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Middle Grade & Young Adult Picks

Below is a list of recommended books for middle schoolers and young adults. This list is grouped by age range and alphabetically. Middle grade books are listed first alphabetically, followed by young adult titles listed alphabetically. While every reader is different, general age guidelines are: middle grade books (ages 8-12), and young adult books (ages 13 and up). For a list of graphic novels for young readers, click here.     

Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062975164
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 19th, 2021

Bump Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063007987
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 26th, 2021

Dear Sweet Pea Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062473080
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 2nd, 2021

Everything Comes Next: Collected and New Poems Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063013452
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 29th, 2020

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The First Rule of Punk Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780425290422
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Published: Puffin Books - July 17th, 2018

The First Rule of Punk is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one’s watching. 


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From the Desk of Zoe Washington Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062875860
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 5th, 2021

From debut author Janae Marks comes a captivating mystery full of heart, as one courageous girl questions assumptions, searches for the truth, and does what she believes is right--even in the face of great opposition. A perfect book for fans of Front Desk and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook!


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Front Desk (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338157826
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 25th, 2019

It will take all of Mia's courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?


Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever. Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780147517838
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Published: Puffin Books - May 8th, 2018

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George (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545812573
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 25th, 2017

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.
 


Katie the Catsitter Cover Image
By Colleen AF Venable, Stephanie Yue (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780593306321
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2021

The Land of the Cranes Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338343809
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 15th, 2020

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The List of Things That Will Not Change Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781101938096
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - April 7th, 2020

At a time when everything is changing for Bea and her family, the important things will always stay the same. A soon-to-be classic by the Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me. 


Maya and the Rising Dark Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328635181
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2020

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Merci Suárez Changes Gears Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781536212587
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Published: Candlewick - April 7th, 2020

Winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal, this coming-of-age tale by New York Times best-selling author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school — and the steadfast connection that defines family.


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Ms. Bixby's Last Day Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062338181
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Published: Walden Pond Press - April 4th, 2017

Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers. The boring ones, the mean ones, the ones who try too hard, the ones who stopped trying long ago. The ones you'll never remember, and the ones you want to forget. Ms. Bixby is none of these. She's the sort of teacher who makes you feel like school is somehow worthwhile.


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The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as told to his brother) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984848598
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021

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The Next Great Paulie Fink Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316380874
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 31st, 2020

In this acclaimed novel by the author of the award-winning, bestselling The Thing About Jellyfish, being the new kid at school isn't easy, especially when you have to follow in the footsteps of a legendary classroom prankster.


Not Your All-American Girl Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338037760
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 7th, 2020

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Other Words for Home Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062747815
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 6th, 2021

A gorgeously written, hopeful middle grade novel in verse about a young girl who must leave Syria to move to the United States, perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Aisha Saeed.


Paola Santiago and the River of Tears Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368049177
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - August 4th, 2020

Stand Up, Yumi Chung! Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780525554998
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Published: Puffin Books - March 16th, 2021

One lie snowballs into a full-blown double life in this irresistible story about an aspiring stand-up comedian.


Take Back the Block Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593175170
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 26th, 2021

When Life Gives You Mangos Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593173978
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - October 20th, 2020

While I Was Away Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063017115
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Published: Quill Tree Books - January 26th, 2021

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All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374312718
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 28th, 2020

In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys.


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American Betiya Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984897152
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 9th, 2021

The Beautiful Struggle (Adapted for Young Adults) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984894021
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Published: Delacorte Press - January 12th, 2021

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Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593303740
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - March 2nd, 2021

Bruised Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534455023
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 23rd, 2021

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Cemetery Boys Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250250469
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Published: Swoon Reads - September 1st, 2020

Concrete Rose Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062846716
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 12th, 2021

The Cousins Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780525708001
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Published: Delacorte Press - December 1st, 2020

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Felix Ever After Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062820266
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 20th, 2021

Firekeeper's Daughter Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

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Furia Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616209919
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

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Home Is Not a Country Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593177051
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Published: Make Me a World - March 2nd, 2021

How to Change Everything: The Young Human's Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other Cover Image
By Naomi Klein, Rebecca Stefoff (Adapted by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534474529
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - February 23rd, 2021

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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781524700515
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Published: Ember - March 5th, 2019

This poignant but often laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA is about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican American home. 


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Juliet Takes a Breath Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593108178
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Published: Dial Books - September 17th, 2019

Juliet Milagros Palante is a self-proclaimed closeted Puerto Rican baby dyke from the Bronx. Only, she's not so closeted anymore. Not after coming out to her family the night before flying to Portland, Oregon, to intern with her favorite feminist writer--what's sure to be a life-changing experience. And when Juliet's coming out crashes and burns, she's not sure her mom will ever speak to her again.


Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781534430662
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 23rd, 2021

Legendborn (The Legendborn Cycle) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534441606
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 15th, 2020

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The Lightness of Hands Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062382894
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 14th, 2020

A quirky and heartfelt coming-of-age story about a teen girl with bipolar II who signs her failed magician father up to perform his legendary but failed illusion on live TV in order to make enough money to pay for the medications they need--from the author of Symptoms of Being Human.


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Like a Love Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062839374
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 5th, 2020

It’s 1989 in New York City, and for three teens, the world is changing. Reza is an Iranian boy who has just moved to the city with his mother to live with his stepfather and stepbrother. He’s terrified that someone will guess the truth he can barely acknowledge about himself. Reza knows he’s gay, but all he knows of gay life are the media’s images of men dying of AIDS.


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Pet Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593175446
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2021

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The Poet X Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062662811
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Published: Quill Tree Books - April 7th, 2020

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Reaper of Souls (Kingdom of Souls #2) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062870988
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Published: HarperTeen - February 16th, 2021

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Sanctuary Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984815712
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

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The Serpent King Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780553524055
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Published: Ember - June 6th, 2017

Named to ten BEST OF THE YEAR lists and selected as a William C. Morris Award Winner, The Serpent King is the critically acclaimed, much-beloved story of three teens who find themselves--and each other--while on the cusp of graduating from high school with hopes of leaving their small-town behind.


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Sorry for Your Loss Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062571922
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Published: Quill Tree Books - February 11th, 2020

From Printz Honor winner and Morris Award finalist Jessie Ann Foley comes a comitragic YA novel that will appeal to fans of Jandy Nelson and Jeff Zentner. As the youngest of eight, painfully average Pup Flanagan is used to flying under the radar. He's barely passing his classes. He lets his longtime crush walk all over him. And he's in no hurry to decide on a college path.


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The Stars and the Blackness Between Them Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780525555490
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Published: Penguin Books - June 23rd, 2020

Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, Junauda Petrus's bold and lyrical debut is the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.


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Stay Gold Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062943170
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Published: HarperTeen - May 26th, 2020

Debut author Tobly McSmith delivers a coming-of-age teen love story about a transgender boy who's going stealth at his new Texas high school and a cisgender girl who is drawn to him, even as she's counting down the days until graduation.


Watch Over Me Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593108970
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

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We Are Not Free Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780358131434
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

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When They Call You a Terrorist (Young Adult Edition): A Story of Black Lives Matter and the Power to Change the World Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250194985
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Published: Wednesday Books - September 29th, 2020

Yolk Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534446007
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 2nd, 2021