New Fall 2017 Middle-Grade Titles!

Kids are back in school and ready to read! Learn about a few of our favorite middle-grade books that are sure to be a big hit!

The Losers Club

The Losers Club By Andrew Clements

Alec can’t put a good book down. So when Principal Vance lays down the law—pay attention in class, or else—Alec takes action. To make sure he doesn’t lose his reading time, Alec starts an after-school club. A club he intends to be the only member of. After all, reading isn’t a team sport. And no would join a club called the Losers Club, right? But when more and more kids find their way to the Losers Club, including the former friend who’s been bullying Alec and the girl Alec kind of likes, he notices something. Real life may be messier than the books he loves, but if your nose is always buried in a book, you might just be missing out on the greatest story never written—your own!

The Stars Beneath Our Feet

The Stars Beneath Our Feet By David Barclay Moore

It’s Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and his mom aren’t celebrating. They’re still reeling from his older brother’s death in a gang-related shooting just a few months earlier. Then Lolly’s mother’s girlfriend brings him a gift that will change everything: two enormous bags filled with Legos. Lolly’s always loved Legos, and he prides himself on following the kit instructions exactly. Now, faced with a pile of building blocks and no instructions, Lolly must find his own way forward. His path isn’t clear—the pressure to join a “crew” as his brother did is always there. And when Lolly and his friend are beaten up and robbed, joining a crew almost seems like the safe choice. But building a fantastical Lego city at the community center provides Lolly with an escape—and an unexpected bridge back to the world. David Barclay Moore paints a powerful portrait of a boy teetering on the edge—of adolescence, of grief, of violence—and shows how Lolly’s inventive spirit helps him build a life with firm foundations and open doors.

The Dollmaker of Krakow

The Dollmaker of Krakow By R. M. Romero

Meet Karolina, a doll who must leave the Land of Dolls and enter the human world. She arrives in Kraków, Poland, at a time of war. There, she meets the Dollmaker. The Dollmaker is startled when he realizes Karolina can walk, talk, and think, but he accepts this reality. He has a special ability of his own, and he shares this secret with her. When a Jewish father hires the Dollmaker to build a dollhouse for his daughter, the situation becomes complicated. German forces are arriving in Poland. Karolina and the Dollmaker realize that their new Jewish friends are in danger, and they are determined to try to save them. It is a dangerous undertaking, but Karolina and the Dollmaker devise a plan and set it in motion. Their friends show courage in this darkest time, even as trains are leaving Kraków loaded with Jews headed for Auschwitz-Birkenau. The love between these people and their will to survive will resonate with readers.

The Perfect Score

The Perfect Score By Rob Buyea

Under pressure to be the top gymnast her mother expects her to be, Randi starts to wonder what her destiny truly holds. Football-crazy Gavin has always struggled with reading and feels as dumb as his high school–dropout father. Trevor acts tough and mean, but as much as he hates school, he hates being home even more. Scott’s got a big brain and an even bigger heart, especially when it comes to his grandfather, but his good intentions always backfire in spectacular ways. Natalie, aspiring lawyer and know-it-all, loves to follow the rules—only this year she’s about to break them all. With statewide assessment tests approaching, the whole school is in a frenzy—kids, teachers, the administration. All the kids know it shouldn’t just be about the score, but when one of them has a big idea for acing the tests, they’re all in. In the end, what becomes the perfect score surprises them all.

Snow & Rose

Snow & Rose By Written and illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin

Once upon a time, there were two sisters. Snow was outgoing and passionate. Rose was responsible and quiet. When their father disappears, their country estate has to be sold. The sisters and their grieving mother move to a cottage in the woods, the same woods that stole their father. Only the trees know that Snow and Rose are destined to fight the dark magic that has slowly taken hold of their home. The story that unfolds includes a mushroom farmer, bandits, a grouchy dwarf, an unusual library, and a fierce but gentle bear. Inspired by the classic fairy tale “Snow White and Rose Red,” Emily Winfield Martin builds a fascinating world, grounded in the relationship of the two sisters.

This Is Our Constitution

This Is Our Constitution By Khizr Khan

Our Founding Fathers created the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights as a blueprint for the American government and the rights of American citizens. This document is not merely a piece of parchment but a living, breathing promise of our deepest democratic values. Khizr Khan grew up in Pakistan, with few of the fundamental rights that are enshrined in the Constitution. He immigrated to America and became a citizen, raising his family to appreciate and honor all our nation has to offer. He is deeply passionate about the Constitution: the guarantees and protections it provides for each and every person and the beacon of light it represents throughout the world. This Is Our Constitution is a personal journey that Khizr Khan is taking with our nation’s young people.

Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race

Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race By Chris Grabenstein

On your mark. Get set. Lemoncello, GO! Everyone’s favorite game maker, Mr. Lemoncello, is testing out his new Fabulous Fact-Finding Frenzy! If Kyle can make it through the first round of the competition, he and the other lucky finalists will go on a great race—by bicycle, bookmobile, and even Mr. Lemoncello’s corporate banana jet—to find fascinating facts about famous Americans. The first to bring their facts back to the library will win SPECTACULAR prizes! But when a few surprising “facts” surface about Mr. Lemoncello, it might be GO TO JAIL and LOSE A TURN all at once! Could Kyle’s hero be a FRAUD?! Filled with brand-new puzzles and more games and nonstop action than ever before, this electrifyingly fast-paced read will have gamers and readers alike racing to the finish line. As Mr. Lemoncello’s commercials say, “IS IT FUN? HELLO, IT’S A LEMONCELLO!”

Ben Franklin's in My Bathroom!

Ben Franklin's in My Bathroom! By Candace Fleming; illustrated by Mark Fearing

Nolan is a typical kid living in a typical twenty-first-century American town. Ben Franklin is, well, Ben Franklin—Founding Father, inventor of the lightning rod, bifocals, and more. When, through a bizarre set of circumstances, Nolan and his little sister, Olive, find Ben in their kitchen, chaos isn’t far behind. From introducing him to the toaster to taking him to the public library (another Franklin invention) to preventing a nosy neighbor from blowing Ben’s cover, Nolan does his best to be Ben’s tour guide to the world he helped form. Kids will love coming along for the ride—and the laughs—with this awesome threesome, and they will learn lots about Ben Franklin in the process. Fun back matter included.


Poison By Sarah Albee

For all of recorded human history, people have been poisoning one another, changing personal lives and the course of empires alike. From countless spurned spouses and rivals to condemned prisoners, like Socrates, to endangered emperors, like Alexander the Great, to modern-day leaders, like Joseph Stalin and Yasser Arafat, poison has played a starring role in our history. And those are just the deliberate poisonings. Albee also explores the medical mishaps, greedy snake oil salesmen and food contaminants, poisonous Prohibition, and industrial toxins that have impacted millions over the centuries. Filled with unsolved mysteries, infamous cases, and toxic concoctions, Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines has something for everyone, from true-crime fans to history buffs to science geeks, as it shines a light on the deadly intersection of human nature and Mother Nature.

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