Middle fiction that tackles serious topics

 Read reviewThe Goldfish Boy

The Goldfish Boy

Lisa Thompson

Matthew is trapped in his bedroom by crippling OCD and spends most of his time staring out of his window as the inhabitants of Chestnut Close go about their lives. Until the day he is the last person to see his next door...

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George

George

Alex Gino

Allow me to introduce you to a remarkable book, full of love, wonder, hope, and the importance of getting to be who you were meant to be. You must read this. - David Levithan, author of Every Day and editor of George. GEORGE is...

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Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet

Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet

Elaine DePrince, Michaela DePrince

Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, she witnesses atrocities that no child ever should. Her father is killed by rebels and her mother dies of famine. Sent to an orphanage, Michaela is mistreated and she sees the brutal murder of...

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Booked

Booked

Kwame Alexander

Twelve-year-old Nick is a football-mad boy who absolutely hates books. In this title, football, family, love, and friendship take centre stage as Nick tries to figure out how to navigate his parents' break-up, stand up to bullies,...

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 Read reviewThe Secrets We Keep,

The Secrets We Keep,

Nova Weetman

A beautifully written and insightful new novel sensitively uncovering the effects of trauma on the mind of an eleven - year - old girl. I don't know if you've ever seen a house burn, but it's not like anything else ... Clem...

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Ugly (younger readers)

Ugly (younger readers)

Robert Hoge

A beaut story about one very ugly kid.

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The Song from Somewhere Else

The Song from Somewhere Else

A. F. Harrold, Levi Pinfold

A powerful and poignant story about friendship from the author of the critically acclaimed The Imaginary, illustrated by award-winning illustrator Levi Pinfold. Perfect for fans of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman

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The War That Saved My Life

The War That Saved My Life

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

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 Read reviewWolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow

Lauren Wolk

Annabelle has lived in Wolf Hollow all her life: a quiet place, still scarred by two world wars. But when cruel, manipulative Betty arrives in town, Annabelle's calm world is shattered, along with everything she's ever known about...

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Gracefully Grayson

Gracefully Grayson

Ami Polonsky

Grayson, a transgender twelve-year-old, learns to accept her true identity and share it with the world --

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 Read reviewThe Other Side of Summer

The Other Side of Summer

Emily Gale

This sweet and spellbinding story about family, friends and believing in yourself will warm your heart.

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 Read reviewThe Bubble Boy

The Bubble Boy

Stewart Foster

Wonder meets Mark Haddon in this beautifully poignant and uplifting story from a talented new voice

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Wonder

Wonder

R. J. Palacio

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary...

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 Read reviewThe Meaning of Maggie

The Meaning of Maggie

Megan Jean Sovern

This debut coming of age novel from a fresh new talent will have readers laughing, cheering and crying as they learn, like Maggie, what is means to be okay and what it means to live.

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 Read reviewWhen Friendship Followed Me Home

When Friendship Followed Me Home

Paul Griffin

A boy's chance encounter with a scruffy dog leads to an unforgettable friendship in this deeply moving story about life, loss and the meaning of family

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 Read reviewGoodbye Stranger

Goodbye Stranger

Rebecca Stead

As Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan's Upper West Side with her best friends, curvacious Em, crusader Tab, and a curious new friend--or more than friend--Sherm, she finds the answer she has been seeking since...

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Courage for Beginners

Courage for Beginners

Karen Harrington

A heartfelt coming-of-age sotry dealing with mental illness, friendship, and family.

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 Read reviewMolly And Pim And The Millions Of Stars

Molly And Pim And The Millions Of Stars

Martine Murray

Molly's mother is not like other mothers: she rides a yellow bike and collects herbs and makes potions, perhaps even magical potions. Molly wants to be normal, like her friend Ellen, and watch television and eat food that comes in...

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Boy In The Tower

Boy In The Tower

Polly Ho-Yen

When they first arrived, they came quietly and stealthily as if they tip-toed into the world when we were all looking the other way. Ade loves living at the top of a tower block. From his window, he feels like he can see the whole...

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The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress

David Walliams, Quentin Blake

The sparkling debut children's novel from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children's author in the country, with sparkling new cover look to tie in with later books.

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 Read reviewThe Secret Horses of Briar Hill

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

Megan Shepherd, Levi Pinfold

An exceptional and moving novel about the power of the imagination, illustrated by the winner of the Kate Greenaway medal.

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 Read reviewWhen Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (celebration edition)

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (celebration edition)

Judith Kerr

This unforgettable story of a Jewish family fleeing Germany before the Second World War, is now available in a special hardback edition to celebrate the 90th birthday of its author Judith Kerr, with a reproduction of the original...

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Hour of the Bees

Hour of the Bees

Lindsay Eagar

A beautifully written debut novel that weaves together magic and reality, about a girl's relationship with her mentally ill grandfather.

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 Read reviewPax

Pax

Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen

A moving story of the extraordinary friendship between a boy and his fox, and their epic journey to be reunited. Beautifully illustrated by multi-award winner, Jon Klassen.

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Out of My Mind

Out of My Mind

Draper

From a multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winning author comes the story of a brilliant girl that no one knows about because she cannot speak or write. If there is one book teens and parents (and everyone else) should read this...

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Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s

Holly Goldberg Sloan

If you loved The Curious Incident of the Dog At Night-Time, you'll adore Counting By 7s.

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