Staff Picks: Spring 2019 Middle Grade Books

The School & Library team shares more about why we loved these outstanding middle grade picks here!


Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai

More praise for Pie in the Sky: 

A Junior Library Guild Selection

“Remy Lai seamlessly mixes together equal parts of humor, loss, identity, discovery, and love to create a delicious concoction of a story. Jingwen’s feelings of isolation as he tries to become comfortable in a new country without knowing the language are illustrated beautifully with Lai’s insightful drawings.” —Veera Hiranandani, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Night Diary


All of Me by Chris Baron

More praise for All of Me:

“Beautifully written, brilliant, and necessary.”—Matt de la Pena, Newbery Medalist


The Lost Boy’s Gift by Kimberly Willis Holt

More praise for The Lost Boy’s Gift:

A Junior Library Guild Selection

★ “The dull and seemingly ordinary neighborhood in which Daniel fetches up with his newly divorced mom turns out to be anything but….After Daniel’s experiences, readers will want to move there too.”—Kirkus, starred review

“Holt applies her talent for writing quiet, heartfelt stories to this study of Daniel, a lonely boy struggling with his parents’ recent divorce…Quirky neighborhood characters occupy the idyllic town.”—Booklist


This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews


All the Ways Home by Elsie Chapman

More praise for All the Ways Home:

“In All the Ways Home, Elsie Chapman gracefully explores the complexities of family and loss. The specificity in which Chapman narrates Kaede’s journey in Japan is particularly satisfying.”—Veera Hiranandani, author of Newbery Honor novel The Night Diary