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    April 11, 2014:
    Fall 2014 Children's Sneak Peek
    A peek at forthcoming middle grade books (as well as picture books and YA books) in a round-up from Publisher's Weekly. First printed in the February 22 issue, but now available online. Time to add to your to-read list. Read more ...

    April 9, 2014:
    How many Newbery winners have you read?
    You could make a traditional list of all the Newbery Medal Award-winning Children's Books you've read, but there's something so satisfying when you check them off and get a final tally on this BuzzFeed quiz. Read more ...

    March 28, 2014:
    Middle Grade fiction is hot at 2014 Bologna Children's Book Fair

    For the second year in a row, publishers are clamoring for middle-grade, reporters Publishers Weekly. "I’ve been coming [to Bologna] for 12 to 15 years, and I’ve never had as many European publishers asking for middle-grade," said Steven Chudney of the Chudney Agency. Read more ...

    February 14, 2014:
    Cybils Awards announced
    Ultra by David Carroll (Scholastic Canada) wins the Cybil for middle grade fiction; Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (Disney Hyperion) wins for Speculative Fiction. Read more.

    January 27, 2014: And the Newbery Medal goes to ...
    Kate DiCamillo won the Newbery Medal for "Flora & Ulysses"; Rita Williams-Garcia won the Coretta Scott King Author award for "P.S. Be Eleven." Newbery Honor awards to authors Vince Vawter, Amy Timberlake, Kevin Henkes and Holly Black. For all the exciting ALA Youth Media Award News ... READ MORE

    November 12, 2013:
    Vote in the GoodReads semifinal round

    Readers' votes have narrowed the middle-grade semifinals down to 20 titles. Log in to your GoodReads account and vote for your favorite middle-grade (and in other categories, of course). Read more ...

    November 9, 2013:
    Publishers Weekly Top Children's Books of 2013

    Middle-grade and young adult titles selected by the editors of Publishers Weekly as their top picks of the year. Let the season of "top ten books" begin! Read more ...

    October 14, 2013:
    Middle Shelf: Cool Reads for Kids debuts January 2014

    Shelf Media Group, publisher of Shelf Unbound indie book review magazine, will launch a new free digital-only publication for middle-grade readers. The debut issue features interviews with such notable authors as Margaret Peterson Haddix and Chris Grabenstein as well as reviews, excerpts, and more. Middle Shelf will be published bi-monthly beginning in January 2014.
    Read more ...

    September 19, 2013: Writer-in-Residence program at Thurber House

    Dream of time and space to focus on your own writing project? Applications now being accepted (11/1/2013 deadline) for The Thurber House Residency in Children's Literature, a month-long retreat in the furnished third-floor apartment of Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio. Read more ...

    September 18, 2013: Vermont College of Fine Arts Scholarship opportunity

    Barry Goldblatt Literary launches The Angela Johnson Scholarship, a talent-based grant for writers of color attending the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program at VCFA. Up to two $5,000 grants will be awarded each year. Read more ....

    September 16, 2013:
    National Book Awards longlist for youth literature

    For the first time, the NBA is presenting lists of 10 books/authors on the longlist in each category. The 2013 young adult literature list includes five middle grade novels and five YA. Read more ...

    Sept. 13, 2013: Spring preview
    Check out Publishers Weekly roundup of upcoming children's books to be published in spring 2014. Read more...

    August 21, 2013:
    Want to be a Cybils Award Judge?

    Middle grade categories are fiction, speculative fiction, nonfiction. Applications due August 31! Read more ...

    August 19, 2013:
    S&S and BN reach a deal
    Readers will soon be able to find books from Simon & Schuster at Barnes & Noble. The bookstore chain was locked in a disagreement with the publisher over how much it was willing to pay for books. Read more ...

    August 6, 2013:
    NPR's 100 Must-Reads for Kids
    NPR's Backseat Book Club asked listeners to nominate their favorite books for readers ages 9 to 14. More than 2,000 people nominated titles, and a panel of Newbery authors brought the list to 100. Most are middle grade books. Read more ...

    July 2, 2013:
    Penguin & Random House Merger

    The new company, Penguin Random House, will control more than 25 percent of the trade book market in the United States. On Monday, the newly formed company began to take shape, only hours after a middle-of-the-night announcement that the long-planned merger had been completed. Read more ...

    March 28, 2013: Big at Bologna

     This year at the Bologna Children's Book Fair, the focus has shifted to middle-grade.  “A lot of foreign publishers are cutting back on YA and are looking for middle-grade,” said agent Laura Langlie, according to Publisher's Weekly.  Lighly illustrated or stand-alone contemporary middle-grade fiction is getting the most attention.  Read more...


    March 10, 2013: Marching to New Titles

    Check out these titles releasing in March...


    March 5, 2013: Catch the BEA Buzz

    Titles for BEA's Editor Buzz panels have been announced.  The middle-grade titles selected are:

    A Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #1: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson

    Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

    The Fantastic Family Whipple by Matthew Ward

    Nick and Tesla's High-Voltages Danger Lab by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith

    The Tie Fetch by Amy Herrick

    For more Buzz books in other categories,


    February 20, 2013: Lunching at the MG Roundtable 

    Earlier this month, MG authors Jeanne Birdsall, Rebecca Stead, and N.D. Wilson shared insight about writing for the middle grades at an informal luncheon with librarians held in conjunction with the New York Public Library's Children's Literary Salon "Middle Grade: Surviving the Onslaught."

    Read about their thoughts...


    February 10, 2013: New Books to Love

    Check out these new titles releasing in February...


    January 28, 2013: Ivan Tops List of Winners

    The American Library Association today honored the best of the best from 2012, announcing the winners of the Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz awards, along with a host of other prestigious youth media awards, at their annual winter meeting in Seattle.

    The Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature went to The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Honor books were: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz; Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin; and Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.

    The Coretta Scott King Book Award went to Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney.

    The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award,which honors an author for his or her long-standing contributions to children’s literature, was presented to Katherine Paterson.

    The Pura Belpre Author Award, which honors a Latino author, went to Benjamin Alire Saenz for his novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, which was also named a Printz Honor book and won the Stonewall Book Award for its portrayal of the GLBT experience.

    For a complete list of winners…


    January 22, 2013: Biography Wins Sydney Taylor

    Louise Borden's His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg, a verse biography of the Swedish humanitarian, has won the Sydney Taylor Award in the middle-grade category. The award is given annually to books of the highest literary merit that highlight the Jewish experience. Aimee Lurie, chair of the awards committee, writes, "Louise Borden's well-researched biography will, without a doubt, inspire children to perform acts of kindness and speak out against oppression."

    For more...


    January 17, 2013: Erdrich Wins Second O'Dell

    Louise Erdrich is recipient of the 2013 Scott O'Dell Award for her historical novel Chickadee, the fourth book in herBirchbark House series. Roger Sutton,Horn Book editor and chair of the awards committee, says of Chickadee,"The book has humor and suspense (and disarmingly simple pencil illustrations by the author), providing a picture of 1860s Anishinabe life that is never didactic or exotic and is briskly detailed with the kind of information young readers enjoy." Erdrich also won the O'Dell Award in 2006 for The Game of Silence, the second book in theBirchbark series. 

    For more...


    January 15, 2013: After the Call

    Past Newbery winners Jack Gantos, Clare Vanderpool, Neil Gaiman, Rebecca Stead, and Laura Amy Schlitz talk about how winning the Newbery changed (or didn't change) their lives in this piece from Publishers Weekly...


    January 2, 2013: On the Big Screen

    One of our Mixed-up Files members may be headed to the movies! Jennifer Nielsen's fantasy adventure novel The False Prince is being adapted for Paramount Pictures by Bryan Cogman, story editor for HBO's Game of Thrones. For more...


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New releases for August

Book Lists, New Releases

It’s August already! But don’t worry – there’s still time to get in your summer reading. To help you out, we’ve pulled together a list of MG books fresh off the press this month.

Our Very Own ‘From The Mixed-Up Files’ Authors:

♦ WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET (Balzer + Bray) – Tricia Springstubb. Mo lives on Fox Street with her dad and little sister, the Wild Child. The idea of anything changing on Fox Street is unimaginable—until it isn’t. This is the story of one unforgettable summer—a summer of alarming letters, mysterious errands, and surprising revelations—and how a tuft of bright red fur gives Mo the courage she needs.

More August Releases:

♦ A CRACK IN THE SKY (Delacorte) – Mark Peter Hughes. The last of humanity struggles to survive in a world devastated by disease and violent storms. Inside the artificial city of Providence, thirteen-year-old Eli and his brain-boosted mongoose find themselves in a web of deception.

♦ ADVENTURES OF OOK AND GLUK, CAVEMEN FROM THE FUTURE (The Blue Sky Press) – Dav Pilkey. Captain Underpants author brings us an all-new graphic novel about the adventures of two caveboys, Ook and Gluk. Novel features kung-fu, prehistoric humor, “the world’s cheesiest animation technology,” and a “Flip-O-Rama” in every chapter. Read here to find out what inspired Pilkey to write the book.

♦ ARTEMIS FOWL: THE ATLANTIS COMPLEX (Disney*Hyperion) – Eoin Colfer. Book 7 in the series. Criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl, has suddenly turned nice. The fairies think he has Atlantis Complex, a personality disorder caused by dabbling in magic. And now the city of Atlantis is under attack. Can fairy ally Captain Holly Short get the real Artemis back before the city is destroyed with every fairy in it? Watch the trailer.

♦ BAD KITTY VS. UNCLE MURRAY (Roaring Brook Press) – Nick Bruel. Kitty’s owners are taking a week off and leaving Kitty and Puppy at home to be watched by Uncle Murray. Shenanigans of “epic proportions” ensue.

♦ WARRIORS SUPER EDITION: SKYCLAN’S DESTINY (HarperCollins) – Erin Hunter. Series. The return of SkyClan, a long lost clan of cat warriors who must face threats to their survival. See web site for more on the series, including videos, games, news, and extras.

♦ BALLET FOR MARTHA: MAKING APPALACHIAN SPRING  (Flash Point) – Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan tell the story behind the scenes of the collaboration that created Aaron Copland’s APPALACHIAN SPRING. The authors’ collaborator is two-time Sibert Honor winner, Brian Floca. Starred reviews from Horn, Booklist, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly.

♦ BIG WHOPPER (ZIGZAG KIDS) (Wendy Lamb Books) – Patricia Reilly Giff. It’s Discovery Week at the Zigzag Afternoon Center. Everyone writes their discoveries on a big sheet of paper, but Destiny Washington can’t think of anything new to discover. Before she knows it, she has told a BIG whopper. And snooty Gina, who’s great at discovering things, knows all about it. Destiny has to find a way out of the whopper. In the end, she makes the best discovery of all.

♦ BRAINS FOR LUNCH: A ZOMBIE NOVEL IN HAIKU?! (Roaring Brook Press) – K.A. Holt. Loeb, a middle school student and zombie, manages to win a poetry competition, develop a crush on the school librarian, and wind up with a regular-kid girlfriend, all despite his taste for human brains. Told through a series of nearly 100 haiku poems.

♦ ELLIE MCDOODLE: BEST FRIENDS FUR-EVER (Bloomsbury) – Ruth McNally Barshaw. Third book in the series. Ellie agrees to look after a neighbor’s pet African gray parrot, then must use all the help she can get when the parrot escapes, all while finishing a report for school. Filled with cartoons, diagrams, lists, games, and witty asides.

♦ EYEWITNESS: ENDANGERED ANIMALS (DK Publishing) – Ben Hoare. A look at creatures around the world currently threatened with extinction, along with ways we can help them survive. Includes polar bears, sea turtles, tree frogs, river dolphins, jaguars, pandas, gibbons, and the California condor.

♦ FAKE OUT (Knopf) – Rich Wallace. The second book in the KICKERS soccer series. The Kickers soccer league is heating up, and Ben knows he can bring his team to the play-offs with his new move: the fake-out. He practices the tricky footwork every chance he gets. But every time he tries it on the field, he flubs up, loses the ball, and hurts his team. Meanwhile, everyone else is faking him out. Is Ben out of his league?

♦ FINDING FAMILY (Bloomsbury) – Tonya Bolden. Delana has never known her parents. Raised by her Aunt Tilley and a reclusive grandfather, Delana has led a sheltered existence, nurtured on her aunt’s wild family histories. But when Aunt Tilley dies, Delana embarks on a quest to unravel her aunt’s fictions and draw out her mysterious grandfather. In doing so, Delana finds herself, and a home where she never thought to look.

♦ FLAT STANLEY’S WORLDWIDE ADVENTURES: THE AMAZING MEXICAN SECRET (HarperCollins) – Jeff Brown. Stanley mails himself to Mexico. Fifth book in the series.

♦ HARDY BOYS #20: DEADLY STRATEGY (Papercutz) – Scott Lobdell. Part of the Hard Boys graphic novels. When A.T.A.C. agents across the country start getting strange and bizarre cases, it’s up to Joe and Frank Hardy to find the computer hacker responsible!

JUDY MOODY, GIRL DETECTIVE (Candlewick) – Megan McDonald. Book 9 in the series. Agent Judy Drewdy sets out to solve the case of the missing puppy when a canine-cop-in-training vanishes into thin air. Watch out for red herrings and references to Nancy Drew. Read an interview with Judy Moody, and about Candlewick celebrating ten years of JUDY MOODY.

KARMA BITES (SANDPIPER) – Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas. Life seems to have it in for Franny Flanders. Her best friends aren’t speaking, her parents just divorced, and her hippie grandmother has moved in. Then Franny gets her hands on a box of magic recipes that could fix all of her problems. It could even change the world! But Franny is about to learn that magic and karma aren’t to be played with. When you mess with the universe, it can bite back in unexpected ways.

♦ LITTLE JOE (Knopf) – Sandra Neil Wallace. Nine-year-old Eli raises Little Joe, a cow, to show at next fall’s country fair. In doing so, he learns some hard lessons about growing up, taking care of another living thing, and life on his family’s farm, and in the outside world.

♦ LIVVIE OWEN LIVED HERE (Feiwel & Friends) – Sarah Dooley. Olivia “Livvie” Owen feels things differently than her parents and two sisters. Livvie is autistic. Her family has had to move repeatedly because of her outbursts. When they again face eviction, Livvie is convinced she has a way to get back to a house where they were all happy, once. The problem is, Livvie burned down that house. But she’s not giving up. Here is her story.

♦ MASTERS OF DISASTER (Wendy Lamb) – Gary Paulsen. Henry Mosley decides that he and his pals need to go on some earth-shaking adventures and make a name for themselves. This includes wacky attempts to break world records, reenact scenes from books, solve a hundred-year-old murder, and carry out Henry’s other inspired ideas everywhere: into the wilderness, inside a bull-riding ring, into a haunted house, off the neighbors’ roof, and into a cataclysmic collision with explosive life-forms. Gary Paulsen is a three-time Newbery Honor recipient, and won the ALA Margaret A. Edwards for his lifetime achievement in young adult literature. Watch an interview with Paulsen.

♦ MORE SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN DARK (HarperCollins) – Alvin Schwartz. A sequel to the popular, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, with more alarming tales of horror, dark revenge, and supernatural events. Books re-issued after the author’s death in 1992. Illustrations by Brett Helquist.

NIGHTSHADE CITY (Holiday House) – Hilary Wagner. Deep beneath a modern metropolis lies the Catacombs, a kingdom of remarkable rats of superior intellect. When their peaceful democracy is overthrown by a dictator goverment, three young orphan rats join together to dismantle the dictatorship and create a new city – Nightshade City. Watch the trailer.

♦ SCUMBLE (Dial) – Ingrid Law. SAVVY author brings us a book about cousin, Ledge, nine years after Mib’s journey in SAVVY.

♦ MY HAVANA: MEMORIES OF A CUBAN BOYHOOD (Candlewick) – Rosemary Wells, Secundino Fernandez. When Fidel Castro and the Communist Party take over the Cuban government, Dino’s family must move to New York, where the young, lonely boy pours his heart into making a model of Havana’s archways and balconies, buildings and streets.

♦ NANCY DREW #21: HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL MYSTERY II – THE LOST VERSE (Papercutz) – Stefan Petrucha. Part of the Nancy Drew graphic novels. Nancy Drew must solve a sixty-year-old mystery that’s daunted millions and discover the true identity of the person who visits Edgar Allen Poe’s grave every year, toasting the writer and leaving three roses.

♦ 90 MILES TO HAVANA  (Roaring Brook Press) – Enrique Flores-Galbis. Julian, a young Cuban boy, experiences a violent revolution and watches mobs throw out his family’s furniture and move into their home. For his safety, his parents send him to a refugee camp in Miami, where he tries to avoid the powerful camp bullies (“the big eat the small”), waits for his parents, and parts with his two older brothers who are sent away to a harsh orphanage in Denver. Flores-Galbris draws on his own experience as a child refugee from Cuba.

♦ SAMURAI KIDS #1: WHITE CRANE (Candlewick) – Sandy Fussell. First book in a new marshal arts series. Niya Moto is the only one-legged samurai kid in Japan, famous for falling flat on his face in the dirt. The one school that will accept him is the Cockroach Ryu, led by Ki-Yaga., a man known for taking in kids that the world has judged harshly. But can the ragtag Cockroaches make the treacherous journey to the Samurai Trainee Games, never mind take on the all-conquering Dragons?

♦ SAVING SKY (HarperCollins) – Diane Stanley. Her country is at war. Terrorists strike at random, widespread rationing is in effect, and the power grid is down. But thirteen-year-old Sky Brightman is remarkably untouched by it all. Then a string of mysterious arrests begin and her new friend Kareem becomes a target. Sky is finally forced to confront the world in all its complexity.

♦ SIDE BY SIDE/LADO A LADO: THE STORY OF DOLORES HUERTA AND CESAR CHAVEZ/LA HISTORIA DE DOLORES HUERTA Y CESAR CHAVEZ (Rayo) – Monica Brown. Every day, thousands of farm workers harvested the food that ended up on kitchen tables all over the country. But at the end of the day, when the workers sat down to eat, there were only beans on their own tables. Then Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez teamed up. Together they motivated the workers to fight for their rights and, in the process, changed history. Monica Brown is the Pura BelprÉ Honor winner for My Name Is Gabito/Mi Llamo Gabito and My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia.

♦ TALES FROM MOOMINVALLEY (MOOMINTROLLS) (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) – Tove Jansson. Nine delightfully funny stories about the triumphs and tribulations of the citizens of Moominvalley. “A lost treasure now rediscovered . . . A surrealist masterpiece,” describes Neil Gaiman. Jansson, who grew up in Finland, won numerous awards, including the Selma Lagerlof Award and the Hans Christian Anderson Children’s Book Medal. Jansson died in 2001.

♦ THE BIG TIME: A FOOTBALL GENIUS NOVEL (HarperCollins) – Tim Green. Football star, Troy White, is flying high when his life suddenly changes one day after a stranger shows up at his door and says, “I think I’m your father.” Green, himself an adopted child and a former NFL football star, draws from his own experiences in writing this book.

♦ THE BIG STINK (Starscape/Macmillan) – David Lubar. Fourth installment in the adventures of Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie. A stinky smell in elementary school forces Nathan to investigate. Fans of Lubar’s Weenies short story collections will be sure to enjoy this series.

THE BOOK OF BAD THINGS (Kingfisher) – Count Droffig. A book about – you guessed it – bad things.  The narrator of this novel, Count Droffig,  has spent a lifetime trying to uncover the dark secrets of a book with the same title, which some people believe has been present at many of the bad happenings in the world throughout history. Book is packed with cryptic puzzles and “carefully researched factual information about bad stuff, in all its manifestations!”

♦ THE CURSE OF DEADMAN’S FOREST (Delacorte) – Victoria Laurie. Second book in the Oracles of Delphi Keep series by author and psychic, Laurie.

♦ THE FABLED FIFTH GRADERS OF AESOP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Scwartz & Wade) – Candace Fleming. Mr. Jupiter’s rambunctious students at Aesop Elementary are fifth graders now. For their last year at Aesop, they’re hoping for the coolest class pet and end up with guinea pigs that have some very unusual traits.

♦ THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF AMY FINAWITZ  (Roaring Brook Press) – Laura Toffler-Corrie. Told in wry emails and brilliant little one-act plays, this laugh-out-loud debut novel offers quirky characters, a whimsical tour around New York City, and an appealing story about what it means to be a good friend.

♦ THE MAGNIFICENT 12: THE CALL  (Katherine Tegen Book) – Michael Grant. Twelve-year-old Mack MacAvoy feels seriously average until one day, a three-thousand-year-old man appears in the boys’ bathroom at school to deliver some startling news: Mack is one of the Magnificent Twelve. An evil force is on its way, and it’s up to Mack to track down eleven other twelve-year-olds in order to stop it.

♦ THE NIGHTMARYS (Random House) – Dan Poblocki. Timothy July has a secret.  And it’s giving him nightmares.  Abigail Tremens has a problem.  Her nightmares are haunting her…while she is awake. When they team up for a school project, they don’t realize that Abigail’s past and Timothy’s present are making them the target of a terrible curse.  A curse that turns their worst fears to reality.  But their fears are just the beginning.  The curse stems from a strange artifact that gains strength by devouring a human soul.  And it needs to feed again.

♦ THE POISONS OF CAUX: THE TASTERS GUILD (Knopf) – Susannah Appelbaum. The dark reign of the Nightshades is over at last, and a new day has arrived in Caux. But fear still grips the people of Caux, who live in the shadow of the powerful, poisonous Tasters’ Guild. Second in the Poisons of Caux trilogy.

THE RED BLAZER GIRLS: THE VANISHING VIOLIN (Knopf) – Michael D. Beil. Mystery series. This time the girls must follow a trail of cryptic clues, involving everything from logic to literature, to trace a rare violin gone missing.

♦ THE SMOKY CORRIDOR (Random House) – Chris Grabenstein. This third book in the HAUNTED PLACES series continues the adventures of Zach Jennings, who has the uncanny ability to see and talk with ghosts.

♦ THE WOLF TREE (Random House) – John Claude Bemis. Book 2 in the fantasy adventure series, The CLOCKWORK DARK. Ray leads his friends on a mission into the heart of darkness. Vital to their success is tracking down the legendary Wolf Tree, rumored to be a pathway to the spirit world. The search for the Wolf Tree grows desperate as the Darkness spreads, threatening Ray, his friends, and all of humanity.

♦ THE WONDER OF CHARLIE ANNE (Knopf) – Kimberly Newton Fusco. Charlie Anne is devastated when her father must go north to build roads after the Depression hits. Then her neighbor Old Mr. Jolly brings home a new wife, Rosalyn, and Phoebe, a young African-American girl, who like Charlie Anne, has lost her mother. The girls soon forge a friendship. And when hatred turns their town ugly, it’s up to Charlie Anne and Phoebe to prove that our hearts are always able to expand.

TOBY AND THE SECRETS OF THE TREE (Candlewick) – Timothee de Fombelle. An eco-adventure about Toby’s high-stakes quest to save the miniature world of the Tree and reunite loved ones lost. Sequel to French playwright Fombelle’s first novel, TOBY ALONE.

♦ TOUCH BLUE (Scholastic) – Cynthia Lord. “Touch Blue and your wish will come true.” But eleven-year-old Tess Brooks knows that it’s not always that simple. The state of Maine plans to shut down her island’s schoolhouse, which would force Tess’s family to move to the mainland and leave the only home Tess has ever known. Fortunately, the islanders have a plan too: increase the numbers of students by having several families take in foster children. So now Tess and her family are taking a chance on Aaron, a thirteen-year-old trumpet player who has been bounced from home to home. And Tess needs a plan of her own–and all the luck she can muster. Lord’s first novel, RULES, won an Newbery Honor award.

VORDAK THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE: HOW TO GROW UP AND RULE THE WORLD (Egmont) – Vordak T. Incomprehensible. Bad guy, Vordak, instructs readers on villainy, from selecting the most dastardly name, to choosing the ideal henchmen, to engaging in witty repartee with disgustingly chipper superheroes. All done with intent to reach the ultimate goal: world domination.

♦ WILDFIRE RUN (HarperCollins) – Dee Garretson. The president’s retreat, Camp David, is one of the safest places in the United States. So why can’t the President’s son, Luke, and his friends Theo and Callie stay there without Secret Service agents constantly hovering over them, watching their every move? And yet, when an earthquake sets off a raging wildfire, causing a chain reaction that wreaks havoc at Camp David, they are suddenly on their own, fighting to survive.

Please note that this list has been created as a resource for those searching for new titles and doesn’t represent our endorsement of any one book.

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  1. Natalie Aguirre  •  Aug 2, 2010 @7:36 pm

    I don’t have a book coming out. But Hilary Wagner’s Nightshade City is coming out in August and is a middle grade book. I’ve read great reviews of it and Rick Riordan wrote a blurb for the book. I can’t wait to read it.

  2. sheelachari  •  Aug 3, 2010 @7:02 am

    Hi Natalie,
    Thanks for alerting me to Hilary Wagner’s book. A few places listed the release in October, but it seems like many others are listing it as August 1. So I’m going ahead and adding it here!

  3. Tracy Abell  •  Aug 3, 2010 @9:12 am

    I have to admit I’m excited about The Adventures of Ook and Gluk.


  4. What a fantastic list!

  5. Patricia Cruzan  •  Aug 3, 2010 @10:43 am

    The beach scene above is inviting. There are lots of great books coming out to choose from. It will be fun to take a look at some of them in the bookstore. Books by LA. Holt, Balzer and Bray, and Patricia Reilly Giff look like ones that I might enjoy.

  6. brian_ohio  •  Aug 3, 2010 @11:30 am

    Sheez! I didn’t think that list was going to end! Nice!

  7. Robyn Gioia  •  Aug 3, 2010 @1:19 pm

    Great list. So much to read! Lots of hours visiting different worlds.

  8. Melina  •  Aug 4, 2010 @1:30 pm

    Oh wow, what a great list. So many of them catch my eye. I have already read Vordak, Karma Bites, and the first Red Blazer Girls book. They were all great!

    These sound especially interesting….


  9. sheelachari  •  Aug 4, 2010 @8:38 pm

    Melina – why am I not surprised you’ve read so many of these already? ;-) I like your choices…my daughter was also interested in WILDFIRE RUN and THE RED BLAZER GIRLS…I’ve started a Moomintroll book, which I’m enjoying to pieces.

    Tracy – I, too, was intrigued by the flip-o-rama!

    Brian – all good things have to come to an end!

  10. brenda  •  Sep 30, 2010 @3:12 pm

    wow, what a list! It will probably take a year to read everything that’s on it.