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Middle Grade

MG #16: THE UNIVERSE AND OTHER ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS (Contemporary LGBTQ)

With her dad living across the country and her brother about to bolt for college, 12-year-old Winnie masterminds a 3000-mile road trip to reunite her family. Her brother hasn’t seen their dad since transitioning to his true gender but begrudgingly agrees to the trip for Winnie. Facing mechanical troubles, natural disasters, and mansplaining stranger danger, Winnie’s plan to bring her family back into orbit implodes, leaving her wondering if she can be the gravitational field holding them together or if they’ll end up light years apart.

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MG #17: THE PRINCE OF STEEL PIER (#OwnVoices Historical)

13-year-old Joey Goodman is about as tough as gefilte fish—just ask his big Jewish family. But when a notorious Atlantic City gangster offers him a job, Joey unwittingly joins a very different "family." Now, Joey must find his strength and stand up to the mob boss to save those he loves from sleeping with the fishes.

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MG #18: TUMBLEWEEDS (Contemporary)

11-year-old Waylon Willie Nelson has three jobs in his tiny desert town: lawnmower racing, selling tumbleweeds online, and taking care of Gran, whose Dr. Pepper-and-casino-loving ways have gotten her into a heap of trouble. Suddenly Waylon’s in way over his head on all three counts, trying to juggle disgruntled customers, a championship race, and Gran’s bad health. If only Waylon can figure out why Gran booted his mother out and get her to come back, maybe Waylon won’t be in this alone.

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MG #19: THE HOUSE OF DEAD BOYS (Horror)

Still reeling from his mother’s death, Nat moves with his estranged father into a ramshackle house, haunted by a girl murdered in 1928. At first, Nat rejects rumors that the vengeful ghost has killed every boy to live there. But when green eyes stare from shadowed corners and a bloated corpse floats over his bed, Nat must race to uncover the secrets of Hex House before he becomes the ghost’s next victim.

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MG #20: FERRET OF THE CARIBBEAN (Fantasy Adventure)

Named for his swift paws, Tentacles the ferret has one goal: stealing marvelous treasures across the Caribbean with the infamous pirate Goldbeard. When Tentacles is shipwrecked with a cabin boy under mysterious circumstances, it’s up to him to find his missing captain—even if it means facing a bath-obsessed lady, a cheeky one-eyed rat, and treacherous buccaneers. Along the way, he finds treasure greater than the shiniest jewel. THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN meets THE WIZARD'S DOG in this adventure full of heart and furry wit.

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MG #21: THE KEEPER OF THE KEY (Historical Fantasy)

When twelve-year-old Fungus dons a metal glove that can open any lock, he’ll use it to free his mother from her abductors. But no clever inventor or daring ship’s captain can save him from gold-masked ghosts that make entire ships disappear. The glove may be the key to unlocking all these mysteries, but only if he learns to use it before it claims his life. THE BLACKTHORN KEY meets MOBY DICK.

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MG #22: THE CURE FOR INFINITY (Historical Novel-in-Verse)

With a love of math, a new best friend, and an Army nurse sister who returns damaged from Vietnam, seventh-grader Jane uses poetry to document and deal with the injustices she encounters as a girl in 1969-70 America.

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