star. All she has to do is win a singing contest at her favorite theme park and get famous. But she can’t go to the theme park this summer. Instead, she has to help out at her family’s bakery, which has been struggling ever since Tío Chuy… View →

 
Cover: Dappled Annie and the Tigrish

Dappled Annie and the Tigrish

A beautiful story of nature, family, bravery, and a touch of something magical. There are faces in the hedge at the end of the garden, and a nest of tiny fantails, and that’s where nine-year-old Annie gets to play one hot summer while her father works up at the lighthouse. One… View →

 
Cover: The Deadening: Book 1

Dead Max Comix

Middle school can be a survival of “fitting-in,” at best. In Dead Max Comix, Derrick discovers that his secrets aren’t really unusual. This series offers a light-hearted touch at accepting yourself and finding your own “pack.” View →

 
Cover: Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z

Dictionary for a Better World

How can we make the world a better place? This inspiring resource for middle-grade readers is organized as a dictionary; each entry presents a word related to creating a better world, such as ally, empathy, or respect. For each word, there is a… View →