"That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” - Jhumpa Lahiri
Beware the “summer slide!” Summer break is a long time for kids to take a break from educational activity. To avoid a slide in their academic development, one of the best things parents can do is help their kids discover books they’ll love. Books can take children (and adults) to distant places, introduce them to fascinating characters, expand their imagination, expand their worldview, and, yes, teach them new vocabulary and exercise their brains.
Check out this list of 100 fantastic middle-grade books (ages 8-12) published from June 2016 to July 2017. You’ll even find books especially selected for reluctant readers.
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A heartfelt debut about a spunky girl determined to save her family and find her way home.
A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family’s vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community in this sweet and moving-middle grade novel.
Newbery Medalist Richard Peck tells a story of small-town life, gay marriage and everyday heroes in this novel for fans of Gary Schmidt and Jack Gantos.
A powerful and heartfelt novel about loss, family and love.
When evil bunnies invade the Dog Park, Fenway's hot on their trail.
This poignant and moving middle-grade novel tells the story of a girl who moves to a new town and meets an unforgettable family — one that will change her and her mother’s lives forever.
Since Steffy was little, she and her older sister, Nina, have lived with beloved Auntie Gina. But when Steffy and Nina’s dad comes home to live with them, everything changes.
A middle-grade novel about a girl who, with the help of a true-blue friend, a big-hearted aunt and uncle, and the dog of her dreams, unexpectedly learns the true meaning of family in the least likely of places.
An epic new middle-grade series in the tradition of Redwall and Poppy, based on Arthurian legend and told from the perspective of Camelot’s most humble creatures: mice
Memoir of the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village adapted for young readers.