Know a Middle Grade Reader Who Needs a Great New Book


Middle grade readers, typically aged 8 to 12, are in a unique stage of their reading journey where they have outgrown children’s books but are not yet ready for young adult novels. It can be challenging to find engaging and age-appropriate books that capture their attention and imagination. Fear not, as we have compiled a list of fantastic new books perfect for middle grade readers!

1. The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

This gripping novel blends science fiction with Mexican folklore, following the story of 12-year-old Petra Peña. As the last storyteller entrusted with humanity’s tales from Earth, she embarks on a quest to preserve humanity’s stories and culture while fighting against an oppressive regime.

2. The Dragon’s Path by Shveta Thakrar

In this enchanting fantasy novel, 12-year-old Ari has always felt like an outsider due to her unusual abilities. When she sets off on a journey to find her parents, she discovers her hidden ancestry and her place within a world of magic and mystical creatures.

3. The List of Unspeakable Fears by J. Kasper Kramer

Perfect for fans of historical fiction and supernatural mysteries, this book follows Essie O’Neill as she moves to an isolated asylum with her new family. Uncovering secrets from the past, Essie must confront her own fears to solve the mysteries surrounding her family and neighbors.

4. The Sea-ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas by María García Esperón

A beautifully written anthology that retells sacred myths from Indigenous cultures across North and South America. The Sea-ringed World transports middle grade readers on a rich journey through ancient cultures and invites them to explore the timeless power of storytelling.

5. Jaxon and the Goblin King: Moon Tree Chronicles by Lilliam Rivera

A fun, fast-paced adventure introducing the magical Moon Tree realm. Jaxon encounters mythical creatures, goblin kings and newfound allies as he seeks to protect his younger sister and their mystical world from dark forces.


The world of middle grade literature has so much to offer, from thrilling science fiction to captivating folklore and magical adventures. Give your middle grade reader a gift they’ll cherish by introducing them to these fantastic new books. Happy reading!

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