2022 Must-Read Middle Grade

12:00 pm Cohen Room (first floor) 

What’s the recipe for a must-read middle-grade title? A dash of humor, a whisper of whimsy, a pinch of pathos, and a quart of creativity. Whatever the exact ingredients, these alchemist authors have figured out the formula to turn (pencil) lead into gold. In this session, they’ll share what’s in their secret sauce. 

Moderated by Molly Magro, Eyer Middle School Librarian, EPSD                  

Donna Gephart - Abby Tried & True (Simon & Schuster 3/22). Donna Gephart's award-winning middle-grade novels include Lily and DunkinDeath by Toilet PaperHow to Survive Middle SchoolThe Paris Project, and others. She's a popular speaker at schools, conferences, and book festivals. 

Paul Acampora - In Honor of Broken Things (Dial Books 3/22). Paul Acampora has written numerous novels and short stories for young readers. Kids, parents, and critics praise his work for its laugh-out-loud humor, rollicking dialogue, and heartfelt characters. Paul is a dad, husband, former kindergarten teacher, and full-time development professional.

Alison Green Myers - A Bird Will Soar (Dutton 10/21). Alison Green Myers is a writer and educator. She is the program director for the Highlights Foundation. Her debut novel, A Bird Will Soar, won the Schneider Family Book Award. She lives in the woods with her family.

Matt Phelan - The Sheep, the Rooster & the Duck (Greenwillow Books 3/22)Matt Phelan is the creator of the graphic novels The Storm in the Barn (winner of a Scott O'Dell Award); Around the WorldBluffton; and the New York Times bestseller Snow White. He is also the author of Knights vs. Dinosaurs, Knights vs. Monsters, and Knights vs. the End (of Everything).  www.mattphelan.com

Dianne Salerni - Jadie in Five Dimensions (Holiday House 10/21). Dianne K. Salerni has written many books for children and young adults, including state-award nominated series The Eighth Day and Junior Library Guild selection Eleanor, Alice, and the Roosevelt Ghosts

Meera Trehan - The View from the Very Best House in Town (Walker Books 2/22). Meera Trehan grew up in Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. After attending the University of Virginia and Stanford Law School, she practiced law for over a decade before turning to creative writing. She lives in Maryland with her family.