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Gift Guide--Chapter Books ages 8-12

Chapter books for ages 8-12!

Witchlings By Claribel A. Ortega Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338745528
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 5th, 2022

An instant New York Times Bestseller! Disney's The Owl House meets Nevermoor, in a brilliant new adventure from Claribel A.


The Marvellers (Marvellerverse #1) By Dhonielle Clayton, Khadijah Khatib (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250174949
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 3rd, 2022

Dhonielle Clayton makes her middle-grade debut with a fantasy adventure set in a global magic school in the sky an instant New York Times and #1 Indie Bestseller!

"The Marvellers deserves the highest compliment I can give a book: I want to live in this world." —Rick Riordan, #1 New York Times bestselling–author


Valentina Salazar is not a Monster Hunter By Zoraida Córdova Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338712711
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 28th, 2022

“Monsters, mayhem, and a little family magic will have readers rooting for Valentina!” -- Kwame Mbalia, New York Times bestselling author

It takes a special person to end up in detention on the last day of school.

It takes a REALLY special person to accidentally burn down the school yard while chasing a fire-breathing chipmunk.

But nothing about Val


You Only Live Once, David Bravo By Mark Oshiro Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063008151
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Published: HarperCollins - September 20th, 2022

From Mark Oshiro, award-winning author of The Insiders, this time-bending adventure is perfect for fans of Sal and Gabi Break the Universe and When You Reach Me.


Alice Austen Lived Here By Alex Gino Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338733891
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 7th, 2022

From the award-winning author of George, a phenomenal novel about queerness past, present, and future.

Sam is very in touch with their own queer identity. They're nonbinary, and their best friend, TJ, is nonbinary as well. Sam's family is very cool with it...


New from Here By Kelly Yang Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534488304
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2022

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller!

This “timely and compelling” (Kirkus Reviews) middle grade novel about courage, hope, and resilience follows an Asian American boy fighting to keep his family together and stand up to racism during the initial outbreak of the coronavirus.

When the coronavirus hits Hong Kong, ten-year-old Knox Wei-Evans&


Anisa's International Day By Reem Faruqi Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063206236
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Published: HarperCollins - September 20th, 2022

From the award-winning author of Unsettled, meet Anisa, the adorable Pakistani American heroine of this irresistible younger middle grade novel about a girl who introduces her class to the art of mehndi for International Day.


Golden Girl By Reem Faruqi Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063044753
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Published: HarperCollins - February 22nd, 2022

From the award-winning, ALA Notable author of Unsettled and Lailah’s Lunchbox, this is a captivating coming-of-age middle grade novel in verse about seventh grader Aafiyah Qamar, a Pakistani American girl who hatches a special plan to help her family but finds that doing what’s right isn’t always easy.


The Vanquishers By Kalynn Bayron Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781547609772
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - September 20th, 2022

In the world of the Vanquishers, vampires were history . . . until now.

"A sharp vampire tale full of bite, heart, and humor." --Rena Barron, author of the Maya and the Rising Dark series

"Boog and her friends will capture your heart in an instant." --Mark Oshiro, author of The Insiders


Maizy Chen's Last Chance By Lisa Yee Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984830258
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 1st, 2022

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • Twelve year-old Maizy discovers her family’s Chinese restaurant is full of secrets in this irresistible novel that celebrates food, fortune, and family.

Welcome to the Golden Palace!


Eden's Everdark By Karen Strong Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781665904476
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2022

Hailed by Newbery winner Kelly Barnhill as “stunning, moving, and marvelously strange,” this tale of a young girl who stumbles into a magical realm ruled by a wicked witch is a haunting and ultimately uplifting middle grade novel about grief, family, and decades-old magic.

Still grieving the loss of her mother, Eden visits Safina Island, her ancestral home, as a healing b


Ruby Finley vs. the Interstellar Invasion By K. Tempest Bradford Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374388799
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 27th, 2022

Ruby Finley vs. the Interstellar Invasion is a backyard adventure-mystery by debut children’s author K. Tempest Bradford, perfect for fans of Clean Getaway, The Last Last Day of Summer, and Sideways School.


Lotus Bloom and the Afro Revolution By Sherri Winston Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781547608461
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - September 6th, 2022

From the beloved author of President of the Whole Fifth Grade, a story about a young Black girl who summons the courage to fight against a discriminatory dress code--and stand up for herself.

Lotus Bloom just wants to express herself--with her violin, her retro style, and her peaceful vibe, not to mention her fabulous hair.


Futureland: Battle for the Park By H.D. Hunter, Khadijah Khatib (Illustrator) Cover Image
By H.D. Hunter, Khadijah Khatib (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593479421
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - November 8th, 2022

When an extraordinary flying theme park arrives above Atlanta, one boy must stop a sinister force from stealing the park's tech and taking over the world. An electrifying illustrated series with the Afrofuturism of Black Panther that took the world by storm. Perfect for fans of Spider-Man: Miles Morales.


King and the Dragonflies (Scholastic Gold) By Kacen Callender Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781338129342
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - May 3rd, 2022

A 2021 Coretta Scott King Honor Book!

Winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Young People's Literature!

Winner of the 2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and Poetry!


Moonflower By Kacen Callender Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338636598
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 6th, 2022

Kacen Callender, National Book Award winner of King and the Dragonflies, delivers a stunning novel that invites readers into a child’s struggles with mental health, and their journey to wholeness.

Moon’s depression is overwhelming. Therapy doesn’t help, and Moon is afraid that their mom hates them because they’re sad.


Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) By B. B. Alston Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062975171
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 4th, 2022

New York Times bestseller!

Artemis Fowl meets Men in Black in this exhilarating debut middle grade fantasy, the first in a trilogy filled with #blackgirlmagic. Perfect for fans of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, the Percy Jackson series, and Nevermoor.


Healer of the Water Monster By Brian Young Cover Image
$7.99
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ISBN: 9780062990419
Published: Heartdrum - May 3rd, 2022

American Indian Youth Literature Award Winner: Best Middle Grade Book! Brian Young’s powerful debut novel tells of a seemingly ordinary Navajo boy who must save the life of a Water Monster—and comes to realize he’s a hero at heart.


Last Gate of the Emperor By Kwame Mbalia, Prince Joel Makonnen Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781338665901
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - June 7th, 2022

From Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel David Makonnen comes an Afrofuturist adventure about a mythical Ethiopian empire. Sci-fi and fantasy combine in this epic journey to the stars.

Yared Heywat lives an isolated life in Addis Prime -- a hardscrabble city with rundown tech, lots of rules, and not much to do. His worrywart Uncle Moti and bionic lioness Besa are his only family...


Omar Rising By Aisha Saeed Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593108581
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - February 1st, 2022

“Irresistibly appealing and genuinely inspiring—a story that helps us to see the world more clearly, and to see ourselves as powerful enough to change it.” —Rebecca Stead, author of Newbery Award Winner When You Reach Me


The Shape of Thunder By Jasmine Warga Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062956682
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 3rd, 2022

An extraordinary new novel from Jasmine Warga, Newbery Honor–winning author of Other Words for Home, about loss and healing—and how friendship can be magical.

Cora hasn’t spoken to her best friend, Quinn, in a year.


Sisters of the Neversea By Cynthia L. Smith Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062869982
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Published: Heartdrum - May 3rd, 2022

Five starred reviews! In this beautifully reimagined story by NSK Neustadt Laureate and New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee Creek), Native American Lily and English Wendy embark on a high-flying journey of magic, adventure, and courage to a fairy-tale island known as Neverland…


Melissa (previously published as GEORGE) By Alex Gino Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338843415
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 19th, 2022

BE WHO YOU ARE.

When people look at Melissa, they think they see a boy named George. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.

Melissa thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. Melissa really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte.


Zara's Rules for Record-Breaking Fun By Hena Khan, Wastana Haikal (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Hena Khan, Wastana Haikal (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781534497580
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - April 19th, 2022

From the beloved author of Amina’s Voice comes the first book in a humor-filled middle grade series starring a young Muslim girl with an endless list of hobbies who searches for ways to maximize fun for her family and neighborhood friends.


Prairie Lotus By Linda Sue Park Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780358454632
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Published: Clarion Books - March 22nd, 2022

Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multilayered novel about a girl determined to fit in and realize her dreams: getting an education, becoming a dressmaker in her father’s shop, and making at least one friend.


Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids By Cynthia L. Smith Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062869951
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Published: Heartdrum - February 8th, 2022

Edited by award-winning and bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith, this collection of intersecting stories by both new and veteran Native writers bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride.

Native families from Nations across the continent gather at the Dance for Mother Earth Powwow in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Root Magic By Eden Royce Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062899590
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Published: Walden Pond Press - April 5th, 2022

“A poignant, necessary entry into the children’s literary canon, Root Magic brings to life the history and culture of Gullah people while highlighting the timeless plight of Black Americans.


Maya and the Robot By Eve L. Ewing, Christine Almeda (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Eve L. Ewing, Christine Almeda (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781984814654
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Published: Kokila - May 3rd, 2022

From award-winning author Eve L. Ewing comes an illustrated middle grade novel about a forgotten homemade robot who comes to life just when aspiring fifth-grade scientist Maya needs a friend -- and a science fair project.


That Thing about Bollywood By Supriya Kelkar Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781534466746
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2022

Bollywood takes over in this “effervescent” (Booklist) and magical middle grade novel about an Indian American girl whose world turns upside down when she involuntarily starts bursting into glamorous song-and-dance routines during everyday life.

You know how in Bollywood when people are in love, they sing and dance from the mountaintops?


Finding Junie Kim By Ellen Oh Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062987990
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Published: HarperCollins - May 3rd, 2022

For fans of Inside Out and Back Again and Amina’s Voice comes breathtaking story of family, hope, and survival from Ellen Oh, cofounder of We Need Diverse Books. When Junie Kim is faced with middle school racism, she learns of her grandparents’ extraordinary strength and finds her voice.


The Insiders By Mark Oshiro Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780063008113
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Published: HarperCollins - August 23rd, 2022

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year * An ALA Rainbow Book List Top 10 Title for Young Readers

Three kids who don’t belong. A room that shouldn’t exist. A year that will change everything.


Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey By Erin Entrada Kelly, Erin Entrada Kelly (Illustrator) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062970435
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 3rd, 2022

“Utterly endearing!” —Annie Barrows, New York Times-bestselling author of the Ivy + Bean books

“Hilarious and heart-melting.” —Sara Pennypacker, New York Times–bestselling author of Pax


We Dream of Space By Erin Entrada Kelly Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062747310
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 22nd, 2022

A Newbery Honor Book • BookPage Best Books • Chicago Public Library Best Fiction • Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee • Horn Book Fanfare • New York Times Notable Children’s Book • School Library Journal Best Book • Today Show Pick • An ALA Notable Book


The Sea in Winter By Christine Day Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062872050
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Published: Heartdrum - January 4th, 2022

American Indian Youth Literature Award: Middle Grade Honor Book! In this evocative and heartwarming novel for readers who loved The Thing About Jellyfish, the author of I Can Make This Promise tells the story of a Native American girl struggling to find her joy again.


Frankie & Bug By Gayle Forman Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781534482548
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Published: Aladdin - October 25th, 2022

“Joyful, occasionally heartbreaking, deeply moving.” —R. J.


Rez Dogs By Joseph Bruchac Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780593326220
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Published: Dial Books - June 7th, 2022

Renowned author Joseph Bruchac tells a powerful story of a girl who learns more about her Penacook heritage while sheltering in place with her grandparents during the coronavirus pandemic.