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Our 2018 Booklist

Get ready to read some great middle-grade books during the busy fall 2018 publishing season! We aren’t reading these in any particular order–just read what looks good to you, and report back to the club about it! Click the title to see if the book is available at the library, and to read a summary. This list will be updated as we add great new books to it:

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The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

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The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

“This book is about a young girl who meets a green magical creature. They were trying to find where the creature came from. This book was good because of the interesting plot.” – Kaavya V., October 2018

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Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz

“I would give the book a ‘good’ because it was very predictable and I really like suspenseful books instead. It is about a girl named Nora and she was learning about family and friendship.” – Kaavya V., September 2018

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Nightbooks by J.A. White

“Recommended. Nightbooks is an enticing horror story for any age. When Alex, who has always loved creepy things and keeps his stories in his “nightbooks” is lured into a strange apartment by a witch and gets his life flipped around, he is determined to escape somehow and befriend the other prisoner, Jasmine, who is in turn as standoffish as possible. Writing and reading his stories for the witch every night to survive, he explores the mysteries of the apartment.” – Josephine H., September 2018

“This book is amazing. It is about a boy who gets trapped in a magical sweatshop. He wants a girl named Yasmin and they try to escape.” – Ben R., September 2018

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Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

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The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis

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Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard

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March Forward, Girl by Melba Beals

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Granted by John David Anderson

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Hurricane Child by Kehryn Callendar

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Illegal by Eoin Colfer

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Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Pinkney

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Ebb and Flow by Heather Smith

Ebb and Flow is a novel in verse that reveals Jett’s “rotten bad year” piece by piece while he stays with his grandmother in a bittersweet tone.” – Josephine H., September 2018

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Toaff’s Way by Cynthia Voigt

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The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller

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The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras

“This is a fantastic book about a girl in a family of outcasts stepping out to leave her father’s shadow and save her family.” – Ben R., September 2018

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Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

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Calling All Minds by Temple Grandin

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The Language of Spells by Garrett Weyr

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Endling: The Last by Katherine Applegate

“This book is very good. It’s a fantasy novel and pretty long. Byx is the last Damine, maybe. She has heard of a mythical colony of Damines. With her lovable partners, she goes on a quest to find them. This book is a fun adventure full of exciting plot twists and discovery.” – Sophia S., September 2018

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Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea by Lynne Rae Perkins

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The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

“This is an amazing adventure book about two friends finding their purpose and escaping their enemies in a city filled with ghosts.” – Keira R., October 2018

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Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

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One True Way by Shannon Hitchcock

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

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The Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi

“This is an amazing book because it addresses concerns in the modern world, while still having an amazing plot and extremely likable characters.” – Keira R., September 2018

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Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

“This book is about a 12 year old girl who lives in a museum filled with artifacts of Indian gods. Aru experiences the magical world of the Indian gods during her autumn break. When an evil force is trying to stop time and control it. She connects to the world with a deep (a candle-holder from Diwali ceremonies).” – Gania T., October 2018

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You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

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The House That Lou Built by Mae Respicio

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The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

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Checked by Cynthia Kadohata

Checked is about a boy named Conor who lives with his dog Sinbad and his dad. Both Conor and his dad are very passionate about hockey. But them something happens to Sinbad and Conor is forced to make the hardest decision of his life.” – Meghana M., October 2018

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The War Outside by Monica Hesse

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Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz

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Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

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The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle by Christina Uss

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Good Dog by Dan Gemeinhart

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City of Islands by Kali Wallace

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Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

“This is a heart wrenching novel about a black boy shot by a white cop. lending racist prejudice, history and fiction, this book  is a beautiful piece of art.” – Keira R., October 2018

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The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson

 

 

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Grounded, by Kate Klise

Summary: After her father, brother, and sister are killed in a plane crash, twelve-year-old Daralynn’s life in tiny Digginsville, Missouri, proceeds as her mother turns angry and embittered, her grandmother becomes senile, and her flamboyant aunt continues to run the Summer Sunset Retirement Home for Distinguished Gentlemen, while being courted by the owner of the town’s new crematorium. 196 p., Feiwel and Friends.

Find it at WCPL