Recommendations: Grades 4 to 8

Finding Langston (The Finding Langston Trilogy) By Lesa Cline-Ransome Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780823439607
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Holiday House - August 14th, 2018

A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

When eleven-year-old Langston's father moves them from their home in Alabama to Chicago's Bronzeville district, it feels like he's giving up everything he loves.


Blended By Sharon M. Draper Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442495012
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 7th, 2020

Eleven-year-old Isabella’s blended family is more divided than ever in this “timely but genuine” (Publishers Weekly) story about divorce and racial identity from the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Out of My Mind, Sharon M.


The Rick Riordan Presents: Storm Runner By J.C. Cervantes Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781368023603
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Rick Riordan Presents - August 20th, 2019

The Lost Girl By Anne Ursu Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062275103
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Walden Pond Press - May 12th, 2020

Three starred reviews

A Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2019

Anne Ursu, author of the National Book Award nominee The Real Boy, returns with a story of the power of fantasy, the limits of love, and the struggles inherent in growing up.


Ghost Boys By Jewell Parker Rhodes Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316262262
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Only the living can make the world better. Live and make it better.


Merci Suárez Changes Gears By Meg Medina Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781536212587
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Candlewick - April 7th, 2020

Winner of the Newbery Medal
A New York Times Bestseller

“The realistic portrayal of a complex young Latina’s life is one many readers will relate to. . . . Medina cruises into readers’ hearts.” — School Library Journal (starred review)


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The Poet X By Elizabeth Acevedo Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062662811
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Quill Tree Books - April 7th, 2020

Winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, and the Pura Belpré Award!


Darius the Great Is Not Okay By Adib Khorram Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780525552970
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Published: Penguin Books - August 20th, 2019

Darius doesn't think he'll ever be enough, in America or in Iran. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this unforgettable debut introduces a brilliant new voice in contemporary YA.

Winner of the William C. Morris Debut Award


“Heartfelt, tender, and so utterly real. I’d live in this book forever if I could.”