middle grade

middle grade

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Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection 2021; “A sweet, science-y story of struggles and discovery.” (Kirkus Reviews); “[A] winsome … and fetching middle-grade novel.” (Shelf Awareness, starred review)

“Ahn’s spare illustrations are the stars of this show, using just a few lines to evoke emotion, drama, and especially humor…Considering how brief the text is, the two dogs leap, lifelike, off the pages, Sunny reserved and just a bit surly and Rosy fired with youthful enthusiasm.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Moving in its statement of human rights . . . Readers will find themselves moved back in time and forward in spirit.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review)

Sook Nyul Choi


“Jung’s voice is a gift to middle-grade fiction …” (Booklist)

“Roars to life with just a touch of magic.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review); Newbery Medal 2021

“Graci Kim does such an amazing job of blending Korean mythology into the modern world, I am now wondering how I ever lived without knowing all this cool information.” (New York Times #1 best-selling author Rick Riordan)

“With wonderful supporting characters, strong pacing, and entertaining comedy bits, debut author Kim has woven a pop song of immigrant struggle colliding with comedy and Korean barbecue.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

“Captures with unusually knowing and respectful perception the steps of a friend shift.” (BCCB, starred review)

“A moving, suspenseful refugee story, based loosely on the author’s mother’s experiences, the book is at heart a poignant exploration of a girl’s struggle against traditional female roles and her determination to succeed on her own terms.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

  • Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor Book
  • NPR’s 2021 Books We Love List
  • 2021 Nerdie Award Winner

“Park’s subjects’ mementos offer middle-grade readers much food for thought regarding what one values and how others can touch one’s life…. Park’s extended rumination has the power to bring us home.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

Linda Sue Park
Linda Sue Park


2022 NCTE Poetry Notable; Wong’s original collection was the first book of Asian American children’s poems to explore issues of race, culture, and identity. In these 50 new pages of memoir, musings, social studies connections, and writing prompts, Janet Wong offers a fresh look at these topics and invites young readers to dive more deeply into the text.

“An empowering celebration of identity, friendship, and embracing one’s roots, Yun’s loose reimagining of Great Expectations follows a first-generation Korean-American girl learning to navigate her new life. … #OwnVoices author Yun writes of Korean-American family life with heart- warming, authentic detail.” (Publishers Weekly)