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Middle Grade Books | Novelas de Grado Medio

8-12 years | 8-12 años

Camino a las estrellas : mi recorrido de Girl Scout a ingeniera astronáutica / Path to the Stars : My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist | Silvia Acevedo | Eng & Span versions

The inspiring memoir for young readers about a Latina rocket scientist whose early life was transformed by joining the Girl Scouts and who currently serves as CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

La historia de Sylvia Acevedo es un recordatorio deslumbrante de la necesidad de soñar a lo grande, uno que inspirará a lectores de todas las deades. Su trayecto de Girl Scouts y Hed Start a trabajar en el Laboratorío de Propulsión a Chorro de la NASA y más ayudará a forjar un camino para los jóvenes que se sienten atraídos a sueños aparentemente imposibles.

The Line TenderKate Allen | Eng

Following a tragedy that further alters the course of her life, twelve-year-old Lucy Everhart decides to continue the shark research her marine biologist mother left unfinished when she died years earlier

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp | Kathy Appelt | English

Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J'miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup, and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch.

How to Save a SpeciesMarilyn & Jonathan Baillie | Eng

How to Save a Species brings readers as close as they may ever get to some of the most endangered animals and plants on earth. Highlighting the efforts of scientists, communities, and campaign groups, it includes the astonishing success stories of species that have been saved from the edge of extinction, as well as urgent cases in need of immediate action. 

The Thing about Jellyfish | Ali Benjamin | Eng

Twelve-year-old Suzy Swanson wades through her intense grief over the loss of her best friend by investigating the rare jellyfish she is convinced was responsible for her friend's death.

The Wild Robot / El robot salvaje | Peter Brown | English & Spanish Versions 

Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.

Cuando Roz abre los ojos por primera vez, descubre que está sola en una isla remota y salvaje. No tiene idea de cómo llegó ahí pero sabe que necesita sobrevivir. Después de enfrentarse a una feroz tormenta y escapar del ataque de un oso, se da cuenta de que su única oportunidad para sobrevivir es adaptándose a sus alrededores y aprendiendo de los demás habitantes. Cuando Roz se gana la confianza de los animales, la isla empieza a sentirse como un hogar hasta que un día, el misterioso pasado de Roz vuelve para persequirla. Una conmovedora historia llena de aventuras sobre lo que sucede cuando la naturaleza y la tecnología colisionan.

Start Now! You Can Make a Difference | Chelsea Clinton | Eng

A book about issues in the world and what kids can do to help solve them. Topics include: health, bullying, and the environment.

Luz Makes a Splash | Claudia Davila | English | Own Voices 

When the city restricts water usage, Luz, with her friends and neighbors, strive to conserve and reuse what little water they have access to and protest the new soda factory using the spring water at a nearby pond.

Forest World |  Margarita Engle | Eng & Span Versions | Own Voices 

Sent to Cuba to visit the father he barely knows, Edver is surprised to meet a half-sister, Luza, whose plan to lure their cryptozoologist mother into coming there, too, turns dangerous.

The Ostrich and Other Lost Things  | Beth Hautala | English 

Olivia, eleven, has a knack for finding lost things but when she promises her brother, Jacob, that she will find his ostrich, she hopes its return will cure his autism.

The End of the Wild | Nicole Helget | English

Eleven-year-old Fern helps to take care of her impoverished family by foraging for food in the forest, but when a fracking company rolls into town, she realizes that her peaceful woods and her family's livelihood could be threatened.

What Is Climate Change?Gail Herman, ilus. by John Hinderliter | Eng

Presents an overview of climate change, discussing if humans are at fault for the rapidly warming Earth, and describes why climate change has recently become a political issue.

Chomp | Carl Hiaasen | English

When the difficult star of the reality television show "Expedition Survival" disappears while filming an episode in the Florida Everglades using animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane's family, Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him while avoiding Tuna's gun-happy father.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate / La evolución de Calpurnia Tate | Jacqueline Kelly | English & Spanish Versions

In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.

Nature GirlJane Kelley | Eng

Forced to spend the summer with her family in rural Vermont, eleven-year-old Megan, a rebellious, immature urbanite gains self-confidence and maturity as she and her dog survive being lost on the Appalachian Trail.

Garbage Island: The Nearly Always Perilous Adventures of Archibald Shrew | Fred Koehler | English

In the midst of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Archibald Shrew and Garbage Island's mouse mayor, Mr. Popli, constantly clash over Archibald's bungled inventions. In fact, Archie and Mayor Popli are so busy arguing that they don't realize their island is falling apart until it's too late. Caught in a current, these unlikely companions are swept far from home on a rip-roaring adventure neither could have imagined. As they try to fight their way back, they'll face many perils--a massive storm, deadly predators, a formidable enemy army--and discover new strengths in themselves and each other. But they'll need every ounce of bravery, creativity, and cooperation they can muster--if they're going to survive.

Song for a WhaleKelly Lynne | Eng

Twelve-year-old Iris and her grandmother, both deaf, drive from Texas to Alaska armed with Iris's plan to help Blue-55, a whale unable to communicate with other whales.

Wildwood | Colin Meloy | Eng

When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness--a dangerous and magical forest in the middle of Portland, Oregon--and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants.

Pilu of the WoodsMai K. Nguyen | Eng

Willow, who has been struggling with her emotions since her mother's death, runs away into the woods and meets Pilu, a lost tree spirit who cannot find her way back home.

A Wolf Called WanderRosanne Parry | English

A young wolf cub, separated from his pack, journeys 1000 miles across the Pacific Northwest, dealing with forest fires, hunters, highways, and hunger before finding a new home. Based on the true story of a wolf called OR-7.

PaxSarah Pennypacker, illus. by John Klassen | English & Spanish Versions 

After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back.

Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers Celia Perez | Eng | Own Voices

After Ofelia, Aster, Cat, and Lane fail to persuade a local girls club to change an outdated tradition, they form an alternative group that shakes up their sleepy Florida town. Includes tips for beginning birders, characteristics of crystals, a cookie recipe, tips for aspiring journalists, directions for creating badges, and facts about the killing of birds for fashion.

Tiger BoyMitali Perkins | English | Own Voices 

A tiger cub has escaped from a reserve in the Sunderbans in West Bengal, India, and Neel, a poor boy from the islands, is determined to find her in order to save her from being captured and sold on the black market by Mr. Gupta and his men.

Tree of DreamsLaura Resau | English

Twelve-year-old Coco Hidden has grown up in her mother's chocolate shop in Colorado, along with her friend Leo de la Cueva, but recently things have not been going well; the shop is failing, and Leo is hanging out with the other boys, and barely wants to talk to her--but when they both win a culinary contest, the two children and their mothers find themselves on a trip to the Amazon in Ecuador, where Coco hopes to find the rare ceiba tree, and where the plight of the native people and their jungle gives her a new perspective and purpose in life.

Bayou Magic | Jewell Parker Rhodes | English | Own Voices 

Visiting her grandmother in the Louisiana bayou, ten-year-old Maddy begins to realize that she may be the only sibling to carry on the gift of her family's magical legacy.

Heroes Of The Environment: True Stories Of People Who Are Helping To Protect Our Planet Harriet Rohmer | English 

This inspiring book presents the true stories of 12 people from across North America who have done great things for the environment. 

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science | Joyce Sidman | English

Newbery-Honor winning author Joyce Sidman explores the extraordinary life and scientific discoveries of Maria Merian, who discovered the truth about metamorphosis and documented the science behind the mystery in this visual biography that features many original paintings by Maria herself.

Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet | Nikki Tate | English

The Last WildPiers Torday | Eng

Twelve-year-old Kester Jaynes, who has been locked away at a school for troubled children, is called upon to save the last animals living in a post-apocalyptic world where disease has killed most living things.


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