Middle Grade Editor’s Buzz

I moderated the first BEA Middle Grade Editors Buzz session, with five editors presenting the picks of their lists. Each of the titles is a fast-paced fantasy with twists and turns, centering on the theme of the unlikely hero, perfect for the Harry Potter/Lightning Thief crowd. Below are the books that were presented, with my quick book talk for each.

The Unwanteds
Lisa McMann
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Aladdin – (2011-08-30)
ISBN / EAN: 1442407689 / 9781442407688

Imagine a a future where all children are separated by ability and those that display any hint of creativity at age 12 are sent to their death.


Colin Meloy
Retail Price: $17.99
Hardcover: 560 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray – (2011-08-30)
ISBN / EAN: 006202468X / 9780062024688

There may be a forest filled with talking animals and border skirmishes just beyond the sedate everyday suburbs…shades of Narnia, extensively illustrated, a handsome volume.


Matthew J. Kirby
Retail Price: $17.99
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press – (2011-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0545274249 / 9780545274241

Set in a time and place of Norse gods, we follow the trials of the second born overlooked daughter of a king as she struggles to protect her brother, the heir apparent. The power of story is evident as she grows in confidence and maturity.


The Apothecary
Maile Meloy
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile – (2011-10-04)
ISBN / EAN: 039925627X / 9780399256271

In the seemingly old fashioned 1950’s London, a fourteen-year-old girl transplanted from Los Angeles, finds herself plunged into a high-stakes world of magic and intrigue.


Ashtown Burials #1: The Dragon’s Tooth
N. D. Wilson
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers – (2011-08-23)
ISBN / EAN: 0375864393 / 9780375864391

Cyrus and Antigone Smith lost their parents, their home and live in the care of their college aged brother Daniel in a run-down, moldy motel. Unlikely hero? Check. Bullying peers? Check. Really really scary evil-doers? Check. Secret societies? Check. Roller coaster, video game-like adventure. Check. Dying to read number 2? You bet.

One Response to “Middle Grade Editor’s Buzz”

  1. Jana Says:

    They all look so good! Can’t wait to get them for my library.