Paul Griffin’s newest middle grade novel, When Friendship Followed Me Home, is a beautiful book. By turns funny, sad, sweet, and thoughtful, it surprised me over and over. The story follows former foster child Ben Coffin, a Coney Island kid who’s used to getting picked on and who prefers hanging …

Review by Laura Raines In a video interview about The War that Saved My Life, author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley says that she hopes readers won’t be able to put it down, that they’ll be taken up with Ada’s story. She also says that she hopes readers will feel the emotions. …

Sometimes it seems like Grandmothers get no respect in middle-grade books. They sip tea, play bridge or are witches! Watch out! Here come Grannies with style. Who knew bridge playing tea sippers could be such amazing thieves? Not only can they pull off heists, they can teach our middle-grade heroine …

They’re back! Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester have come up with another recipe for fun. Take one part 1930’s hard-boiled detective series (think Sam Spade and The Maltese Falcon), add a little murder (for spice), mystery (for texture), and humor (just because you can) and you get an adventure middle …

Ali Benjamin’s debut Middle Grade book, The Thing About Jellyfish, is luminous. And that’s a terrible pun, I know, but truly this book glows with a subtle inner life, much like the jellyfish that float throughout it. The bones of the story are simple: our narrator Suzy and her best …

When Lily’s blind dog Lucky runs off across the blueberry fields, Lily panics. She’s terrified that he’ll run into something and get hurt, like a car. But Lucky is saved by Salma Santiago and her peanut butter sandwich. Salma and her family are migrant farm workers who spend the summers …