It’s that time of year. Kids are leaving school and turning to the outdoors… but wait we want them indoors READING. We have some great middle grade titles that have been released over the last year as well as some great tips from the authors about writing for middle grade, suggestions from librarian Douglas Rees about keeping kids reading over the summer, and all kids of MIDDLE GRADE MADNESS!

Please help us celebrate!

MAGGIE & ABBY’S NEVERENDING PILLOW FORT by Will Taylor (Harper Children’s) – A fun adventure about two friends who discover magical “links” between their pillow forts and how they can travel to each other’s houses that way. Things get tricky when they realize they are not the only ones aware of the magical pillow fort links! Hardcover edition out now.

LEMONS by Melissa Savage (Crown Books for Young Readers) – Lemonade Liberty Witt is trying to make lemonade out of her lemon move to Willow Creek, CA after the death of her mother. But soon she makes friends with the oddball Tobin, the self-styled CEO of Bigfoot Detectives, Inc and the two set out to take photos of the elusive creature. Paperback now available!

EXIT STRATEGY by Lauren Allbright (Aladdin MAX) – Ross’s mom makes him move a lot, and he’s used to playing an epic prank. But now that mom is determined to actually settle down, Ross has to actually do his school science fair project and figure out how to make real friends. Can he find the Formula for Being Funny? Paperback out in June!

THE WORLD’S GREATEST CHOCOLATE-COVERED PORK CHOPS by Ryan K. Sager (Disney) – Great for younger readers, this comedic romp follows Zoey Kate quest to start her own restaurant in a San Francisco trolley! But first she must best the nefarious chefs who are determined to see her fail. Complete with workable recipes families can make together. Paperback out soon!