Middle Grade Childrens Books

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Annie Barrows

Annie Barrows

Annie Barrows’ children’s books include the picture book JOHN MARCO (Chronicle), the story of a younger brother who just can’t get his siblings’ attention, her popular  IVY AND BEAN series (Chronicle)–which has been optioned for an animated series, and her new middle grade series THE BEST OF IGGY (Putnam) . (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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Joel Ross

Joel Ross

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

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Karen Schwabach

Karen Schwabach

The author of acclaimed historical fiction for young readers, including THE HOPE CHEST (Random House Books for Young Readers), a novel about the American women’s suffragette movement that has sold half a million copies. (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)