The Henry Whiskers series by Gigi Priebe is an excellent example of books for the lower middle-grade that are enjoyable and don’t talk down to readers.
Browsing: middle grade review
I’ve never been a fan of soccer. So when I received Ten: A Soccer Story, by Shamini Flint, I opened it with some trepidation. I was pleasantly surprised.
David Neilsen’s middle-grade novel Beyond the Doors is Roald Dahl-esque with a Lemony Snicket snarkiness mixed in for good measure.
Mary Downing Hahn’s One For Sorrow is a well-written book that is delightfully creepy, but without at least one sympathetic character, it fell flat.
Stealing Our Way Home, by Cecilia Galante, is a strong middle-grade novel that deals with the loss of a parent and finding a way back to a new normal.
Ryan K. Sager’s The World’s Greatest Chocolate-Covered Pork Chops is a delicious choice for young fans of shows like MasterChef Junior.
Author Scarlett Thomas offers a new take on magic in Dragon’s Green, the excellent first book in her Worldquake series for middle graders.
Laurel Snyder’s Orphan Island is a quiet book and yet there’s a magic to it that’s unparalleled. This thoughtful story of self-discovery is worth reading.
Being a teen is hard enough without losing a parent. Things are about to get even more complicated for the lead character in Carol Weston’s Speed of Life.
Lauren Wolk’s Beyond the Bright Sea is a beautiful read. And though its target audience is upper middle grade, it should appeal to YA readers and beyond.