April 27, 2017

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Best Books 2015: Middle Grade

MG_Benjamin_TheThingAboutJellyfishThe Thing About Jellyfish
Ali Benjamin. Little, Brown.
Alex Gino. Scholastic.
MG_Graff_LostinthesunLost in the Sun
Lisa Graff. Philomel.
MG_Hardinge_CuckooSong-RVCuckoo Song
Frances Hardinge. Abrams/Amulet.
MG_Jamieson_Roller_GirlRoller Girl
Victoria Jamieson. illus. by illus. by author. Dial.
MG_Jones_unusualchickensUnusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
Kelly Jones. illus. by illus. by Katie Kath. Knopf.
MG_Kelly_blackbirdflyBlackbird Fly
Erin Entrada Kelly. HarperCollins/Greenwillow.
MG_Marshall_InthefootstepsofIn the Footsteps of Crazy Horse
Joseph Marshall III. Abrams.
MG_Hunt_FishinatreeFish In a Tree
Linda Mullaly Hunt. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks.
MG_Oppel_TheNestThe Nest
Kenneth Oppel. illus. by illus. by Jon Klassen. S. & S.
MG_Spiegelman_LostinNYCLost in NYC: A Subway Adventure/Perdidos en NYC: una aventura en el metro
Nadja Spiegelman. illus. by illus. by Sergio Garcia Sanchez. TOON Graphic.
MG_Starmer_ThewhisperThe Whisper
Aaron Starmer. Farrar.
MG_Stead_goodbyestrangerGoodbye Stranger
Rebecca Stead. Random/Wendy Lamb Bks.
MG_Garcia_gonecrazyinalabamaGone Crazy in Alabama
Rita Williams-Garcia. HarperCollins/Amistad.
Be TweenSLJ's latest monthly newsletter, Be Tween, launched in January. Be Tween explores middle grade books, library programs, and services for the tweenaged, helping librarians better serve their middle grade patrons. From collection development pieces and booklists to innovative programming ideas, Be Tween focuses on the unique challenges and opportunities around serving those kids who are not little children anymore—but not quite young adults, either.


  1. Thank you Linda Mullaly Hunt for writing fish in tree book. i enjoyed reading that book. i recommend this book.