Middle grade and YA fans are in for a treat with these page-turning reads heading to Peachtree this fall. Lovable Nina Soni returns for some Halloween hijinks, Fred Bowen is back with a soccer- and mystery-filled addition to his Sports Story Series, Bill Harley introduces a touching new middle grade road trip novel exploring family and identity, and Haylah Swinton returns for some more comedic misadventures!
New Middle Grade Books
Middle grade favorite Nina Soni returns for some Halloween hijinks in this fourth installment in author Kashmira Sheth’s award-winning series. Halloween brings out Nina Soni’s competitive spirit, so, naturally, she has to come up with the best costume idea. Plus, a bunch of old boxes hold the makings of an impressively scary haunted house, so what could possibly go wrong for the Halloween Queen? Illustrator Jenn Kocsmiersky brings this endearing heroine to life in this fun read for STEAM enthusiasts!
Avid soccer players Aiden, Ava, and Daniel have just learned their county league soccer trophy mysteriously disappeared forty years ago from the town library and was never recovered. So between games and practices for the town’s soccer championships, the three friends try to solve the case. Award-winning author and Washington Post KidsPost sports columnist Fred Bowen returns with another installment in his Sports Story Series, this time tackling important topics like equal recognition for women in sports. At the end of the book, Bowen includes “The Real Story” behind the disappearance of the original World Cup trophy.
When her mother dies, fifteen-year-old Mari and is desperate to avoid being caught up in the foster system. Again. And to complicate matters, she is now the only one who can take care of her super-smart and on-the-spectrum nine-year-old stepbrother, Conor. So in a desperate move, Mari takes Conor and sets out to find the one person who might take them in. A beautiful exploration of identity and family, this heartwarming and engaging middle grade novel comes from renowned storyteller and two-time Grammy Award winner Bill Harley.
Big, bold, and funnier than a cat in a onesie playing bagpipes, Haylah Swinton’s been busy proving she’s an all-star comedian through her new YouTube channel. But proving she’s funny is tougher than she thought it’d be! Plus, her new boyfriend Dylan hasn’t even tried kissing her yet, and when her deadbeat dad decides to turn up, life as she’s known it is tossed into one big, colossal mess. Rebecca Elliott’s follow up to the hilarious Pretty Funny for a Girl fires on all cylinders for YA readers. Family drama, boy drama, and a budding comedian at the center of it all makes for a laugh-out-loud, binge-worthy read.