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Fall ‘14’s Hot New Middle Grade Titles

August 18, 2014

As the Middle Grade readers in your life return to school, it’s the perfect time to introduce them to these hot new books. Frostborn, Kate the Great, and Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle are brand new titles that will appeal to a wide range of readers. Whether in a mythical land of trolls, the halls of middle school, or a land of magical ravens, students will find themselves transported into stories of both the familiar and the fantastic that will leave them wanting more.

Kate the Great, Except When She’s Not
Suzy Becker
[HC: 978-0-385-38742-2
GLB: 978-0-385-38743-9]

In the tradition of Big Nate and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Suzy Becker brings middle-school character Kate to life through her lively storytelling and quirky illustrations. Middle grade readers will relate to Kate as she overcomes frenemies, fifth grade and more.

“She’s funny. Quirky. Original. Kate’s the greatest.” -Lincoln Peirce, author of Big Nate

“Becker does an excellent job of channeling the behind-adults’-backs humor and friendship frustrations of the middle-school crowd…” -Publishers Weekly

Lou Anders
[HC: 978-0-385-38778-1
GLB: 978-0-385-38779-8
EL: 978-0-385-38780-4]

Inspired by Norse mythology, Lou Anders has created a richly imagined world of frost giants, dragons and heroes that is sure to entrance fantasy fans. In the first book of an epic new series, readers join young farmer Karn, and half-giant Thianna, as they set out on the adventure a lifetime across the land of Norrøngard.

★ ”A powerful, fast-paced tale… The setting is rich, the characters well-defined, and the danger ever-paramount.” -Publishers Weekly, Starred

“Future fans of Tolkien and George R.R. Martin can happily cut their serial-fantasy teeth on this first book of an eventual series.” -Kirkus Reviews

Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle
George Hagen
HC: 978-0-385-37103-2
GLB: 978-0-385-37104-9
EL: 978-0-385-37105-6
Audio: 978-0-553-39690-4

In this exciting new fantasy, twelve-year-old Gabriel Finley discovers that he is one of a mythical group of people who can bond with and speak to ravens. Now, he must use his new powers to journey beneath the streets of Manhattan to the land of Aviopolis, where his father is being held prisoner.

“Both startling and moving—a vivid, compelling fantasy that sends you off to a world you will not soon forget.” —Norton Juster, author of The Phantom Tollbooth

★  “Middle-graders looking for a soaring fantasy that’s not too hard, not too easy, will find this just right.” Booklist, Starred