Middle Grade Book Recommendations

Whether you're looking for a family read-aloud, a parent-child book club choice, or the next great series to keep your elementary age reader turning the pages, Queen Anne Book Company has you covered with chapter book recommendations. Usually for 8-12 year olds.

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The Harlem Charade Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545783880
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 24th, 2018

Why did her classmate tape a transit pass to a jar of pickles in Jin's granparents' bodega? Why are there paintings buried in a community garden in Harlem? A group of kids band together to solve these mysteries and save their neighborhood from a gimmicky theme park. 

--Kim


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By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062691194
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Published: HarperCollins - February 5th, 2019

This is entertaining and enlightening all at once-- a great parent/ kid read and discuss book, but also just a great read. Jordan is a fantastic character-- the new kid at a fancy school. You'll want him as your friend.

I feel like this is one of the best books I've read lately for any age, grown-ups or kids, for dealing with race, class, privilege, and ambition. Don't miss it!

--Tegan


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The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781101997253
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Published: Puffin Books - April 3rd, 2018

Funny and full of the community that small businesses and big families bring. It's a fun read with heart and humor. You'll want to keep reading to find out what happens with the family restaurant, to Arturo's crush, and to the evil developer who threatens all the good things. Zesty, funny, and uplifting, despite the title!

--Tegan


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Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer Cover Image
By Kelly Jones, Katie Kath (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780385755559
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Published: Yearling - March 8th, 2016

Told in letters that are sometimes silly, sometimes a little sad, always sassy and SO Sophie, this is a perfect chapter book! When Sophie moves to a farm, she learns about chickens-- and learns to watch for magic! I loved Sophie, her incredible chickens, and her way of seeing the world. 

--Tegan


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The Fourteenth Goldfish Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780375871146
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Published: Yearling - April 5th, 2016

Ellie's grandfather may have figured out the key to eternal youth... but how will Ellie cope with a cranky grandpa trapped in a middle-schooler's body-- AND going to middle school with her? HILARIOUS and thought-provoking. I also loved how much real science is in it.

--Tegan


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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062644527
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Published: HarperCollins - March 6th, 2018

Moving from Boston to ROme isn't Beatrice's idea of fun. Then suspicious events just oustide her new window draw her into a mystery that reaches through history, and things get EXCITING! This book teaches you a lot about Rome and keeps you wondering what will happen next.

--Tegan