April 20, 2018

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Last Licks

There are so many great books, and every year we’re reading until the 11th hour to get in as many as possible. This year, between last minute reads and beloved books that didn’t seem like true contenders but deserve a shout-out, we find ourselves down to the final days before the YMAs with quite a […]

13 New YA Books for Middle School Readers Coming Out This Month

A selection of great new titles to satisfy middle school readers who crave YA lit.

Embracing the Darkness in Middle Grade Fiction | The Upper Deck

A brand new column, The Upper Deck, recommends titles for upper middle grade through teen readers. In this inaugural piece, librarian Tara Kron looks at several recently acclaimed middle grade titles that explore dark, sometimes disturbing, issues—but which ultimately offer strength and hope.

From Bengal to the Bayou | Fiction Grades 5-8

These recent middle grade selections take readers all around the world, from Mitali Perkins’s Tiger Boy, about young Neel’s adventures tracking down a missing tiger cub, to Jewell Parker Rhodes’s Bayou Magic, a story of one girl’s life-changing—and fantastical—summer with her grandmother.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.