July Middle Grade Book Releases

It’s July and the summer book releases are underway! Below is a list of middle grade titles releasing this month.  Check back here every month to find out about the latest MG titles.

Our Very Own ‘From The Mixed-Up Files’ Authors:

THE HEALING SPELL (Scholastic Press) – Kimberley Griffiths Little. Twelve-year-old Livie is living with a secret and it’s crushing her. She knows she is responsible for her mother’s coma, but she can’t tell anyone. It’s up to her to find a way to wake her momma up.

MAMBA POINT (Knopf) – Kurtis Scaletta. When his dad gets a job at the U.S. embassy in Liberia, twelve-year-old Linus Tuttle knows it’s his chance for a fresh start.

More July Releases:

BITES (Scholastic Paperbacks) – Lois Metzger (Editor). Spine-tingling tales by some of today’s best writers.

CLEMENTINE, FRIEND OF THE WEEK (Hyperion Book CH) – Sara Pennypacker (author), Marla Frazee (illustrator). It’s Clementine’s turn to be “Friend of the Week”! The other kids will make her a booklet, full of the things they value about having her in the class. Clementine begins to get nervous, she has to get a great booklet to compete with her friend Margaret.

DANIEL X: DEMONS AND DRUIDS (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) – James Patterson and Adam Sadler. Daniel X’s continues to hunt and eliminate each and every intergalactic criminal on Earth.

DOODLEBUG: A NOVEL IN DOODLES (Feiwel and Friends) – Karen Romano Young. Moving is tough. Being the new kid in school is even tougher. But the hardest thing of all about the move that Doreen “Dodo” Bussey’s family is making is that she suspects it might be because of her.

ELVIS & OLIVE: SUPER DETECTIVES (Scholastic Press) – Stephanie Watson. Natalie and Annie decide to put their detective skills to use as they open the E & O Detective Agency to solve neighborhood mysteries.

FAIRY SCHOOL DROPOUT UNDERCOVER (Feiwel and Friends) – Meredith Badger. Elly Knottleweed-Eversprightly has a secret. She is a fairy, and she even has the wings to prove it. Every time Elly goes to a new fairy school, it ends in disaster. But human school should be a piece of cake.

GERONIMO STILTON #5: THE GREAT ICE AGE (GERONIMO STILTON GRAPHIC NOVELS) (Papercutz) – Geronimo Stilton. When Geronimo’s nemeses the Pirate Cats try to travel through time to the year 1889, they accidentally end up in 37993 BC!

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON BOOK 7 (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) – Cressida Cowell. Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III has three months, five days and six hours to discover America, get back to Berk, save his father, battle Polar serpents and win the annual Inter-Tribal Friendly Swimming Race. Can he do it?

LIVES OF THE PIRATES: SWASHBUCKLERS, SCOUNDRELS (Harcourt Children’s Books) – Kathleen Krull (Author), Kathryn Hewitt (Illustrator). After a ten-year hiatus, this book (with 48 illlustrations) marks the return of Krull and Hewitt’s very popular LIVES OF series of collective biographies (known by kids and teachers nationwide as the “Big Head books”).

MY LIFE AS A BOOK (Henry Holt and Co.) – Janet Tashjian (Author), Jake Tashjian (Illustrator). Summer’s finally here, and Derek Fallon is ready to play, but his parents decide to send him to Learning Camp. As Derek forges unexpected friendships and uncovers a family secret involving himself, he realizes that adventures and surprises are around the corner, complete with curve balls.

NIGHTMARE ACADEMY #3: MONSTER WARS: (HarperCollins) – Dean Lorey. Monsters are everywhere and the danger to our world has never been greater. And Charlie Benjamin, armed with the Sword of Sacrifice and the help of his friends, is our only hope.

ORPHAN (Westside Books) – John Weber. After finding out at the age of 13 that he’s adopted, Homer decides he must find his real family who he learns live in New York City.

SCHOLASTIC CHILDREN’S DICTIONARY (2010 EDITION) (Scholastic Reference) – Now including terms such as DVD, browshttp://www.scholastic.com/elt/student_reference/childrens_dictionary.htmer, rap and almost 200 other new entries.

THE AMAZING WORLD OF STUART (Orchard Books) – Sara Pennypacker (author). Two Stuart novels in one amazing book. STUART’S CAPE and STUART GOES TO SCHOOL.

THE AMERICAN HERITAGE CHILDREN’S SCIENCE DICTIONARY (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Grade 4-6, A dictionary that introduces the language and concepts of science.

THE FOOL’S GIRL (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books) – Celia Rees. Young and beautiful Violetta may be of royal blood, but her kingdom is in shambles when she arrives in London on a mysterious mission.

THE GRIMM LEGACY (Putnam Juvenile) – Polly Shulman. Elizabeth has a new job at an unusual library – a lending library of objects, not books. Including the Grimm Collection, powerful items straight out of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.

THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF BIRTHDAYS: TEEN EDITION (Razorbill) – Alice Thompson, Joost Elffers, Gary Goldschneider. Teen version of the wildly popular adult book, provides astrological insight into the character of people born on each of the 365 days in the calendar year.

THOMAS AND THE DRAGON QUEEN (Knopf Books for Young Readers) – Shutta Crum (Author), Lee Wildish (Illustrator). A kingdom is at war. A princess has been kidnapped by a dragon queen. And Thomas, the shortest of all the squires, volunteers to set out on a quest to rescue her.

TOTALLY NOT BORING SCHOOL PLANNER (DEAR DUMB DIARY) (Scholastic Papaerback) – Jim Benton (author, illustrator). A school planner with two sheets of stickers, a pen, and three interactive books. After all, Planning to put something off until the day before it’s due is a totally legitimate kind of planning.

VENOM AND SONG: THE BERINFELL PROPHECIES SERIES – BOOK TWO (Thomas Nelson) – Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper. – Now in the strange realm of Allyra, the Seven young lords confront a traitor in their midst, a creature-infested forest, teenage fears and doubts, inexplicable mysteries… and the Spider King himself.

WHO WAS JIM HENSON? (Grosset & Dunlap) – Joan Holub (author), Nancy Harrison (illustrator). Jim Henson broke into television with a five-minute puppetry segment when he was only a freshman in college. Learn what happened after than throughout this easy-to-read biography.

Please note that this list has been created as a resource for those searching for new titles and doesn’t represent our endorsement of any one book.

Authors, do you have a middle-grade book coming out in the near future? Send us an email at newreleases@fromthemixedupfiles.com with your name, title, and publisher, and we will include your title in our list of upcoming releases. All books must be published by a traditional publisher as listed in the latest Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market. Fiction and non-fiction welcome.

Please allow us a one-month lead time. We also ask that you do not send ARCS or books for reviews since we do not post reviews on our site. However we will gladly accept an ARC or book donated for one of our book giveaways.

Brian Kell
  1. The Healing Spell and Mamba Point both sound very interesting. I will have to keep my eyes out for them at the book store and library.

  2. I love these lists…but my pocketbook? Not so much!

  3. I see several books to add to my To Be Read pile.
    Thanks for the list, Brian!

  4. Thanks for the July round up!

  5. Thomas and the Dragon Queen is a delightful read.

  6. I liked MUDVILLE a lot, so I’m looking forward to MAMBA POINT. Lots of other good choices on this list too…

  7. I have The Secret Language of Birthdays. It’s a big hardcover edition I got for $5 at a consignment shop! It’s so helpful for characterization. 🙂 I wonder how the teen edition is different?

    Thanks for sharing the July releases!

  8. Wow – that’s a ton of great books!

  9. I’ve heard great things about The Healing Spell. Can’t wait to read it.

  10. I love these lists you compile. I read an ARC of the Grimm Legacy a couple months ago and that was a terrific book.

  11. Thanks for this great list!