The Midnight Children

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$16.99  $15.80
Henry Holt & Company
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5.61 X 8.51 X 1.18 inches | 0.91 pounds

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About the Author

Dan Gemeinhart is a former elementary teacher-librarian and lifelong book nerd. He lives with his wife and three daughters in a small town in Washington state. He's the author of The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, The Honest Truth, Some Kind of Courage, Scar Island, and Good Dog. If he ever meets you, he'd love to talk about books with you.


A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year
A William Allen White Children's Book Award Nominee

"Dan Gemeinhart offers a way of talking to middle grade readers about the world in which they are growing up: The stakes are mortal; we do need to look out for one another; everything is not OK. And yet Gemeinhart reminds us that "things don't always have to be the way they've always been." These children become the heroes of their story because the world is closing in on them. Our kids could learn a lot from this bunch. So could we." --The New York Times

* "A story of fierce friendship, bravery, loyalty, and finding--or making--a place to belong." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Gemeinhart's moody, magnificent novel [is] a Stephen King-esque blend of the sentimental and sinister. A tale by turns sweet and terrifying of friendship, bravery, and finding oneself in caring for others--this is for readers who enjoy dark tales with a lot of heart." --School Library Journal, starred review

* "The children forge the story's path as they powerfully change their community through courageous honesty and emotional vulnerability." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "A rare (yet well done) tale about second chances and being true to both self and friends." --Booklist, starred review

"Distinctive narration and heart-pounding suspense will carry this kids-outwit-grownups tale deep into your heart to the place where courage is born." --Rosanne Parry, bestselling author of A Wolf Called Wander

"The Midnight Children has a dash of the Boxcar children and a whole lot of honesty and heart . . . Told in a riveting voice, this is Dan Gemeinhart's best yet and that's saying something." --Padma Venkatraman, Walter Award-winning author of The Bridge Home

"A creepy, strange, and surprisingly sweet story of friendship and belonging. Equal parts Kate DiCamillo and Shirley Jackson, this book is unlike anything else I've ever read--you will love it." --Jonathan Auxier, New York Times-bestselling author of Night Gardener and Sweep: the Story of a Girl and her Monster

"The midnight children might sneak into town quietly, but there's nothing quiet about this sparkling story. It felt like fireworks in my heart." --New York Times-bestselling author Natalie Lloyd

"A story to make a soul ache, a story to make a soul heal, a story to make a soul leap." --Dusti Bowling, award-winning author of The Canyon's Edge

"A magical and darkly humorous journey into a world of mysterious children, timeless villains, and the undeniable power of friendship." --Melanie Conklin, author of A Perfect Mistake and Every Missing Piece

Praise for The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

A 2020 ILA Teachers' Choice
A 2019 Parents' Choice Award Gold Medal Winner
Winner of the 2019 CYBILS Award for Middle Grade Fiction
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A Bank Street Books' Best Books of the Year
A Bookriot "25 Of The Best Middle School Books For Today's Readers" Pick
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2019
A 2020 Lone Star Reading List Selection

"Sometimes a story comes along that just plain makes you want to hug the world. The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise is Dan Gemeinhart's finest book yet--and that's saying something. Your heart needs this joyful miracle of a book." --Katherine Applegate, acclaimed author of The One and Only Ivan and Wishtree

"Coyote's bold, engaging voice pops off the page . . . Gemeinhart infuses the story with moments of lyrical writing and folksy wisdom served up with a dollop of girl power." -The New York Times