Recent junior & middle fiction from 2020

Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game

Mr. Lemoncello’s All-Star Breakout Game

Chris Grabenstein

Discover what James Patterson calls the coolest library in the world in the fourth fun-filled, action-packed adventure in the bestselling series from the much-loved coauthor of Max Einstein and I Funny!

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Turtle Boy

Turtle Boy

M. Evan Wolkenstein

Will likes two things: turtles and the local nature reserve. Everything else is a nightmare, because Will has a facial difference that has earned him an unfortunate nickname. But when Will's Bar Mitzvah community service project...

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A Clock of Stars: The Shadow Moth

A Clock of Stars: The Shadow Moth

Francesca Gibbons, Chris Riddell

With all the magic of Narnia and the humour of Mary Poppins, this is a future middle grade fantasy classic - and the beginning of an unforgettable journey...

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Pierre's Not There

Pierre’s Not There

Ursula Dubosarsky, Christopher Nielsen

Lara had always wished she was a dog, and one day, just for a short time, she actually became one. This is how it happened.

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Cally and Jimmy: Twins in Trouble

Cally and Jimmy: Twins in Trouble

Zoe Antoniades, Katie Kear

Join Cally and Jimmy in four hilarious stories, perfect for newly confident readers. They get into scrapes together, bake some poisonous cakes, almost ruin their school assembly and finally have a twintastic birthday party.

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Let Me Fix That for You

Let Me Fix That for You

Janice Erlbaum

In this sweet, smart, and hilarious middle-grade comedy, a middle school fixer gets into trouble when she tries to fix her parents' relationship.

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 Read reviewThe Odds (The Odds, Book 1)

The Odds (The Odds, Book 1)

Matt Stanton

The highly anticipated brand new junior fiction series from the bestselling author of Funny Kid. From mega-bestselling author-illustrator Matt Stanton comes an ORIGINAL + HILARIOUS new series!

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Little Jiang

Little Jiang

Shirley Marr, Katy Jiang

Mei Ling Pang was born at an inauspicious time on an inauspicious day, so wherever she goes, misfortune follows. When Little Jiang hops out of his grave and into Mei's life, fangs and all, her luck goes from bad to worse. But in...

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Return to Roar

Return to Roar

Jenny McLachlan, Ben Mantle

Believing was just the beginning...get ready to return to Roar in the magical sequel to the bestselling fantasy adventure.

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 Read reviewHollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor Book 3)

Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor Book 3)

Jessica Townsend

Something wicked is taking hold of Nevermoor... In Morrigan Crow's third Wundrous adventure, she faces her most dangerous challenge yet.

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Grime and Punishment  (The Adventures of Dog Man, Book 9)

Grime and Punishment (The Adventures of Dog Man, Book 9)

Dav Pilkey

The next great Dog Man adventure from the worldwide bestselling author and artist Dav Pilkey. You'll howl with laughter!    

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 Read reviewHow to Write the Soundtrack to Your Life

How to Write the Soundtrack to Your Life

Fiona Hardy

From the up-and-coming talent behind How To Make A Movie in 12 Days comes a funny and moving mystery about family, friendship and finding your voice.     

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Funny Kid Belly Flop (Funny Kid, Book 8)

Funny Kid Belly Flop (Funny Kid, Book 8)

Matt Stanton

Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen. Max and Abby hardly ever agree on anything ... until now! They are both desperate to get out of this Friday's swimming carnival. Max is the funny kid, and...

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Hilda's Sparrow Scout Badge Guide

Hilda’s Sparrow Scout Badge Guide

Emily Hibbs, Victoria Evans

Join Hilda, Twig and friends to find out what it takes to be a brave and brilliant Sparrow Scout in this very-nearly official (with a few little additions from Hilda) guide. Learn how to collect scouting badges, from practical...

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All's Happy That Ends Happy

All’s Happy That Ends Happy

Rose Lagercrantz, Eva Eriksson

The final book in the acclaimed and beloved chapter book series that celebrates Dani's special ability to be happy and make others happy too.    

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From Stella Street to Amsterdam

From Stella Street to Amsterdam

Elizabeth Honey

When Henni's stubborn old neighbour Willa insists on returning to her childhood home in the Netherlands for a wedding, Henni leaps at the chance to be her travelling companion. 'Lucky duck! Fantastic opportunity!' That's what...

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The Witch's Boy: From the author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon

The Witch’s Boy: From the author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Kelly Barnhill

When a Bandit King comes to steal the magic that Ned's mother, a witch, is meant to keep, it's Ned who protects his community. In another kingdom, lives Aine, the daughter of the Bandit King. But when Aine and Ned&rsqu

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Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure

Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure

Jeff Kinney

Beloved characters Rowley Jefferson and Greg Heffley are reimagined in an epic quest by internationally bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Jeff Kinney.

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A Clue for Clara

A Clue for Clara

Lian Tanner

Clara wants to be a famous detective with her own TV show. She can read claw marks, find missing feathers and knows morse code and semaphore. There's just one problem. She's a small scruffy chook, and no one takes her seriously.

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 Read reviewWhat Zola Did on Monday

What Zola Did on Monday

Melina Marchetta, Deb Hudson

From the author of Looking for Alibrandi comes this gorgeous series to engage and entertain newly independent young readers.

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 Read reviewWhen Rain Turns to Snow

When Rain Turns to Snow

Jane Godwin

A runaway boy, a baby and a whole lot of questions...

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Gemma Riley and the Fashion Fiasco

Gemma Riley and the Fashion Fiasco

Jules Van Mil

Gemma Riley is a fashion designing genius. With ingenuity, pluck and a sewing bag at hand, she must solve a mystery and save the fashion day.

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The Boy Who Made the World Disappear: From the author of the bestselling The Day I Fell Into a Fairytale

The Boy Who Made the World Disappear: From the author of the bestselling The Day I Fell Into a Fairytale

Ben Miller

Following the breakout success of his instant festive classic, The Night I Met Father Christmas, get ready for the brilliant new novel from comedian, actor and bestselling author, Ben Miller!

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As Fast As I Can

As Fast As I Can

Penny Tangey

One girl. One dream. A few hurdles. Ten-year-old Vivian is determined to win a medal at the Olympic Games one day. Problem is, she hasn't found a sport she's any good at yet.

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Incredible Rescue Mission (Planet Omar, Book 3)

Incredible Rescue Mission (Planet Omar, Book 3)

Zanib Mian, Nasaya Mafaridik

The third hilarious book from the amazing brain of Omar! The combination of Zanib Mian's hilarious text and Nasaya Mafaridik's fantastic cartoon-style illustrations make the PLANET OMAR series absolutely perfect for fans of Tom...

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Ozzy Rules! (AFL Little Legends, Book 1)

Ozzy Rules! (AFL Little Legends, Book 1)

Nicole Hayes, Adrian Beck

Packed with footy fun, this hilarious junior fiction series follows the highs and lows of junior footy.

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The Grumpy Neighbour

The Grumpy Neighbour

Sally Rippin, Aki Fukuoka

Celebrating 10 Years of Billie B Brown in 2020!

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Timmy the Ticked-Off Pony and the Poo of Excitement (Timmy the Ticked-Off Pony, Book 1)

Timmy the Ticked-Off Pony and the Poo of Excitement (Timmy the Ticked-Off Pony, Book 1)

Magda Szubanski, Dean Rankine

Timmy is rude. He's lazy. He's ALWAYS cranky. And he's also one of the most FAMOUS ponies in all the known world! Until one day when...POO HAPPENS. Surely one little poo of excitement can't ruin Timmy's life. Can it?

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 Read reviewTake Off! (Evie and Pog, Book 1)

Take Off! (Evie and Pog, Book 1)

Tania McCartney, Cecelia Ramsdale

In the bestselling tradition of Ella and Olivia, comes the first book in a new series for early readers about best friends, Evie and Pog.

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Slime

Slime

David Walliams, Tony Ross

The new children's book from No. 1 bestselling author David Walliams - a fantastically funny tale illustrated by artistic genius, Tony Ross.

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Girls Change the Game: A Choose Your Own Football Adventure

Girls Change the Game: A Choose Your Own Football Adventure

Gabrielle Gloury, Michael Hyde

The first Scorpions Under 14 Girls team from the Westpark Football Club has just been announced and this is their very first game. The Girls Scorpions are up against the in-form team of the comp, the Eastvale Ravens.

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The Highland Falcon Thief

The Highland Falcon Thief

M. G. Leonard, Sam Sedgman

Climb aboard the Highland Falcon and help Harrison Beck find a jewel thief!

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Lalani of the Distant Sea

Lalani of the Distant Sea

Erin Entrada Kelly

When Lalani Sarita's mother falls ill with an incurable disease, Lalani embarks on a dangerous journey across the sea .

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H is for Happiness

H is for Happiness

Barry Jonsberg

Laugh-out-loud funny and wonderfully touching, H is for Happiness is the film based on Barry Jonsberg's award-winning novel My Life as an Alphabet.  

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 Read reviewWink

Wink

Rob Harrell

Maybe Batpig can come to the rescue? Based on Rob Harrell's own real life experience with eye cancer, and including amazing comic-strip artwork, this poignant and authentic novel is unforgettable, hilarious and uplifting.

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Monster Nanny

Monster Nanny

Tuutikki Tolonen, Pasi Pitkanen

Halley, Koby and Mimi have been sent a nanny to look after them while their parents are away. The only problem? Their nanny is a monster!

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Explorers on Black Ice Bridge

Explorers on Black Ice Bridge

Alex Bell, Tomislav Tomic

Ice princess Stella Snowflake and her father Felix are in trouble: President Fogg has expelled them from the Polar Bear Explorers' Club, and banned them from going on any further expeditions. Stella's not going to be put off by...

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The Besties to the Rescue

The Besties to the Rescue

Felice Arena, Tom Jellett

Oliver and Ruby have been besties forever...

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The Besties Show and Smell

The Besties Show and Smell

Felice Arena, Tom Jellett

Oliver and Ruby have been besties forever...

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The Champions of the Blade (Paladero, Book 4)

The Champions of the Blade (Paladero, Book 4)

Steven Lochran

Joss, Hero and Drake are prentice paladeros, cowboy-knights that ride dinosaurs and fight to protect their Kingdom. Now, they face the ultimate battle: themselves.

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 Read reviewTiger Heart

Tiger Heart

Penny Chrimes

One magical friendship. One roaring adventure. The magical tale of a bold young chimney sweep and a remarkable tiger, a dangerously hypnotic ruby and a mystical land that's found across an ocean and through a storm. Perfect for...

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The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane

The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane

Julia Nobel

When You Reach Me meets Gallagher Girls in this exciting new series that brings readers on a journey filled with secrets, action, and mystery. Now in paperback!

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Evie and Pog: Puppy Playtime!

Evie and Pog: Puppy Playtime!

Tania McCartney

In the bestselling tradition of Ella and Olivia, comes another book in this new series for early readers about best friends, Evie and Pog.

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Unexpected Super Spy (Planet Omar, Book 2)

Unexpected Super Spy (Planet Omar, Book 2)

Zanib Mian, Nasaya Mafaridik

The second hilarious book from the amazing brain of Omar! The combination of Zanib Mian's hilarious text and Nasaya Mafaridik's fantastic cartoon-style illustrations make the PLANET OMAR series absolutely perfect for fans of Tom...

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That Time I Got Kidnapped

That Time I Got Kidnapped

Tom Mitchell

Second hilarious novel from the author of the funny, filmic and fast-paced crime-caper HOW TO ROB A BANK.

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Her Perilous Mansion

Her Perilous Mansion

Sean Williams

In a strange mansion miles from anywhere, an orphan named Almanac and a twelfth daughter named Etta find themselves working - and bickering - side by side in the largely deserted rooms.

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The Chicken's Curse

The Chicken’s Curse

Frances Watts

Felix and Livia are being pursued across the Roman empire, from the darkest, dampest corner of Gaul to the dry, desert sands of Tadmor. They must reach Rome by the Ides of April to rescue Livia's brother before he is sent into the...

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Max and the Midknights

Max and the Midknights

Lincoln Peirce

Need a hero? It's Max to the rescue! The first book in the laugh-out-loud series from the bestselling author of Big Nate.

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Sasha's Secret

Sasha’s Secret

Cathy Cassidy

The must-have third book in the gorgeous Lost and Found series from Cathy Cassidy, bestselling author of the Chocolate Box Girls.

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Everlasting Nora

Everlasting Nora

Marie Miranda Cruz

An uplifting young reader debut about perseverance, hope, and family, Everlasting Nora follows a girl living in the real-life shanty town inside the Philippines' Manila North Cemetery

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Mermaid School

Mermaid School

Lucy Courtenay, Sheena Dempsey

It is Marnie Blue's very first day at Lady Sealia Foam's Mermaid School, and she's terrified. What's more, her famous diva aunt Christabel was a notorious rebel at the same school, and got up to all sorts of naughtiness. Marnie is...

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Agents of the Wild: Operation Honeyhunt

Agents of the Wild: Operation Honeyhunt

Jennifer Bell, Alice Lickens

Enter the world of Agnes & Attie: Agents of the Wild; fun-packed young fiction with wildlife conservation themes.

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Little Bird Lost

Little Bird Lost

Patricia Hegarty, Sebastiaan Van Doninck

When Little Bird is separated from the rest of his flock, he doesn't know what to do. He has injured his wing and can't fly! But then he comes across a friendly deer, and together they set off on an epic journey, in search of...

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Waiting for Anya

Waiting for Anya

Michael Morpurgo

Jo places his life in danger when he helps protect a growing number of Jewish children who have sought refuge at a reclusive widow's farm.

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Eddy Popcorn's Guide to Parent Training

Eddy Popcorn’s Guide to Parent Training

Dee White, Benjamin Johnson

The school holidays have started and EDDY POPCORN is about to turn twelve. Then disaster strikes-Eddy is GROUNDED for not doing his homework. Parents suck!

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Weird Little Robots

Weird Little Robots

Carolyn Crimi, Corinna Luyken

Eleven-year-old Penny Rose has just moved to a new town, and so far the robots she builds herself are her only company. But with just a bit of magic, everything changes: she becomes best friends with Lark, has the chance to join a...

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The Last Human

The Last Human

Lee Bacon

An unlikely friendship. A story about what it means to be human. Humans went extinct thirty years ago. And twelve-year-old robot XR_935 is just fine with that. Everything runs smoothly and efficiently. Until the day XR...

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Frankie Fish and the Wild Wild Mess

Frankie Fish and the Wild Wild Mess

Peter Helliar, Lesley Vamos

Australia's favourite comedian and children's author Peter Helliar is BACK! Giddy up for the next instalment in the best-selling Frankie Fish series: it's the wildest time-travel adventure to date ...

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Watch This! (Danny Best, Book 4)

Watch This! (Danny Best, Book 4)

Jen Storer, Mitch Vane

For fans of Funny Kid and Weirdo, comes the fourth hilarious book about a legend named Danny Best. Best by name, best by reputation...

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Ben Braver and the Vortex of Doom (The Super Life of Ben Braver, Book 3)

Ben Braver and the Vortex of Doom (The Super Life of Ben Braver, Book 3)

Marcus Emerson

Ben Braver has one day to save the world. The students of Kepler Academy are under threat...again. And, this time, so is the rest of the world. Ben Braver might just be humanity's only hope. Ben will have to overcome all kinds of...

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Keeper of the Lost Cities

Keeper of the Lost Cities

Shannon Messenger

In this riveting debut, a telepathic girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world - before the wrong person finds the answer first.

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The First Sniff (Fartboy, Book 1)

The First Sniff (Fartboy, Book 1)

Adam Wallace

Martin Kennedy is the tidiest boy in the worlds tidiest town. Martin is so neat and clean that he has never ever farted: UNTIL NOW.

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Small Mercies

Small Mercies

Bridget Krone

Mercy's afraid social workers will take her away. But lessons from the past may help her change the future.

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The Rusty Rescue (BOOT, Book 2)

The Rusty Rescue (BOOT, Book 2)

Shane Hegarty, Ben Mantle

For fans of Toy Story and Charlie Changes into a Chicken, this is the second hilarious, warm-hearted story about a small robot on a big adventure. With illustrations by Ben Mantle bringing Boot's world to life, this is a...

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The Story Collector

The Story Collector

Kristin O'Donnell Tubb, Iacopo Bruno

In partnership with the New York Public Library and from author Kristin O'Donnell Tubb comes a historical fiction middle-grade novel inspired by the real life of Viviani Joffre Fedeler, born and raised in the New York Public...

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Dragonslayer

Dragonslayer

Tui,T Sutherland

This special edition of the #1 New York Times best-selling Wings of Fire series soars back in time to give readers a glimpse of Pyrrhia through new eyes.

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The Secret of White Stone Gate (Black Hollow Lane, Book 2)

The Secret of White Stone Gate (Black Hollow Lane, Book 2)

Julia Nobel

Before returning to Wellsworth, twelve-year-old Emmy receives a letter from her father telling her to trust no one, but the Order is up to no good and she will need help to stop them.

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Lost in Space: Return to Yesterday

Lost in Space: Return to Yesterday

Kevin Emerson

With more than 30.5 million viewers to date, Lost in Space is Netflix's dazzling new sci-fi adventure series that brings the whole family together. The first installment of this original middle-grade series is timed perfectly to...

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