Middle Grade Books

I Will Find You


I Will Find You


* An Amazon Best Book for Children Age 9-12 December 2023

*A Book Riot Pick for Best Children’s Books December 2023

“Thought-provoking questions about forgiveness, making amends, and the efficacy of consequences and retribution are peppered throughout. Important, complex social issues like poverty and child neglect are addressed.” – Kirkus

“This seemingly straightforward novel, in terms of plot, has some great nuance about friendship and bullying.” -Book Riot

Nicky has disappeared!

Oliva, Leo, and Gracie–three seventh graders who have very little in common except for how much they dislike Nicky, the school bully–were the last ones to see him. They are sure that there are clues the police are overlooking. And they each have their own secret reason for needing to find him as soon as possible.

As they investigate, they discover that things are more complicated than they had seemed. Nicky’s victims made a plan to get revenge on him–a plan that’s gone terribly wrong. Can they find out where Nicky is before it’s too late?

Mystery, thrilling twists, and spot-on friendship dynamics combine to make this a page-turning read and a thoughtful look at bullying, revenge, and the true meaning of punishment and forgiveness.

I Know You're Lying

September 6th, 2022

I Know You're Lying

September 6th, 2022

* Amazon Seasonal Pick for Fall 2023.

One of Us Is Lying for the middle-grade set. A socially conscious whodunit.” –Kirkus Reviews

“A tightly coiled thriller positing that crimes, like people, have more to them than it may initially seem.”      -Publishers Weekly

There’s been a theft at the middle school!

Sasha’s bag has been stolen from her locker. The security cams on the school’s front entrance have captured four students entering the building early. Present at the time of the crime, Maddie, Jack, Nora, and Henry become top suspects. Each of them has a reason to dislike Sasha. Each has something to hide. But which of them is responsible for the break-in? And can they figure out who the thief is before Sasha gets her revenge… on all of them.

Set during a single day of school, this is a gripping, twisty read about what happens when bullying goes too far, written by Daphne Benedis-Grab, author of I Know Your Secret.

I Know Your Secret

December 7, 2021

I Know Your Secret

December 7, 2021

“A compulsive middle grade thriller.”  – Book Riot

“This enjoyable, pared-down thriller admirably tackles bullying, environments in which it is allowed to propagate, and the importance of speaking truth to power.”  – Publishers Weekly

“A middle-grade tour de force. An exploration of why we conceal the truth, I Know Your Secret forces four children to come to terms with the secrets they have hidden from everyone.” – The Nerd Daily

“The twists and turns offer thrills as the narrative shifts among each of the four victims.” – Kirkus

Do exactly what I say, when I say it, or I will reveal your secret.

Four seventh graders receive this same threatening email. Now Owen, Gemma, Ally, and Todd, who barely know each other and have nothing in common, must work together to follow the instructions of their anonymous blackmailer. None of them want to go along with the blackmailer’s increasingly unnerving instructions, but each of them have a secret they must protect at all costs.

 Set during a single day of school, the students race against the clock to complete an unusual set of tasks. Yet as the day goes on, they have to wonder: Who is this blackmailer who has somehow found out their deepest secrets? What is it that they’re being used to do? And can they stop the scheme before the truth comes spilling out?

I Know Your Secret is a gripping exploration of why we conceal the truth, how far we’ll go to keep it hidden, and the power of coming clean.

Clementine for Christmas

Clementine for Christmas

“The realistic family dynamics, focus on positive strength, and unwavering affection of a very special pup make this tale worthy of a curtain call.” – Publishers Weekly

“The heart-warming plot is solid and classic and the characters are vivid. This dog story is one with a happy, yet tearful, ending where the hero dog lives to see another day.” – Children’s Literature Review

Josie usually keeps to herself, but she comes out of her shell when she and her dog, Clementine, volunteer at the local hospital during the holiday season. Josie loves dressing up in silly costumes, singing carols, and helping to prepare for the big Christmas Festival. That is, until she learns that this year’s Festival has been canceled.

Meanwhile, Oscar’s parents are fighting more and more–and so is he. He gets into trouble at school, and his punishment? Volunteer hours at the local hospital.

Gabby’s life seems perfect. She’s stylish, smart, and everyone looks up to her. But Gabby has a secret, one that could ruin everything.

Then, Clementine disappears, Oscar’s parents separate, and Gabby’s secret is uncovered. Together, can Josie, Oscar, and Gabby find a way to save the holiday, or will this be the worst Christmas ever?

Daphne Benedis-Grab, author of The Angel Tree, has created a heartwarming story that sparkles with humor, light, and Christmas spirit.

The Angel Tree

The Angel Tree

* Now a Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Original Movie

“Full of the type of warmth and good cheer found in favorite holiday movies . . . Benedis-Grab’s lively tale spotlights the time-honored tradition–and can-do citizens–that make a small town great, even in the face of financial struggle. . . . As the kids puzzle through clues, they discover things that bring them closer to their families, neighbors, and each other–all in time for a satisfying, celebratory reveal.” – Publishers Weekly

“A satisfying read on many levels–misunderstandings are resolved, lessons are learned,
friendships evolve, and positive behavior is rewarded. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy.” – School Library Journal

Every Christmas in the small town of Pine River, a tree appears in the town square–the Angel Tree. Some people tie wishes to the tree, while others make those wishes come true. Nobody’s ever known where the tree comes from, but the mystery has always been part of the tradition’s charm.

This year, however, four kids who have been helped–Lucy, Joe, Max, and Cami–are determined to solve the mystery and find out the true identity of the town’s guardian angel, so that Pine River can finally thank the person who brought the Angel Tree to their town.

This is a heartwarming Christmas mystery, full of friendship, discovery, and loads of holiday cheer!

Army Brats

Army Brats

*Selected for the Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Master List 2019/2020

*Nominated for Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award 2019/2020

“Filled with fierce female characters and strong sibling bonds, both blood and adopted (Rosie was adopted from China at age three), this celebration of family from Benedis-Grab will speak to military and civilian readers alike.” – Publishers Weekly

“The mystery is exciting, containing just the right amount of tension and scary situations, [but] it’s the relationship among the children that gives the story life. Nonmilitary kids should enjoy seeing the challenges and fun of living on base.” – Kirkus Review

The Bailey kids’ mom has just been assigned to Fort Patrick—and it’s their first time actually living on an army base! Tom, Charlotte, and Rosie get to make new friends, explore the neighborhood, and cool off in the huge pool. Unfortunately, they also have to deal with the base bully, who seems determined to make Tom’s life completely miserable by telling everyone that he’s a wimp.

When the Baileys discover a mystery on base—an abandoned building long rumored to be haunted—they know that this is it: a way to show the world how brave Tom truly is. But when they go to investigate, they find there’s more to the house than just some old rumors. What is that weird equipment? And who is that suspicious man sneaking around inside?

It’s up to Charlotte, Tom, and Rosie to figure out the base’s secrets—and prove to everyone that no bully can keep the Bailey kids down.

Army Brats is a high spirited adventure about friendships, bravery, and being true to yourself.

The Chocolate Challenge

The Chocolate Challenge

The Chocolate Challenge is available exclusively in Scholastic Book Clubs and Book Fairs starting September 2018.

Every year, Scottsbridge’s two elementary schools face off, competing to see who can sell more bars of the Fantastic Five, special chocolate bars available only once a year.  Winning’s a really big deal- and Deerfield Elementary always wins.

This year though, Granville Elementary is determined to level the playing field, even if it means making up some new rules of their own.  Co-captains Phoebe and Evan are sure that their creative new sales strategy- mixed with some ingenious pranks- will earn them the sweet taste of success.  But rival captains Gabe and Julie have a dangerous competitive streak, and they’re allergic to the idea of coming in second

Can the two teams sell more chocolate bars than ever before- or is the Chocolate Challenge headed for a total meltdown?