25 of the best new middle grade novels

These titles are the very best of new middle grade novels released so far this year.

13. 'The Art of Secrets,' by James Klise

"The Art of Secrets" is part thoughtful novel and part edge-of-your-seat mystery. This story about a family of Pakistani immigrants whose apartment is destroyed by arson culminates in a shocking twist of an ending that will engross readers until the very last page. There’s no magic or science fiction involved – just smart and often humorous storytelling that raises tough questions about racism, prejudice, and belonging. Readers will arrive at differing conclusions about what the ending means and what it might suggest about the nature of altruism and the meaning of truth. (Ages 12 and up)

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