Best middle reader books of 2019



Raina Telgemeier

Raina Telgemeier once again brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to faceand conquer your fears.

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 Read reviewYoung Dark Emu: A Truer History

Young Dark Emu: A Truer History

Bruce Pascoe

The highly-anticipated junior version of Bruce Pascoe's multi award-winning book.

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 Special priceInsignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Dusti Bowling

Aven Green was born without arms - and by age 13 has learned how to do almost everything without them. Hiding out in the library, she meets Connor, a boy with Tourette's syndrome. Together, they begin exploring the park, where...

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 Read reviewThe Dog Runner

The Dog Runner

Bren MacDibble

Ella and her brother Emery are alone in a city that's starving to death. If they are going to survive, they must get away, upcountry, to find Emery's mum. But how can two kids travel such big distances across a dry, barren, and...

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 Read reviewSick Bay

Sick Bay

Nova Weetman

Two very different Grade 6 girls meet in their school sick bay.

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 Read reviewPie in the Sky

Pie in the Sky

Remy Lai

El Deafo meets Inside Out and Back Again in this funny, emotional illustrated middle-grade debut about immigrating to Australia, being upstaged by an annoying little brother, baking cakes and overcoming loss.

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 Read reviewThe Good Thieves

The Good Thieves

Katherine Rundell

In 1920s New York City, a young girl with a deformed foot recruits her new friends, a female pickpocket and two circus performers, to help recover an emerald from her grandfather's mansion in upstate New York after he loses his...

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 Read reviewAs Happy as Here

As Happy as Here

Jane Godwin

A beautiful coming-of-age story about identity, expectation, class, justice, society, fairness, and, above all, kindness.

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Philip Reeve

The squabbling goblins who live in the great towers of Clovenstone spend their time fighting and looting. Only clever young Skarper understands that dark magic is rising again. Trolls, giants, cloud-maidens, boglins, swamp...

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 Read reviewHow to Make a Movie in Twelve Days

How to Make a Movie in Twelve Days

Fiona Hardy

Twelve days. Five kids. Many special effects. One giant mystery.

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