New Middle Grade Books for Spring Break

Whether you are on the couch or at the beach, check out this list of these New Middle Grade Books for Spring Break Reading. These are our favorite new diverse middle grade titles to enjoy as an audiobook while you travel, or just curl up alongside your favorite snacks to relax and enjoy during your Spring holidays.

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New Middle Grade Books for Spring Break 


New Middle Grade Books for Spring Break Reading
Photo Description: Book Cover of SING IT LIKE CELIA

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – When a notorious thief is out for priceless treasure (gems! cats! general decorum!)–who’re you gonna call? An elite team of crime-fighting underdogs, that’s who! The Misfits are on the case in this hilarious illustrated series from Newbery Honoree Lisa Yee and Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat!

Olive Cobin Zang has . . . issues. And they mostly aren’t her fault. (No, really!) Though she often slips under the radar, problems have a knack for finding her. So, imagine her doubts when she’s suddenly dropped off at the strangest boarding school ever: a former castle turned prison that’s now a “reforming arts school”!

But nothing could’ve prepared Olive for RASCH (not “rash”). There, she’s lumped with a team of other kids who never quite fit in, and discovers that the academy isn’t what it seems–and neither is she. In fact, RASCH is a cover for an elite group of misfits who fight crime . . . and Olive has arrived just in time.

Turns out that RASCH is in danger of closing, unless Olive’s class can stop the heist of the century. And as Olive falls in love with this wacky school, she realizes it’s up to her new team to save the only home that’s ever welcomed them.


Written and Illustrated by Debbie Fong
Published by RandomHouse Graphic

Photo Description: AMIL AND THE AFTER

A hopeful and heartwarming story about finding joy after tragedy, Amil and the After is a companion to the beloved and award-winning Newbery Honor novel The Night Diary, by acclaimed author Veera Hiranandani

At the turn of the new year in 1948, Amil and his family are trying to make a home in India, now independent of British rule.

Both Muslim and Hindu, twelve-year-old Amil is not sure what home means anymore. The memory of the long and difficult journey from their hometown in what is now Pakistan lives with him. And despite having an apartment in Bombay to live in and a school to attend, life in India feels uncertain.

Nisha, his twin sister, suggests that Amil begin to tell his story through drawings meant for their mother, who died when they were just babies. Through Amil, readers witness the unwavering spirit of a young boy trying to make sense of a chaotic world, and find hope for himself and a newly reborn nation.

Published by Kokila Books

Don’t miss the Educator’s guide for AMIL AND THE AFTER from Penguin Classroom.

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