Sam's Staff Picks

Our new Staff Favorites list is in the works, but we thought we'd do something a little different this time. Instead of releasing them all at once, we're going to feature the picks of each bookseller indivually. Here's Sam's recommendations for the middle grade readers!

City Spies By James Ponti Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534414914
Availability: Not Currently In-Store; May require 2-3 days before shipping
Published: Aladdin - March 10th, 2020

City Spies has everything; fast pace, riveting plot, smart and relatable characters. It's a fun mystery that I could not put down! Perfect for fans of Stuart Gibbs.

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The Time of Green Magic By Hilary McKay Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534462762
Availability: Backordered
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - July 28th, 2020

It combines realistic issues like redefining family with enchanting and sometimes spooky magic. A beautiful book both inside and out.

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Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481438285
Availability: Not Currently In-Store; May require 2-3 days before shipping
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 8th, 2019

10 short stories that seem simple, just following middle school kids on their walk home from school. It is packed with so much more from friendship to family dynamics to personal problems. Both reluctant and veracious readers will enjoy.

The List of Things That Will Not Change By Rebecca Stead Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101938096
Published: Wendy Lamb Books - April 7th, 2020

Rebecca Stead is one my favorite authors, she always manages to cover tough topics but in a way that leaves you full of hope. This story combines issues such as mental health, gay marriage, and dealing with life that is always changing. It's one that I continued to think about days after I finished reading it, not wanting to let go.

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The Lost Girl By Anne Ursu Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062275103
Published: Walden Pond Press - May 12th, 2020

Separated for the first time in 5th grade, twin sisters learn to navigate the real world as a single person. It's full of middle grade drama but with a dash of magic.