Staff Picks! Middle Grade

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The List of Things That Will Not Change Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781101938096
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - April 7th, 2020

I wish I had had this book as a kid! Not only is it a great story about a reconstructed family and the impact that it can have on an anxiety-prone young 12-year-old, but I also loved how Rebecca Stead did not shy away from addressing mental health issues, homophobia, divorce, and therapy.

~ Laure


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

Genesis is a beautiful and complex middle grader who has not been dealt an easy card. This book is eye-opening for those who have never experienced colorism, and gives a voice to those who live with it every day. Genesis Anderson is a character that everyone should meet.

~ Laure


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Efrén Divided Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062881687
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 31st, 2020

This is such a powerful and important story with a protagonist who you cannot help but admire for his courage and strength. This is a wonderful middle-grade book that is sure to inspire thought and discussion.

~ Laure


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Other Words for Home Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062747808
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 28th, 2019

Other Words for Home, by Jasmine Warga is an incredible coming-of-age story told in verse about a young girl, who happens to be a Syrian Refugee.

~ Ruby


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Planet Earth Is Blue Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780525646600
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Published: Yearling - May 5th, 2020

This is the touching story about Nova, an autistic and non-verbal 12-year old girl in 1987 who is full of knowledge about space and obsessed with the imminent launch of the Challenger. This is a hopeful story that pulls at your heartstrings. Nova is a wonderful character that you want to protect.

~ Laure