Realistic Fiction

MG Books About Kid Entrepreneurs

Who says kids can't make money? These kids did. Follow them through the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. With a little creativity and smart-thinking, you might just be on your way to some hard-earned cash. Comic books. Lemonade stands. Babysitting. Baking. Repairing things. Whatever your interest. There's a way to make money doing it. Lunch… Continue reading MG Books About Kid Entrepreneurs

Realistic Fiction

Friends, Enemies, and Crushes

Drama. What's middle school without the "D" word? We hate it. We love it. Throw together some friends and enemies. Top it off with a crush or two. Voila. Instant drama. If you're looking for middle school disasters, mix-ups, and competitions, all of that is also in store for you with any of these picks.… Continue reading Friends, Enemies, and Crushes

Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Series For 4th Grade Boys

What to do when you've outgrown early elementary series, but aren't quite ready for middle grade? Check out these excellent bridge series. Whether you like historical fiction, realistic fiction, or fantasy, there's a book for everyone on this list. Even though these are targeted for boys, girls will enjoy them as well. Danger and excitement… Continue reading Series For 4th Grade Boys

Fantasy, Realistic Fiction

Series For 4th Grade Girls

4th grade is the year when kids are moving out of elementary books (K-3) and into middle grade books (5-8). Some kids need more time to acclimate to the lengthy, descriptive, middle grade books. These series are sweetly entertaining, with characters in grades 6-8, but with reading levels for grades 3-4. REALISTIC FICTION The Sisters… Continue reading Series For 4th Grade Girls

Fantasy, Realistic Fiction

Books About Magicians and Carnivals

You don't have to look any further than AGT to know Americans love magic. Magician Shin Lim stole the show in 2018 and Americans voted him the winner. If you think magicians rule, check out these fantasy and realistic middle grade books. FANTASY The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris Since his parents died when… Continue reading Books About Magicians and Carnivals

Fantasy, Realistic Fiction

MG Books Set in Motels/Inns

There's something about motels and inns. The adventure of being away from home. A place to rest after exploring new places. Interesting people. Are you with me? Read one of these books while you pine away for your next hotel/motel visit. Front Desk by Kelly Yang When Mia's father loses his restaurant job, they move… Continue reading MG Books Set in Motels/Inns

Historical Fiction

MG Books Set During the Great Depression

After the roaring 20s came the economic slump of the 1930s. Millions of people could not make ends meet. Worsening the problem was the midwest drought that forced families to leave behind their homes and belongings in search of a better life. Travel back in time with one of these excellent books. Esperanza Rising by… Continue reading MG Books Set During the Great Depression

Historical Fiction

MG Stories Set in East Asia

China, Korea, and Japan have their histories. It's unsettling, and yet fascinating. There's China with its Cultural Revolution that killed millions. Japan and its power grab of Korea, then Pearl Harbor. Perhaps most disturbing is the inhumanity in North Korea that continues as this is written. These books will give you a better understanding of… Continue reading MG Stories Set in East Asia

Realistic Fiction

MG Books About Kids With ADD, OCD and Anxiety

Kids love to see themselves in the books they read. It's comforting to know they're not alone. Check out these books about kids who struggle with mental challenges. Focused by Alyson Gerber Clea wants to do well in school, but she struggles with the basics, like doing her homework, staying organized, getting places on time.… Continue reading MG Books About Kids With ADD, OCD and Anxiety

Realistic Fiction

Middle Grade Books About Summer Vacation

Oh, the sweet memories of summer vacation. Lazy days on the beach. Canoe rides on the lake. Summer theatre. Siblings. Cousins. Grandparents. Summer friends. Long rides in the car. Sunshine. Rain. Books. Return to those memories with these favorites. Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes Martha always looks forward to summer vacation with her family on… Continue reading Middle Grade Books About Summer Vacation