23 Middle Grade Releases That Should Be On Your TBR For the 2nd Half of 2019


Hi everyone! As you might know I absolutely adore middle grade books, and because there’s quite a lot of amazing middle grade books releasing during the second half of 2019 I thought I’d make a list! I am incredibly excited about every single one of these books and have been lucky enough to have been able to already read a few of them and let me tell you, they’re good. Like, really good.

Now I’m not saying that you should add all of the 23 titles in this list to your TBR but… you should. I know this intro is basically just me gushing about all of these books and I’m sorry but I truly can’t help it, and I’m sure you’ll understand once you see all of these titles. So let me just stop rambling and actually let you get to the books.


My Fate According to a Butterfly by Gail D. Villanueva | July 30th – about a girl trying to reunite her family after a black butterfly makes her believe she’s doomed, and the war on drugs in The Phillipines.

For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington | July 30th – about a Black girl adopted into a white family struggling with her identity.


Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya | August 6th – about a girl trying to reconnect with her dad after he comes back from deployment while her community ruptures, all while learning how to weld.

Dough Boys by Paula Chase | August 27th – So Done #2, about two basketball loving friends and their involvement in the local drug ring.

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi | August 27th – about a girl who loves space who has to spend a few weeks with her dad in Harlem, and tries to find her place in the world.

The Battle by Karuna Riazi | August 27th – The Gauntlet #2, about two classmates who get trapped in a video game together.

Count Me In by Varsha Bajaj | August 27th – about a girl and her grandfather who are assaulted for being Indian-American, and the community that rallies behind them.

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More to the Story by Hena Khan | September 3rd – a story inspired by Little Women, about four sisters from an American Muslim family.

Strange Birds by Celia C. Pérez | September 3rd – about girls who form an alternative scout group and their quest for justice, independence, and an unforgettable summer.

Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson | September 3rd – about a girl who is excited to learn more about her extended family in Harlem, but finds out it’s different than she expected, and her trying to connect with this other home and family.

The Everything I Have Lost by Sylvia Aguilar-Zéleny | September 3rd – about a girl who’s dad disappears in the city that’s also known as the murder capital of the world, where they live.

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Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly | September 3rd – about an ordinary girl on a dangerous adventure who encounters many magical creatures from Filipino folklore.

The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue by Karina Yan Glaser | September 17th | The Vanderbeekers #3, about five adorable siblings trying to save their mom’s bakery.

Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis with Traci Sorell | September 24th – set in 1957, about a girl who struggles with her identity after the government signs a bill that says her tribe no longer exists.

The Crossover (Graphic Novel) by Kwame Alexander and Dawud Anyabwile | September 24th – the graphic novel version of the crossover, a gorgeous book about twins who love basketball. and their family.

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Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy | October 1st – about a girl who’s parents just divorced, and what she does after she recognizes the handwriting on one of the envelopes addressed to her advice columnist neighbor.

I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day | October 1st – about a girl who uncovers family secrets and finds her own Native American identity.

Roll With It by Jamie Sumner | October 1st – about a girl with cerebral palsy who moves to a new town, and struggles with being the new girl in a wheelchair who lives in the trailer park on the wrong side of town.

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds | October 8th – ten different stories, one per block, about what happens after the school bell rings.

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Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow | October 8th – about an ace girl who, when one of her mom’s gets pregnant again, is terrified because her mom already miscarried twice, and her trying to find her way at her new school.

The Best At It by Maulik Pancholy | October 8th – about a gay Indian American boy in a small town, trying to follow his grandfather’s advice: Find one thing you’re really good at. And become the BEST at it.

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbilia | October 15th – about a boy who has to help Black American gods in order to get back home and save this world, while dealing with the loss of his best friend.

The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao | October 15th – inspired by Chinese mythology, about a girl fighting monsters and trying to prove that she’s the fabled Heaven Breaker.

Please let me know if you’re planning on picking up any of these and if so, which one! I’d love to chat with you about it. Also, if you think I missed any titles, please let me know because I always love finding out about more middle grade books!

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