August Picks - Middle Grade Readers

Walking with Miss Millie Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399544569
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - July 4th, 2017

A poignant and unforgettable middle-grade debut about the friendship between a young white girl and her elderly black neighbor in the 1960s south

Eleven-year-old Alice has just moved to Georgia with her mom and little brother, and barely has time to unpack before she gets herself in trouble. When she’s caught eavesdropping on a phone call on the party line, her mom sends her next door to apologize to their new neighbor, Miss Millie, a tiny ninety-two-year-old black woman. To make up for her rudeness, Alice agrees to walk Clarence, Miss Millie’s blind dog. But he refuses to go anywhere without Miss Millie, so the three of them soon develop a daily routine: walking together, Miss Millie sharing wisdom and stories from her long life. Alice is fascinated, learning about Miss Millie’s parents being slaves and Miss Millie living most of her life in the segregated South. Alice, who is white and from a mostly white Ohio town, has grown up largely unaware of the racism that’s still prevalent in the world, and her eyes are opened by many of Miss Millie’s experiences. When she’s not with Miss Millie, Alice spends her time plotting to get her parents back together—she’s hardly heard from her dad since he left the family a year ago—but it’s a wasted effort. Fortunately, her growing bond with Miss Millie eases her sadness, broadens her understanding of life, and gives her a true, unbreakable friendship she’ll never forget.


Refugee Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545880831
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 25th, 2017

A tour de force from acclaimed author Alan Gratz (Prisoner B-3087), this timely and powerful novel tells the story of three different children seeking refuge. 

JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . .

ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America . . .

MAHMOUD is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe . . .

All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers -- from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.


The Apprentice Witch Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338118582
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Published: Chicken House - July 25th, 2017

A special middle grade debut of magic and courage in a world of witches, written with the charm and enchantment of Circus Mirandus and The Apothecary.

Arianwyn has flunked her witch's assessment: She's doomed. Declared an apprentice and sent to the town of Lull in disgrace, she may never become a real witch-- much to the glee of her arch-rival, Gimma.


But remote Lull is not as boring as it seems. Strange things are sighted in the woods, a dangerous infestation of hex creeps throughout the town, and a mysterious magical visitor arrives with his eye on her.

With every spirit banished, creature helped, and spell cast, Arianwyn starts to get the hang of being a witch--even if she's only an apprentice. But the worst still lies ahead. For a sinister darkness has begun to haunt her spells, and there may be much more at stake than just her pride . . . for Arianwyn and the entire land.