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New Middle Grade & YA Fiction

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 8 to 100
  • Grade: 3 to 17
tagged: middle grade fiction, spring 2021, YA fiction
Picture this: The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. Your classroom is blissfully quiet. Everyone is wrapped up in a book.  Finding the right book for the right student is an art form. When it’s done well—magic happens. See our recommendations for new middle grade and YA books your students won’t be able to stop reading.

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My Indian

by Mi'sel Joe & Sheila O'Neill
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 10 to 13
tagged: native canadian, pre-confederation (to 1867), chapter books

In 1822, William Epps Cormack sought the expertise of a guide who could lead him across Newfoundland in search of the last remaining Beothuk camps on the island. In his journals, Cormack refers to his guide only as “My Indian.”
Now, almost two hundred years later, Mi’sel Joe and Sheila O’Neill reclaim the story of Sylvester Joe, the Mi’ …

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Road Allowance Era

by Katherena Vermette, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson & Donovan Yaciuk
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 9
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, coming of age, prejudice & racism, action & adventure, canada, girls & women, orphans & foster homes

In Road Allowance Era, Echo’s story picks up again when she travels back in time to 1885.

The Manitoba Act’s promise of land for the Métis has gone unfulfilled, and many Métis flee to the Northwest. As part of the fallout from the Northwest Resistance, their advocate and champion Louis Riel is executed. As new legislation corrodes Métis land …

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The Forest of Stolen Girls

by June Hur
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 13
tagged: mysteries & detective stories

Suspenseful and richly atmospheric, June Hur'sThe Forest of Stolen Girlsis a haunting historical mystery sure to keep readers guessing until the last page.
1426, Joseon (Korea).Hwani's family has never been the same since she and her younger sister went missing and were later found unconscious in the forest near a gruesome crime scene.
Years later …

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The Life and Deaths of Frankie D.

by Colleen Nelson
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: contemporary, paranormal, occult & supernatural, magical realism

A fantastical novel from award-winning author Colleen Nelson, about a hundred-year-old side show and a girl with no past.

Frankie doesn’t trust easily. Not others and not even herself. Found in an alley when she was a child, she has no memory of who she is or why she was left there. Recurring dreams about a hundred-year-old carnival side show, a p …

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The Case of the Burgled Bundle: A Mighty Muskrats Mystery: Book 3

by Michael Hutchinson
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: native canadian, mysteries & detective stories

The National Assembly of Cree Peoples has gathered together in the Windy Lake First Nation, home to the Mighty Muskrats—cousins Chickadee, Atim, Otter, and Sam. But when the treaty bundle, the center of a four-day-long ceremony, is taken, the four mystery-solving cousins set out to catch those responsible and help protect Windy Lake’s reputatio …

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Cuckoo's Flight

by Wendy Orr
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 6
tagged: prehistory, horses, greek & roman, special needs

A new gripping Bronze Age story from Wendy Orr, internationally acclaimed author of Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance

Clio can’t remember a time when she didn’t share a bond with the mare Grey Girl. On the whole island of Crete, she and her Trojan-born father are the only people who raise and ride horses—and she couldn’t live without it. …

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Birdspell

by Valerie Sherrard
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: depression & mental illness, parents, birds

Corbin Hayes has felt alone for as long as he can remember. His mom’s illness means lost jobs, constant moves, new schools and friendships that never get to grow. There’s a gap in his life that’s been waiting to be filled.

So, when a classmate offers Corbin the talking bird she can no longer keep, he’s stoked.

But when things begin to spira …

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Some Other Now

by Sarah Everett
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: alternative family

This Is Usfor teens, this luminous and heartbreaking contemporary novel follows a girl caught between two brothers as the three of them navigate family, loss, and love over the course of two summers. For fans ofFar From the Tree,Emergency Contact,and Nina LaCour.

Before she kissed one of the Cohen boys, seventeen-year-old Jessi Rumfield knew what it …