Recommendations for ages 8–12

As we recently spoke about in a middle grade author blog, an upcoming book that we’ll be sure to put into everyone’s hands is Lemons by Melissa Savage, about a girl who has lost her mother and has to get used to a whole new town with a grandfather she’s never met.

Another title we have a lot of affection for is Full Cicada Moon, set during 1969 and the moon landing, about a girl who’s half black and half Japanese who wants to be an astronaut, and the mindset of the time that she has to overcome.

Additional staff favorites:

–The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz
-Spy School by Stuart Gibbs et. al.
–Books of Elsewhere by Jacqueline West
–Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
–Ms Rapscott’s Girls by Elise Primavera
–The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
–The Ramona books
–The Little House books
–The Witch of Blackbird Pond 
by Elizabeth Speare

More from our Matchmakers:

–The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John Ritter
–Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass
–A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
–Harry Potter by J K Rowling
–Hoot by Carl Hiassen
–The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
–Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
–Connect the Stars by Marisa de los Santos
–Jackie Haha by Robert Patterson
–Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
-Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
–Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
–The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
–Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
–The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
–Pax by Sara Pennypacker
–Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
–Jennifer Bertman’s The Book Scavenger and The Unbreakable Code (forthcoming) and The Defiant (M. Quint), because of the local connection to San Francisco locations.
–Chris Grabenstein’s books, especially Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, because of the tech/game connection.
–The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
–Mrs. Bixby’s Last Day by John D. Anderson
–Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
–Hello Stranger by Steadman
–Summerlost by Ally Condie
–The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli
–The Real Boy by Anne Ursu