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Fall Reading 2023 Middle Grade Fiction

Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson

Since the creation of enslavement, people in shackles have resisted their bonds. We’re taught the North was the way to freedom, but it was not, by any means, the only way. Homer and his sister Ada ran away from their plantation into an inhospitable swamp and found the unthinkable, a thriving community of free Black folk. This Newbery winning book is so, so vitally important. Complex and timely, I read it all in one sitting. 

— Ivy

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ISBN: 9780316056670
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Published: Jimmy Patterson - August 15th, 2023

Deephaven by Ethan M. Aldri

Incredibly spooky and spellbinding, this novel follows Guinevere “Nev” Tallow, a nonbinary new student at the prestigious Deephaven Academy, as they desperately search for a fresh start but instead get swept up in a supernatural mystery at the school. Aldridge’s writing and illustrations give the book a timeless gothic feel that will instantly draw readers in. Anyone who loves exploring old buildings and solving supernatural mysteries will be intrigued!—Alana

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ISBN: 9780063283169
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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 5th, 2023

The Lost Library by Rebecca Stead & Wendy Mass

This middle-grade gem full of friendship, mystery and ghostly librarians is sure to be another classic. The tale—told from multiple viewpoints—revolves around a small free library, watched over by a savvy orange cat named Mortimer. Readers will delight in trying to predict just what happened to the original town library, while also discovering how the smallest characters can make the largest contributions to the story. The Lost Library is a treasure trove for bibliophiles of all ages.—Jenny

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ISBN: 9781250838810
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - August 29th, 2023

Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston by Esme Symes-Smith

In the medieval royal capital of Helston, the rules of the realm dictate that girls study magic and boys train to be knights. Callie, however, isn’t a boy or a girl; they just want to be a knight. Bolstered by the support of their new friends, Callie takes on rigid gender norms and fights for change, showing that family are the ones who love you unconditionally. Sir Callie’s adventures continue with book 2, which comes out this November!—Sofia

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ISBN: 9780593485804
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Published: Yearling - August 8th, 2023

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