September 28, 2021

School Library Journal’s Best Books 2021 (Middle Grade)


A 2021 Project Lit selection

“Barbara Dee tackles tough topics with such great care. She is to middle schoolers today what Judy Blume was to me in the 80s. I give Violets Are Blue ALL the stars and thumbs up.”

—Amanda Jones, 2021 School Library Journal Co-Librarian of the Year

“(Violets Are Blue) is a masterpiece.”

—Pernille Ripp, teacher, author, speaker, creator of Global Read Aloud

A Junior Library Guild Selection


My twelve middle grade novels are about smart kids facing real challenges with humor. All books are written with the partial cooperation of my cat, Luna, and my dog, Ripley.

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