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Children's Fiction Bedtime & Dreams

The Midnight Club

by (author) Shane Goth

illustrated by Yong Ling Kang

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Oct 2021
Bedtime & Dreams, Imagination & Play, Friendship, Siblings
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: 1 to 12


A cozy sibling conspiracy unfolds at midnight
At the stroke of midnight, Milly wakes up her big sister, Becca. It’s time for Milly’s first Midnight Club adventure! With Becca leading the way, the siblings explore the hidden wonders of their house in the dark. They dip into Dad’s jar of jelly beans, try on Mom’s coat, and make more mischief with the help of the Midnight Club president (their cat, Oliver!).
Exhausted from their midnight expedition, Milly is ready to head to bed, but not before she remembers the club’s most important rule: The Midnight Club must be a secret! The sisters quickly clean up before settling into bed. But they might have left a few clues behind …
This charming midnight romp celebrates the special bond between siblings with a mischievous but safe spirit. Playful details like The Midnight Club hand signal and the special club rules are sure to inspire readers to plan their own at-home adventures.

About the authors

SHANE GOTH is an MFA student at the University of British Columbia, whose short fiction has been published in several literary journals. The Midnight Club is his first picture book. Shane lives with his family in Vancouver, British Columbia.


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YONG LING KANG is an illustrator who grew up in Singapore and is now based in Toronto, Ontario. She is fascinated by storytelling, and has honed her craft through picture books, Manga, cartoons, and formal schooling in an animation program. She has illustrated several picture books, including The Midnight Club, This House Is Home, and William's Getaway.


Yong Ling Kang's profile page


  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Short-listed, Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize
  • Commended, 20 Must-Read Picture Books from 2021

Editorial Reviews

"Watercolor and pencil artwork is filled with blues, purples and soft moonlight yellow for this midnight adventure ... A perfect bedtime read."

Sal's Fiction Addiction

"The Midnight Club will charm many a young child to new perspectives on their own homes and spur on imaginative play, whether in the night or the day."

CanLit for Little Canadians

"A nice picture book that celebrates sibling friendship."

Kiss the Book

"[Shane Goth's] prose is supported beautifully by Yong Ling Kang’s playful illustrations ... The Midnight Club is a lovingly illustrated bedtime story that will suit readers who want a gentle story about sibling bonding."

Quill & Quire

"The well-worded text creates the story, while leaving space for the illustrations to work their magic ... A lively picture book that imagines the pleasures of staying up after hours."


"Captures the thrills of children sneaking around a house at night when the adults are sleeping ... Nuanced observations, ones that give personality and life to each character, fill the tale."

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

"An adorable story ... This book is relatable to anyone who has a sibling or cousin who likely have been honorary members of the midnight club themselves."

Canadian Review of Materials

"This quiet, experimental act of rebellion ends triumphantly ... Their adventure carries a satisfying whiff of the carefree as they take measures to keep their actions a thrilling sibling secret."

Publishers Weekly - STARRED REVIEW

"The tender bond between sisters is evident ... This playfully mischievous ode to sibling solidarity is sure to inspire similar nocturnal escapades among readers."

Kirkus Reviews – STARRED REVIEW

"The lyrical text captures the conversations between the siblings and the emotions they roll through, from the excitement of discovery to exhaustion as the hour grows late ... this book will inspire many similar midnight sojourns, in a secure setting laced with gentle thrills."

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