Brazos Bookstore Middle Grades Reading List 2014

Mercy Watson Boxed Set: Adventures of a Porcine Wonder Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9780763657093
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 27th, 2011

Ages 5 - 8 

The first six books in Kate DiCamillo’s hit series about Mercy Watson, a pig who is anything but ordinary. She likes to eat buttered toast, sleep in a human bed, and go on all kinds of crazy adventures. These stories will excite young readers with their whimsy, delightful illustrations and lovable characters!


Rise of the Balloon Goons Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9780545493239
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Published: Branches - June 25th, 2013

Ages 6 - 8 

Alexander has just moved into Stermont, but the elementary school’s being torn down, his new classroom’s located in the hospital morgue, a notebook he finds is full of information about monsters–and everywhere he turns there are spooky balloon men determined to attack him. This lighthearted and funny book combines text with illustrations and is perfect for new and reluctant readers.


The Miniature World of Marvin & James Cover Image
By Elise Broach, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780805091908
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - February 4th, 2014

Ages 6 - 9

James is going on vacation for a week but his best friend Marvin the beetle has to stay at home. Without James to keep him company, Marvin has to play with his annoying cousin Elaine. Marvin and Elaine quickly find themselves getting into all sorts of trouble–even getting trapped inside a pencil sharpener! Marvin misses James and starts to worry about their friendship. Will James still be Marvin’s friend when he gets home?


Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust Cover Image
By Loic Dauvillier, Marc Lizano (Illustrator), Greg Salsedo (Inked or Colored by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781596438736
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Published: First Second - April 1st, 2014

Ages 6 - 10

In this gentle, poetic young graphic novel, Dounia tells her granddaughter a story even her son has never heard: as a young Jewish girl in Paris, she was hidden from the Nazis by a series of neighbors and friends who risked their lives to keep her safe when her parents were taken to concentration camps. Gentle and approachable, this book is a fantastic piece of historical fiction for kids of all ages.


Oddfellow's Orphanage Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780375870941
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Published: Yearling Books - January 28th, 2014

Ages 7 - 10  
What do an onion-headed boy, a child-sized hedgehog, and a tattooed girl have in common? They are all orphans at Oddfellow’s Orphanage! The story follows a new orphan Delia as she discovers the delights of her new home. From classes in Cryptozoology and Fairy Tale Studies to adventures at the circus, from Annual Hair Cutting Day to a sea monster-sighting field trip, things at Oddfellow’s are anything but ordinary.


Under the Egg Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780803740013
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Published: Dial Books - March 18th, 2014

Ages 8 - 12 

When Theodora Tenpenny spills a bottle of rubbing alcohol on her late grandfather’s painting, she discovers what appears to be an old Renaissance masterpiece. There’s just one problem: Theo’s grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she worries the painting may be stolen. With the help of some unusual new friends, Theo’s search for answers takes her all around Manhattan and introduces her to a side of the city–and her grandfather–that she never knew. To solve the mystery, she’ll have to abandon her hard-won self-reliance and build a community, one serendipitous friendship at a time.


The Battle of Darcy Lane Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780762449484
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Published: Running Press Kids - April 22nd, 2014

Ages 8 - 12

It’s the first day of summer and with a new girl on the block, Julia and Taylor’s friendship just isn’t what it used to be. Experience Julia’s confusion at the other girls’ mean behavior, her innocent crush on the boy around the corner, and the tension she feels between the things she loved as a child and mysterious grown-up things that she knows she “should” like. This is Judy Blume for a new generation!


The Forbidden Stone Cover Image
By Tony Abbott, Bill Perkins (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062194473
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 7th, 2014

Ages 8 - 12

The gripping first installment of a brand-new series by prolific children’s author Tony Abbott. Wade, Lily, Darrell, and Becca leave their home in Austin, Texas to go on a global adventure to decipher the mysteries of their Uncle Heinrich’s map and save a priceless artifact from falling into the wrong hands.


Bliss Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062084248
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 8th, 2013

Ages 8 - 12  
Rosemary Bliss’s family has a secret. It’s the Bliss Cookery Booke--an ancient, leather-bound volume of enchanted recipes like Singing Gingersnaps. Rose and her siblings are supposed to keep the Cookery Booke locked away while their parents are out of town, but then a mysterious stranger tempts them to experiment with the Cookery Booke’s magical recipes. The first in a trilogy.


The Mysterious Benedict Society Cover Image
By Trenton Lee Stewart, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316003957
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Published: Little, Brown Young Readers - April 1st, 2008

Ages 8 - 12 

After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. The first in a series of four books.


The Laura Line Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061992742
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 23rd, 2013

Ages 8 - 12 | HAISLN List

Thirteen-year-old Laura Dyson wants two things in life: to be accepted by her classmates and noticed by ultra-cute baseball star Troy Bailey. But everyone at school makes fun of her for being overweight, and Troy won’t give her a second glance. But when a school assignment forces Laura to learn the history of the slave shack on her grandmother’s property, and she discovers she comes from a line of strong African-American women and finds the self-esteem she’s been missing.


The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440420477
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Published: Yearling Books - March 13th, 2007

Ages 8 - 12 | HAISLN List 
This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures. The first in a series.


One Crazy Summer Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780060760908
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Published: Amistad Press - December 27th, 2011

Ages 8 - 12 

In the summer of 1968, after travelling across the country to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, resents their intrusion and wants them to attend a nearby summer camp during the height of the Civil Rights Era.


A World Without Princes Cover Image
By Soman Chainani, Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062104922
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Published: HarperTorch - April 15th, 2014

Ages 8 - 12 

When best friends Sophie and Agatha return to a fairy tale world, they find that old enemies are no longer fighting, but a war begins to brew as an enemy arises from within. The sequel to the bestselling SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL.


The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442421080
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 20th, 2014

Ages 8 - 12 | HAISLN List   

Raccoon brothers Bingo and J’miah are the newest recruits of the Official Sugar Man Swamp Scouts. The opportunity to serve the Sugar Man—the massive creature who delights in delicious sugar cane and magnanimously rules over the swamp—is an honor, and also a big responsibility, since the rest of the swamp critters rely heavily on the intel of these hardworking Scouts.


Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780307931474
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Yearling Books - June 24th, 2014

Ages 8 - 12 | HAISLN List   

Think CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY meets THE WESTING GAME meets NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM. Kyle Keeley’s hero Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the construction of the new town library. Kyle wins a coveted spot as one of twelve kids invited for an overnight sleepover in the game-riddled library hosted by Mr. Lemoncello. But when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must solve every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route!


Rooftoppers Cover Image
By Katherine Rundell, Terry Fan (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781442490598
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 3rd, 2014

Ages 8 - 12  

When authorities threaten to take twelve-year-old Sophie away from Charles, who has been her guardian since she was one year old and survived a shipwreck, the pair goes to Paris to find Sophie’s mother. They are aided by her new friend Matteo and his band of “rooftoppers.” A fun and whimsical, girl-powered adventure about all the different ways we define family.


The Great Unexpected Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780061892349
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Published: HarperCollins - September 3rd, 2013

Ages 9 - 11 | HAISLN List

Humorous and heartfelt, this is a story of pairs–of Sybil and Nula (now estranged sisters who grew up together in Ireland), Naomi and Lizzie (both orphans in present-day USA)–and unraveling mysteries of family and identity. With Newbery Medal-winner Sharon Creech, you can’t go wrong!


The 26-Story Treehouse Cover Image
By Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781250026910
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - April 1st, 2014

Ages 9 - 12 | HAISLN List

Andy and Terry, introduced in THE 13-STORY TREEHOUSE, have expanded their incredible arboreal residence by adding several exciting features including a robot-controlled ice-cream parlor, a mud-fighting arena, an ATM (Automatic Tattoo Machine), and the Maze of Doom. Their publisher Mr. Bignose is demanding their next book, so the friends attempt to tell stories about how they met and how they first built their treehouse.


Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385753548
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 28th, 2014

Ages 9 - 12

A luminous retelling of The Snow Queen, this is the story of unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard who doesn’t believe in anything that can’t be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their mother when their father takes a job at a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her first day in the museum, Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen and he has been waiting for Ophelia’s help.


Smile Cover Image
By Raina Telgemeier, Stephanie Yue (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545132060
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Graphix - February 1st, 2010

Ages 10 - 13 | HAISLN List  
Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. A long and frustrating journey follows with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. A fantastic graphic novel that explores fitting in, body image, and the difficulty of living in your own skin.


The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making Cover Image
By Catherynne M. Valente, Ana Juan (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250010193
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Published: Square Fish - May 8th, 2012

Ages 10 - 14 | HAISLN List 

Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September meets a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket) at her kitchen window who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The first in a trilogy.


The Thing about Luck Cover Image
By Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442474659
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 3rd, 2014

Ages 10 - 11 | HAISLN List 
Kouun means “good luck” in Japanese, and this year Summer’s family has none of it. Just when she thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan—right before harvest season. Summer and her little brother Jaz are left in the care of their grandparents who come out of retirement to harvest wheat and help pay the bills. Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.


When You Reach Me Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780375850868
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Published: Yearling Books - December 28th, 2010

Ages 10 - 13 | HAISLN List 

As her mother prepares to compete on the 1970s television game show The $20,000 Pyramid, a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space. Throw in a heaping dose of A WRINKLE IN TIME and you’ve got this fantastic book from one of children’s literature’s best authors! Newbery Winner 2009


The Apothecary Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142422069
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Published: Puffin Books - February 12th, 2013

Ages 10 and up

It’s 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Fourteen-year-old Janie soon meets a mysterious apothecary and his son Benjamin Burrows–a fascinating boy who’s not afraid to stand up to authority and dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin’s father is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary’s sacred book–the Pharmacopoeia–in order to find him, all while keeping it out of the hands of their enemies: Russian spies in possession of nuclear weapons. First in a series. 


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