2022 Middle Grade Readers

These are the amazing BIPOC books coming out for elementary-middle grade readers 

Intended for ages 8-14 

Grades 3+


Amari and the Great Game (Supernatural Investigations #2) By B. B. Alston Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062975195
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Published: Balzer + Bray - August 30th, 2022

Sequel to the New York Times bestseller Amari and the Night Brothers!

Witchlings By Claribel A. Ortega Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338745528
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 5th, 2022

An instant New York Times Bestseller! Disney's The Owl House meets Nevermoor, in a brilliant new adventure from Claribel A.

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Morning Sun in Wuhan By Ying Chang Compestine Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358572053
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Published: Clarion Books - November 8th, 2022

What was the pandemic of the century like at the start? This swift, gripping novel captures not only the uncertainty and panic when COVID first emerged in Wuhan, but also how a community banded together.

Winnie Zeng Unleashes a Legend By Katie Zhao Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593426579
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - April 26th, 2022

An epic new fantasy series inspired by Chinese mythology that #1 New York Times bestselling author Kwame Mbalia calls "a hilarious tussle between homework, family, and heroism." When a girl awakens the stuff of legends from an old family recipe, she must embrace her extraordinary heritage to save the world.

Adrift By Tanya Guerrero Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374389659
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 6th, 2022

From Tanya Guerrero, the author of All You Knead Is Love and How to Make Friends with the Sea, comes Adrift, an upper middle grade contemporary story of survival and grief about two biracial Filipino cousins whose resilience is tested when one of them is lost at sea.

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures, Vol. 2 By Daniel José Older, Harvey Tolibao (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781684058792
Published: IDW Publishing - February 22nd, 2022

Journey to an even longer time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, and witness new adventures of Lula and her fellow Padawans in the Republic’s golden age!

Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit By Jesse Q. Sutanto Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250794284
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - May 31st, 2022

After inheriting a grieving fox spirit, a Chinese American boy must learn to embrace his heritage to solve the mystery of his brother's death in Jesse Q Sutanto's magical, action-packed middle grade fantasy, Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit.

Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa (Pilar Ramirez Duology #1) By Julian Randall Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250774101
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 1st, 2022

The Land of Stories meets Dominican myths and legends come to life in Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa, a blockbuster contemporary middle-grade fantasy duology starter from Julian Randall. Fans of Tristan Strong and The Storm Runner, here is your next obsession.

Black Girls Unbossed: Young World Changers Leading the Way By Khristi Lauren Adams Cover Image
ISBN: 9781506479231
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Published: Beaming Books - March 22nd, 2022

Falling Short By Ernesto Cisneros Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062881724
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 15th, 2022

Ernesto Cisneros, Pura Belpré Award-winning author of Efrén Divided, is back with a hilarious and heartfelt novel about two best friends who must rely on each other in unexpected ways. A great next pick for readers who loved Ghost by Jason Reynolds or The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez.

You Only Live Once, David Bravo By Mark Oshiro Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063008151
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Published: HarperCollins - September 20th, 2022

From Mark Oshiro, award-winning author of The Insiders, this time-bending adventure is perfect for fans of Sal and Gabi Break the Universe and When You Reach Me.

The Lost Ryu By Emi Watanabe Cohen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646141326
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Published: Levine Querido - June 7th, 2022

Kohei Fujiwara has never seen a big ryū in real life. Those dragons all disappeared from Japan after World War II, and twenty years later, they've become the stuff of legend. Their smaller cousins, who can fit in your palm, are all that remain. And Kohei loves his ryū, Yuharu, but.

Etta Invincible By Reese Eschmann Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534468375
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Published: Aladdin - July 12th, 2022

In this touching debut middle grade novel, a girl with hearing loss and a boy adjusting to life in a new country connect through their love of comics and get entangled in their own fantastical adventure.

Twelve-year-old Etta Johnson has Loud Days where she can hear just fine and Quiet Days where sounds come from far away and she gets to retreat into her thoughts.