Booklist announces 50 best middle grade novels of the 21st century

Emily Morrow  //  Apr 11, 2019

Booklist announces 50 best middle grade novels of the 21st century

This week, Booklist announced their list of the 50 Best Middle Grade Novels of the 21st Century, and four Scholastic books have made the cut!

Click here to see the full list, and scroll on down to see the Scholastic titles that were featured!

Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey

This madcap comics series about a policeman with a dog’s head combines doodly artwork, gross-out humor, cartoonish antics, and an intoxicating brand of frenetic pacing that’s irresistible to middle-graders. Even better, each installment in this ongoing, six-title series keeps the sure-bet premise fresh.

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

After his younger brother is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven throws himself into drumming. A story that could have been melodrama is told with reality, rawness, and wit.

The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

Corruption threatens the integrity of a student-council election, but smooth operator Jackson Greene can handle it. This fast-paced caper reads like a middle-grade Ocean’s 11, complete with dizzying plot twists, unflappable swagger, and a multicultural cast of brilliant tweens.

The Serpent's Secret by Sayantani DasGupta

In this breathtaking adventure steeped in Bengali folklore, Kiranmala is displeased to learn that she isn’t a normal New Jersey tween but rather an Indian princess from another dimension. She can’t dwell—time to save her parents from a rakkhosh demon.