Middle Grade Childrens Books

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Annie Barrows

Annie Barrows

Annie Barrows’ first picture book, JOHN MARCO, the story of a younger brother who just can’t get his siblings’ attention, was recently sold to Chronicle, which also publishes Barrows’ IVY AND BEAN series (which has been optioned for an animated series). (LD)

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Sage Blackwood

Sage Blackwood

Author of the JINX trilogy, the first of which garnered a rare four stars sweep of Booklist, PW, School Library Journal, and Kirkus (HarperCollins). (CB)

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Angela Cerrito

Angela Cerrito

Angela Cerrito’s THE SAFEST LIE (Holiday House) is the powerful story of a Jewish girl smuggled out of the Warsaw ghetto and hidden by Polish resistance fighters. It was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and a Guardian’s Best Children’s Book of the Year. (CB)

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Lindsay Eyre

Lindsay Eyre

Lindsay Eyre writes hilarious early-reader chapter books about best friends, kidnapped ferrets, and younger twin brothers. Booklist says to put her Scholastic series on the shelf with Junie B. Jones and Clementine. (CB)

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Sarah Prineas

Sarah Prineas

Author of E.B. White honor (among others) award-winning middle grade fantasy series THE MAGIC THIEF. Her new series, beginning with WINTERLING, was on Winter 2011-2012 Kids’ Indie Next List (HarperChildren’s). (CB)

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Joel Ross

Joel Ross

Joel Ross’s debut adventure novel for middle grade, THE FOG DIVER, is a Texas Bluebonnet selection with “a fresh approach, reminiscent of Dickens,” according to Kirkus (starred review). Ross has three more novels under contract with HarperCollins Children’s. (CB)

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Jennifer Stinson

Jennifer Stinson

Author of the delightful picture book EVEN FAIRIES FART (Katherine Tegen) that addresses the embarrassing things we all do and THE INAPPROPRIATE BABY BOOK: Gross and Embarrassing Memories from Baby’s First Year (Andrews McMeel). (LD)

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Vince Vawter

Vince Vawter

Author of PAPERBOY, a coming-of-age story of a boy who stutters and lives in the segregated South during the summer that changes his life. It is a selection of the Junior Literary Guild (Delacorte). (AO)