Middle Grade Madness | Upcoming Releases I’m Excited For


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




Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper

Expected publication: July 19th 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


Ever since she was a baby, the words people use to describe Elyse have instantly appeared on her arms and legs. At first it was just “cute” and “adorable,” but as she’s gotten older and kids have gotten meaner, words like “loser” and “pathetic” appear, and those words bubble up and itch. And then there are words like “interesting,” which she’s not really sure how to feel about. Now, at age twelve, she’s starting middle school, and just when her friends who used to accept and protect her are drifting away, she receives an anonymous note saying “I know who you are, and I know what you’re dealing with. I want to help.” As Elyse works to solve the mystery of who is sending her these notes, she also finds new ways to accept who she is and to become her best self.

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This reminds me of Tell Me Three Things – similar plot line but with different background and reasoning. I have a feeling it will be a powerful book with a great message.






Wishing Day by Lauren Myracle

Expected publication: May 3rd 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books



On the third night of the third month after a girl’s thirteenth birthday, every girl in the town of Willow Hill makes three wishes.

The first wish is an impossible wish.
The second is a wish she can make come true herself.
And the third is the deepest wish of her secret heart.

Natasha is the oldest child in a family steeped in magic, though she’s not sure she believes in it. She’s full to bursting with wishes, however. She misses her mother, who disappeared nearly eight long years ago. She has a crush on one of the cutest boys in her class, and she thinks maybe it would be nice if her very first kiss came from him. And amid the chaos of a house full of sisters, aunts, and a father lost in grief, she aches to simply be…noticed.

So Natasha goes to the willow tree at the top of the hill on her Wishing Day, and she makes three wishes. What unfolds is beyond anything she could have imagined.

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I actually downloaded this one last week – and I am super excited for it. I love the idea behind getting three wishes on your 13th birthday – but of course, nothing EVER goes as planned.



Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

Expected publication: May 17th 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


• Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.)
• Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer.
• Never having met said grandparents.
• Her blue days—when life feels overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep her head up. (This happens a lot.)

Finley’s only retreat is the Everwood, a forest kingdom that exists in the pages of her notebook. Until she discovers the endless woods behind her grandparents’ house and realizes the Everwood is real–and holds more mysteries than she’d ever imagined, including a family of pirates that she isn’t allowed to talk to, trees covered in ash, and a strange old wizard living in a house made of bones.

With the help of her cousins, Finley sets out on a mission to save the dying Everwood and uncover its secrets. But as the mysteries pile up and the frightening sadness inside her grows, Finley realizes that if she wants to save the Everwood, she’ll first have to save herself.

Reality and fantasy collide in this powerful, heartfelt novel about family, depression, and the power of imagination.

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I think this one will be a MUST read for many kids, teens and adults a like. I love that it will tackle depression, family issues in a Fantasy world.



tell me your thoughts

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



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