Middle-Grade March Book Promotion
31 mind-bending, fantastical, out-of-this-world, roller-coaster-worthy middle-grade books to discover in March 2022!
1. The Memoir That Makes You Go Mmm
by B Turnquest
Mckenzie-Morgan has an odd fascination, and from this she mastered a skill that involves manipulating most of her sentences with her favorite consonant. As you read her memoir, for multiple reasons (awed, doubtful, meditative and maybe because you can taste scrumptious food in your mind), you will certainly go mmm.
There are the matters of: a manifestation or two, mouth-watering menus, memory verses, a misfit, middle-school moments and mix-ups, and the most monumental matter that is so improbable, it’s called a miracle.
Grab a dictionary, bookmark it right in the middle and get to know this quirky, original, delightful character.
A Bahamian teenager who is oddly outstanding, and circumvents her troubles with optimism, faith, and a myriad of lofty M words that guarantees to improve all readers' vocabulary.
GET IT HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0919CBDLR
2. Josh Stone and the Fifth World: Book 1 of the Crystal Skull Series
by S.M. LaDuke
Do you have what it takes to defeat the most formidable threat in the galaxy?
That's what thirteen-year-old Josh Stone asks himself when he uncovers a deadly plot threatening Earth. With a federation of aliens and humans at his back, Josh's team races to protect the crystal skulls. Can he stop them from using these ancient alien artifacts from being forged into a super weapon against humanity?
Josh Stone and the Fifth World is a middle grade novel for readers in grades 3 to 6 and perfect for independent reading, story time, or homeschooling. Get this fun adventure today to spark your galactic imagination.
GET IT HERE: https://books2read.com/u/bOGVkJ
3. Dragon Courage Series Books 1-3
by Kandi J Wyatt
In a world where dragons and humans live in peace with each other, it is a privilege to be a dragon rider, but riders, like everyone else, must find their purpose.
Twins Ruskya and Duskya fight for their dragons' futures and their lives! Braidyn struggles with balancing justice and mercy as he searches for a stolen nestling, and Kyn discovers a breed of wild dragons which have been at war with humans for four hundred years and must find away to overcome revenge with peace.
Dragon Courage Series books 1-3 is the fabulous compilation of books 1-3 in the coming of age fantasy series Dragon Courage. If you like enticing worlds, captivating stories, and a new twist on dragon lore, you'll love Kandi J Wyatt's fantastic series.
GET IT HERE: https://books2read.com/u/bOyEvg
4. The Trunk of Stars
by Susie Dinneen
A fast-paced adventure mystery for 9 to 12 year old readers.
To discover the secret of her past, she has to track down stolen treasure. But dangerous people also want it. Can she find it first?
When she was a baby, Cairo was found in a trunk by Agatha Mulch, a mean, thieving auctioneer. Now twelve years old, Cairo is desperate to escape Agatha’s cruelty and find her real parents. She runs away and joins a group who are hunting for the golden scarabs. If she helps them track down the treasure, Cairo could finally discover the truth about her family.
But there are others searching for the scarabs and unless Cairo faces her fears, learns who to trust, and finds the scarabs first, she might never unlock the mystery of her past.
The Trunk of Stars is the first novel in the Stolen Treasures series for readers aged nine to twelve. If you like Lemony Snicket and The Mysterious Benedict Society, you’ll love this action-packed adventure by Susie Dinneen.
Start reading today to see if Cairo can unravel the mystery.
GET IT HERE: https://books2read.com/trunkofstars
5. The Blameless
by E. S. Christison
Briana, Princess of Predonia, has lived a happy and sheltered life. Then, in a single night, her father's kingdom is overthrown, her family is murdered, and centuries of peace are violently shattered. Fleeing for her life, Brie is rescued by Flinton, Derek, and Kove, three powerful protectors who take her under their wing and bring her to their secret stronghold deep in the mountains. There, Brie learns about the Blameless, people who receive magical gifts from the gods after performing acts of supreme selflessness. Among the Blameless, Brie discovers an amazing new world, gaining witty and resourceful companions as she strives to master the mysterious power within her. She determines to seek justice for her family, and, one day, to take back her people's freedom.
GET IT HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1951565827
6. The Dragon Slayer's Son (book 1 of the Dragon Defence League Series)
by Robinne Weiss
Dad was a dragon slayer. But what if dragons aren't the real enemy?
They said Dad was a dragon slayer. They were wrong.
When Nathan's dad goes missing, presumed dead, Nathan is whisked away to the Alexandra School of Heroic Arts to train as his replacement. At school, he and his new friends soon learn:
Dragons are not the worst monsters out there.
And Nathan's dad might not be dead ... yet.
Nathan and his friends escape from school to find his dad. To succeed, they'll need to seek the aid of the dragons and unravel an international ring of wildlife smugglers. If they fail, none of them will survive.
This action-packed novel, the first in the Dragon Defence League series, imagines dragons in modern day New Zealand. If you like adventure with a dose of fantasy, this is the book for you!
GET IT HERE: https://BookHip.com/MNGHXNR
7. The Heart of Bakers and Artists (book 1 of the Becoming America's Stories)
by Antoinette Truglio Martin
It is 1911, and nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants loves to sing, and wants to, has to, prove she is not a little kid. She and her large family are crammed into a three-room flat in New York City’s Lower East Side. Everyone must do their share to help out. Big sister Betta sews home piece work and bossy Margaret bakes discounted Daily Bread at Goldberg’s bakery for the Taglia family. Lily wants to do more than dry dishes, keep little sister Gigi out from underfoot, and not make her sisters or Mama crazy with her singing. When Mrs. Goldberg, the baker’s wife, notices Lily’s height and recognizes her artist heart, she invites Lily to learn how to bake Daily Bread with Margaret. Lily is thrilled to have a big kid job in the magical bakery basement where Mrs. Goldberg dances and gives away sweet Knot Surprises. Mama thinks this is a good arrangement too. Now Margaret can quit school to work in a factory for a wage. But Margaret likes school and wants to be a somebody. Besides, she says Lily is just a little kid, and there’s more to baking Daily Bread than height and an artist's heart. Mama stands firm and Lily tags-a-long with Margaret only to learn that being a big kid is fraught with bullies, disasters, and treacherous streets to cross by herself.
GET IT HERE: https://amzn.to/3mnYB86
8. The Rainbow Weaver's Apprentice (The Fairy Tunnels Series, Book 1)
by Elena Jagar
A magic apprentice.
A bad decision.
A perilous quest.
Being the Rainbow Weaver’s apprentice is everything Addie’s ever wished for. Well, except for the chores.
When she is reckless with her duties, Addie’s whole village is enveloped in a strange fog spreading from the mysterious Fairy Tunnel that separates her village from the others.
People are falling ill and it’s all Addie’s fault. To fix what she’s done, she must go on a dangerous journey through the Fairy Tunnel and find the healing magic that will save her people. But to enter the Tunnel is to risk becoming prisoner of the fairies... forever.
The Rainbow Weaver’s Apprentice will thrill middle-grade readers with danger, magic, and adventure at every turn of the page.
GET IT HERE: https://books2read.com/u/mqwn5v
9. Amalie's Perilous Journey (The Bronze Age Series 1)
by Jacqueline Vincent
This book is a revised edition of Amalie, A Perilous Journey.
“I’ll get to the coast before those thieving boatmen,” Amalie says to Roble, as she leans forward to take in the sweet scent of her pony’s mane.
Amalie with no family or clan, battles the elements and wild animals of Bronze-age Spain to regain her family’s last possessions from the boatmen.
Roble, her loyal pony, is beside her throughout the journey, taking her weight and protecting her from harm.
After her family’s death, the new clan chief gives her two options, live with him and his many children in her old home, or leave! She leaves.
Her destination; The annual market in Os Pericos on the coast.
Her future: Arriving before the boatmen.
Is time against her? Will the boatmen sell her family’s possessions to their buyer before she gets to the coast?
Or will wolves, thieves or wild elements defeat her?
GET IT HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JKDXYK2
10. Ben Archer (The Alien Skill Series, Book 1-3)
by Rae Knightly
A BOY WITNESSES THE FALL OF UFOs. NOW EVERYONE IS AFTER HIM.
Twelve-year-old Ben Archer’s life is turned upside-down when UFOs crash near his grandfather’s house. And when a dying extraterrestrial entrusts him with a superpower, he is catapulted into hair-rising adventures across land, ocean and space.
Now everyone is after him. The government considers him a cumbersome witness to The Cosmic Fall, a deadly shapeshifter wants his ability, and Ben finds himself in a race against time to unravel the secrets of his new-found power before they catch him.
With no choice but to flee, Ben joins forces with the sole survivor of the crash – an alien man called Mesmo. And while the destinies of boy and alien become inextricably linked, one question hovers above their unlikely friendship: why do they all want his alien skill?
The Alien Skill Series is a science-fiction adventure story for fans of Percy Jackson, Epic Zero and Crime Travelers. With over 50,000 copies sold, these upper middle-grade books have won the hearts of young and old alike, turning them into a best-selling, award-winning coming-of-age series filled with superpowers, alien contact, hidden enemies and a thought-provoking glimpse into the way we treat our planet.
GET IT HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SMTD2WW
11. Shelter (Generation Mars, Book Two)
by Douglas D. Meredith
Sisters Cas and Ori are among the first children born on Mars. The Generation Mars series follows their adventures as they grow up in an environment unlike any in which children have grown up before.
Each book in the series uses a fundamental element of survival as title and jumping off point: Air, Shelter, Water, Food.
In book two, Shelter, an expedition on the surface goes terribly wrong. As conditions go from uncomfortable to desperate, it falls to Cas and Ori to save the family. It's a struggle for survival in which they learn the full meaning of shelter.
GET IT HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1733731040
12. Ayesha Dean Novelette - The High School Heist (Ayesha Dean Mysteries)
by Melati Lum
Read how it all began in this sweet Ayesha Dean short story!
Ayesha Dean has recently started wearing hijab and on top of that is going to a new high school. She thinks this gives her more than enough reason to lie low. But when things keep going missing from the Year Eight students’ lockers, Ayesha is determined to find the culprit. Can she overcome her fears and embrace a new role as a kickass teen sleuth?
Fans of Nancy Drew and The Famous Five will love this thrilling mystery series!
GET IT HERE: amzn.to/3AZEZg5
13. Spell Sweeper
by Lee Edward Födi
Featuring a failed young wizard and her cleanup crew, this delightfully dysfunctional middle grade fantasy is an imaginative twist on magic school that’s perfect for fans of Nevermoor and The School for Good and Evil.
Cara Moone is a wizard—but she’s basically flunked out of wizard school. Now she’s in training to be a MOP, also known as Magical Occurrence Purger, also known as it’s Cara’s job to sweep up the hazardous dust a real wizard’s spells leave behind.
A real wizard, that is, like Harlee Wu, the so-called Chosen One destined to save the magical world. But when one of Harlee’s spells goes awry and leaves behind a rift in the fabric of magic itself, it'll take more than magic to clean up the mess.
Luckily, messes are kind of Cara’s thing.
Magic is messy—and fantastically fun—in this underdog story packed with humor, adventure, and attitude.
GET IT HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0062845322
14. Pliés, Pranks, & Hocus-Pocus (Lyssa's Holiday Hijinks Book 2)
by C.J. Kavanaugh
Pranks are the best thing about Halloween — until a ghost pulls one on you.
When eleven-year-old Lyssa Klarken discovers the legend about her ballet school being haunted is true, she thinks she’s won the candy-filled jackpot.
But treats turn to tricks when Nadia, the ghost of a star ballerina, starts pranking her. Nadia only agrees to leave Lyssa alone if she frees her from her unfinished business. There’s just one problem: Nadia can’t remember what that is.
Lyssa has six days to figure it out and save Nadia from torment. If she fails, the tables will turn: Lyssa will be haunted for the rest of her life. Can she solve the mystery before the curtain rises on October 31st?
GET IT HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09768GDVZ
15. The Book of Chaos (Starfell Book One)
Not all books are meant to be read.
Twelve-year-old Fable Nuthatch has something that nobody else in Larkmoor has—magic. But living under the roof of her overprotective aunt, she's forced to keep it secret.
When a strange book lands in her lap and her cousin disappears into its pages, she follows, hurtling into an enchanted forest far from the rolling hills of her home. This is a land filled with unusual people and mystical creatures. Here, others accept her for who she is, and she's finally free to embrace her powers.
But not everything is bright in Starfell. A darkness looms over the land, and her cousin is still missing.
With help from her peculiar new friends, Fable must learn to trust in herself or risk losing her cousin forever. Can she save him before it’s too late?
Twisted, original, magical fun! Filled with unique magical creatures and themes of family and friendship, The Book of Chaos has been described by readers as a true jewel among children's books. Perfect for kids who love magic, fantasy, and adventure!
GET IT HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1775387100
16. Miya's Dream
by Cathy Ringler
Fourteen-year-old Miya Skippingbird, aka Mega Miya, knows all about middle school struggles. She wants the perfect horse that will win every time so the rodeo kids will notice her in a good way and maybe even like her. However, Miya’s hope is shattered when her “Dream” turns out to be a stubborn paint mare who has no interest in running, much less winning a barrel race. “She’s the fattest horse I’ve ever seen. Yeah, she’s stubborn. She wouldn’t move. First, she was so barn-sour she acted like she couldn’t gather up enough strength to leave that end of the arena. Then, no matter how hard I kicked her, she barely trotted. To top it off, when I asked her to lope, she tried to kill me. So, there you have it. She’s not a dream. She’s my worst nightmare.” Can Miya overcome the viral videos and humiliation? Can she face her nightmares and stand up? Can she move forward? Take a chance? Sometimes you might win something unexpected. . .
GET IT HERE: https://www.cathyringler.com
17. Mary Finch and the Thief: Book 1 of the Mary Finch Mysteries
by S S Saywack
Meet thirteen-year-old Mary Finch – a bold, determined heroine, and the star of a stylish new detective series. Perfect for fans of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle and classic crime fiction.
Mary Finch and the Thief is the first in the Mary Finch Mystery series. It is 1893 and Mary Finch finds herself on the gritty and violent streets of Victorian London trying to clear her name.
When wrongfully accused of theft, Mary Finch is determined to track down the thief and prove her innocence. Her journey takes her from Baker Street, where her friends, the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, live, to the dark and dangerous East End of London. On her trail are the suspicious Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard, the evil butler of her employer, a mysterious gentleman who is not what he appears to be and a ruthless killer. Mary must hurry to find the truth before she is arrested and sent to jail.
Mary Finch continues her investigations in S S Saywack’s Mary Finch and the Grey Lady, and the soon to be released, Mary Finch and the Spy (soon to be released).
GET IT HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08XPNZ8VN/
18. The Spyders: Slither Me Timbers
by Vesta L. Giles
With adorable illustrations and interesting facts about spiders, Slither Me Timbers is a chapter book for kids who like adventure and the creatures in the garden!
After days stuck inside because of rain, Thaddeus, Gracey, and Curt Spyder are finally able to go outside and explore. When they reach the edge of the puddle, where they aren’t supposed to go, the temptation of a pirate adventure proves to be too much. A smooth sailing sea voyage soon turns dangerous and it will take teamwork, the help of a new friend, and using all of their spider skills to make it home safely by dinner.
GET IT HERE: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/fthzohc06s
19. The Lines Between Our Stars (The Summer Triangle, Book 1)
by Lyndi Allison
Exoplanet hopping to rescue alien children from formidable foes takes ingenuity but can you find your way home.
When a dragon-snake slithers into the lab where fifteen-year-old Jas volunteers, he and his artsy rival, Gloria, teleport to an exoplanet to rescue the life form’s son. Now, the Interplanetary Space Agency is determined to stop them. With water scarce and few comforts of home, the teens find themselves up against a formidable foe. They’ll have to overcome obstacles together or be stranded on this dusty planet light years from Earth.
Readers say The Summer Triangle Trilogy is similar to Stranger Things and A Wrinkle in Time.
GET IT HERE: www.tranquiloretreat.com/books
20. Bake Believe
by Cori Cooper
Can it be real? Or is it bake believe?
All Cat Anderson wants out of life is a circle of friends to giggle with and a few cute boys to flirt with. Her first day of eighth grade is looking perfect—until a scheduling mishap places her in a culinary arts class.
Food, it turns out, is a very big deal. In her family there is a secret, too big to stay hidden any longer. A secret too fantastic to be real. Something happens when Cat bakes. Something impossible.
GET IT HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KWMX6BW
21. Atlas and the Multiverse: Seeking Courage
by Chandon Siman
THE COURAGE OF THE FEW, DECIDE THE FATE OF THE MANY
On Atlas’s first day of middle school in Boise, Idaho, a mysterious voice lures him and then appears to him, leaving him with a single clue: Find Dr. Faraday! With the help of his foster siblings Lilou and Nico, Atlas goes on a quest into the Multiverse to discover the truth about his father’s whereabouts. Their adventure takes them to countless new realms, where they encounter various characters — some friends and some foes — and through courage, overcome a series of challenges as they race to uncover the mysteries of family, friendship, and loyalty.
GET IT HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1736939807
22. Journey to Zentobia
by Stacy D'Alessandro
A fast-paced series opener with magic, mystery and adventure that will hook you from the very first page. The perfect middle-grade book for fans of the Chronicles of Narnia and the Land of Stories series.
Since moving to a strange new town, ten-year-old Maggie Miller has honed her skills as an amateur detective. She’s even convinced her older brother Peter to go along with her. But when a mysterious neighbor moves in, their snooping leads them on a daring adventure they never could have imagined.
Not only do they discover their neighbor comes from another world, but they can get there by going through a secret rainbow portal. After the siblings end up in Zentobia, they must race to defeat a villain who wants to bring back dark magic. But danger is hot on their trail.
When new clues are uncovered about the lost magic in Zentobia, the siblings realize that they will need the help of some new friends. The group must hatch a plan to stop the threat before Maggie and Peter remain stuck in Zentobia forever.
GET IT HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578781719
23. Tales of a Sixth-Grade Werecat
by A. M. Deese
No one ever expects to transform into a werecat on the last day of summer.
Felix Woolfe is tired of the teasing and name calling from Ethan, his arch nemesis since the third grade. But this year will be different because Felix is determined to enter sixth grade with a clean slate since accepting Ethan's dare will prove once and for all he's no scaredy-cat.
And when that dare is to enter the home of the town witch, you do it...right?
Felix gets more than he bargained for when his dare leads to a transformation, complete with healing powers, super speed, and...a tail?
Felix proves he's no scaredy-cat but is he ready to pay the price? Will his newfound abilities help him stop Ethan or will sixth grade be the worst year of his life?
GET IT HERE: https://tinyurl.com/2p87nk4a
24. The Pack, The Dare and The Draugar
by T.J. Hendrix
Five soon-to-be seventh graders,
One shapeshifting Guardian Hound, monsters,
And a mystery that will change one life.
Summer Camp just got a lot more interesting.
Harmony O’Rourke's mom has moved them to a new town. Again. Worse, Harmony has been shipped off to an "academic" summer camp in the redwoods.
But it turns out Camp Coho is a screening tool for a secret magical order looking for the next generation of forest guardians. A late-night adventure lands Harmony and four other campers in training sessions for promising apprentices.
Soon they're studying ancient languages and learning spells for flying, floating and self-defense. Then Harmony’s mother goes missing back home, and it turns out she may not be what she seems.
Harmony and her friends decide to use their new skills to do their own detective work.
Can five soon-to-be-seventh graders untangle the mystery of Harmony's parentage and rescue her missing mother before it's too late?
Adventure, terror, family secrets and ancient powers: it's all waiting for them in the forest.
GET IT HERE: https://www.tjhendrix.com/
by Jaz Laverick
All her life, Abigail has felt like a disappointment.
Her magic, if it even is magic, is different and strange, and it causes her nothing but heartache.
Every famous university and court mage this side of the Capital has tested her... but she can't even light a candlestick! Are the things she sees just figments of her imagination? Is Abigail simply mad?
She's left with one final test to find out for certain: the common city guild test.
Dive into the first Abigail Tally novel, where gods, spirits, and catkings bandy about, where magic, murder, and sleuthing are a walk in the district — and a healthy bit of sassy commentary never killed anyone... yet.
26. The Chimera's Apprentice (Book One)
by Roslyn Muir
Can Kyra control the mythical chimera or will it control her?
Kyra has lost her family. Her mother has been snatched by the rat people, and her estranged dad is too busy fighting them to help. The reluctant princess of Antiica, Kyra, 13, goes against her father’s wishes and sets out on a dangerous journey to rescue her mom.
She meets Coyne, a teen who deserted the army, and rescues Mercy, an enslaved rat girl. The trio of unlikely companions must put aside their differences and brave the unknown reaches of a strange land.
But Kyra’s life is changed completely when she’s forced to bond with the ancient Chimera, a magical creature that can read her mind and transport her across the land. Will Kyra learn how to control the chimera in time to save her mother?
The Chimera’s Apprentice is the story of a girl, an ancient power, and a desperate search for family.
GET IT HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1777283906/
27. Little Wanderers: The Everlasting Seasons
by I.K. Silver
A fast-paced fantasy adventure for 8-12 years old boys and girls.
Snowy is a tiny dwarf leading an almost normal life in the village of never-ending winter. Aside from the ever-dreary sky, living next to rowdy neighbors, and being treated like a child, nothing seems to pose a challenge.
All that changes when rumors about Snowy breaking a taboo spread. Disheartened at what he deemed betrayal and feeling stuck in his village, Snowy sneaks out to look for Originem, a village where misfortune befalls no one. However, the aftermath exceeds his wildest expectations.
Snowy finds himself in a magical world, suddenly dealing with the quaintest of things, from singing fruits and a wizard cat to dark woods (brimming with vicious beasts) and other villages locked in one season. But to reach his destination, Snowy, and his new friend, Kokoro, must first solve the mysteries surrounding the villages of everlasting seasons, as the secret that connects them may threaten their very existence.
GET IT HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09D9YKFL5
28. Beyond the Doors: Book 1
by Clay Kelly
A new middle-grade fantasy trilogy begins...
Hazel Benedict wishes she could make a difference in a world torn apart by war.
But what difference can a Thirteen-year-old WWII evacuee make when she’s been sent from England to a strange mansion in the Canadian woods?
All the difference in the world if you are a Ranger–– a rare teen who can access other worlds through a corridor with no end. Hazel and her new companions will have to navigate those worlds and stay one step ahead of the elusive and sinister foe who threatens to tear the worlds apart.
To succeed, the Rangers will need bravery, friendship, excellent sandwiches and one extraordinary possum!
Hazel never could have guessed the difference she would make …
Beyond the Doors.
A great read for fans of His Dark Materials with the other worldly fun of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
GET IT HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097986B6T