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Alice Fleck's Recipes for Disaster

by Rachelle Delaney
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: cooking & food, friendship, mysteries & detective stories

When Alice agreed to appear in a reality cooking show with her father, she had no idea she'd find herself in the middle of a mystery! Will Alice and her new friends be able to save the show? A light-hearted and funny middle grade novel for fans of Rebecca Stead and Linda Mulally Hunt.

Alice Fleck's father is a culinary historian, and for as long as …

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Unplugged

by Gordon Korman
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, humorous stories, friendship

King of middle-grade Gordon Korman’s new standalone novel full of mystery, humour, friendship . . . and alligators! Now in paperback.

 

Jett Baranov is Silicon Valley’s number one spoiled brat. The son of a billionaire tech genius, he has everything money can buy, which means he’s in the habit of getting into a lot of trouble. When one of his s …

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Shadow Grave

by Marina Cohen
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: horror & ghost stories

Tuck Everlasting meets The Village in this delightfully eerie middle grade novel about a boy trapped in a strange town where secrets turn deadly and the unnatural lurks in the night. Twelve-year-old Arlo is afraid of fire, creepy TV shows, and even his own shadow—but most of all, he’s afraid of losing his mother to the disease that nearly claimed …

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The Secret Diary of Mona Hasan

by Salma Hussain
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: humorous stories, diversity & multicultural, emigration & immigration

Mona learns to find her voice over the course of a year that sees her immigrating from Dubai to Canada in this novel for fans of Front Desk by Kelly Yang.

Mona Hasan is a young Muslim girl growing up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, when the first Gulf War breaks out in 1991. The war isn’t what she expects — “We didn’t even get any days off …

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Shout Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts

by Esta Spalding, illustrated by Lee Gatlin
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: siblings, homelessness & poverty, humorous stories

The third book in a Dahl-esque middle-grade series by award-winning poet and screenwriter Esta Spalding.

The plucky Fitzgerald-Trout siblings (who live on a tropical island where the grown-ups are useless but the kids can drive) are back! After losing the boat that had become their home, oldest Fitzgerald-Trout, Kim, has put finding a home back on …

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The Tales of Dwipa

by Prajwala Dixit, illustrated by Duncan Major
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 6
tagged: diversity & multicultural, adaptations, prejudice & racism

Through a framework of traditional tales, fantastic creatures struggle with issues of marginalization, opening discussion for parents and children in an accessible form.

The Tales Of Dwipa is a collection of short stories adapted from the Panchatantra, a collection of simple, engaging, and interrelated animal tales penned by Pandit Vishnu Sharma in …

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Peter Lee's Notes from the Field

by Angela Ahn, illustrated by Julie Kwon
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: humorous stories, diversity & multicultural, multigenerational

Eleven-year-old Peter Lee has one goal in life: to become a paleontologist. But in one summer, that all falls apart. Told in short, accessible journal entries and combining the humor of Timmy Failure with the poignant family dynamics of Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Peter Lee will win readers' hearts.

Eleven year-old Peter Lee has one goal in life: to become …

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A Bend in the Breeze

by Valerie Sherrard
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: survival stories, paranormal

When eleven-year-old Pascale Chardon finds herself on a lifeboat drifting toward an uncharted island with no memory of how she got there, all she wants is to get back to her family. The islanders, however, have a different objective.

For many decades, the islanders have been anticipating the arrival of someone foretold only as the Long Awaited. The …

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Bee & Flea and the Compost Caper

by Anna Humphrey, illustrated by Mike Deas
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 3 to 12
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, recycling & green living, insects, spiders, etc., humorous stories

Unlikely bug buddies bring the science of compost heaps to life

Bee is spending another beautiful, boring day pollinating flowers in the backyard when a visitor named Flea gallops onto the scene on a dog’s back. Flea is the one and only agent of the Fenced-in-Area Law Enforcement Agency (the F.L.E.A. for short) and she’s heard about trouble in t …

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You Know, Sex

Bodies, Gender, Puberty, and Other Things

by Cory Silverberg & Fiona Smyth
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: adolescence, social topics, homosexuality

A completely new approach to learning about puberty, sex, and gender for kids 10+. Here is the much-anticipated third book in the trilogy that started with the award-wining What Makes a Baby and Sex Is a Funny Word

In a bright graphic format featuring four dynamic middle schoolers, You Know, Sex grounds sex education in social justice, covering not …