12 New Middle Grade Books to Get Excited For This Winter!By: OwlCrate Jr
“No animal, according to the rules of animal-etiquette, is ever expected to do anything strenuous, or heroic, or even moderately active during the off-season of winter.”
Start off your 2022 reading journey on the right foot by getting excited for some great new titles, coming soon to a bookstore and library near you!
Beatrice and Croc Harry by Lawrence Hill (January 1st)
Lawrence Hill's middle grade debut follows Beatrice's compelling search for identity, though she cannot recall how or why she arrived in the magical forest of Argilia . . .
Northwind by Gary Paulsen (January 11th)
The late Gary Paulsen's last book is a survivalist tale with hints of Nordic mythology. Follow an orphan named Leif who’s forced to flee northward after a deadly plague reaches the small fishing camp where he lives.
The Lock-Eater by Zack Loran Clark (January 18th)
An epic adventure sparkling with magic, wit, secret identities, stinky cats, fierce orphan girls, imposter boys, and a foundling and gearling hotly pursued by the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the land.
Dream, Annie, Dream by Waka T. Brown (January 25th)
A coming-of-age story about a Japanese American girl’s fight to make space for herself in a world that claims to celebrate everyone’s differences but doesn’t always follow through.
Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms by Jamar J. Perry (February 1st)
When Cameron Battle and his two friends are transported to the fabled kingdom of his childhood stories, he must discover if he is ready to be the hero this kingdom needs.
Maizy Chen's Last Chance by Lisa Yee (February 1st)
Maizy and her mother head to Last Chance, Minnesota to take care of her ailing grandfather, but quickly discovers the Golden Palace restaurant that’s been in her family for generations has secrets of its own.
When the World Turned Upside Down by K. Ibura (February 1st)
A heartwarming story of friendship and overcoming adversity in a time of COVID. Follow the lives of four friends as they work together to adjust amidst quarantine, family struggles, and the growing demand for social and racial justice.
The Puffin Keeper by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated Benji Davies (February 15th)
A beautifully illustrated story about an enduring friendship between a lighthouse keeper, the boy he saved, and the puffin they nursed back to health. Even as the boy is called up to fight in World War Two, his fond memories of the lighthouse keep him going.
Notable Sequels to Look For:
Tiger Honor by Yoon Ha Lee (January 4th)
Companion to the bestselling and award-winning Dragon Pearl. Sebin has always wanted to captain a battle cruiser someday, like their Uncle Hwan. Nothing goes according to plan however after Hwan is declared a traitor. Sebin joins the Thousand World Space Forces to clear their hero’s name and restore honor to the clan.
The Witch's Apprentice by Zetta Elliott (January 18th)
Third instalment in the Dragons in a Bag series. Ever since Jaxon returned the baby dragons to the magical realm, things have been off. Is there something Jax can do to find the magic he needs to set things right?
Forbidden City by James Ponti (February 1st)
Third instalment to the City Spies series. From a break-in at one of London’s most exclusive homes to an undercover mission to a desperate search and rescue operation on the streets of Beijing, the City Spies have their work cut out for them on their most dangerous mission yet.
Omar Rising by Aisha Saeed (February 1st)
Companion to New York Times bestseller, Amal Unbound. Omar’s scholarship to Ghalib Academy Boarding School provides the opportunity for Omar to set himself on a different path in life, but then he discovers the school deliberately sets impossible standards for scholarship students in order to ‘weed’ them out. Armed with stubborn optimism, Omar sets out to change the rigged system.
What books are you most looking forward to reading this year?
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