Nerdy Book AwardMiddle Grade Fiction

Given by Nerdy Book Club

Other Names: Nerdies
250 Works 163,930 Books 8,796 Reviews 4.2
Way back on December 1, 2011, this site began with a post explaining about how we would choose the Best Books of 2011.


That was not only the beginning of this site, but also the beginning of what show more would be called the Nerdy Book Awards.

Nominations and voting takes place in December with winners announced during the last days of December.
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Categories:
All, Early Readers and Chapter Books (133), Fiction Picture Books (215), Graphic Novels (186), Long Form Nonfiction (178), Middle Grade Fiction (250), Nonfiction Picture Books (186), Poetry and Novels in Verse (175), Young Adult Literature (222)
Years:
All, 2023 (20), 2022 (31), 2021 (19), 2020 (25), 2019 (22), 2018 (25), 2017 (25), 2016 (24), 2015 (22), 2014 (32), 2012 (5)
WorkYear
No Place Like Home by James Bird
2023
Simon Sort of Says by Erin Bow
2023
The Wild Robot Protects by Peter Brown
2023
The Puppets of Spelhorst by Kate DiCamillo
2023
The Probability of Everything by Sarah Everett
2023
Not an Easy Win by Chrystal D. Giles
2023
Tiger Daughter by Rebecca Lim
2023
Hands by Torrey Maldonado
2023
On Air with Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
2023
The Lost Year: A Survival Story of the Ukrainian Famine by Katherine Marsh
2023
The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams by Daniel Nayeri
2023
You Are Here: Connecting Flights by Ellen Oh
2023
Hope in the Valley by Mitali Perkins
2023
Grounded by Aisha Saeed
2023
The Labors of Hercules Beal by Gary D. Schmidt
2023
Big Tree by Brian Selznick
2023
The Lost Library by Rebecca Stead
2023
Hidden Truths by Elly Swartz
2023
Jawbreaker by Christina Wyman
2023
Finally Seen by Kelly Yang
2023
Thirst by Varsha Bajaj
2022
Shine On, Luz Véliz! by Rebecca Balcárcel
2022
The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill
2022
A Year to the Day by Robin Benway
2022
The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen by Isaac Blum
2022
The Epic Story of Every Living Thing by Deb Caletti
2022
Troublemaker by John Cho
2022
The Midnight Children by Dan Gemeinhart
2022
Two Degrees by Alan Gratz
2022
Wildoak by C. C. Harrington
2022
As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh
2022
Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone by Tae Keller
2022
Those Kids from Fawn Creek by Erin Entrada Kelly
2022
Attack of the Black Rectangles by A. S. King
2022
Answers in the Pages by David Levithan
2022
Hummingbird by Natalie Lloyd
2022
Chester Keene Cracks the Code by Kekla Magoon
2022
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
2022
Northwind by Gary Paulsen
2022
Tumble by Celia C. Pérez
2022
The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes
2022
Ellen Outside the Lines by A. J. Sass
2022
I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys
2022
The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat
2022
A Comb of Wishes by Lisa Stringfellow
2022
I'm the Girl by Courtney Summers
2022
All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir
2022
A Rover's Story by Jasmine Warga
2022
New from Here by Kelly Yang
2022
Maizy Chen's Last Chance by Lisa Yee
2022
Worser by Jennifer Ziegler
2022
Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston
2021
Flight of the Puffin by Ann Braden
2021
The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo
2021
Out of My Heart by Sharon M. Draper
2021
Yusuf Azeem is Not a Hero by Saadia Faruqi
2021
How to Find What You're Not Looking For by Veera Hiranandani
2021
The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm
2021
Playing the Cards You're Dealt by Varian Johnson
2021
Linked by Gordon Korman
2021
Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff
2021
Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood by Kwame Mbalia
2021
Finding Junie Kim by Ellen Oh
2021
Pony by R. J. Palacio
2021
Pax, Journey Home by Sara Pennypacker
2021
Root Magic by Eden Royce
2021
Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids by Cynthia Leitich Smith
2021
Fast Pitch by Nic Stone
2021
The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu
2021
Born Behind Bars by Padma Venkatraman
2021
Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices by S. K. Ali
2020
The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate
2020
A High Five for Glenn Burke by Phil Bildner
2020
Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
2020
King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
2020
Efren Divided by Ernesto Cisneros
2020
The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert
2020
A Home for Goddesses and Dogs by Leslie Connor
2020
A Place at the Table by Saadia Faruqi
2020
The Vanderbeekers Lost and Found by Karina Yan Glaser
2020
Lupe Wong Won't Dance by Donna Barba Higuera
2020
When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller
2020
We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly
2020
Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte
2020
What Lane? by Torrey Maldonado
2020
From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
2020
Chirp by Kate Messner
2020
Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
2020
Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes
2020
The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson
2020
A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat
2020
The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead
2020
Clean Getaway by Nic Stone
2020
Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk
2020
Three Keys by Kelly Yang
2020
The Line Tender by Kate Allen
2019
The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin
2019
I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
2019
Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee
2019
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
2019
The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue by Karina Yan Glaser
2019
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
2019
The Whispers by Greg Howard
2019
Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
2019
Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly
2019
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
2019
Midsummer's Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca
2019
For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington
2019
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
2019
Words on Fire by Jennifer A. Nielsen
2019
Planet Earth Is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos
2019
A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée
2019
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds
2019
Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt
2019
The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
2019
Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson
2019
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
2019
Endling #1: The Last by Katherine Applegate
2018
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier
2018
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
2018
The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden
2018
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
2018
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
2018
The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
2018
The Serpent's Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta
2018
Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
2018
Blended by Sharon M. Draper
2018
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
2018
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
2018
You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly
2018
Tight by Torrey Maldonado
2018
Bob by Wendy Mass
2018
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
2018
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
2018
Breakout by Kate Messner
2018
Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley
2018
Lu by Jason Reynolds
2018
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
2018
Naomis Too (Two Naomis) by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
2018
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
2018
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
2018
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
2018
Posted by John David Anderson
2017
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
2017
Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
2017
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
2017
The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
2017
Greetings from Witness Protection! by Jake Burt
2017
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
2017
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
2017
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
2017
Refugee by Alan Gratz
2017
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
2017
Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
2017
Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King
2017
Restart by Gordon Korman
2017
The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
2017
Flying Lessons and Other Stories by Ellen Oh
2017
The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
2017
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
2017
Patina by Jason Reynolds
2017
The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
2017
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
2017
The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish
2017
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
2017
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
2017
The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh
2017
Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson
2016
Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson
2016
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
2016
Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley
2016
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
2016
Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin
2016
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
2016
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
2016
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
2016
Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
2016
The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz
2016
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm
2016
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
2016
When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
2016
The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner
2016
Wish by Barbara O'Connor
2016
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
2016
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
2016
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
2016
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
2016
Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
2016
Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban
2016
Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz
2016
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
2016
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
2015
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
2015
Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
2015
The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
2015
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
2015
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
2015
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
2015
Melissa by Alex Gino
2015
Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff
2015
The Detective's Assistant by Kate Hannigan
2015
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
2015
Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
2015
Listen, Slowly by Thanhhà Lại
2015
A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord
2015
All the Answers by Kate Messner
2015
A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
2015
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
2015
The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
2015
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
2015
The Marvels by Brian Selznick
2015
Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
2015
The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh
2015
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
2014
The Witch's Boy by Kelly Barnhill
2014
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
2014
Nest by Esther Ehrlich
2014
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle
2014
Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart
2014
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
2014
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
2014
Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington
2014
The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer
2014
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
2014
The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
2014
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
2014
How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied by Jess Keating
2014
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana
2014
Dash (Dogs of World War II) by Kirby Larson
2014
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
2014
Nightingale's Nest by Nikki Loftin
2014
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
2014
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
2014
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
2014
The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
2014
West of the Moon by Margi Preus
2014
Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff
2014
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
2014
The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern
2014
The Riverman by Aaron Starmer
2014
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage
2014
Circa Now by Amber McRee Turner
2014
The Real Boy by Anne Ursu
2014
Revolution by Deborah Wiles
2014
Boys of Blur by N. D. Wilson
2014
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
2012
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
2012
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
2012
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
2012
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
2012

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