Middle Grade Book Bundle

The Middle Grade Book Bundle is for a range of readers, from middle-school age to teens—depending on reading level and interest. It has history, mystery, art, and space — all in stories with a lot of heart. The bundle contains the three books below. (But The Snail loves to customize bundles, so e-mail us here to request a swap or different recommendation. Or ask us if you're unsure what age this might be appropriate for.)

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA (hardcover)
This novel is a moving story of the friendship between a young white boy and a Black WWII veteran who has recently returned to the unwelcoming Jim Crow South. “If Opie Taylor from The Andy Griffith Show wrote a book about Mayberry’s racism, the voice would be that of Gabriel Haberlin, the 12-year-old white boy who is saved from near tragedy by Meriwether Hunter, in Birdsong, South Carolina, in 1946. An affecting—and realistic—story," writes Kirkus Reviews.

Planet Earth Is Blue (hardcover)
“It’s 1986, and Nova is eagerly awaiting the launch of the space shuttle Challenger. She loves astronomy, plus her sister, Bridget, promised she’d be back for the launch, no matter what. Nova is autistic and nonverbal, and navigating a new foster family and a new school alone is extra tough; no one but Bridget has ever fully understood that she’s a whole, intelligent person. As Nova counts down to the launch, we share in her excitement, her worries, her grief, and her joys," says a review from Powel''s Books.

The Van Gogh Deception (paperback)
This riveting middle-grade mystery thriller features a young boy who is discovered in Washington DC’s National Gallery without any recollection of who he is. He begins a high-stakes race to unravel the greatest mystery of all: his identity. As the stakes continue to rise, the boy must piece together the disjointed clues of his origins while using his limited knowledge to stop one of the greatest art frauds ever attempted. Digitally interactive, this museum mystery offers QR codes woven throughout the book that bring renowned paintings to life.