November Picks - Middle Grade Readers

The Mouse and the Motorcycle: A Harper Classic Cover Image
By Beverly Cleary, Jacqueline Rogers (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062657985
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Published: HarperCollins - October 24th, 2017

Harper Classics is a new, carefully curated line of HarperCollins’s bestselling, award-winning middle grade novels that have become renowned the world over. The Mouse and the Motorcycle will be one of eight titles that will launch this line of special editions.

For decades, Newbery Award-winning author Beverly Cleary has kept children entertained with her humorous and heartwarming stories about the escapades of boys, girls, and animals alike. Now, in this special edition honoring a beloved classic, celebrate the timeless story of a small mouse with a big personality.

Ralph is not like the other mice at the Mountain View Inn. He is always looking for adventure. So when a young guest named Keith arrives with a shiny miniature motorcycle, it’s Ralph’s lucky day. Right away, Ralph knows that this motorcycle is unique—made to be ridden by a mouse with a thirst for freedom. And once a mouse can ride a motorcycle . . . almost anything can happen!


The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid Cover Image
By Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062342454
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - October 24th, 2017

The Invention of Hugo Cabret meets Oliver Twist in this totally original, humorous, and fast-paced middle grade novel about a band of child pickpockets, from the creators of the New York Times bestselling Wildwood Chronicles.

It is an ordinary Tuesday morning in April when bored, lonely Charlie Fisher witnesses something incredible. Right before his eyes, in a busy square in Marseille, a group of pickpockets pulls off an amazing robbery. As the young bandits appear to melt into the crowd, Charlie realizes with a start that he himself was one of their marks.

Yet Charlie is less alarmed than intrigued. This is the most thrilling thing that’s happened to him since he came to France with his father, an American diplomat. So instead of reporting the thieves, Charlie defends one of their cannons, Amir, to the police, under one condition: he teach Charlie the tricks of the trade. What starts off as a lesson on pinches, kicks, and chumps soon turns into an invitation for Charlie to join the secret world of the whiz mob, a band of child thieves who trained at the mysterious School of Seven Bells. The whiz mob are independent and incredibly skilled, and make their own way in the world—they are everything Charlie yearns to be. But what at first seemed like a (relatively) harmless new pastime draws him into a dangerous adventure with international stakes greater than he could have ever imagined.


Laura Ingalls Is Ruining My Life Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626724181
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 10th, 2017

A life on the prairie is not all it's cracked up to be in this middle-grade novel where one girl’s mom takes her love of the Little House series just a bit too far.

Charlotte’s mom has just moved the family across the country to live in Walnut Grove, “childhood home of pioneer author Laura Ingalls Wilder.” Mom’s idea is that the spirit of Laura Ingalls will help her write a bestselling book. But Charlotte knows better: Walnut Grove is just another town where Mom can avoid responsibility. And this place is worse than everywhere else the family has lived—it’s freezing in the winter, it’s small with nothing to do, and the people talk about Laura Ingalls all the time. Charlotte’s convinced her family will not be able to make a life on the prairie—until the spirit of Laura Ingalls starts getting to her, too.


The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City Cover Image
By Jodi Kendall, Pascal Campion (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062484536
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Published: HarperCollins - October 3rd, 2017

In this modern-day homage to Charlotte’s Web, a little pig in a big city leads to lots of trouble. Can eleven-year-old Josie Shilling save the day?

Josie Shilling’s family is too big, their cramped city house is too small, and she feels like no one’s ever on her side. Then, on Thanksgiving Day, her older brother, Tom, brings home a pink, squirmy bundle wrapped in an old football jersey—a piglet he rescued from a nearby farm. Her name is Hamlet.

The minute Josie holds Hamlet, she feels an instant connection. But there’s no room for Hamlet in the crowded Shilling household. And whoever heard of keeping a pig in the city? So it’s up to Josie to find her a forever home.