Must-read Middle Grade books: Scholastic’s Spring 2017 Online Preview (and a giveaway!)

Scholastic’s Spring 2017 Online Preview is now live!

Our Online Preview is produced twice a year and this installment gives you a sneak preview of books that will be published in our upcoming Spring season (between January and June of 2017)! Over the next four weeks, we will be featuring books from each category of the preview – Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult and Graphic Novels. Plus, make sure you read to the end of the post because we have an awesome giveaway waiting for you!

You better hold onto your hats because we have some stunning reads in store for you. Our Middle Grade Preview features a heart-pumping new multiplatform novel from bestselling author Scott Westerfeld, as well as new titles from some of our amazing authors like Gordon Korman, Emma Donoghue, and Isabel Quintero—plus so much more!

We are so pleased to present two special group videos, the first showcasing heartfelt books addressing family affairs and the second to introduce some exciting "first in series" titles. Check out some highlights here:


Want to learn more about specific titles? Watch the individual preview videos here:

But, wait—there’s more!

GIVEAWAY! We are giving 10 readers the chance to win a selection of 5 Advanced Copies of the books featured throughout the Preview. To enter here, leave a comment below telling us which book here you are most interested in reading. One entry per person. All entries must be submitted by 5pm ET on Friday, December 2, 2016. U.S. residents, 18 and over, please. See the complete legal rules here.

- C. M. Reedy, Library & Educational Marketing


It was hard to choose one, but The Goldfish Boy sounds like a book that will be impossible to put down. Just my kind of read!

How to choose?! I am going to say RESTART by Gordon Korman because everything he writes is so great!!

As a 5th grade ELA teacher in a low-income school, I would love to read "The Harlem Charade". After reading it, I would use it in my classroom as a book club selection, along with using it for a read aloud.

I think my kids would like The Harlem Charade. The hook sounds interesting.

Gordon Korman's Restart is #1 on my list!

Restart by Howard Kormam

So many great titles to look forward to! If have to choose...The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson looks like a great place to start!

As my school has a large population of ELLs, I think Pablo and the Cat would be very well-received.

I love to read and love finding books for my students to read! I think RESTART would be a great read for my students and me! I teach a class of students who have been through a crisis or trauma, and some of these students are bullies now to cover their pain. I think this would be a great read for some of them!

i'm so interested to read "Restart" really I would like to read it right now

Everyone of the books sounds amazing. If I have to choose just one, I plan to read them all, I pick Scar Island. It sounds like a book my 5th graders would love to read.

What a great bunch of books! I would most love to read Restart by Gordon Korman. My students love his books and this one seems like a very timely subject. Thanks for sharing these great titles!

Me and Marvin Gardens!

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

The Icarus Show by Sally Christie for me, but my ten year old son is definitely most interested in The Homework Strike by Greg Pincus. :)

So many interesting titles but I think the one that caught my attention immediately was Making Bombs for Hitler. We overlook history with our middle schoolers too often.

Me and Marvin Gardens!

I am excited to read The Crystal Ribbon.

I'd love to read The Lottery's plus one!!

RESTART! Love the blurb about the story, and this is definitely a story I could imagine the whole family enjoying!

the Homework Strike sounds very interesting to me

These look terrific! I'm super exited A. S. King has written a middle grade novel, so I'd like to see Me & Marvin Gardens.

Horizon by Scott Westerfield!

They all sound wonderful - I've added them all to my Goodreads! I'm especially excited about Braced, Restart, and Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes!

Otherwise Known As Possum by Maria D. Laso sounds like a book my daughter would really enjoy.

I want to read them all, but if I had to choose, I'd choose Horizon.

It's so hard to chose just one! It's great to hear authors talk about their books. I can't read to read these and show this video to my class. I love to read anything about the Holocaust so my pick is Making Bombs For Hitler.

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What a great selection! I would really like to read Me & Marvin Gardens, though!

As a new librarian, I want them all!! The Goldfish Boy would be first on my list to read!

I'd love to read anything new by Scott Westerfield, Horizon

My middle schooler said she would most like to read Braced, but there are many great options!

I am a school librarian, and our 6th graders study The Holocaust. Making Bombs for Hitler would be an excellent addition to our historical fiction collection.

Wow! What a diverse group of books! You've got stories about children with ODC and scoliosis, grandparents with dementia, stories steeped in Asian cultures, hoarding, and tons of great illustrated novels. I can't wait to get my hands on Restart and Horizon! But I think the one I'm most excited about is Scar Island. It has that dystopian feel (with it's big, adult-less adventure) that I love! Can't wait to share this video with my students.

Me and Marvin Gardens sounds interesting, and after watching the preview by author Amy Sarig King, I am interested in the environmental issues that this book address!

I am excited to read the Scott Westerfeld book. I thoroughly enjoyed the Uglies series and I would love to see some books by him for middle readers!

So many great titles here. The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson sounds intriguing and suspenseful. Would love to read what happens in the end.

I'd have to make The Goldfish Boy my first pick.

Such a difficult task to choose just one! The Icarus Show by Sally Christie sounded very intriguing, especially because I teach about Ancient Greece to my fourth grade students. Can't wait to read these books!

Horizon by Scott Westerfeld would be my choice. As a librarian we are always looking for new series to hook our students and this one sounds like it could definitely hook them!

I can't wait to read Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart.

The Harlem Charade.

Restart by Gordon Korman

I surely believe my son would enjoy the "Homework Strike". And since it was difficult to chose just one..."Restart", "Harlem Charade" and "The Goldfish boy"!!!

It's a hard choice, but I think The Icarus Show would be my first choice with Scar Island a close second.

Braced by Alyson Gerber. Scoliosis is a reality in our family and I am interested in the story, especially being written by an individual who had to wear a brace herself.

I think Otherwise Known as Possum is one my daughter would enjoy and that we could read together. Alyson Gerber

I am most excited for Re-Start by Gordan Korman! My students love his work. :)