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All the Greys on Greene Street

Laura Tucker, illus. by Kelly Murphy (Viking)

In a beautifully narrated, Konigsburg-tinged art mystery set in early-1980s New York City, newcomer Tucker skillfully balances themes of mental illness, friendship, and creativity in tough circumstances.


Freedom Fire (Dactyl Hill Squad #2)

Daniel José Older (Scholastic/Levine)

The Dactyl Hill Squad series continues with Magdalys and company heading south to find her Union soldier brother in the midst of Civil War–era Louisiana. Older again creates a winning blend of history, fantasy, and characters battling oppression—all while on pteroback.


Knights vs. Monsters

Matt Phelan (Greenwillow)

Phelan follows his Knights vs. Dinosaurs with a second illustrated adventure. A crew of knights and an archer battle a menagerie of monstrous creatures, rendered in epic graphic novel style spreads that are infused with plenty of humor.


Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse

Susan Vaught (S&S/Wiseman)

An autistic girl becomes an amateur detective after her father is blamed for a theft. With the aid of her friend, new kid Springer Regal, and her faithful Pomeranian, Sam-Sam, Jesse Broadview sets out to find the true culprit.


My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich

Ibi Zoboi (Dutton)

National Book Award finalist Zoboi sets her middle grade debut in 1984 Harlem, where 12-year-old Ebony-Grace Norfleet, who lives in Alabama and likes to escape into the world of science fiction, is visiting her father.


Shouting at the Rain

Lynda Mullaly Hunt (Penguin/Paulsen)

Delsie, who is fascinated by weather patterns, lives with her grandmother in Cape Cod. As she grapples with feelings of self-doubt and abandonment as well as a wish for a more conventional family structure, Delsie strikes up a surprising friendship.


Up for Air

Laurie Morrison (Amulet)

Debut author Morrison realistically captures the challenges and uncertainties of middle school in this sensitive novel about a girl struggling to form an identity while navigating a learning disability and finding success on her swim team.


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