Books about Resilient Characters for Middle Grade Readers

Recommendations from Kara

Sweep (PJ Library edition): The Story of a Girl and Her Monster By Jonathan Auxier Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419737022
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Published: Amulet Paperbacks - January 7th, 2020

A 2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner!

It's been five years since the Sweep disappeared. Orphaned and alone, Nan Sparrow had no other choice but to work for a ruthless chimney sweep named Wilkie Crudd. She spends her days sweeping out chimneys.

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Other Words for Home: A Newbery Honor Award Winner By Jasmine Warga Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062747808
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 28th, 2019

New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor Book!

A gorgeously written, hopeful middle grade novel in verse about a young girl who must leave Syria to move to the United States, perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Aisha Saeed.

Village of Scoundrels By Margi Preus Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419708978
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Published: Amulet Books - February 25th, 2020

Newbery Honor recipient Margi Preus tells the incredible true story of a group of French teenagers who helped save refugees in WWII

Based on the true story of the French villagers in WWII who saved thousands of Jews, this novel tells how a group of young teenagers stood up for what is right.