25 of the best new middle grade novels

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

2. 'The Mark of the Dragonfly,' by Jaleigh Johnson

"Dragonfly" is a page-turner of a genre novel that mostly takes place aboard a train in a universe that is part science fiction and part fantasy. Like Joss Whedon’s very best shows – "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Firefly," and even "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." – this book brings heart-pounding action to a meaningful meditation on the importance of family, community and home. There’s nothing else quite like it out there. (Ages 10 to 14)

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