2019 Reviewed: Middle Grade Novels to Look Forward To

Interested to see which middle grade novels I hope to pick up in 2019? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

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The Miraculous by Jess Redman

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 30, 2019)

Print Length: 320 pages

Eleven-year-old Wunder Ellis is a miracologist. In a journal he calls The Miraculous, he records stories of the inexplicable and the extraordinary. These miracles fill Wunder with the feeling that he is not alone, that the world is magical, that he is part of something brighter than he can imagine.

But then his newborn sister dies, at only eight days old. If that can happen, then miracles don’t exist. So Wunder gets rid of The Miraculous. And he stops believing.

Then Wunder meets Faye—a cape-wearing, outspoken girl with losses of her own. Together, they find an abandoned house by the cemetery and the old woman who lives there—and who might be a witch. The old woman asks for Wunder and Faye’s help. She asks them to go through graveyards and forests, to townhalls and police stations, by bike and by train. She asks them to believe. And together, they go on a journey that leads them to friendship, to healing—and to miracles.

The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away by Ronald L. Smith

Publisher: Clarion Books (February 19, 2019)

Print Length: 272 pages

Twelve-year-old Simon is obsessed with aliens. The ones who take people and do experiments. When he’s too worried about them to sleep, he listens to the owls hoot outside. Owls that have the same eyes as aliens—dark and foreboding.

Then something strange happens on a camping trip, and Simon begins to suspect he’s been abducted. But is it real, or just the overactive imagination of a kid who loves fantasy and role-playing games and is the target of bullies and his father’s scorn?

Tunnels of Bones (Cassidy Blake #2) by Victoria Schwab

Publisher: Scholastic Press (2019)

Print Length: Unknown

Book Two in the middle-grade fantasy series by Victoria Schwab.

The Strangers (The Greystone Secrets #1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (April 2, 2019)

Print Length: 416 pages

The Greystone kids thought they knew. Chess has always been the protector over his younger siblings, Emma loves math, and Finn does what Finn does best—acting silly and being adored. They’ve been a happy family, just the three of them and their mom.

But everything changes when reports of three kidnapped children—who share the same first and middle names, ages, and exact birth dates as the Greystone kids—reach the Greystone family. This bizarre coincidence makes them wonder: Who exactly are these strangers? Before Chess, Emma, and Finn can question their mom about it, she takes off on a mysterious work trip. But puzzling clues left behind lead to complex codes, hidden rooms, and a dangerous secret that will turn their world upside down.

The Whispers by Greg Howard

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (January 15, 2019)

Print Length: 256 pages

Eleven-year-old Riley believes in the whispers, magical fairies that will grant you wishes if you leave them tributes. Riley has a lot of wishes. He wishes bullies at school would stop picking on him. He wishes Dylan, his 8th grade crush, liked him, and Riley wishes he would stop wetting the bed. But most of all, Riley wishes for his mom to come back home. She disappeared a few months ago, and Riley is determined to crack the case. He even meets with a detective, Frank, to go over his witness statement time and time again.

Frustrated with the lack of progress in the investigation, Riley decides to take matters into his own hands. So he goes on a camping trip with his friend Gary to find the whispers and ask them to bring his mom back home. But Riley doesn’t realize the trip will shake the foundation of everything that he believes in forever.

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And those are my five picks for middle grade novels I’m looking forward to being released in 2019. As I am relatively new to the genre, do you have any releases, new or old, that you’re looking forward to? Leave a comment down below!

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