Recent junior & middle fiction from 2020

The Midnight Guardians

The Midnight Guardians

Ross Montgomery

Sometimes at the darkest hour, hope shines the brightest...

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 Read reviewGlassheart

Glassheart

Katharine Orton

An enchanting magical adventure set in the wild moors of Dartmoor - the second middle-grade novel from the bestselling author of Nevertell.

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The Silver Arrow

The Silver Arrow

Lev Grossman

Kate wasn't expecting much when she wrote to her wealthy estranged uncle to ask for a birthday present. Certainly she wasn't expecting a colossal steam train called the Silver Arrow to arrive on her doorstep.

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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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Catch Me If I Fall

Catch Me If I Fall

Barry Jonsberg

A brilliant and timely middle-grade novel from the bestselling author of My Life As An Alphabet and A Song Only I Can Hear.

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The Traitor (Wolf Girl, Book 4)

The Traitor (Wolf Girl, Book 4)

Anh Do, Lachlan Creagh

Wolf Girl and her trusty dogs are back for another hackle-raising adventure. On the run from sinister forces, Gwen rushes head-long into danger. With giant snakes, Komodo dragons and a whole new wolf pack to contend with, Wolf...

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The Hungry Ghost

The Hungry Ghost

H.S. Norup

Freja arrives in Singapore during the month of the hungry ghost, when old spirits are said to roam the streets and families must make offerings to appease their ancestors. She's homesick for her Danish hometown and isn't sure she...

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My Life as a Cat

My Life as a Cat

Carlie Sorosiak

A wise, funny and moving story of what it means to find a family, from the best-selling author of I, Cosmo.

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The Beast and the Bethany

The Beast and the Bethany

Jack Meggitt-Phillips, Isabelle Follath

Reads like a modern classic. Sharp, funny, original - I thought this was brilliant' - Sam Copeland, author of the bestselling Charlie Changes into a Chicken 'What a FEAST! A funny and (bone) cracking good read' -...

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Code Name Bananas

Code Name Bananas

David Walliams, Tony Ross

Go back in time with No. 1 bestselling author David Walliams for a whizz-bang epic adventure of action, laughter and secret plots - and the extraordinary friendship between a little boy and a huge gorilla that just might save the...

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The Deep End (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 15)

The Deep End (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 15)

Jeff Kinney

In The Deep End, book 15 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley and his family hit the road for a cross-country camping trip, ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

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The 130-Storey Treehouse

The 130-Storey Treehouse

Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton

Prepare for more out-of-this-world adventure in Andy and Terry's new 130-storey treehouse!      

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 Read reviewThe Stolen Prince of Cloudburst

The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst

Jaclyn Moriarty, Kelly Canby

Long ago, the little Prince of Cloudburst was stolen from the seashore by a Water Sprite. Now, ten years later, the prince has found his way home. The King and Queen are planning the biggest party in their Kingdom's history to...

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Darwin's Dragons

Darwin’s Dragons

Lindsay Galvin

Syms Covington has landed the job of a lifetime on Charles Darwins ship. But after being shipwrecked on a Galapagos island, he makes a discovery that could change the worldand make his fortune. Should he share his find, or will it...

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Skydragon (Skydragon, Book 1)

Skydragon (Skydragon, Book 1)

Anh Do, James Hart

Amber has always loved insects, even before the day her life changed forever. But now she feels something different. Something more...powerful. Controlling her power might be the hardest thing Amber has ever done. Especially...

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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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Sherlock Bones and the Sea-creature Feature

Sherlock Bones and the Sea-creature Feature

Renee Treml

Another hilariously funny, action-packed adventure, starring the intrepid Sherlock Bones and his partner-in-mystery-solving, Watts.

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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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Tricky Nick

Tricky Nick

Nicholas J. Johnson

The completely true, not-at-all-made-up story of how ten-year-old Tricky Nick became the greatest magician in the world.

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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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Malory Towers: Malory Towers Darrell and Friends: Based on the TV series

Malory Towers: Malory Towers Darrell and Friends: Based on the TV series

Enid Blyton, Narinder Dhami

The best-loved boarding girls' boarding school ever comes to our screens for the first time in 2020! NOW ON CBBC AND BBC iPLAYER.

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 Read reviewThe Heart of the Bubble

The Heart of the Bubble

Trace Balla

From award-winning author Trace Balla, this graphic novel set during the coronavirus pandemic is the touching tale of a family's awakening to what really matters.

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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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Jefferson

Jefferson

Jean-Claude Mourlevat, Ros Schwartz

When Jefferson the hedgehog goes to his hairdresser's, he's shocked to discover the barber lying dead on the floor.

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 Read reviewHodgepodge (How to Make a Pet Monster, Book 1)

Hodgepodge (How to Make a Pet Monster, Book 1)

Lili Wilkinson, Dustin Spence

I'm Artie. I'm eleven years old. I do not believe in ghosts, or monsters. I do believe in science.

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Hope Jones Saves the World

Hope Jones Saves the World

Josh Lacey, Beatriz Castro

Hi, my name is Hope Jones and I'm giving up plastic to save our oceans! Giving up plastic is really hard. There's so much everywhere! In the supermarket, my classroom, our bathroom ... And grown-ups don't seem to care....

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 Read reviewThe Secret Library of Hummingbird House

The Secret Library of Hummingbird House

Julianne Negri

A brilliant time-slip novel with a contemporary twist, The Secret Library of Hummingbird House celebrates standing up, speaking out and letting go of the past.

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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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 Read reviewAcross the Risen Sea

Across the Risen Sea

Bren MacDibble

Neoma and Jag and their small community are 'living gentle lives' on high ground surrounded by the risen sea that has caused widespread devastation. When strangers from the Valley of the Sun arrive unannounced, the friends find...

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Mermaid School: Ready, Steady, Swim!

Mermaid School: Ready, Steady, Swim!

Lucy Courtenay, Sheena Dempsey

There's a new PE teacher at Mermaid School and he's very strict. Marnie Blue and her friends are horrified when he brings back Golden Glory sports day, with a super-tricky obstacle relay. It's a turtle disaster!

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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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 Read reviewMarshmallow Pie The Cat Superstar

Marshmallow Pie The Cat Superstar

Clara Vulliamy

A hilarious new series from Clara Vulliamy, the author-illustrator of Dotty Detective, about grumpy cat Marshmallow Pie and his reluctant pursuit of stardom. Perfect for fans of Toto the Ninja Cat or The Secret Life of Pets.

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Brasswitch and Bot (The Rise of the Remarkables, Book 1)

Brasswitch and Bot (The Rise of the Remarkables, Book 1)

Gareth Ward

Drawn into a world of prejudice, deceit and danger, Wrench must master her powers, knowing they offer her only hope for survival...if they don't destroy the world first.

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Jack's Secret Summer

Jack’s Secret Summer

Jack Ryder, Alice McKinley

Join the Secret Summer gang on an unforgettable magical adventure, full of humour and heart - for fans of The Famous Five and Roald Dahl.

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The Secret Cave (Wolf Girl, Book 3)

The Secret Cave (Wolf Girl, Book 3)

Anh Do, Lachlan Creagh

Wolf Girl is back in the wild, but that doesn't mean life is any easier for her and her loyal pack of dogs.

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Flember 1: The Secret Book

Flember 1: The Secret Book

Jamie Smart

A mysterious island. A long forgotten secret. The magical force of life... And...A GIANT ROBOT BEAR! Meet our hero, boy-inventor Dev, as he discovers the power of FLEMBER!

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E-Boy (E-Boy, Book 1)

E-Boy (E-Boy, Book 1)

Anh Do, Chris Wahl

Ethan is supposed to be doing regular teenage things - like playing sports and hanging out with friends. He is not supposed to be in hospital getting a brain tumour removed by Gemini, a high-tech android doctor. But just as the...

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The Boy Who Fooled the World

The Boy Who Fooled the World

Lisa Thompson

Telling a little white lie now and then is harmless, right? But what if it leads to you being a household name and international celebrity? Cole is the boy who fooled the world and finds himself trapped in a huge web of lies......

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Willow Moss and the Forgotten Tale (Starfell, Book 2)

Willow Moss and the Forgotten Tale (Starfell, Book 2)

Dominique Valente, Sarah Warburton

The anticipated second book in 2019's breakout magical fantasy series, Starfell, starring misfit witch Willow Moss. Perfect for readers of 8+ and beautifully illustrated throughout by Sarah Warburton.

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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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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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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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Cloudburst: A Jack Courtney Adventure

Cloudburst: A Jack Courtney Adventure

Wilbur Smith

But this summer his parents are travelling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for a gorilla conference, and they've promised to take Jack and his friends with them. The three friends will need their wits about them if they...

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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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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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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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Coco the Big City Kitty

Coco the Big City Kitty

Laura Bunting, Nicky Johnston

Once there was a small kitten named Coco. Coco lived on the top floor of the tallest building on Meowington Avenue. Her days were filled with action, excitement, noise and activity. And nothing made Coco happier than being a...

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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 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 (Wings of Fire Legends)

Dragonslayer (Wings of Fire Legends)

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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Where the Watermelons Grow

Where the Watermelons Grow

Cindy Baldwin

Twelve-year-old Della Kelly of Maryville, North Carolina, tries to come to terms with her mother's mental illness while her father struggles to save the farm from a record-breaking drought.

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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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