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Our Lil' B.I.T. (Before It's Trendy) Program is Changing Hands's legion of tween reviewers, casting judgment on books before they're released. Reviewers aged 8-12 get access to advance reading copies of middle-grade releases, and in return write brief recommendations for the books they love. Their recommendations are showcased in the children's sections, on event displays, and here on our website. Interested in becoming a part of this elite crew? Click here for more info.
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By Remy Lai, Remy Lai (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250314116
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - September 15th, 2020

FLY ON THE WALL is a wonderful graphic novel with friendship, excellent art, and, of course, humor. I especially love how there is some poetry sprinkled throughout the book, which gives it a lot of variety. All in all, this book is really cool and interesting, and it is definitely one of of my favorites. -Axel, 11

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ISBN: 9781338583625
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 15th, 2020

When I think of a good book, I think of a book that is hard to put down, which is the definition of HIDE AND SEEKER. It also builds suspense by describing the world around the characters as they slowly disappear one by one. This book may make you think twice about playing hide and seek. Definitely get this novel if you want a good scare! -Dominic, 12

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ISBN: 9781534457003
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

TUNE IT OUT is a heartfelt tale that tells the story of the relationship of a mother and a daughter in the midst of an unfortunate event. This book makes you feel like a warm blanket is wrapped around you. I would recommend this book for ages 10 and up. -Zeek, 13

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ISBN: 9780593125809
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - August 18th, 2020

THE SECRET RUNNERS is a spine-tingling, teeth-chattering thriller that will make you never want to put the book down. The lurking reality of the future of our world will have you contemplating all you knew. With action-packed adventure, and the challenges of a New York teenager, this book is a must read! -Zeek, 13

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ISBN: 9781984895752
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

I really enjoyed reading this book because of the unique concept and unusual plot. Each character was distinctly written despite unsuspected circumstances. It made me laugh in some parts along with being suspenseful and heartwarming in other parts. I related to the main character which made the book more enticing. I would highly recommend this book as a silly, fun read. -Ezekiel, 13

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By Aliza Layne, Aliza Layne (Illustrator), Kristen Acampora (Colorist), Natalie Riess (Colorist)
ISBN: 9781534441545
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

This graphic novel is an amazing story that shows true friendship. Aliza Layne knows how to get you hooked on this excellently well-written and well-drawn novel. When I read this book I felt intrigued by what’s would to happen on the next page. BEETLE & THE HOLLOWBONES should be on your must-read list! -Dominic, 12

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ISBN: 9780374309763
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - July 28th, 2020

QUINTESSENCE is a coming-of-age book with a sci-fi twist that'll appeal to tweens and science-fiction and fantasy lovers. People with love for astronomy will enjoy this book too. Twelve-year-old Alma just moved to the seemingly normal town of Four Points. Life hasn't been easy with her brother going off to college and Alma starting a new school with no friends at all. She acquires a quintescope, three new friends, and becomes a member of the new astronomy club at school in just a matter of a weeks. But her quintescope comes with a mysterious mission, whose meaning will have to be discovered. She has to find the elements, grow the light, and save the starling. This story is about seeing your true self and finding where you belong. -Eli F., 11

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ISBN: 9781984816436
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - July 7th, 2020

DRESS CODED is an important book that shares the importance of free expression and body image. I love how this book shared these important messages while at the same time telling a fun, but serious story. The unique format of this book gives it a fresh sense that allows the reader to get lots of information while still staying focused on the main story line and wanting more. -Ryanna, 16

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ISBN: 9780545830041
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 7th, 2020

If you’ve been looking for a suspenseful, enjoyable stand-alone, then this is the perfect book for you! GHOST HUNTER'S DAUGHTER captures the right level of creepiness: it won’t scare you, but will keep you from putting the book down. It has interesting characters who are able to understand ghosts, a T.V. star, and a legend about a tall, tattered man. Definitely see what this creepy, exhilarating story is about! -Dominic, 12

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By Thomas Taylor, Tom Booth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536208597
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Published: Walker Books US - May 26th, 2020

This sequel to Malamander is an awesome, mysterious, and adventurous read! The author did an amazing job describing each setting of the book. You almost won’t even need to look at the map of Eerie-on-Sea! It has many twists and turns that you’ll never except. If you are a fan of Malamander, or just love reading amazing mystery books, then check out GARGANTIS! -Dominic, 12

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ISBN: 9780525552352
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Published: Dial Books - May 12th, 2020

THE UNBELIEVABLE OLIVER AND THE SAWED-IN-HALF DADS kept me guessing until the end. The author has a great way of swaying you in the right direction to help you solve the mystery. Every time that you think you know who adult-napped the groom, you find a new suspect that looks even more guilty than the last. This book is definitely not a piece of cake to figure out. This book is the second in the series and I think it is better than the first book. -Giuliana, 11

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ISBN: 9781984830036
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 14th, 2020

Have you ever read a book that you would nominate as one of the best books in the world? For me, that was FINALLY, SOMETHING MYSTERIOUS. It has a ton of comedy, and is the best mystery I've ever read. I especially love how it addresses big stores putting small stores out of business. Plus, who couldn't love a book where hundreds of rubber duckies end up on someone's lawn, and a town that's obsessed with bratwurst? -Axel 11

Like Nothing Amazing Ever Happened Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984848482
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - April 14th, 2020

This is a deep, heartfelt book full of the experiences of a teen mourning over the loss of his father. It allows you to see perfectly through the eyes of the main character and feel what he feels, emotions ranging from sadness to joy, and fear. When you read this book you are drawn right in and feel like you are part of the story. This book beautifully portrays friendship, longing, and empathy. I would recommend this book to people aged from twelve to older. This is a book you won’t regret reading. -Owen, 13

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ISBN: 9781250302885
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - April 7th, 2020

Adventurous, magical, action-packed! After reading THIEVES OF WEIRDWOOD, you’ll know that these adjectives will describe this amazing book, along with many others. It has a mystery element that stays with you through the whole book; but it also adds other twists that you’ll never expect. If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, then try this extraordinary novel! -Dominic, 12

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ISBN: 9781984815149
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Published: Dial Books - March 31st, 2020

WINK is such a good book! It perfectly combines heart, humor, and challenges, such as the main character's cancer, to make a wonderful book. I love how it is down to earth, but not in a depressing way. And to top it off, it has great illustrations and comics. I would say without hesitation that that this book is one of the best books I've ever read. -Axel, 11

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ISBN: 9781250191861
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - March 24th, 2020

THE CENTER OF GRAVITY was a book I could not stop thinking about! When Tessa's best friend starts to hang out with a new girl, and then she finds out that her dad is getting married, Tessa has to figure out how she’s going to react to her problems. This book made me think about how important family and friendships can be, and made me feel grateful for my life, family and friendships. The book’s message made me love who I am and showed me how important it is to just be yourself. -Kate, 11

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ISBN: 9780062894410
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Published: HarperCollins - March 24th, 2020

In the future, when too many people live on Earth, people move to Mars. I loved this book because the main character, Michael Prasad, is an athletic person who is a risk taker who never gives up. Conditions on Mars are totally different—life without gravity is full of adventure. If you’ve ever wanted to imagine life on Mars, this book is the book for you! -Eli P., 11

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ISBN: 9781534443754
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 24th, 2020

TYRANNOSAURUS WRECKS is a jaw-dropping, nail-biting suspenseful mystery novel with lots of twists and turns. While reading this book, I never wanted to put it down. Not only was it a great mystery novel, it also had funny parts. The author did a great job of leaving the chapters on a cliff hanger which made me want to continue reading. Overall it was a great mystery and an entertaining read. -Zeek, 13

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ISBN: 9780553509670
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - March 17th, 2020

SILVERWORLD is an awesome book about helping your family and the exciting adventure it gets one girl into. The main character travels into an alternate universe while trying to save her grandma from being sent to a nursing home. I really like this book because there’s a lot of interesting magic and it’s mostly set in an alternate dimension. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an intriguing fantasy adventure. -Yeva, 11

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ISBN: 9781984837356
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

This is a story that needed to be told. THE BLACKBIRD GIRLS is the journey of two young girls fighting for survival after an unimaginable disaster upends their lives. It is a tale of grief and moral corruption, while being a beacon of perseverance, growth, and most importantly, love. Not only is it insight to the wreckage caused by Chernobyl, but a look into the hearts of young girls struggling to find happiness. Though the target audience for this book is middle schoolers, I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone and everyone with a taste for historical fiction and coming-of-age novels. -Zoe, 15

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ISBN: 9781328841612
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Published: Clarion Books - February 11th, 2020

You may think a sad, lonely, and poor life wouldn't be very exciting, but that's not true for Rory, a 14-year-old boy. I enjoyed this book because it balanced out the spooky and weird between the heartfelt and humorous. It focused on friendship and how when you are scared or sad, friends will be there to help you. -Eli P., 11

We Had to Be Brave: Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport (Scholastic Focus) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338255720
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Published: Scholastic Focus - February 4th, 2020

WWII history is very interesting, and Deborah Hopkinson depicts it in an unusual way. The first hand accounts truly show you what it was like to live through WWII and what it was like to be Jewish during the time period. Each person's story on how they got through the war is different than the last, and each is truly amazing. Many of the kids lost their parents, had to leave their houses, and their friends turned against them. I am sure you will find this book extremely informative and engaging, just like I did. -Giuliana, 11

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ISBN: 9781338567397
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Published: Chicken House - February 4th, 2020

THE SECRET DEEP is an intriguing mystery novel set in New Zealand. I love how this book shows that perseverance can bring people through the hardest trials. This book hints at answers throughout and makes you think about how things are connected. THE SECRET DEEP has action, suspense, and mystery. It is a very well-rounded book I would recommend reading. -Owen, 13

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ISBN: 9781328466891
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Published: Clarion Books - January 14th, 2020

Marzana is a girl that lives in a boring town where nothing ever happens, or at least that is what she thinks. THE THIEF KNOT is one of my favorite books because it is a very mysterious book that is filled with fun and action. The characters have amazing abilities—imagine a ghost girl who can pass through walls and do magic. This book was filled with unpredictable plot twists. This is the 4th book in a 5-book series, and I think it’s the best. -Eli P., 11

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ISBN: 9780062896704
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Published: HarperCollins - January 14th, 2020

THE PEACOCK DETECTIVES is an amazing book about family, friendships, drama, mysteries and peacocks. One thing I really like about it is how no matter what happens, the main character is always able to get through complicated issues and figure them out eventually. THE PEACOCK DETECTIVES is truly an awesome book that I loved reading and I think you will too. -Yeva, 11

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By Catherine Coe, Chie Boyd (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781338589115
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - January 7th, 2020

This is a perfectly whimsical and funny story about bunnies that shows the true power of friendship. Join Ruby, Star, Petal, Diamond, and Twinkle as they show how to be good friends. Taking time to cheer a friend up can make a huge difference in their life. It also makes you feel good. This is a quick easy read that you won’t want to put down until it is done. -Phoebe, 8

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ISBN: 9781492683742
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Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - January 7th, 2020

Imagine a world where your pet is also like your personal computer. I related to this book because I have a pet dog and the main character, Jinx, is a lot like my dog: very smart, but often naughty. Like me, Jinx’s owner—Lacey—has a hard time controlling her pet. I loved this book because it is a mixture of comedy and drama. I would recommend this book to animal lovers and techies too! -Eli P., 11

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By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Victoria Ying (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781401291112
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Published: DC Comics - January 7th, 2020

I am assuming you know who Wonder Woman is, but have you heard about her encounter with Circe? Learn about Diana encountering some dangerous magic, family trouble, and loneliness. Readers of all ages will enjoy this book. DIANA: PRINCESS OF THE AMAZONS is emotional, funny, and dramatic. There is so much story in this little book that I can't see anybody not liking it! -Eli F., 11