Welcome to our first ever tour for a middle grade novel: Ellie Engle Saves Herself! A middle grade novel is usually aimed a crowd younger than YA — think upper elementary students, maybe even students in middle school. That’s not to say that people over those ages can’t read MG…read what makes you happy!
As always the schedule can be found on our home page side-scroller until the conclusion of the tour when it’ll be posted below! Owner Stacia has personal connection to this title and author as they are both Indiana locals and once met in person at a post office!
Ellie Engle Saves Herself!
by Leah Johnson
Release Date: May 2, 2023
Genre: Middle Grade, contemporary, LGBTQ+, Black/African-American, magic
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Ellie Engle doesn’t stand out. Not at home, where she’s alone with her pet fish since her dad moved away and her mom has to work around the clock. Not at the bakery, where she helps out old Mr. Walker on the weekends. And definitely not at school, where her best friend, Abby—the coolest, boldest, most talented girl in the world—drags Ellie along on her never-ending quest to “make her mark.” To someone else, a life in the shadows might seem boring, or lonely. But not to Ellie. As long as she has Abby by her side and a comic book in her hand, she’s quite content.
Too bad life didn’t bother checking in with Ellie. Because when a freak earthquake hits her small town, Ellie wakes up with the power to bring anything back to life with just her touch. And when a video of her using her powers suddenly goes viral, Ellie’s life goes somewhere she never imagined—or wanted: straight into the spotlight.
Surviving middle school is hard enough. Surviving middle school when paparazzi are camped out on your front lawn and an international pop star wants you to use your powers on live TV and you might be in love with your best friend but she doesn’t know it?
About the Author
Leah Johnson is an eternal midwesterner and author of award-winning books for children and young adults. Her bestselling debut YA novel, You Should See Me in a Crown, was a Stonewall Honor Book, and the inaugural Reese’s Book Club YA pick. In 2021, TIME named You Should See Me in a Crown one of the 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time. Leah’s essays and cultural criticism can be found in Teen Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Cosmopolitan among others. Her debut middle grade, Ellie Engle Saves Herself is forthcoming from Disney-Hyperion in May 2023.
Author information and image taken from author’s website: https://www.byleahjohnson.com/about