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Gift Guide--Chapter Books ages 8-12

Chapter books for ages 8-12!

Maya and the Robot By Eve L. Ewing, Christine Almeda (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Eve L. Ewing, Christine Almeda (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984814630
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Published: Kokila - July 13th, 2021

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.


Sisters of the Neversea By Cynthia L. Smith Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062869975
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Published: Heartdrum - June 1st, 2021

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…


Starfish By Lisa Fipps Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984814500
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - March 9th, 2021

A Printz Honor winner!
 
Ellie is tired of being fat-shamed and does something about it in this poignant debut novel-in-verse.

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The Insiders By Mark Oshiro Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063008106
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Published: HarperCollins - September 21st, 2021

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.


Frankie & Bug By Gayle Forman Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534482531
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Published: Aladdin - October 12th, 2021

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


Fast Pitch By Nic Stone Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984893017
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - August 31st, 2021

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone comes a challenging and heartwarming coming-of-age story about a softball player looking to prove herself on and off the field.


Root Magic By Eden Royce Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062899576
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Published: Walden Pond Press - January 5th, 2021

“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.


Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) By B. B. Alston Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062975164
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 19th, 2021

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.


Too Small Tola By Atinuke, Onyinye Iwu (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Atinuke, Onyinye Iwu (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781536211276
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Published: Candlewick - March 2nd, 2021

Three delightful tales from a renowned Nigerian storyteller introduce a chapter-book heroine who is every bit as mighty as she is small.


Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey By Erin Entrada Kelly, Erin Entrada Kelly (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
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ISBN: 9780062970428
Published: Greenwillow Books - May 4th, 2021

“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


The Sea in Winter By Christine Day Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062872043
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Published: Heartdrum - January 5th, 2021

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.

It’s been a hard year for Maisie Cannon, ever since she hurt her leg and could not keep up with her ballet training and auditions.


Rez Dogs By Joseph Bruchac Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593326213
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Published: Dial Books - June 8th, 2021

****Four starred reviews!****
 
From the U.S.'s foremost Indigenous children's author comes a middle grade verse novel set during the COVID-19 pandemic, about a Wabanaki girl's quarantine on her grandparents' reservation and the local dog that becomes her best friend


Healer of the Water Monster By Brian Young Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062990402
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Published: Heartdrum - May 11th, 2021

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.


Finding Junie Kim By Ellen Oh Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062987983
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Published: HarperCollins - May 4th, 2021

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.


Ophie’s Ghosts By Justina Ireland Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062915894
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 18th, 2021

Winner, Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction! The New York Times bestselling author of Dread Nation makes her middle grade debut with a sweeping tale of the ghosts of our past that won’t stay buried, starring an unforgettable girl named Ophie.


Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood By Kwame Mbalia (Editor) Cover Image
By Kwame Mbalia (Editor)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593379936
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Published: Delacorte Press - August 3rd, 2021

THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • FIVE STARRED REVIEWS

Celebrate the joys of Black boyhood with stories from seventeen bestselling, critically acclaimed Black authors—including Jason Reynolds, Jerry Craft, and Kwame Mbalia.


Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic By Lilly Workneh (Editor), CaShawn Thompson (Foreword by), Jestine Ware (Text by), Diana Odero (Text by), Sonja Thomas (Text by), Lilly Workneh (Text by), Rebel Girls (Created by) Cover Image
By Lilly Workneh (Editor), CaShawn Thompson (Foreword by), Jestine Ware (Text by), Diana Odero (Text by), Sonja Thomas (Text by), Lilly Workneh (Text by), Rebel Girls (Created by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781953424044
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Published: Rebel Girls - September 28th, 2021

The latest installment in the New York Times bestselling Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series, featuring 100 barrier-breaking Black women and girls who showcase the spirit of Black Girl Magic.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic, edited by award-winning journalist Lilly Workneh with a foreword by #BlackGirlMagic originator Ca


This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us By Katherine Locke (Editor), Nicole Melleby (Editor) Cover Image
By Katherine Locke (Editor), Nicole Melleby (Editor)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593303948
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 19th, 2021

The first LGBTQA+ anthology for middle-graders featuring stories for every letter of the acronym, including realistic, fantasy, and sci-fi stories by authors like Justina Ireland, Marieke Nijkamp, Alex Gino, and more!


Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids By Cynthia L. Smith Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062869944
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Published: Heartdrum - February 9th, 2021

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.


Rick Riordan Presents The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities: New Stories About Mythic Heroes By Rick Riordan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368070836
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - September 28th, 2021

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents ten new stories--including one of his own--about beloved heroes that sprang from the imaginations of some of the best middle grade authors working today.


Home Sweet Forever Home (The Invincible Girls Club #1) By Rachele Alpine, Addy Rivera Sonda (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rachele Alpine, Addy Rivera Sonda (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781534475298
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Published: Aladdin - May 4th, 2021

Lauren and her three BFFs find creative ways to help shelter dogs get adopted in this first installment of the relatable and empowering The Invincible Girls Club chapter book series—featuring backmatter with profiles on real-life animal activists!

Lauren is a huge dog lover and is over-the-moon excited when she gets to go to the local shelter to read to the dogs.


Maya and the Rising Dark By Rena Barron Cover Image
$7.99
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ISBN: 9780358447696
Published: Clarion Books - August 17th, 2021

In this highly anticipated contemporary fantasy, twelve-year-old Maya’s search for her missing father puts her at the center of a battle between our world, the Orishas, and the mysterious and sinister Dark world.


Show Me a Sign (Scholastic Gold) By Ann Clare LeZotte Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781338255829
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 21st, 2021

Don't miss the companion book, Set Me Free

CRITICS ARE RAVING ABOUT SHOW ME A SIGN

Winner of the 2021 Schneider Family Book Award * NPR Best Books of 2020 * Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2020 * School Library Journal Best Books of 2020 * New York Public Library Best Books of 2020 * Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2020 * 202


Ways to Make Sunshine (A Ryan Hart Story) By Renée Watson, Nina Mata (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Renée Watson, Nina Mata (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781547606658
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - April 27th, 2021

From Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Renée Watson comes the first book in a young middle grade series about Ryan Hart, a girl who is pure spirit, kindness, and sunshine.


Clean Getaway By Nic Stone Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781984893000
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Published: Yearling - January 5th, 2021

From the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin comes a middle-grade road-trip story through American race relations past and present, perfect for fans of Jacqueline Woodson and Jason Reynolds.

How to Go on an Unplanned Road Trip with Your Grandma:
- Grab a Suitcase: Prepacked from the big spring break trip that got CANCELLED.


More to the Story By Hena Khan Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481492102
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - September 8th, 2020

From the critically acclaimed author of Amina’s Voice comes a new story inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic, Little Women, featuring four sisters from a modern American Muslim family living in Georgia.

When Jameela Mirza is picked to be feature editor of her middle school newspaper, she’s one step closer to being an award-winning journalist


The Moon Within (Scholastic Gold) By Aida Salazar Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338283389
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - May 5th, 2020

The dazzling story of a girl navigating friendship, family, and growing up, an Are You There God, It's Me Margaret? for the modern day, from debut author Aida Salazar.

****Four starred reviews!****

* "A worthy successor to Are You There God?


The Last Last-Day-of-Summer (A Legendary Alston Boys Adventure) By Lamar Giles, Dapo Adeola (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lamar Giles, Dapo Adeola (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780358244417
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Published: Versify - September 8th, 2020

"The Last Last-Day-of-Summer reminds me that all children deserve to exist in magical spaces where their imaginations and familial bonds will them into heroism. Every single child should have the freedom to be one of The Legendary Alstons.


Rick Riordan Presents Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (A Tristan Strong Novel, Book 1) By Kwame Mbalia Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781368042413
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - September 22nd, 2020

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Kwame Mbalia's epic fantasy, a middle grade American Gods set in a richly-imagined world populated with African American folk heroes and West African gods.


Rick Riordan Presents Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (A Sal and Gabi Novel, Book 1) By Carlos Hernandez Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781368023627
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - May 5th, 2020

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents a brilliant sci-fi romp with Cuban influence by Carlos Hernandez, winner of the 2020 Pura Belpré Award.


Rick Riordan Presents Dragon Pearl (A Thousand Worlds Novel Book 1) By Yoon Lee Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781368014748
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - January 7th, 2020

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Yoon Ha Lee's space opera about thirteen-year-old Min, who comes from a long line of fox spirits.

But you’d never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times.


Genesis Begins Again By Alicia D. Williams Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481465816
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 18th, 2020

“Reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.” —The New York Times

“One of the best books I have ever read…will live in the hearts of readers for the rest of their lives.” —Colby Sharp, founder of Nerdy Book Club

“An emotional, painful, yet still hopeful adolescent journey…one that needed