It’s June and the summer book releases are underway! Below is a list of middle grade titles releasing this month. Check back here every month to find out about the latest MG titles.
♦ AMELIA BEDELIA BAKES OFF (Greenwillow) - Herman Parish. Nephew of Peggy Parish, who wrote the original Amelia books, continues his aunt’s tradition.
♦ A PLACE WHERE HURRICANES HAPPEN (Random House) – Renee Watson. Free verse picture book about Hurricane Katrina told from the point of view of four friends.
♦ AS SIMPLE AS IT SEEMS (HarperCollins) – Sarah Weeks. Author of the popular SO B. IT.
♦ CRISPIN, THE END OF TIME (Balzer and Bray) – Avi. Conclusion to Crispin’s adventure series.
♦ EMILY’s FORTUNE (Delacorte) – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Newbery-award winning author’s tall tale about an orphan named Emily.
♦ IMAGINALIS (Katherine Tegen) – J.M. Dematteis. Characters from a girl’s favorite book series come to life but threatened by an accompanying villain unless she can rescue them. Watch a video of Dematteis discussing his book.
♦ INVASION FROM PLANET DORK (MELVIN BEEDERMAN) (Holt) – Greg Trine. The last book from the humorous, superhero series.
♦ HONEY BEES: LETTERS FROM THE HIVE (Delacorte) – Stephen Buchmann. Beekeeper and assistant professor of entomology shares the fascinating history of bees and our relationship with them.
♦ LOVE AND POLLYWOGS FROM CAMP CALAMITY (Wendy Lamb) – Mary Hershey. Third book about fourth grader, Effie Mahoney adventures at camp.
♦ MACKENZIE BLUE – FRIENDS FOREVER? (HarperCollins) – Tina Wells. Part of a humorous series for girls.
♦ MAGIC BELOW STAIRS (Dial) – Caroline Stevermer. Young boy from orphanage becomes footboy to a wizard with a family curse.
♦ ONE SMART COOKIE: BITE-SIZE LESSONS FOR THE SCHOOL YEARS AND BEYOND (HarperCollins) – Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Rosenthal’s morsels of wisdom mixed with the delicious illustrations of mother-daughter duo Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer.
♦ RULES TO ROCK BY (Walker) – Josh Farrar. Indie-rock coming-of-age tale about 12-year-old bassist who yearns to form a rock band in her new town of Providence, RI.
♦ SAMIRAH’S RIDE : THE STORY OF AN ARABIAN FILLY (Feiwel & Friends) – Annie Wedekind. Eight year old Arabian mare and the girl who raised her run away to escape from the rumor of the impending sale of the family ranch.
♦ SIR CHARLIE: CHAPLIN, THE FUNNIEST MAN IN THE WORLD (Greenwillow) – Sid Fleischman. Entertaining, illustrated rags-to-riches story about the comedian, Charlie Chaplin, by the late Fleischman.
♦ STRAVAGANZA – CITY OF SHIPS (Bloomsbury) – Mary Hoffman. The latest installment in the Stravaganza series transports readers to a world where magic and piracy come to life in the Italian town of Classe.
♦ SUNSHINE PICKLELIME (Random House) – Pamela Ferguson. The up and down life of PJ Picklelime.
♦ THE ACCIDENTAL ADVENTURES OF INDIA MCALLISTER (Holt) – Charlotte Agell. Fourth-grader, India McAllister, adopted as a baby from China, searches for identity in a small Maine town.
♦ THE ELEPHANT’S TALE (Dial) – Lauren St. John. Conclusion to THE WHITE GIRAFFE series.
♦ THE GECKO AND STICKY (Knopf) – Wendelin Van Draanen. The Gecko and Sticky in their fourth dangerous encounter with treasure hunter Damien Black.
♦ THE OTHER HALF OF MY HEART (Delacorte) – Sundee T. Frazier. From Coretta Scott King award recipient, biracial twins enter an African-American pageant.
♦ THE REINVENTION OF MOXY ROOSEVELT (Dial) – Elizabeth Cody Kimmel. Boarding school story starring an ordinary girl with an unordinary name who tries to reinvent herself.
♦ ZOMBIEKINS (Razorbill) – Kevin Bolger. Shy, bullied fourth-grader empowered by zombie teddy bear. Author of Sir Fartsalot.
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