YABC’s Buzzworthy Books of FALL 2022 & Mega Book Giveaway (Middle-Grade)! ~US ONLY

What Buzzworthy Books is everyone talking about this Fall?

Check out our favorites listed below! Plus enter to win the giveaway where you could win them all!




From Simon & Schuster:

Title: Katie and the Cupcake Cure The Graphic Novel

Author: Coco Simon

Publisher: Simon Spotlight

Release Date: September 13, 2022

The bestselling Cupcake Diaries series is now available in graphic novel format! In this adaptation of the first book, after her best friend moves on, Katie finds a new group of friends and they form the Cupcake Club.

Katie is miserable when her best friend is invited to join the Popular Girls Club and Katie is left out. Is there an Unpopular Girls Club she can join? Luckily, Katie finds her way with a great new group of friends—Mia, Emma, and Alexis—and together they become the Cupcake Club. Sometimes starting from scratch turns out to be the icing on the cupcake.

Fun, bright, full-color graphic panels tell the story with the same humor and heart as the original novel.

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Title: Mia in the Mix The Graphic Novel

Author: Coco Simon

Publisher: Simon Spotlight

Release Date: November 15, 2022

The bestselling Cupcake Diaries series is now available in graphic novel format! In this adaptation of the second book, new girl Mia tries to find her place at the Cupcake Club’s school.

When Mia arrives at her new school, her goal is to be open to and friendly with everyone, but everyone at Park Street School fits into a clique. When the Popular Girls Club takes an interest in Mia’s awesome fashion style and wants to recruit her, Mia must decide between them and her great new Cupcake Club friends. It’s like choosing between her divorced mom and dad and her old house and new house. Is it always going to be Mia in the middle, or can she mix it up?

Fun, bright, full-color graphic panels tell the story with the same humor and heart as the original novel.




Title: Tall Tales

Author: James Riley

Publisher: Aladdin

Release Date: September 20, 2022

The second book in a new trilogy of twisted fairy tales from New York Times bestselling author James Riley, set in the world of his popular Half Upon a Time series, that’s perfect for fans of Fablehaven and Chris Colfer’s A Tale of Magic series!

Lena might finally be accepted by the other giants after helping to defeat the Golden King and his faceless army in the Cursed City, but that doesn’t mean life has become any easier for her. The power-hungry Golden King wants revenge and has begun spreading shadow magic out over the kingdoms, taking over the minds of anyone it touches, and instilling fear and hatred as it goes.

The fairy queens, the most magical beings in the kingdoms, say their sacred book, Tales of All Things, claims that there is one person who can defeat the Golden King and his dark spells: Lena. But only if she first proves herself worthy by completing three challenges.

All Lena ever wanted was to prove she is really a giant. Now she has to be so much more. Can she and her genie friend, Jin, save the human world that doesn’t trust them, or will they fall prey to shadow magic, and doom everything?




Title: Zara’s Rules for Finding Hidden Treasure

Author: Hena Khan

Publisher: Salaam Reads

Release Date: October 18, 2022

From the beloved author of Amina’s Voice comes the second book in the delightful Zara’s Rules middle grade series following Zara as she starts her own business!

Zara lives for bike rides with her friends—so when her shiny, brand-new bike goes missing from the park one day, she’s crushed. After her parents insist she earn the money for another one herself, Zara’s determined to start a business. But what kind? A lemonade stand? Not profitable enough. Selling painted rocks? Not enough customers.

Zara’s starting to get discouraged when she and her friend Naomi finally come up with the perfect idea: The Treasure Wagon, a roving garage sale that unloads knickknacks from the Saleem family basement and makes money all at once! But when a mix-up gets Zara in hot water again, will she have to give up everything she’s earned toward her new bike?




Title: We’re In This Together

Author: Linda Sarsour

Publisher: Salaam Reads

Release Date: November 29, 2022

An inspiring and empowering young readers edition of We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders, the memoir by Women’s March coorganizer and activist Linda Sarsour.

You can count on me, your Palestinian Muslim sister, to keep her voice loud, keep her feet on the streets, and keep my head held high because I am not afraid.

On January 17, 2017, Linda Sarsour stood in the National Mall to deliver a speech that would go down in history. A crowd of over 470,000 people gathered in Washington, DC, to advocate for legislation, policy, and the protection of women’s rights—with Linda, a Muslim American activist from Brooklyn, leading the charge, unapologetic and unafraid.

In this middle grade edition of We Are Not Here to be Bystanders, Linda shares the memories that shaped her into the activist she is today, and how these pivotal moments in her life led her to being an organizer in one of the largest single-day protests in US history. From the Brooklyn bodega her father owned to the streets of Washington, DC, Linda’s story as a daughter of Palestinian immigrants is a moving portrayal of what it means to find your voice in your youth and use it for the good of others as an adult.

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From BlueSlip Media:


Author: Chris Grabenstein

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Release Date: October 18, 2022

Dog Squad 2: Cat Crew is a part of the Dog Squad collection.

Do you love DOGS? Do you love CATS? Do you love ADVENTURE? Then put your paws together for DOG SQUAD, the hilarious, crime-fighting middle-grade series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library!

When trouble calls . . . it’s Dog Squad to the rescue! But when calamity calls . . . call in Cat Crew!

Fred, the loveable stray who became the star of the hit streaming sensation, DOG SQUAD, is back and working on a new show—Cat Crew! But wait a second—there’s something funny about these felines! And something suspicious about their animal trainer. Is this cat crew being electronically controlled?!?! And what exactly is the evil trainer plotting? Can Fred save the day . . .and the cats?! It’s time for an all paws on deck top-secret rescue mission!

Get ready for book 2 in this action-packed, middle grade series that has kids (and canines) howling with laugher! Nothing’s too ruff for the Dog Squad!

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Author: Bertrand Fichou

Publisher: Twirl Books

Release Date: 11/8/22

What is the universe? Can you travel in time? Will humans ever live on other planets? Curious kids want to know, and they will get the answers to these questions and many more in this exceptional illustrated Q&A book. Questions about astronomy are answered in a fun, kid-friendly way and accompanied by quirky cartoon illustrations that will entertain readers and help them remember important facts.
• 80 pages of educational, science-related questions and answers for kids ages 7 and up
• Fun illustrations that engage readers while helping them learn
• Educational content reviewed by a science expert

What About: The Universe is a Q&A book that offers easy-to-understand answers to tough science questions!
• Great family and classroom read-aloud book
• Illustrated, nonfiction books for kids
• Educational books for elementary school students
Fans of What About: The Universe will also enjoy the other book in the series, What About: Science.

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From West Margin Press

Title: Girl/Friend (The Zee Files #3)

Author: Tina Wells

Publisher: West Margin Press

Release date: September 27, 2022

Who is the good-looking and wealthy Archie Saint John really to Zee? Find out in Book 3 of The Zee Files, the spin-off series to the bestselling Mackenzie Blue books!

“The Zee Files by Tina Wells expands with Girl/Friend and A Very Malibu Vacay.
Publishers Weekly, Fall Children’s Announcements

Everyone is surprised when Zee strikes up a friendship—and more—with The Hollows’ most elusive student on campus, Archie Saint John. Unfortunately, Zee can tell her friends don’t understand him, and Archie doesn’t understand her friends. It feels like the more Zee tries to help the situation, the more tangled things get.

Meanwhile, the Harvest Dance is coming soon, followed by final exams. School drama aside, Zee’s determined to finish the semester off on the right note!




Title: A Very Malibu Vacay (The Zee Files #4)

Author: Tina Wells

Publisher: West Margin Press

Release date: November 15, 2022

Goodbye, London—hello, Los Angeles! Ring in the holidays with Zee as she returns to California in Book 4 of The Zee Files, the spin-off series to the bestselling Mackenzie Blue books!

“The Zee Files by Tina Wells expands with Girl/Friend and A Very Malibu Vacay.”
Publishers Weekly, Fall Children’s Announcements

The Carmichaels are back in California for winter break! Zee can’t wait to see the old Brookdale crew and reunite with her best friends again for some chats, laughs, and Christmas cheer. Yet despite the familiar sights and friendly faces, everything feels a little different. Is everyone moving on without Zee? If she doesn’t feel at home here, then where does she belong?





From Penguin Random House:

Title: Willis Wilbur Meets His Match

Author: Lindsey Leavitt; illustrated by Daniel Duncan

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers; Penguin Workshop

Release Date: September 27, 2022




Title: The Underdogs Catch a Cat Burglar

Author: Kate and Jol Temple; Illustrated by Shiloh Gordon

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers; Razorbill

Release Date: September 6, 2022




Title: Island of Spies

Author: Sheila Turnage

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers / Dial Books

Release Date: September 20, 2022




Title: A Seed in the Sun

Author: Aida Salazar

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers / Dial Books

Release Date: October 25, 2022




Title: The Forgotten Five Book 2: The Invisible Spy

Author: Lisa McMann

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers / G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Release Date: November 8, 2022





From Sparkpoint Studio:



Title: The Prince of Steel Pier

Author: Stacy Nockowitz

Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing

Release Date: September 1, 2022

A young teen falls in with the mob, and learns a lesson about what kind of person he wants to be

In The Prince of Steel Pier, Joey Goodman is spending the summer at his grandparents’ struggling hotel in Atlantic City, a tourist destination on the decline. Nobody in Joey’s big Jewish family takes him seriously, so when Joey’s Skee-Ball skills land him an unusual job offer from a local mobster, he’s thrilled to be treated like “one of the guys,” and develops a major crush on an older girl in the process. Eventually disillusioned by the mob’s bravado, and ashamed of his own dishonesty, he recalls words of wisdom from his grandfather that finally resonate. Joey realizes where he really belongs: with his family, who drive him crazy, but where no one fights a battle alone. All it takes to get by is one’s wits…and a little help from one’s brothers.




From Tor Publishing Group (Starscape):

Title: Bastille vs. the Evil Librarians

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Publisher: Tor Publishing Group (Starscape)

Release Date: September 20, 2022

From #1 New York Times bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson comes Bastille vs. the Evil Librarians, the thrilling conclusion to the Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians saga.

As a Knight of Crystallia, I, Bastille, swore to protect the Smedry clan from the Evil Librarians. (And believe me, screwups like them constantly need protecting.) But when Alcatraz Smedry got strapped to an altar of outdated encyclopedias to be sacrificed to the dark gods, I arrived too late—and instead his father took his place.

Now Alcatraz is a blubbering mess, so it’s up to me lead the charge against his father’s killer: Biblioden, founder of the Evil Librarians—I was sure he died centuries ago!—who’s back to complete his goal of world domination. Now he’s going to use the dark powers he gained from that sacrifice against everyone not under Evil Librarian control. Being burned up from the inside is not how I plan to die, so I’d better figure out some way to stop him or we’re toast!

I know Alcatraz is wrong when he swears he’s no hero. But when a hero falls short, that’s the time for everyone else to step up and do what needs to be done.




From HarperCollins/Clarion Books:

Title: The Antiracist Kid

Author/Illustrator :Tiffany Jewell, illus. by Nicole Miles

Publisher: HarperCollins/Versify

Release Date: October 4, 2022

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Book Is Anti-Racist, Tiffany Jewell, with art by Eisner-nominated illustrator Nicole Miles, The Antiracist Kid is the essential illustrated guide to antiracism for empowering the young readers in your life!

What is racism? What is antiracism? Why are both important to learn about? In this book, systemic racism and the antiracist tools to fight it are easily accessible to young readers.

In three sections, this must-have guide explains:

Identity: What it is and how it applies to you

Justice: What it is, what racism has to do with it, and how to address injustice

Activism: A how-to with resources to be the best antiracist kid you can be

This book teaches young children the words, language, and methods to recognize racism and injustice—and what to do when they encounter it at home, at school, and in the media they watch, play, and read.

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Title: Boys Will Be Human

Author: Justin Baldoni

Publish: HarperCollins

Release Date: October 4, 2022

From filmmaker, actor, and author Justin Baldoni comes a real-talk, self-esteem-building guidebook that helps boys ages 11 and up embrace their feelings and fears instead of repress them.

Highly designed and filled with activities, sidebars, and inspirational quotes, this book is the perfect social-emotional learning tool for parents and educators to jump-start conversations about masculinity with the boys in their lives.


Have you ever noticed that there are unwritten rules that tell boys how to act, think, and feel? Nobody knows where they came from, but one day—BAM!—you suddenly feel these invisible forces, pushing you to follow the rules of masculinity, even if they don’t make you happy.

This book isn’t about learning the rules of the boys’ club, it’s about UNLEARNING them. It’s a get-real guidebook that will show you how to be:

Brave enough to reveal who you really are

Smart enough to ask questions

Cool enough to feel all your emotions

Confident enough to know your worth

Strong enough to speak your truth

—and much, much more.

Be prepared: This book is raw and surprising. There is no subject off-limits or lies detected. Sometimes things might get a little uncomfortable, but that’s an important part of getting to know—and believe in—yourself.

Don’t worry, you’re not on this journey alone, so let’s jump in together to become the smartest, bravest, strongest HUMANS we can be!

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Title: Shot Clock

Authors: Caron Butler and Justin A. Reynolds

Publisher: HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books

Release Date: September 6, 2022

Former NBA All-Star Caron Butler and acclaimed author Justin A. Reynolds tip off the first book in a new middle grade series about a young boy trying to make his mark on an AAU basketball team coached by a former NBA star in his hometown. Perfect for fans of The Crossover and the Track series. *A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection!

Tony loves basketball. But the game changed recently when his best friend, Dante, a hoops phenom, was killed by a police officer. Tony hopes he can carry on Dante’s legacy by making the Sabres, the AAU basketball team Dante took to two national championships.

Tony doesn’t make the team, but Coach James likes what he sees from Tony at tryouts and offers him another chance: join the team as the statistician. With his community reeling and the team just finding its footing on the court, can Tony find a path to healing while helping to bring the Sabres a championship?

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From Media Masters Publicity:

Title: Pippa Park Crush at First Sight

Author: Erin Yun

Publisher: Fabled Films Press

Release Date: September 13, 2022

Join Pippa Park as she juggles friendships, bullying, crushes, and family in the sequel to the compelling drama-filled middle school book Pippa Park Raises Her Game.
Korean American Pippa Park picks up right where she left off . . . trying to balance basketball, school, friends, working at the struggling family laundromat, and fitting in. Eliot, her math tutor—and the cutest boy at school—is finally paying attention to her. And Marvel—her childhood friend—is making her required volunteering much more interesting. But things with the Royals, her new friends and teammates who rule the school, still feel a bit rocky. Especially because Caroline, a head Royal, would like nothing more than to see Pippa fail.
So when Pippa is faced with hosting the annual Christmas Eve party that could make or break her social life, how can she say no? Will Pippa make enough money to cover the costs while juggling crushes and everything else? With courage and determination, Pippa sets out to host the party, find the perfect dress, pick the right boy, and stay true to her real self.

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Title: Haven Jacobs Saves the Planet

Author: Barbara Dee

Publisher: Aladdin

Release Date: September 27, 2022

From critically acclaimed author Barbara Dee comes a middle grade novel about a young girl who channels her anxiety about the climate crisis into rallying her community to save a local river.
Twelve-year-old Haven Jacobs can’t stop thinking about the climate crisis. In fact, her anxiety about the state of the planet is starting to interfere with her schoolwork, her friendships, even her sleep. She can’t stop wondering why grownups aren’t even trying to solve the earth’s problem—and if there’s anything meaningful that she, as a seventh grader, can contribute.
When Haven’s social studies teacher urges her to find a specific, manageable way to make a difference to the planet, Haven focuses on the annual science class project at the local Belmont River, where her class will take samples of the water to analyze. Students have been doing the project for years, and her older brother tells her that his favorite part was studying and catching frogs.
But when Haven and her classmates get to the river, there’s no sign of frogs or other wildlife—but there is ample evidence of pollution. The only thing that’s changed by the river is the opening of Gemba, the new factory where Haven’s dad works. It doesn’t take much investigation before Haven is convinced Gemba is behind the slow pollution of the river.
She’s determined to expose Gemba and force them to clean up their act. But when it becomes clear taking action might put her dad’s job—and some friendships—in jeopardy, Haven must decide how far she’s willing to go.

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Title: Hero for the Hungry: The Life and Work of Norman Borlaug

Author: Peggy Thomas

Publisher: Feeding Minds Press

Release Date: September 1, 2022

A moving and informative biography of the 20th-century American agriculture scientist whose innovations in crop varieties founded the Green Revolution and fed hundreds of millions of people around the world – with full-color chapter illustrations and STEM – and history-themed text features throughout.

Can a quiet Iowa farm boy grow up to change the world? Norman Ernest Borlaug did.

Born in 1914, raised on a small farm, and educated in a one-room schoolhouse, Norman Borlaug learned to work hard and excelled in sports, and later studied forestry in college, eventually becoming a plant scientist.

Readers will discover how even from a young age Norman Borlaug dedicated his life’s work to ending world hunger. Working in obscurity in the wheat fields of Mexico in the 50s and 60s, Norm and his team developed disease-resistant plants, and when widespread famine threatened India and Pakistan, Norm worked alongside poor farmers, battled bureaucracy, and fearlessly stood up to heads of state to save millions of lives from mass starvation.

Often called the “Father of the Green Revolution,” Norm helped lay the groundwork for agricultural technological advances that alleviated world hunger, and he went on to win the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1970. He was a true hero for the hungry.

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8 thoughts on “YABC’s Buzzworthy Books of FALL 2022 & Mega Book Giveaway (Middle-Grade)! ~US ONLY”

  1. Cori says:

    Such a cute line up of books!

  2. csj1818 says:

    There are some really good ones in here!

  3. What a great set of books! So many fun reads!

  4. This looks like an amazing selection of books!

  5. Penny Olson says:

    We would love to read this amazing collection of books.

  6. ltecler says:

    Lots of books on my TBR list are shared here!

  7. These books are all going to be fun to read.

  8. Hailey says:

    Some of these sound really good!

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