I truly enjoyed Sandra’s first middle-grade novel, The Quilt Walk, and was excited when her third, Hardscrabble, landed on my doorstep.
Browsing: ages 8-12
Seeker of the Crown, by Ruth Lauren, is the sequel to A Prisoner of Ice and Snow, which was one of my favorite novels of 2017.
Never That Far is set in rural Florida, and the dialogue is a bit hard at first. However, it doesn’t take long before Carol Lynch Williams’ warm prose envelopes you.
Real Stories From My Time are illustrated nonfiction books that focus on events that took place at the same time central to American Girl’s BeForever characters.
Veera Hiranandani’s MG novel The Night Diary is wonderfully textured. I read it in one sitting and was captivated throughout.
Tae Keller’s debut novel, The Science of Breakable Things, explores one girl’s experiences with her mother’s mental illness.
I have mixed feelings about Natasha Lowe’s Lucy Castor Finds Her Sparkle. It’s a cozy little book that has sparkles of magic mixed with a few bumps along the way.
Ellie Swartz’s novel Smart Cookie is one of those “unlikely but plausible” books that you love to read as a middle-grader.
From the cover to the last page of Jackson Pearce’s middle-grade novel Ellie Engineer, there’s no doubt that it is a STEM book.
The following are middle-grade books (listed in no particular order) I think deserve recognition, even though I haven’t read them yet.