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Staff Favorites - Middle Grade

Updated 1/7/24

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The Patron Thief of Bread By Lindsay Eagar Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781536229608
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Candlewick - October 10th, 2023

This book is FILLED with crumbling, talking gargoyles, a roaming gang of kids named The Crowns with a bold plan for their youngest member, a girl named Duck to be the baker’s apprentice to sneak coins and bread to the Crowns. There’s more to the plan than the crew realize…

This book is also filled with WILD adventure, narrow escapes and the wise bread baker. It’s medieval times where life is always an adventure. It’s SO REALLY GREAT!!!!! ~Marilyn


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Looking Up By Stephan Pastis, Stephan Pastis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Stephan Pastis, Stephan Pastis (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781665929622
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Aladdin - October 10th, 2023

 

I’m an enormous Timmy Failure fan, and this new book by the same author is just as good if not better! Looking Up dials up the heart to match the hilarity.  ~Kristin


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Alice Atherton's Grand Tour By Lesley M. M. Blume Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780553536812
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 10th, 2023

So many historical fiction books are filled with war and valiant struggles against oppression, that it’s always a treat to read one filled with whimsy and joy. After a loss in her family, Alice Atherton’s father sends her to France to spend a summer with his friends Sara and Gerald Murphy - historical figures who also happen to host some of the greatest artists and thinkers of the early 20th century! I would have LOVE escaping into this book as a kid. ~Kristin
 

 


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The Widely Unknown Myth of Apple & Dorothy By Corey Ann Haydu Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062976932
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 19th, 2023

 

One of the best children’s books of 2023, and a MUST READ for Greek mythology fanatics. Follow an earthly community of demigods as the gods of Olympus force them to choose between becoming fully divine or becoming fully human. Just beautifully written! *chef’s kiss* ~Kristin


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Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids By Cynthia L. Smith Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062869951
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Heartdrum - February 8th, 2022

Heartfelt stories of family celebrations as members of proud Native American tribes.

Stories centered in Powwows large and small. 

What a grand collection of stories for any kid’s library, 

          A must read - Marilyn


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Dear Brother By Alison McGhee, Tuan Nini (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alison McGhee, Tuan Nini (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781534487086
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 8th, 2023

Sister desperately wants a dog, but Brother wants a bearded dragon and dogs aren’t allowed in their apartment. Life is so unfair! ~Donna


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Half Moon Summer By Elaine Vickers Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781682635391
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Peachtree - June 6th, 2023

Such a beautiful story! This one hit me in ALL the feels. 

Half Moon Bay is my happy place, so okay, I was already positioned to love a book set there. But seriously, this novel about friendship and long-distance races and family and change is so so good! ~Kristin


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North of Supernova By Lindsey Leavitt Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250858498
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Godwin Books - June 6th, 2023

 

One of my favorite books of the year! I love love LOVE this story about friendship, shifting families, and trying to control things that can’t be controlled. It reads like a Judy Blume classic while exploring contemporary issues faced by tweens and teens. ~Kristin


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The Firefly Summer By Morgan Matson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534493353
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2023

Ryanna has always been happy with just her and her dad (and now dad’s new wife). But this summer, dad has a big job overseas, stepmom is too pregnant to take care of her, and now she has to go stay at a picturesque summer camp in the Poconos with a whole squad of people she’s never met!

Despite her misgivings, camp with her cousins turns out to be a blast! But there’s something heavy hanging over everything. The camp’s deed is missing and developers are moving in to destroy everything. It’s up to Ryanna and her newly rediscovered family to save the day! ~Donna


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The Moth Keeper: (A Graphic Novel) By K. O'Neill Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780593182260
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Random House Graphic - March 7th, 2023

Young Anya is an apprentice Moth Keeper. She protects the Moon-Moths which are integral to the life cycle of the Night-Flower, which then helps her village to thrive. But the night is lonely, and Anya can’t help but long for something different.

This beautiful and lushly illustrated graphic novel reached right into my heart and will stay there forever. ~Donna


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The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles #1) By Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi (Illustrator) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781665928663
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 21st, 2023

If you have a young reader who’s interested in Harry Potter but not quite ready, these books about the magical adventures of 3 siblings will be perfect!

Jared, Simon, and Mallory find a strange guide book in the crumbling old house they’ve just moved into, and with it, they explore a secret world of faeries, boggarts, and more! ~Donna


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The Swifts: A Dictionary of Scoundrels By Beth Lincoln, Claire Powell (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Beth Lincoln, Claire Powell (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593533239
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - February 7th, 2023

An instant classic, a delight from start to finish! If Roald Dahl wrote a murder mystery and threw in a dash of The Phantom Tollbooth, it would read something like this. ~Kristin


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The Town with No Mirrors By Christina Collins Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781492655350
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - February 21st, 2023

What would human life feel like if we were forbidden from ever seeing our own faces, and forbidden from commenting on the appearances of others? Is there something deep within us that needs to rely on our own appearance to create our identity? This excellent and thoughtful dystopian novel is perfect for any reader who might not be ready for the darkness of the SCYTHE books. ~Kristin


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Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere By Elise Gravel, Elise Gravel (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Elise Gravel, Elise Gravel (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9780062351265
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: HarperCollins - March 14th, 2017

In examining a strange creature using her scientific method Olga finds herself opening up - A LITTLE!! - to the kids around her (and their observations, too!) Elise Gravel is a hit every single time, truly one of the funniest people on the planet. -Harry


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The Superteacher Project By Gordon Korman Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063032798
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 10th, 2023

Oliver: 7th grader - master prankster, spitball champ

                                      Meets:

Mr. Aidact: new 7th grade teacher, devoid of humor, walking dictionary. 

Oliver’s got his work cut out figuring out quirky Mr. Aidact. This fast paced story is driven by wild plots, simmering rumors and plot twists you don’t see coming. It’s hilarious!! ~Marilyn


Wave: A Novel in Verse By Diana Farid, Kris Goto (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Diana Farid, Kris Goto (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781951836580
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Cameron Kids - March 29th, 2022

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The Insiders By Mark Oshiro Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780063008113
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: HarperCollins - August 23rd, 2022

It’s tough being the only out gay kid at his new school, and Héctor has resorted to hiding in the janitor’s closet to avoid bullies. But one day, he discovers the janitor’s closet has become something impossible, a room that connects him with two other lonely kids from different parts of the country.

I loved this magical book all about life-changing friendships, adventure, and learning to be your true self. -Donna


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Hazel Hill Is Gonna Win This One By Maggie Horne Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358664703
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: HarperCollins - October 18th, 2022

 

Everything about this book was BRILLIANT. I am so floored that this is a debut author! Funny, witty, and an important book about sexual harassment for middle grade readers. ~Joss


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Lily and the Night Creatures By Nick Lake, Emily Gravett (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Nick Lake, Emily Gravett (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781534494626
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 29th, 2023

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The Insiders By Mark Oshiro Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780063008113
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Published: HarperCollins - August 23rd, 2022

It’s tough being the only out gay kid at his new school, and Héctor has resorted to hiding in the janitor’s closet to avoid bullies. But one day, he discovers the janitor’s closet has become something impossible, a room that connects him with two other lonely kids from different parts of the country.

I loved this magical book all about life-changing friendships, adventure, and learning to be your true self. -Donna


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Grounded for All Eternity By Darcy Marks Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781534483378
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Published: Aladdin - June 13th, 2023

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The Ogress and the Orphans By Kelly Barnhill Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781643754017
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 31st, 2023

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Just Harriet By Elana K. Arnold Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780063092051
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Published: Walden Pond Press - January 3rd, 2023

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The Highland Falcon Thief: Adventures on Trains #1 By M. G. Leonard, Sam Sedgman, Elisa Paganelli (Illustrator), Elisa Paganelli (Illustrator) Cover Image
By M. G. Leonard, Sam Sedgman, Elisa Paganelli (Illustrator), Elisa Paganelli (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250791436
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Square Fish - February 23rd, 2021

Do you like trains, mysterious characters, and intrigue? This book is definitely for you. 11-year-old Hal is not quite so excited to go on the final journey of a historic train, but his mind soon changes when a royal prince and princess board the train, and soon after, a priceless jewel goes missing! It's up to Hal and his stowaway friend Lenny (who happens to be the conductor's daughter) to figure out just what's going on and catch the culprit! ~Donna


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Sorceline By Sylvia Douyé, Paola Antista (Illustrator), Ivanka Hahnenberger (Translated by) Cover Image
By Sylvia Douyé, Paola Antista (Illustrator), Ivanka Hahnenberger (Translated by)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781524871314
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - May 17th, 2022

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The Golden Hour By Niki Smith Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316540339
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Little, Brown Ink - November 23rd, 2021

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Outside Nowhere By Adam Borba Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316542647
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 18th, 2022

Adam Borba’s books tend to create worlds that look mostly like the real world except for a dash of whimsical magic. This book is about growing up and friendship and owning your mistakes, and also flying cows. Think of it as a gentler Stranger Things.~Kristin


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Too Bright to See By Kyle Lukoff Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593111178
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Dial Books - June 7th, 2022

This book is spectacular! It’s a quick read, yet it somehow manages to be a spooky ghost story and a friendship story and a coming of age story and a coming out story all at once. It absolutely deserves all of the awards it has won. ~Kristin


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The Curious League of Detectives and Thieves 1: Egypt's Fire By Tom Phillips Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781645951063
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Pixel+Ink - July 11th, 2023

Dive into this action-packed mystery, centered on John, who's framed for the theft of a rare Egyptian ruby - but he didn't do it! His court-appointed guardian, eccentric DetectiveToadious Holmes, believes John and together they track the elusive Mauve Moth. It's fantastic! ~Marilyn


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Wretched Waterpark (The Sinister Summer Series #1) By Kiersten White Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593379073
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Published: Yearling - March 7th, 2023

By chapter two, I was officially OBSESSED with this new series. It’s mock-gothic, spooky and hysterical and mysterious and fun, and I can’t wait for the next book to come out. A must-read for fans of Roald Dahl, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and the quirky humor of early Harry Potter. ~Kristin  


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The Wizards of Once By Cressida Cowell Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316472166
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2018

As decades of Harry Potter fandom can attest, few things are more fun than a good ole' fantasy adventure book and, I promise, this series is one of the best out there! You will cheer for the hilarious and unlikely team-up of warrior heroine Wish, wizard hero Xar, and all of their magical creature friends. ~Kristin


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Willis Wilbur Wows the World By Lindsey Leavitt, Daniel Duncan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lindsey Leavitt, Daniel Duncan (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9780593224052
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Published: Penguin Workshop - March 29th, 2022

Willis Wilbur is a quirky kid with confidence and panache. (Signature look? Bowtie PLUS scarf! Favorite color? Burnt umber!) His summer plans are ruined when his best friend Shelley leaves town so...he's determined to achieve success and fame as a neighborhood Life Coach (and also avoid the horrors of day camp). Willis perseveres and believes in himself, despite the bullies and uncooperative guinea pigs. With lots of laughs and genuinely wise advice - I think you'll be wowed, too! ~ Jasmine.


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The Highland Falcon Thief: Adventures on Trains #1 By M. G. Leonard, Sam Sedgman, Elisa Paganelli (Illustrator), Elisa Paganelli (Illustrator) Cover Image
By M. G. Leonard, Sam Sedgman, Elisa Paganelli (Illustrator), Elisa Paganelli (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250791436
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Square Fish - February 23rd, 2021

Do you like trains, mysterious characters, and intrigue? This book is definitely for you. 11-year-old Hal is not quite so excited to go on the final journey of a historic train, but his mind soon changes when a royal prince and princess board the train, and soon after, a priceless jewel goes missing! It's up to Hal and his stowaway friend Lenny (who happens to be the conductor's daughter) to figure out just what's going on and catch the culprit! ~Donna


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Alone By Megan E. Freeman Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781534467576
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Aladdin - May 3rd, 2022

This gut-punch of an adventure novel is such a unique (and quick!) read. Forget having to survive alone in the wilderness like the kid from Hatchet: what if you were accidentally left behind during an emergency evacuation, and your own hometown slowly became a wilderness that you needed to survive by yourself?  ~Kristin


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Maizy Chen's Last Chance: (Newbery Honor Award Winner) By Lisa Yee Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781984830272
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Published: Yearling - April 4th, 2023

Maizy’s never thought about her family’s history until she joins her mom on a summer trip to her grandparents Chinese restaurant in Last Chance, Minnesota. Maizy’s a natural at making friends, writing clever fortunes for the restaurant's fortune cookies, solving sticky problems and digging into her family’s long history in this dusty little town. 

If you like the Front Desk series, you’ll really like this! I do! --Marilyn


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Ophie’s Ghosts By Justina Ireland Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062915849
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - May 3rd, 2022

A genuinely spooky ghost story and mystery novel, with a heroine to root for, that doesn't talk down to its readers and doesn't shy away from the ugliness of our past. One of the best books of 2021! Winner of the 2022 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.  --Kristin


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The Candymakers By Wendy Mass Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316002592
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2011

Wendy Mass has been one of my favorite authors since I roamed the kids section of Kepler's as an elementary school student, and The Candymakers is a must-read! The sweet (haha) stories of each character will keep you on your toes and wanting more at every page. --Sonia


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Piece by Piece: The Story of Nisrin's Hijab: A Graphic Novel By Priya Huq (Illustrator), Priya Huq Cover Image
By Priya Huq (Illustrator), Priya Huq
$12.99
ISBN: 9781419740190
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 16th, 2021

This incredibly powerful graphic novel tells the story of Nisrin, a middle schooler in 2002 Oregon. After a violent, hateful encounter, Nisrin has to spend the summer healing both physically and mentally, and decides to start wearing a hijab in her everyday life. She soon faces pushback from everyone in her life, even her beloved mother and grandfather. The emotional and empathetic artwork really conveys Nisrin's struggles and helped me connect deeply with her story. --Donna


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Long Distance By Whitney Gardner, Whitney Gardner (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Whitney Gardner, Whitney Gardner (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781534455658
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 29th, 2021

Friendship drama, real science facts, and a dash of science fiction - this new graphic novel has it all. I did not see the final twist coming! --Kristin


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Golden Gate (City Spies #2) By James Ponti Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781534414952
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Published: Aladdin - February 1st, 2022

Your Mission:

Your Mission: The team’s newest case: Investigate and stop a cyber security plot in China.

Meet in the Priest Hole (secure computer room) at 0230. Good luck.

City Spies are highly skilled teens from all over the world who solve crimes worldwide & working super secret missions that aid MI6. --Marilyn


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The Awakening Storm: A Graphic Novel (City of Dragons #1) By Jaimal Yogis, Vivian Truong (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jaimal Yogis, Vivian Truong (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338660425
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Graphix - September 21st, 2021

Moving to a new country and starting at a new school is hard enough, what happens when you mix in ancient tales and dragons?! 

 

This fun, action-packed graphic novel follows Grace as she is given a strange egg by a mysterious jade merchant, which soon hatches into an adorable baby dragon. She and her new friends must care for the dragon all while avoiding masked men who are determined to dragon-nap him for their own gains. Perfect for fans of Avatar the Last Airbender and Raina Telgemeier. --Donna


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Egg Marks the Spot (Skunk and Badger 2) By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781643750064
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 14th, 2021

It’s fair to say Skunk’s friend Badger is OBSESSED with rocks. Badger’s longed to find the spider eye agate his rascally cousin FIsher stole. 

So Badger gets together his troop with skunk and the chickens to treasure hunt… The cave they discover has an odd shaped rock  - only it’s not a rock but a dinosaur egg! WIll this hidden egg hatch and who else is after it? Another excellent adventure with Skunk and Badger. --Marilyn


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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler By E.L. Konigsburg Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689711817
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 1998

I love this classic about two kids who - fed up with their suburban family - decide to run away to the Met Museum in NYC. It's fun at first of course, but soon the kids discover the price of independence as they become swept up in an art-historical mystery. Hilarious and unforgettable.


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Clean Getaway By Nic Stone Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781984893000
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Yearling - January 5th, 2021

When G'ma invites Scoob on a road trip, he grabs his suitcase but not his phone. No big deal though, Scoob left a note for his dad that he'd be home in the morning.Only that's not what G'ma has in mind as the story unfolds. Scoob is on a road trip he'll never forget as he trys to figure out G'ma's real reason for this multi state road trip.


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Savvy By Ingrid Law Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780142414330
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Puffin Books - March 23rd, 2010

I loved this book as much as my kids did! A little bit of magic and a whole lot of awesome!


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Temple Alley Summer By Sachiko Kashiwaba, Avery Fischer Udagawa (Translator), Miho Satake (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sachiko Kashiwaba, Avery Fischer Udagawa (Translator), Miho Satake (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781632063038
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Yonder - July 6th, 2021

If you like mysteries and ghost stories - THIS is your book. When Kazu sees a ghost girl late one night and then at school, he's shocked that his best friend and classmates can't see she's a ghost but their regular classmate, Akira! That's when Kazu knows he's got to get to the bottom of this. The more he looks for answers the stranger it gets and seems to point to his grandfather. Kazu keeps searching and sleuthing as he learns more about the ghost alley behind his house and Akira, his friend and ghost - its good!


Framed! By James Ponti Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481436311
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Aladdin - May 2nd, 2017

"...So you're only halfway through your homework and the director of the FBI keeps texting you for help...What do you do? Save your grade? Or save the country?...". If you're Florian Bates, a freakishly talented 12-year-old, you figure out a way to do both with your best friend Margaret. These two kids help solve all kinds of high-profile crimes while being undercover FBI consultants.


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Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble By Anna Meriano, Mirelle Ortega (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Anna Meriano, Mirelle Ortega (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062498472
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Walden Pond Press - January 8th, 2019

A sweetly clever debut, this book is a feel- good delight to read. When Leo discovers that her family members are brujas with the ability to channel their magic through baking, she must learn about her newfound powers and herself. Large family gatherings full of chaos ensue. Perfect for fans of Wizards of Waverly Place and the Book of Life!


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They Threw Us Away: The Teddies Saga By Daniel Kraus, Rovina Cai (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Daniel Kraus, Rovina Cai (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250802088
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Square Fish - January 11th, 2022

Buddy wakes up but he soon realizes he is not in the store he was meant to be in... waiting to go home with the family that wanted him. All he knows is that he needs to find his way back to fulfill his destiny. He also sees that a few of his friends are there with him. So they all set out on the journey home. This is an unforgettable start to the Teddies Saga.


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Rick Riordan Presents: Race to the Sun By Rebecca Roanhorse Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781368024822
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Rick Riordan Presents - January 5th, 2021

7th grader Nizhoni really wants to be popular but the universe has bigger plans for her. She can see monsters - no,  really!

Turns out,  Nizhoni and her brother are legendary Navajo Hero Twins… gulp! That’s not her plan!  Her friend Davery joins them in a race against time to banish the monsters from the spirit world. Full of action, danger and bravery. I couldn’t stop reading this!  She’s exactly the hero you want!


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White Fox: Dilah and the Moon Stone By Chen Jiatong Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338635409
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Chicken House - August 2nd, 2022

Dilah's family was killed by hunters only for his mother to reveal a family secret with her dying breath. A treasure with the ability to turn any animal human. A wonderful story of friendship and adventure! A great book for fans of the Warriors series and a bestseller in China! ~ Lila


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Front Desk (Front Desk #1) (Scholastic Gold) By Kelly Yang Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781338157826
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Scholastic Press - June 25th, 2019

Mia Tang gets things done! No job, obstacle, or problem is too big for her to solve often with the help of her friends. This is a really great story! - Marilyn


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Rick Riordan Presents: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky-A Tristan Strong Novel, Book 1 By Kwame Mbalia Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781368042413
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Rick Riordan Presents - September 22nd, 2020

 

This story is full of action, African folklore, Black history, and a boy finding the hero within himself. --Lila


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Rick Riordan Presents: Dragon Pearl-A Thousand Worlds Novel Book 1 By Yoon Ha Lee Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781368014748
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Rick Riordan Presents - January 7th, 2020

An awesome Sci-fi/fantasy adventure for 8-12 year olds. The main character has magic powers based on Korean mythology - she can transform with fox magic. Perfect for anyone who loves Rick Riordan's books. - Olivia


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Greenglass House: A National Book Award Nominee By Kate Milford, Jaime Zollars (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate Milford, Jaime Zollars (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780544540286
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Clarion Books - November 1st, 2016

Milo becomes caught up in a fantastic mystery when his adoptive parents' hotel fills up with strange, unexpected guests just before the holidays. A rich contemporary mystery with a touch of ghosts, fantasy, and steampunk. Perfect for 10-14 year olds! - Olivia


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Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows By Ryan Calejo Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781534426597
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Aladdin - October 22nd, 2019

For fans of Percy Jackson, this one's for you! Full of folklore, legends, and myths from central/South America. Fun, witty, and full of adventure!

- Joss


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The Sea in Winter By Christine Day Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062872050
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Published: Heartdrum - January 4th, 2022

I love, love, loved this heartwarming novel about earnest but confused young dancers. When Maisie recovers from her knee injury, she finds herself opening up + seeing how warm her world is even in winter. - Brittany


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The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal) By Kelly Barnhill Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616207465
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - April 30th, 2019

I cannot accurately describe how incredible this book is. I would quote it for you but just I'd end up putting the entire book in this review. A witch, a town, a mother, a girl, and a sacrifice. A swamp monster who recites poetry and is as old as the world itself, a baby dragon who loves math and sings to himself when he's scared, and the terrible, mythical grief-eater growing more and more dangerous every second. This book is an instant classic. I do not write that lightly. It is for kids and adults. It is for every genre. And there will never be a time when it has run out of all it can teach us. -- Caitlin


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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow By Jessica Townsend Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316508896
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2018

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The Rick Riordan Presents: Storm Runner By J.C. Cervantes Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781368023603
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - August 20th, 2019

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Esperanza Rising (Scholastic Gold) By Pam Muñoz Ryan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780439120425
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - May 1st, 2002

"The rich person is richer when he becomes poor, than the poor person when he becomes rich."

It is 1930, Esperanza has a life of luxury on a land so beautiful few could dream better. When her father is killed by bandits, and her life becomes in danger, Esperanza and her mother must leave for California. I could not put this book down. It is so beautifully written, there is nothing Pam Munoz Ryan can't do.  -- Caitlin


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The Secret Keepers By Trenton Lee Stewart, Diana Sudyka (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Trenton Lee Stewart, Diana Sudyka (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316389549
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

It has been Reuben and his mom for as long as he can remember. She works two jobs to provide for them and Reuben wants to help in anyway that he can. When he comes across a beautiful pocketwatch stuck in the side of a building, he wedges it free and decides to sell it and give the money to his mom. At the watch shop though, Reuben starts to suspect this watch is very dangerous tries to leave and barely escapes. It is a powerful watch with a dangerous secret and is wanted by the city's criminal mastermind, The Smoke. Can Reuben find the watches rightful owner? Could he possibly take down The Smoke before? Or is the watch too dangerous? -- Caitlin


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Winterhouse By Ben Guterson, Chloe Bristol (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ben Guterson, Chloe Bristol (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250294197
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Published: Square Fish - October 30th, 2018

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Snow & Rose By Emily Winfield Martin Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780553538212
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Published: Yearling - October 1st, 2019

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The Sea in Winter By Christine Day Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062872050
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Published: Heartdrum - January 4th, 2022

I love, love, loved this heartwarming novel about earnest but confused young dancers. When Maisie recovers from her knee injury, she finds herself opening up + seeing how warm her world is even in winter. - Brittany


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Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481438292
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 27th, 2020

"This story was going to begin like all the best stories.  With a school bus falling from the sky."

This novel, comprised of ten short stories, is absolutely astonishing. Jason Reynolds is a mythical god when it comes to writing character. Wish this was ten novels instead of ten stories. How he manages to fit the weight of a whale in each character's story in so few pages shows his true genius. -- Caitlin


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Go with the Flow By Karen Schneemann, Lily Williams Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250143174
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Published: First Second - January 14th, 2020

Absolutely genius. A graphic novel about friendship, standing up for yourself and others, and periods. This made me laugh out loud, sent my heart racing, and my heart aching. This is the story of four girls in high school who become fast friends after an embarrassing incident. After finding no help in the restroom dispenser these girls wage a war against the administration (and the world) fighting for menstral rights (that should be fundamental). -- Caitlin


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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread By Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763680893
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Published: Candlewick - December 8th, 2015

I have never read a book so original, fateful, and so well done as The Tale of Despereaux. This book makes even the most skeptical of people into believers of fate. You know that moment in that one movie where the mean critic takes a bite of the food and is shot back to his childhood, this book did that to me. Except instead of a skimmed knee it was back to a time when I saw all of the magic in this world. You must read this, no matter how old you are. This book found that special part of myself, I bet inside you will find yourself, too. -- Caitlin


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The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street By Karina Yan Glaser Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328499219
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Published: Clarion Books - September 4th, 2018

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Queen of the Sea By Dylan Meconis, Dylan Meconis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dylan Meconis, Dylan Meconis (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781536215175
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Published: Walker Books US - April 27th, 2020

Oh, how I wish this book was endless and I could live in the watercolored pages forever. The incredible story of Margaret, an ophaned girl raised by nuns on a island far off the coast of her kingdom. Soon, a banished Queen arrives seeking refuge.  The Queen is cold and distant at first, but as she warms to Margaret, Margaret finds her values tested and questions about her family more burning than ever. -- Caitlin


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The Skylarks' War By Hilary McKay, Rebecca Green (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Hilary McKay, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781534427112
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 17th, 2019

"Often at that time of year you could hear skylarks over the fields. Soldiers remarked how strange it was that the birds should be there, but in fact the birds had been there for centuries. The really strange thing was that the soldiers were there. Another thing that people thought was oddwas that the skylarks sang in the language of their homes. In English for the English, in French for the French, and in Dutch for the Dutch. More puzzling still, on the other side of the trenches, a few miles away, the skylarks were singing in German."

A wonderful story of three siblings growing up in the beginings of the first world war. Clarry fights for her right to education while her father sees it as pointless. Rupert has just joined the exciting life of a soldier in a war that should be over in a few months. And Peter is sent against all his wishes and begs and pleas to boarding school. This is a brilliantly written coming of age story that will stay in your thoughts long the last page. -- Caitlin


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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Newbery Honor Book) By Grace Lin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316038638
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2011

An all time favorite that begs to be reread and reread.  Luckily for all of us, Grace Lin wrote a trilogy that has no order and each book informs the other in different ways, so there's lots to reread and dissect and obsess over. If you, like me, have watched and fallen in love with Avatar: the Last Airbender while stuck at home, this trilogy have you just as (if not more) obsessed with it. Fantastical, mythical, heartwarming, enlightening, and inspirational--this book is so good it will give you goosebumps. -- Caitlin


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Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus: Volume 1 By Dusti Bowling Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781454932994
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Published: Union Square Kids - March 5th, 2019

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Restart By Gordon Korman Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781338053807
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 27th, 2018

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Other Words for Home: A Newbery Honor Award Winner By Jasmine Warga Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062747815
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 6th, 2021

This beautifully-written book in verse follows Jude as she flees the civil war in Syria, leaving her older brother and father behind. She struggles to adjust to life in America, learn English and come to terms with her new identity: Middle Eastern.

But through strength she finds from her mother, her new friends, and from deep within herself, Jude comes to find that America, too, can be a place she calls home. ~Donna


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Other Words for Home: A Newbery Honor Award Winner By Jasmine Warga Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062747815
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 6th, 2021

This beautifully-written book in verse follows Jude as she flees the civil war in Syria, leaving her older brother and father behind. She struggles to adjust to life in America, learn English and come to terms with her new identity: Middle Eastern.

But through strength she finds from her mother, her new friends, and from deep within herself, Jude comes to find that America, too, can be a place she calls home. ~Donna


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Other Words for Home: A Newbery Honor Award Winner By Jasmine Warga Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062747815
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 6th, 2021

This beautifully-written book in verse follows Jude as she flees the civil war in Syria, leaving her older brother and father behind. She struggles to adjust to life in America, learn English and come to terms with her new identity: Middle Eastern.

But through strength she finds from her mother, her new friends, and from deep within herself, Jude comes to find that America, too, can be a place she calls home. ~Donna