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Author: Mike Johnston | Narrator: Shannon McKain
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: January 28, 2020
Despicable Me meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid in this hilarious middle grade adventure that follows a hapless warlock-in-training as he struggles to live up to his great and terrible destiny.Meet Wick. He's the son of the Dark Lord, heir to...
Author: Alex Wagner | Narrator: Erin Bennett
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: January 28, 2020
For anyone who is interested in genealogy and DNA profiling, this is the story of a journalist who travels the world to solve the mystery of her ancestry, facing questions about American identity and what it means to belong. Now adapted for young rea...
Author: Tae Keller | Narrator: Greta Jung
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: January 28, 2020
An uplifting story of a girl discovering a secret family history when she makes a deal with a magical tiger from her grandmother's stories, the Korean version of "Once upon a time..."Some stories refuse to stay bottled up...When Lily and her family m...
Author: Russell Ginns | Narrator: Kathleen McInerney and Grover Gardner
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: January 21, 2020
Get ready for more round-the-world adventure with Samantha Spinner and her brother, Nipper, in the third book in this hilarious, puzzle-packed series filled with super-secret messages! Perfect for fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and clas...
Author: Annie Barrows | Narrator: Kate Reinders
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: January 21, 2020
From the New York Times bestselling author of Ivy + Bean comes a hilarious new middle grade series featuring a high-energy, lovable troublemaker.Meet Iggy Frangi. He's not a bad kid, he's really not. Okay, so he's done a few (a few is anything up to ...
A salty, wrenchingly honest collection of stories set on one block of 145th Street. We get to know the oldest resident; the cop on the beat; fine Peaches and her girl, Squeezie; Monkeyman; and Benny, a fighter on the way to a knockout. We meet Angela...
Author: Melissa Savage | Narrator: Melissa Savage and Rachel L. Jacobs
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: January 14, 2020
Fans of Erin Entrada Kelly's Hello, Universe and Melissa Savage's own Lemons will devour this voice-driven novel packed with humor and heart about two friends who head off on an adventure to find the Loch Ness Monster.Ada Ru finally thought her paren...
Author: Rebecca Roanhorse | Narrator: Kinsale Hueston
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: January 14, 2020
Best-selling author Rick Riordan welcomes indigenous fantasy writer Rebecca Roanhorse to his imprint with this thrilling adventure about a Navajo girl who discovers she's a monsterslayer.Lately, seventh grader Nizhoni Begay has been able to detect mo...
Author: Ransom Riggs | Narrator: Kirby Heyborne
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: January 14, 2020
“Do you trust me?”   An instant bestseller, A Map of Days launched readers into the previously unexplored world of American peculiars, one bursting with new questions, new allies, and new adversaries.   Now, with enemi...
Author: Deb Caletti | Narrator: Kristen Sieh
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: January 07, 2020
Printz Award Honoree and National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti debuts in middle grade with a tongue-in-cheek hero's journey set in a town full of magic, mayhem, lighthouses... and evil.The story takes place in a world much like ours, but at the sa...
Author: Mildred D. Taylor | Narrator: Allyson Johnson
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: January 07, 2020
The saga of the Logan family--made famous in the Newbery Medal-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry--concludes in a long-awaited and deeply fulfilling story.In her tenth book, Mildred Taylor completes her sweeping saga about the Logan family of Missi...
Author: Nic Stone | Narrator: Dion Graham
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: January 07, 2020
From New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone comes a middle-grade road-trip story through American race relations past and present, perfect for Black History Month and for fans of Jacqueline Woodson and Jason Reynolds.How to Go on an Unplanned Ro...