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Author: National Novel Writing Month | Narrator: Various, Jason Reynolds, Marissa Meyer and Ron Butler
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: August 27, 2019
The official NaNoWriMo handbook that inspires young people to tackle audacious goals and complete their creative projects.Partly a how-to guide on the nitty-gritty of writing, partly a collection of inspiration to set (and meet) ambitious goals, ...
Author: Varsha Bajaj | Narrator: Priya Ayyar and Christopher Gebauer
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: August 27, 2019
An uplifting story, told through the alternating voices of two middle-schoolers, in which a community rallies to reject racism.Karina Chopra would have never imagined becoming friends with the boy next door--after all, they've avoided each other for ...
Author: Katherine Arden | Narrator: Renee Dorian
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: August 27, 2019
Bestselling author Katherine Arden returns with another creepy, spine-tingling adventure in this follow-up to the critically acclaimed Small Spaces. Having survived sinister scarecrows and the malevolent smiling man in Small Spaces, newly minted best...
Author: Sara Nickerson | Narrator: Fred Berman
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: August 27, 2019
A moving new middle grade novel about childhood anxiety and grief, from the author of The Secrets of Blueberries, Brothers, Moose, and Me. Eleven-year-old Josh Duncan has never had much luck making friends--not the real kind, anyway. Moving to a new ...
Author: Ibi Zoboi | Narrator: Ibi Zoboi
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: August 27, 2019
National Book Award-finalist Ibi Zoboi makes her middle-grade debut with a moving story of a girl finding her place in a world that's changing at warp speed.Twelve-year-old Ebony-Grace Norfleet has lived with her beloved grandfather Jeremiah in Hunts...
Author: Shana Youngdahl | Narrator: Annie Q
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: August 20, 2019
A timely, searing, and unconventional romance from an urgent new voice in young adult fiction"A dazzling, not-to-be-missed debut." --Kathleen Glasgow, author of Girl in PiecesIn one impulsive moment the summer before they leave for college, overachie...
Author: Natasha Díaz | Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: August 20, 2019
Debut YA author Natasha Díaz pulls from her personal experience to inform this powerful coming-of-age novel about the meaning of friendship, the joyful beginnings of romance, and the racism and religious intolerance that can both strain a fami...
Author: Allan Woodrow | Narrator: Oliver Wyman
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: August 13, 2019
"Young Frankenstein meets The Princess Bride in the most hysterically hilarious book I've read in years."--Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times bestselling authorAll orphan Bolt Wattle has ever wanted was to find his true family. When a mysterious ba...
Author: Melissa Sarno | Narrator: Jessica Almasy
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: August 06, 2019
A touching, timeless novel--perfect for fans of Lisa Graff and Lauren Wolk--about a girl who discovers that the ocean is holding secrets she never could have imagined.Twelve-year-old Summer loves the ocean. The smell, the immensity, the feeling she g...
Author: Robert McCloskey | Narrator: John McDonough
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: August 06, 2019
A companion to Homer Price, these imaginative and outlandish tales from all-American Centerbury will leave you in stitches. There's Grampa Hercules and his never-ending tall tales, Dulcy Dooner, the uncooperative citizen, unbusinesslike Uncle Ul...
Author: Pablo Cartaya | Narrator: Pablo Cartaya
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: August 06, 2019
From award-winning author Pablo Cartaya comes a deeply moving middle grade novel about a daughter and father finding their way back to each other in the face of their changing family and community.Emilia Torres has a wandering mind. It's hard for her...
Author: Erin A. Craig | Narrator: Emily Lawrence
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: August 06, 2019
"Step inside a fairy tale."--Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of CaravalGet swept away in the novel that Melissa Albert, bestselling author of The Hazel Wood, calls "eerie" and "lovely." As one by one her beautiful sisters myste...