My Favorite Middle Grade Reads
I read so many good middle grade books this year that it is hard to choose just a few. But here are some that really stood out as being exceptional.
Ice Wolves is a stunning start to a new series. I loved that there are two types of shape shifters, wolves and dragons. Plus the cast of characters was very diverse.
City of Ghosts is also a great start to a series. I loved Cassidy and I am really looking forward to her next ghost adventure.
The Evil Wizard Small Bone is an older book that I read for our states children’s choice award. But I though it was a lot of fun and very well done.
Good Dog was quite a different take on the whole ‘dog dies in the end’. It is such a sweet story and I loved some of the animals in it.
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise is probably my favorite read of the fall. It doesn’t come out for a couple of weeks, but I urge you all to go out and read it!
Inkling is a quirky story, but full of family and friendships and coming to accept who you are. I had no idea that an ink blot could have such a great personality and could become one of my favorite characters this year.
These three were all very short reads but were all delightful.
The Girl with the Dragon Heart, was a sequel to one of my favorite reads from last year. I hope to see more stories from this world, with of course more chocolate.
The Girl in the Locked Room, was such a different take on ghost stories. How the girl’s solve the mystery and help the ghost move on was not something I had seen before.
Bob, I’m not sure how to describe this one. It is such a sweet and lovely story of friendship and love mixed with some magical realism. Plus another book set in Australia.
There were three great series that I finished this year.
Lockwood & Co. is such a brilliant series. I love the alternate London in this one, with ghosts pretty much terrorizing the world. Kids are the only ones who can see them, so we have a group of Tweens being ghost hunters. I loved it and I loved how it ended as well.
The Shadow Magic series is also quite unique. I really liked the magical system and the two main characters were lots of fun to spend time with. I think this was the last one, but the ending was left open for more.
Shadow Weaver duology had a very interesting magical system as well. The villain in this one was quite evil and how our heroes save the day was very well done.
I could probably add quite a few more to this list, as there were very few middle grade books that I didn’t love this year. But when I look back on the year these are the ones that stood out to me as being unique or very well written, and something most middle graders will enjoy.