Middle Grade Madness | New & Notable


Middle Grade Madness will be a new feature here at Lilybloombooks, that showcases Middle Grade books! Reviews, Interviews, Guest posts and Giveaways. Join the Madness!

Today, I wanted to share with you some upcoming 2016 releases that I am excited to read!



25688980The Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder

Expected publication: August 23rd, 2016 by Macmillan/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux


The dashing Prince of the Rats–who’s in love with Cinderella–is turned into her coachman by the Fairy Godmother on the night of the big ball. And he’s about to turn the legend (and the evening) upside down on his way to a most unexpected happy ending!

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How CUTE does this sound? I love this idea twist on a classic!




The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd

Expected publication: October 11th 2016 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers



There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill hospital. In the mirrors that line its grand hallways, which once belonged to a princess. In those that reflect the elegant rooms, now filled with sick children. It is her secret.

One morning, when Emmaline climbs over the wall of the hospital’s abandoned gardens, she discovers something incredible: a white horse with broken wings has left the mirror-world and entered her own.

Tucked into the garden’s once-gleaming sundial, Emmaline finds a letter from the Horse Lord. He is hiding the wounded white horse, named Foxfire, from a dark and sinister force—a Black Horse who hunts by colorless moonlight. If Emmaline is to keep the Black Horse from finding her new friend, she must collect colorful objects with which to blind him. But where can Emmaline find color when her world is filled with gray?

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I love horses! I used to have two and show. Horse loving aside, how amazing does this sound? I’m curious to know how she will find all the colors!

23502057Click Here to Start by Denis Markell

Expected publication: July 19th 2016 by Delacorte BFYR

What if playing video games was prepping you to solve an incredible real-world puzzle and locate a priceless treasure?

Twelve-year-old Ted Gerson has spent most of his summer playing video games. So when his great- uncle dies and bequeaths him all the so-called treasure in his overstuffed junk shop of an apartment, Ted explores it like it’s another level to beat. And to his shock, he finds that eccentric Great-Uncle Ted actually has set the place up like a real-life escape-the-room game!

Using his specially honed skills, Ted sets off to win the greatest game he’s ever played, with help from his friends Caleb and Isabel. Together they discover that Uncle Ted’s “treasure” might be exactly that—real gold and jewels found by a Japanese American unit that served in World War II. With each puzzle Ted and his friends solve, they get closer to unraveling the mystery—but someone dangerous is hot on their heels, and he’s not about to let them get away with the fortune.

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I actually have this one and thought, “OH MAN! MY KIDDO WOULD LOVE THIS!” He’s currently reading it right now! I think it will appeal to a lot of young readers, especially because of the video game aspect!

Tell me your thoughts

  • Do any of these upcoming releases sound like something you’d enjoy?
  • What are some other Middle Grade books you’re excited for that I need to add?

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