Meanwhile... Middle Grade

Although most of our Luckies authors write YA, we have several middle grade authors in the mix. We're a small but spirited group, and we are so pleased to announce the beginning of a new feature, Meanwhile.... Middle Grade!

The third Monday of each month, coinciding with Marvelous Middle Grade Monday around the web, we'll have a post all about MG: we'll highlight new MG titles, answer MG questions, and interview agents or editors who work primarily with MG manuscripts. Is there a middle grade topic or question you'd like to see explored? Let us know!

To kick off our new series, we thought introductions would be in order. And as Lucky 13s, what better way to introduce ourselves than giving a 13-word synopsis of our books?

Caroline Carlson
MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT
Pirates duel on the High Seas with tinned beets and enchanted crochet hooks.
September 2013, Harper Children's
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Kristen Kittscher
Two 7th graders suspect their school counselor is a fugitive- and might be right! 
June 18, 2013 from Harper Children's



Elisabeth Dahl
GENIE WISHES
Class blogger Genie charts her 5th grade year- highs, lows & hamster erasers.
April 2, 2013 from Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS
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Laura Golden
Daddy left, but Lizzie’s not letting bankers or bratty newcomers take what remains.
June 11, 2013 Delacorte Press/RHCB

Peggy Eddleman
SKY JUMPERS
Girl goes through deadly post-apocalyptic air to save her town from bandits.
September 24, 2013 Random House
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Kit Grindstaff
THE FLAME IN THE MIST
Evil rulers. Child abductions. Misery, Mist, murder. Only one girl can end it.
April 9, 2013 Delacorte Press




Claire M. Caterer
THE KEY AND THE FLAME
Eleven-year-old Holly unlocks a mythical kingdom as well as the magic within herself.
April 1, 2013 from Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Joe Lawlor
BULLY.COM
Online bullying sends falsely-accused Jun Li on a search for the truth.
April 1, 2013 Eerdmans Books for Young Readers




Tim Federle
BETTER NATE THAN EVER
A small-town teen runs away to crash an audition for E.T. : The Musical
February 5, 2013, Simon & Schuster BFYR
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Tara Sullivan
Human rights tragedy brought to light in a story of heartbreak and triumph. 
June 27, 2013 from G.P. Putnam's Sons (Penguin)



Melanie Crowder
PARCHED
Drought. Girl, dogs, dowser boy hunt for water while brutal gang hunts them.
June 4, 2013 Harcourt Children's Books
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Karen Harrington
SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY
A young girl with a mentally ill mother struggles with her own identity.
July 16, 2013, Little, Brown BFYR
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Liesl Shurtliff
RUMP:THE TRUE STORY OF RUMPELSTILTSKIN 
When a name is your destiny, Rump's destiny stinks. Spinning gold? Downright rotten!
April 9, 2013, Knopf / Random House
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Tamera Will Wissinger
Boy discovers excitement – and difficulty – of fishing in this outdoor adventure verse novel.
March 5, 2013, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children




James Mattson & 
Barbara Brauner
THE GLITTER TRAP
A girl accidentally injures a classmate’s fairy godmother and must take her place.
May 14, 2013 Disney-Hyperion
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A. B. Westrick
A boy struggles to protect a friend from
the gang that he's joined.
September 12, 2013 Viking Children's
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Ari Goelman
First time summer camper struggles with mysterious ghosts, evil spirits and mean girls.
May 1, 2013 Arthur A. Levine (Scholastic)
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 Nancy Cavanaugh
Ratchet longs to be normal, make a friend, and find a way to belong.
April 2, 2013 Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky
 
Polly Holyoke
THE NEPTUNE PROJECT
A group of genetically altered teens struggles to survive beneath the waves. 
May 21, 2013 Disney Hyperion
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Jennifer Ann Mann
When Masha wakes up with her head glued to her pillow...she knows that her little sister, Sunny, is to blame.
October 1, 2013 Bloomsbury Publishing