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Best Middle-Grade Fiction 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE HOUSE THAT WASN'T THERE

    MARCH 30, 2021

CHILDREN'S

THE HOUSE THAT WASN'T THERE

by Elana K. Arnold

A low-key marvel rich in surprises, small fuzzy creatures, and friendships old and new. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    COLD-BLOODED MYRTLE

    OCT. 5, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    KNIGHT OF THE CAPE

    MARCH 2, 2021

CHILDREN'S

KNIGHT OF THE CAPE

by Terry Catasús Jennings ; illustrated by Fátima Anaya

A charming adventure that will encourage kids to become knights in their own communities as well. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    MAYA AND THE ROBOT

    JULY 13, 2021

CHILDREN'S

MAYA AND THE ROBOT

by Eve L. Ewing ; illustrated by Christine Almeda

A warm, unforgettable story about following your passions and being yourself. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE MAILBOX IN THE FOREST

    SEPT. 1, 2021

CHILDREN'S

THE MAILBOX IN THE FOREST

by Kyoko Hara ; illustrated by Kazue Takahashi ; translated by Alexandrea Mallia

A charming story of everyday life with a hint of magic. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    TEMPLE ALLEY SUMMER

    JULY 6, 2021

CHILDREN'S

TEMPLE ALLEY SUMMER

by Sachiko Kashiwaba ; translated by Avery Fischer Udagawa ; illustrated by Miho Satake

An instant classic filled with supernatural intrigue and real-world friendship. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    MERCI SUÁREZ CAN'T DANCE

    APRIL 6, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    BOY MEETS GHOUL

    JAN. 1, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    JO JO MAKOONS

    MAY 11, 2021

CHILDREN'S

JO JO MAKOONS

by Dawn Quigley ; illustrated by Tara Audibert

A joyful book about growing up Native in a loving community—not to be missed. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    CAN YOU WHISTLE, JOHANNA?

    FEB. 2, 2021

CHILDREN'S

CAN YOU WHISTLE, JOHANNA?

by Ulf Stark ; illustrated by Anna Höglund ; translated by Julia Marshall

A sweet, tender, never maudlin evocation of an intergenerational friendship. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    WAYS TO GROW LOVE

    APRIL 27, 2021

CHILDREN'S

WAYS TO GROW LOVE

by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Nina Mata

The second installment in this spirited series is a hit. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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