Tweens Read 2023

Mark your calendars for Tweens Read 2023, the amazing festival that connects middle grade readers with authors! A complete line up of authors and the schedule for the day can be found at the TeenBookCon website - author announcements will begin on Friday, August 25th. To preorder authors' books, see below.

Tweens Read is a FREE festival BUT you do have to register in order to attend the event. Please make sure to register yourself and any minors that you are bringing with you BEFORE the day of the event. To do so, click here.

A complete line up of authors and the schedule for the day can be found at the TeenBookCon website - author announcements will begin on Friday, August 25th. To preorder authors' books, see below.

Event date: 
Saturday, October 21, 2023 - 9:30am
Event address: 
J. Frank Dobie High School
10220 Blackhawk Blvd
Houston, TX 77089
Eb & Flow By Kelly J. Baptist Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593429136
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - March 14th, 2023

A ten-day suspension has tweens De'Kari and Ebony seeing the world with a fresh perspective. Don't miss this poignant novel in verse from the award-winning author of Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero.

Two kids. One fight. No one thinks they’re wrong.
 
Flow
I don’t even hit girls . . . is what I’m thinking.


The Vanquishers: Secret of the Reaping By Kalynn Bayron Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781547611577
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - October 10th, 2023

The Vanquishers are back and ready to defend their town against the undead in this spooky middle grade from New York Times bestselling author Kalynn Bayron.


Alex Wise vs. the End of the World By Terry J. Benton-Walker Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593564295
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Published: Labyrinth Road - September 26th, 2023

Welcome to the summer of the apocalypse. One 12-year-old boy leads the charge against the forces of evil as he tries to stop the Four Horsemen from taking over the world in the start to a wildly funny and addictive fantasy series about accepting yourself and finding your inner hero.


The Last Comics on Earth: From the Creators of The Last Kids on Earth By Max Brallier, Joshua Pruett, Jay Cooper (Illustrator), Douglas Holgate (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Max Brallier, Joshua Pruett, Jay Cooper (Illustrator), Douglas Holgate (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780593526774
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 25th, 2023

A New York Times bestseller!

The Last Kids on Earth are creating THEIR OWN COMIC BOOK!

From worldwide bestselling author Max Brallier comes a full-color graphic novel spin-off series based on the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling Last Kids on Earth!


Rick Riordan Presents: Serwa Boateng's Guide to Witchcraft and Mayhem By Roseanne A. Brown Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368066464
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - September 12th, 2023

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents the highly anticipated sequel to Rosanne A. Brown's explosive novel about a preteen vampire slayer, inspired by Ghanaian folklore.

"Rosie writes her characters with such lyrical power, wit, and empathy that you can't help falling in love with Serwa Boateng, her family, and her friends."


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Oliver's Great Big Universe: A Novel By Jorge Cham Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781419764080
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 26th, 2023

Mind-expanding and hilarious!— I got smarter reading this!”
Jeff Kinney, author of the international bestselling series Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Cosmos
meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid in Oliver’s Great Big Universe, an original illustrated middle-grade fiction series that blends science with narrative from the Emm


102 Days of Lying About Lauren By Maura Jortner Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823453627
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Published: Holiday House - June 20th, 2023

After being abandoned by her mother in a most unusual place, a defiant heroine sticks to her plan for staying hidden—even though getting caught could mean saving her life.

Twelve-year-old Mouse calls an amusement park home.


Mixed Up By Gordon Korman Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338826722
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 18th, 2023

From the author of Restart, the story of two boys who are losing their memories... to each other.

Reef and Theo don't know what's happening to them. They'll be going about their days and then suddenly they'll have these strange flashes of memory -- but the memories don't belong to them. And at the same time, their own memories are starting to...


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Enlighten Me (A Graphic Novel) By Minh Lê, Chan Chau (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Minh Lê, Chan Chau (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780759555488
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Published: Little, Brown Ink - September 19th, 2023

Award-winning author Minh Lê and New York Times bestselling illustrator Chan Chau team up for a fun and enlightening graphic novel about one kid’s journey to finding inner peace and belonging.


City of Thieves (Battle Dragons #1) By Alex London Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338716566
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - October 4th, 2022

In a modern mega-city built around dragons, one boy gets caught up in the world of underground dragon battles and a high-stakes gang war that could tear his family apart.

Once, dragons nearly drove themselves to extinction. But in the city of Drakopolis, humans domesticated them centuries ago.


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Mexikid: (Newbery Honor Award Winner) By Pedro Martín, Pedro Martín (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Pedro Martín, Pedro Martín (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780593462294
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Published: Dial Books - August 1st, 2023

NEWBERY HONOR AWARD WINNER • An unforgettable graphic memoir about a Mexican American boy’s family and their adventure-filled road trip to bring their abuelito back from Mexico


The Firefly Summer By Morgan Matson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534493353
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2023

Three starred reviews!
“Heartfelt and hilarious, witty and wise, with indelible characters and laugh-out-loud humor.


Forever Twelve (The Evers #1) By Stacy McAnulty Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593429624
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2023

What if you were twelve for all of eternity? From the award-winning author of The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl comes a magical mystery about a group of kids who have been alive for hundreds of years.


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Camp Sylvania By Julie Murphy Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063114029
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 6th, 2023

From Julie Murphy, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’, comes a hilarious and creepy middle grade summer camp story that takes a bite out of fat camp and diet culture. Perfect for fans of Spooky Stories and Starfish.


Treasure Island: Runaway Gold By Jewell Parker Rhodes Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062998354
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Published: Quill Tree Books - October 3rd, 2023

Bestselling and award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes reimagines the classic novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson in this thrilling adventure set in modern-day Manhattan, in which three children must navigate the city’s hidden history, dodge a threatening crew of skater kids, and decide who they can really trust in order to hunt down a long-buried trea


A First Time for Everything By Dan Santat Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250851048
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Published: First Second - February 28th, 2023

*Winner of the 2023 National Book Award for Young People's Literature*

A middle grade graphic memoir based on bestselling author and Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat's awkward middle school years and the trip to Europe that changed his life.


Maid for It By Jamie Sumner Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781665905770
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2023

From the acclaimed author of Roll with It comes a relatable and “heart-wrenching” (Kirkus Reviews) middle grade novel about a girl who, in a desperate bid to keep her family afloat, takes over her mom’s cleaning jobs after an injury prevents her from working.


Hoops: A Graphic Novel By Matt Tavares, Matt Tavares (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matt Tavares, Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781536231953
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Published: Candlewick - March 14th, 2023

As seen on the Today show

A work of fiction inspired by a true story, Matt Tavares’s debut graphic novel dramatizes the historic struggle for gender equality in high school sports.


The Cursed Moon By Angela Cervantes Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338814019
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 5th, 2023

Celebrated author Angela Cervantes' brand new novel combines a chilling ghost story with her award-winning, heartfelt storytelling style.

One two, the Caretaker’s coming for you. Three-four, you’ll breathe no more. Five-six, you’ll float like sticks. Seven, eight, you’ll meet your fate.

Rafael Fuentes isn’t easily scared.


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Billie Blaster and the Robot Army from Outer Space: A Graphic Novel By Laini Taylor, Jim Di Bartolo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laini Taylor, Jim Di Bartolo (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419753848
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 15th, 2023

Billie Blaster and the Robot Army from Outer Space is an out-of-this-world new middle-grade graphic novel about a genius scientist and her evil nemesis, created by New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor and cartoonist Jim Di Bartolo.

Don’t you hate it when your archenemy launches your latest invention into space, accidentally creating a robot a


Katie the Catsitter #3: Secrets and Sidekicks: (A Graphic Novel) By Colleen AF Venable, Stephanie Yue (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Colleen AF Venable, Stephanie Yue (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9780593379721
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Published: Random House Graphic - May 2nd, 2023

Calling all graphic novel fans! Get ready for sidekick training (and  friendship drama!) with Katie the Catsitter in book 3 of the purr-fectly irresistible, bestselling middle-grade graphic novel series about growing up, friendship, heroes, and cats (lots of cats)!

“Readers will revel in the heroic antics.” --The New York Times