LGBTQIA, Middle Grade Fiction

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Grades 4 – 6

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Twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen loves drawing in her notebook, and it is a sort of diary for her. But when a tornado rips through her town and destroys her home, her notebook goes missing. Ivy is very upset that she lost her notebook with all her drawings in it, but more than that she is terrified that someone will find out her deepest secret.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.


Adventure, Fantasy, Middle Grade Fiction

Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead

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Livy and her family are visiting her grandmother in Australia for the first time in five years. It is then that she remembers something, or rather someone, that she left behind – her invisible friend, Bob. She may have forgotten him in the last five years, but he sure hasn’t forgotten her, or her request for him to wait for her in the closet for all this time. Reunited again, Livy and Bob start a journey together to find out Bob’s background and who he truly is.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

Middle Grade Fiction

Lions & Liars by Kate Beasley and Dan Santat

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Frederick Frederickson’s fifth grade year is off to a terrible start when he is sent to disciplinary camp for boys. At first, his troop mates terrify him. Each of them have nicknames, like Nosebleed, Specs, The Professor and Ant Bite. As time goes on, though, an unlikely friendship forms between them. It is a good thing, too, because a dangerous hurricane is coming and everyone must band together to survive it.

Thanks to School Library Journal for  review copy of this book.

Fantasy, Middle Grade Fiction

Wizard for Hire by Obert Skye

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Ozzy’s parents, who are scientists, have been kidnapped after discovering a potion that induces mind control. Ozzy is only fourteen years old, and  he needs help. Afraid to go to the police, Ozzy finds an ad in the paper for a “wizard for hire.” What does he have to lose? He answers the ad, and meets Rin, the wizard on the other side of it. Ozzy is skeptical at first, when he discovers that Rin doesn’t know any spells, but he gives Rin a chance, and can never imagine the adventure that lies ahead.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

LGBTQIA, Middle Grade Fiction

P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy

Grades 4-6

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Consisting of letters to her older sister, P.S. I Miss You is a young girl’s plea for her sister to come home. The entire novel is told through letters that eleven-year-old Evie writes to her older sister Cilla, whose Catholic parents have sent her away to live with her great-aunt after discovering her pregnancy. When Evie realizes she has romantic feelings for her friend June, Evie could really use Cilla’s advice – if only she’d write back. Can Evie navigate the world without her sister at her side?

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of the book.


Historical Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction, Series

Abigail Adams: Pirate of the Caribbean by Steve Sheinkin

Grades 3-6

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This book is a fresh new way to teach kids about history. Centered around the time period of Abigail Adams, the story follows Abby, a history student whose friends think history is boring. When she hears this, Abigail Adams goes on a mission to change their minds! She escapes the White House and becomes a Caribbean Pirate. Can Abby fix history before it’s too late?

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

Middle Grade Fiction

Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez

Grades 3-6

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Stella is a Mexican-American girl who loves animals, and spending time with her mom, brother, and best friend Jenny. Then Stella finds out that Jenny is in another class this year, she doesn’t know what she will do! When she meets the new boy in school, she really wants to be his friend, but sometimes she makes mistakes and speaks Spanish instead of English, which makes her turn red. Based on the author’s own experiences growing up, Stella Diaz Has Something to Say is a heartwarming story about a girl who has to figure out how to navigate the world  without her best friend by her side.

Thanks to School Library Journal for  a review copy of this book.