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In case you missed it: Middle Grade Picks from Julia and Deb

In case you couldn't come to our Brunch with a Bookseller featuring Julia, Deb, and their favorite middle grade reads, we've compiled the list of recommendations for you! More of Deb's staff picks can be found here, more of Julia's staff picks can be found here, and you can check out our calendar of events here.

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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780763680893
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - December 8th, 2015

Bunnicula: 40th Anniversary Edition (Bunnicula and Friends) Cover Image
By James Howe, Deborah Howe, Alan Daniel (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781534435933
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 21st, 2019

Frindle Cover Image
By Andrew Clements, Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780689818769
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - February 1st, 1998

Regarding the Fountain Cover Image
By Kate Klise, M. Sarah Klise (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780380793471
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - March 9th, 1999

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Stargazing Cover Image
By Jen Wang, Jen Wang (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250183880
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - September 10th, 2019

Stargazing charts the friendship between two very different girls learning to be friends and it hits all the right notes. Jen Wang is truly a queen among graphic novelists! Her art and storytelling speak to such intimate parts of the characters, but with tremendous whimsy and grace. Her drawings are fun, evocative, beautiful, and playful. I cannot recommend this book (or her first, The Prince and the Dressmaker) more highly! —Julia


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City of Ghosts Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338111026
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 3rd, 2019

After nearly drowning, Cass has gained two things: a best friend who happens to be a ghost, and the ability to enter the spirit world. But when Cass meets another girl with the same ability, she learns that the world is more complicated (and haunted!) than she’d thought. Full of both adventure and heart, this is a wonderfully spooky read for young readers and adults alike! —Kelsey 


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See You in the Cosmos Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780399186387
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - May 15th, 2018

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The Stars Beneath Our Feet Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781524701277
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yearling - January 8th, 2019

This heart-warming debut novel introduces 12-year-old Lolly Rachpaul, a young man still reeling from the gang-related death of his beloved older brother. He is desperately searching for a way to deal with his grief, and to avoid the pressure to join a gang. He remembers his love of building with Legos, and starts to design his own city. This leads to an unexpected friendship that helps him find a way past his grief. We see realistic depictions of Lolly’s Harlem neighborhood which can be harrowing, but I is also filled with families that are just trying to do their best for their children.  This wonderful book deserves all the kudos it has received, and more.  A film version will be coming out with Michael B. Jordan at the helm. —Deb


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Race to the Sun Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368024662
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rick Riordan Presents - January 14th, 2020

Inkheart (Inkheart Trilogy) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780439709101
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 1st, 2005

The Conch Bearer Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689872426
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Aladdin - March 1st, 2005

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making Cover Image
By Catherynne M. Valente, Ana Juan (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250010193
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Published: Square Fish - May 8th, 2012