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Middle Grade

MG #1: SHIMMER IN A BLUE SKY (Fantasy)

Winning a dragon race is 13yo Lani’s only chance to enter the forbidden land holding her kidnapped father. But to register for the race, she must unravel the curse that stole her magic and turned her beloved dragon, Orys, invisible. #ownvoices Taiwan-inspired Scorpio Races.

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MG #2: LACY AND THE BUTTERBEES (Fantasy)

11-year-old Lacy secretly runs a pastry company alone. When an orphanage moves next door, lonely Lacy must outsmart the mean matron to rescue three friends, even if it means risking her biggest secret of all. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Home Alone with girl power.

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MG #3: PATCHING HOLES (Contemporary Realism)

The beginning of summer vacation finds thirteen-year-old farm girl Blake Jensen managing acres of grief from a baby brother’s accidental drowning and Dad’s recent incarceration for drugs. When she chases trespassers off the property, she stumbles onto $8K Dad hid before going to prison. With strangers still creeping the farm, Blake must confront Dad to protect her mom and brother, and maybe begin patching the holes in her heart. For readers of SUMMERLOST + THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH.

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MG #4: DAISY FROM SCRATCH (Contemporary Novel-in-Verse)

Daisy’s dream of opening a bakery with her BFF crumbles when she’s diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Not that Kat cares, she’s too busy hanging out with sixth grade’s new queen bee. When Daisy develops an eating disorder that lands her in the hospital, she must decide whether to keep fighting for her old life, or start over from scratch.

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MG #5: THE SPACETACULAR ADVENTURES OF ALCORA T51984 (Sci-Fi with Illustrative and Epistolary Elements)

LOST IN SPACE meets HOME ALONE. All Alcora wants is to design bots. When her new-found family rips her away from her home planet and a bounty hunter’s sent after them, Alcora must choose. Abandon her dream…or her family.

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MG #6: REVERIE (Contemporary Fantasy)

THE LAND OF YESTERDAY meets CIRCUS MIRANDUS. Andrea enters Reverie—a circus built of dreams—to escape the pain of her brother Francis’s disappearance, never imagining that the circus is a prison in disguise. When she discovers that Francis may also be trapped inside, she must beat Reverie’s ringmaster at his twisted, magical game or be lost in Reverie’s nightmare forever.

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MG #7: JUSTICE AT THE ZOO (Mystery)

Ember, a clever young snake, must solve the mystery behind a zookeeper's death before the accused lion is executed, or else she'll become the lion's last meal. SHERLOCK HOLMES meets THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN.

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MG #8: ALL ABOUT THE RUSH (Contemporary LGBTQ)

Danger doesn’t scare 12-year-old Kiki--not living with her artist father on his houseboat does. In order to convince her adrenaline-fueled dad to let her stay with him, Kiki takes up glass-blowing, makes a new friend, and does everything she can to reach a 10.0 on her Rush Scale. But when her crush, Mayra, won’t tolerate Kiki’s risk-taking, Kiki needs to decide what’s most important.

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MG #9: TAKE BACK THE BLOCK (#OwnVoices Contemporary)

Wes would rather admire his sneaker collection than march in a protest with his activist parents. But the activism becomes personal when gentrification threatens his own neighborhood. Wes must find a way to save his community or he and his neighbors will be forced out of their homes for good.

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MG #10: SOMEWHERE IN A BETTER UNIVERSE (Contemporary)

Surviving seventh grade with Super Awkward Weirdo Syndrome—aka social anxiety—is tough enough before Brian lands in foster care on the Worst. Birthday. Ever. As Brian struggles, Ezra wants to help but he's hiding his Brian-crush. For both, opening up means risking rejection—or maybe discovering the best in each other, and in themselves.

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MG #11: SUMMER OF THE LAWNMOWER (Contemporary Fantasy)

Bryce has one summer to prove he’s responsible. Then he accidentally brings the lawnmower to life. He tries to hide it by starting a mowing business, but the sentient lawnmower hasn’t learned “stay” yet, his employees are demanding benefits, and if Dad finds out he’s been lying all summer, he might never trust Bryce again. OLD YELLER meets UNGIFTED.

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MG #12: DRUM CORPSE (Speculative Mystery)

Lady Octavia’s is not your average music school. At this academy, students are expected to master dangerous weapon-instrument hybrids, and Pitch’s mother, the late Sonata Remington, was the best drum major the school has ever known. Twelve-year-old Pitch dreams of following in her mother’s footsteps. But when a competition for first chair threatens her place at the academy, Pitch must unravel the mysteries of her mother’s past to master the secrets hidden within her piccolo. The more Pitch investigates, the more she realizes that sinister forces haunt Lady Octavia’s halls, and Sonata might not have been a hero after all. THE IRON TRIAL and THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL—with a marching band twist

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MG #13: WHILE I WAS AWAY (Memoir)

When twelve-year-old Waka’s Japanese-born parents fear she is “losing her culture,” they send her from her Kansas home to stay in Japan with the difficult grandmother she barely knows and attend school during what should have been her summer vacation. Now she’s not the all-A’s pipsqueak but the “big dumb jock,” and her home is not six-people noisy but quietly suffocating. To survive, she must embrace her new identity and even her grandmother without also losing herself.

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MG #14: MAGGIE STONE AND THE SPORE KING (Speculative with STEM Elements)

Twelve-year-old naturalist Maggie Stone can’t escape the scandal that drove her crackpot scientist dad out of town, but she has a plan to bring him home. Everything hinges on her scientific find: a beautiful, bioluminescent fungus. But when it mutates and invades town, Dad's zany ideas may hold the key to stopping Sporemageddon. If Maggie’s wrong, she’ll crater her reputation––even worse, everyone she loves will become spore-spewing fungus hosts.

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MG #15: BOOKSHOP OF DUST AND DREAMS (Historical Fantasy)

Never use the magic for your own gain. That’s the most important rule in enchanted bookshops like the one where Poppy and her family live. But Rhyme and Reason has a mind of its own, and when Poppy’s brother triggers the shop’s dark magic, it becomes first unpredictable, and then dangerous. Now, Poppy must restore the balance before time runs out, and the shop destroys everyone she loves.

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