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I'm back, looking for suggestions for middle-grade novels, new or recently published. Please feel free to recommend your own book if it fits!

Here's what I like:
- great voice
- fantasy
- animal stories
- humour
- witty dialogue
- historical (but not dry)
- diversity, other cultures

Here's what I don't like:
- sports
- religion
- medical stories
- fatal diseases
#1 - February 08, 2022, 02:57 PM
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A favorite of mine is Six Feet Below Zero, by our own Ena Jones (2021), for great voice, witty dialogue, and generous sprinkles of hilarity. It's a wonderful book! (Ena's earlier novels are fantastic too!)

You might also enjoy Journey Beyond the Burrow, by Rina Heisel (2021), for animal characters and great voice, all set in an exciting, high stakes story.
#2 - February 08, 2022, 03:58 PM
Butterfly Girl (Clear Fork, 2019)
Ten Clever Ninjas (Clear Fork, 2019)

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Some recent ones I enjoyed:

Temple Alley Summer, by Sachiko Kashiwaba. (translated by Avery Fischer Udagawa). Hm...I guess technically there IS a fatal disease, but it happened in the past to someone who is now a ghost, so I would not say it's the type that fits teary afternoon specials of the 1980s. It won an award this year at ALA (for translated work, I believe). Japanese story that is highly original.

Deadman’s Castle, by Ian Lawrence. I just have always liked his voice--it sounds like a real person telling you something that really happened (no matter if it's truly possible or not). About a kid whose dad keeps moving them around for witness protection...but is that really the case?

The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst, by Jaclyn Moriarty. Moriarty has a very unique voice as well, and you think that it's all a bunch of random stuff until all of a sudden, everything connects, and you are totally awake and riveted. MG fantasy (the kind that is perfectly modern day, but with magic added).

The In-Between, by Rebecca K.S. Ansari. I don't know why I keep picking up MG ghost story books! But this is another one.

The Myrtle series by Elizabeth C. Bunce, starting with Premeditated Myrtle. Victorian MG mysteries.

A Wish in the Dark, by Christina Soontornvat. A Thai-inspired fantasy. I loved it. :)
#3 - February 08, 2022, 06:27 PM

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Some already mentioned, plus these!

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The Boys in the Back Row, by Mike Jung. Best friends plot how to ditch an orchestra trip to World of Amazement to meet a superhero comic book author at a con.

The Fresh New Face of Griselda, by Jennifer Torres. After her dad loses his landscaping business and their home, Griselda tries to sell lip gloss to win $5K in a contest.

Pay Attention, Carter Jones, by Gary D. Schmidt. A butler shows up just in time to save Carter's family from falling apart, and teaches everybody cricket.

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Your Life has been Delayed, by Michelle I. Mason. MC gets on a flight in 1995 and lands in 2020, when family and friends have aged and moved on without her.)

This is My Brain in Love, by I. W. Gregorio. Jocelyn Wu and Will Domenici try to save Jos's family restaurant from going under.

A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, by Laura Taylor Namey. Broken-hearted MC sent to her aunt's English inn to recover.

Be Not Far from Me, by Nancy McGinnis. After a tantrum on a Smoky Mountain camping trip, MC flees the campsite, gets seriously lost, then suffers a deep cut on her foot.


 
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JUST LIKE THAT,  Gary D. Schmidt, historical sequel to THE WEDNESDAY WARS  -- should've been mentioned in the ALA awards, voice like no other (unfortunately has a weak title and cover)
A PLACE TO HANG THE MOON, Kate Albus -- lovely historical about siblings finding a family
RED, WHITE, AND WHOLE, Rajani LaRocca
THE WOLF'S CURSE, Jessica Vitalis
THE TROUBLED GIRLS OF DRAGOMIR ACADEMY,  Anne Ursu
THE LAST CUENTISTA, Donna Barba Higuera -- Newbery winner, Sci-Fi, more plot than the usual Newbery book

 A couple of bonus YA I really liked:

FIREKEEPER'S DAUGHTER, Angeline Boulley
CONCRETE ROSE, Angie Thomas
I'm about to pick up Ruta Sepetys's I MUST BETRAY YOU from the library and can't wait -- I will read anything she writes.
#5 - February 09, 2022, 08:45 AM
Adventures of Jenna V. Series
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Anne Bradstreet: America's Puritan Poet
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ONE ARCTIC NIGHT   a story of a 17 year old Inuit who has to confront racism while guiding hunters on the tundra. If you want to learn how residents  of a Canadian Arctic village live, this is the book for you. It has an amazing moral lesson as well.
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Thanks for the suggestions! Keep them coming!

MRH, I read JUST LIKE THAT and loved it. It was one of the best books I read last year. Did you notice that a form of its title is the title of a new tv series, the sequel to Sex and The City, "And Just Like That"? I haven't watched it (or the original series), but I read a review. The title refers to the same sort of inciting incident that takes place in Schmidt's MG novel.

Butterfly Girl, I read SIX FEET BELOW and agree about the humour and witty dialogue.
#7 - February 09, 2022, 10:07 AM
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So many wonderful books mentioned already. I'll add the books of Caroline Starr Rose, who writes both PB and MG novels. Happy reading!
#8 - February 09, 2022, 10:40 AM
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Have you read any of these?

TOO BRIGHT TO SEE by Lukoff
A KIND OF SPARK by McNicoll
STARFISH by Fipps
SHOW ME A SIGN by LeZotte
#9 - February 09, 2022, 11:05 AM
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BLACKOUT -- available now
DESERTED -- available now
SISTERS DON'T TELL -- available now
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For some good laughs, I recommend The Unteachables by Gordon Korman.
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I think Red, White, and Whole does contain a fatal disease, though it isn't super prominent in the story. It's almost glossed in a way that seemed off to me. (At least this is the case if I have the right book.)

My son has liked everything from Rick Riordan presents.
#11 - February 09, 2022, 06:34 PM
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The Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis (and everything else she writes)
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Have you read the Nevermoor books? I highly recommend them.
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So very much following~~~~  :goodthread
#14 - February 16, 2022, 06:48 PM
THE VOICE OF THUNDER, WiDo Publishing
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I've ordered several of these.

olmue, I loved PREMEDITATED MYRTLE!

Thanks, and please continue to make suggestions.
#15 - February 17, 2022, 02:20 PM
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Hopeful, I just ordered The Unteachables by Gordon Korman (per your recommendation) because, to be honest, I need a break from death and disfigurement and need to touch base with MG humor. Feeling hopeful about this one  :yup
#16 - February 17, 2022, 04:17 PM
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Hopeful, I just ordered The Unteachables by Gordon Korman (per your recommendation) because, to be honest, I need a break from death and disfigurement and need to touch base with MG humor. Feeling hopeful about this one  :yup
My daughter and I both had a lot of fun reading The Unteachables although our favorite Gordon Korman novel is probably Slacker which was published back in 2016.  Enjoy!

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THE BEATRYCE PROPHECY by Kate DiCamillo
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HANGABOUT, FAR FROM HOME, Orange Blossom Publishing, August 2023.

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Totally getting some of these. Thanks, Barbara, for starting this thread!
#19 - February 18, 2022, 08:07 AM
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You're most welcome, JFriday.

I found this link somewhere and want to share it: The 50 Best Multicultural Middle Grade Novels of 2021:

https://coloursofus.com/the-50-best-multicultural-middle-grade-novels-of-2021/
#20 - February 21, 2022, 02:47 PM
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You might want to subscribe to this blog. Every Monday he shares links to different authors talking about mg. https://gpattridge.com/2022/02/28/mmgm-for-february-28-2022/
#21 - February 28, 2022, 09:55 AM
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Thanks for the link, Sue. Looks good! :flowers2
#22 - February 28, 2022, 02:33 PM
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