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Summer Reading 2021 Middle Grade Fiction Recommendations

See the full list of great reading recommendations for Summer 2021 here.

That Thing about Bollywood by Supriya Kelkar

This is a fun, vibrant, full-of-heart fairy tale set in the modern world that uses magic in the best way: to make the complexities of real life easier to understand. Supriya Kelkar’s Sonali is recognizable and likeable, even as she struggles against the musical Bollywood world she finds herself in, with the forces of change pressing in on her friends and family and against her. For anyone who wants stories of the real world but also appreciates a bit of whimsy. — Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781534466739
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 18th, 2021

Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland

Middle-grade historical fiction with a supernatural twist! I love a haunted manor and ghostly friendships, and that’s where we find ourselves with Ophie. It’s 1922 and in order to save for a home of their own, Ophie joins her mother in working at Daffodil Manor. However, not all ghosts are friendly and, like many old homes, this one has secrets within. It may all be more than Ophie bargained for. — MJ

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ISBN: 9780062915894
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 18th, 2021

The Anti-Book by Raphael Simon

Mickey is angry at almost everything. One day he comes across an ad for The Anti-Book, which promises to make everything better. He orders a copy, hoping to cleanse his life of his dislikes, but finds out things are never that simple. Raphael Simon (previously Pseudonymous Bosch) wrote this funky tale about a grumpy boy learning to accept change and to love those who love him. A fun, funny, fast-paced book that explores the depth of the human experience with great care and nuance. — Edward

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ISBN: 9780525552413
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Published: Dial Books - April 6th, 2021

War and Millie McGonigle by Karen Cushman

Newbery Award winner Karen Cushman brings us another wonderful book of historical fiction. Fall in love with Millie as she attempts to find joy on the beaches of San Diego in 1941 but worries about a world where Hitler’s military rages through Europe and the Japanese are about to bomb Pearl Harbor. Millie feels caught in the middle of it all. This hopeful take on a difficult time is excellent for readers who might be struggling with difficulties of their own. — Kathy

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ISBN: 9781984850102
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 6th, 2021

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