So, without further ado, our favorite middle-grade titles of 2014 are:
|Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney|
In this ninth installment in the ever-popular Wimpy Kid series, Gregg Heffley and family hit the road for a trip that promises to be wild, crazy, and laugh-out-loud funny.
|The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage|
Mo LoBeau and the crazy, loveable residents of Tupelo Landing are back, and I couldn't be happier. The Newbery Honor–winning Three Times Lucky was one of my absolute favorite books of 2012, and this book is a worthy follow up. Mo still has the same irrepressible charm as ever, and she and Dale have a new mystery to solve. The question is... Can the inn impulsively bought by Miss Lana really be haunted? And if so... Whose ghost is it and how can the new paranormal division of Desperado Detective Agency prove it?
|Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Christian Robinson|
Free-spirited verse, dynamic typography, and stunning acrylic illustrations celebrate a truly fascinating woman in this beautifully designed picture book biography.
|The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin|
An important piece of World War II history is related in a very personal way in this story of 50 men—mostly African Americans—who refused to load more ammunition onto ships after over 200 were killed in an explosion. It's a powerful story of injustice, told accessibly and compellingly by the author of Bomb, one of our Best of 2012 picks.