25 of the best new middle grade novels

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

14. 'The One Safe Place,' by Tania Unsworth

Here’s a literary post-apocalyptic thriller with something new and interesting to say about friendship, home, love, and community. More like "The Giver" than "The Hunger Games," "The One Safe Place" tells the story of 12-year-old Devin, who must cope with the loss of his grandfather, climate change, and the need to keep their farm – one of the last on the planet – in good condition. This is a timeless story that deserves to become a children’s classic for decades to come. Eerie and even nightmarish at times, this morality tale about inequality and environmental degradation is compassionate and never preachy. (Ages 10 and up)

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