Middle Grades Books About Grief

These books tackle the challenge of getting past the death of a friend. The topic has become prevalent in middle grade realistic fiction, so finding nine well-written books was an easy task. My personal favorites are 2018 releases and certain to be Newbery contenders: The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle and Denis Ever After.

Middle Grade Witch Stories

Nothing says Halloween like witches. These books are perfect for kids who love a good scare. J. A. White loves witches and two of his books appear on this list. Roald Dahl’s book is the classic. Kelly Barnhill wrote the Newbery winner. You can’t go wrong with these Halloween picks.

Middle Grade Football Stories

With the outstanding writing going on in sports fiction, you don’t have to be a guy or play  sports to love some of these books. Trust me. Some of these have edge of your seat action. Any Mike Lupica, Tim Green or John Feinstein book is a crowd pleaser. For younger fans, check out the…

Laugh Out Loud Middle Grade Series

Needing a good laugh? These books are beyond hilarious and guaranteed to hook the most reluctant reader. Did you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid? These are as good or even better. As Steve, King of the Bench, would say, “No brag. It’s just a fact.”

Middle Grade Animal Stories

Books with talking animals are nothing new. You need look no further than The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or Charlotte’s Web to get examples of the best. We are fascinated by the question, “What goes on in the minds of animals?” Look to these authors for a possible glimpse into their world.

Middle Grade Robot Stories

Like every genre, science fiction comes in all flavors. Most people don’t realize that there is humor, as well as seriousness, to be found in science fiction. Science fiction is usually near the bottom of the list for popularity. If you want to turn kids on to science fiction, steer them toward books by popular…

Middle Grade Fractured Fairytales

Fractured fairytales are the latest and greatest in fairytale literature. They present themselves in many different ways. Some are set in modern times. Some combine many tales into one. Some crossover between reality and make-believe. Fairytales continue to be very popular with all ages. Check out these books for a modern twist on an old…

Middle Grade Fairytale Retellings

We all love the classic fairytales, but the retellings are even better. They entertain us with all the backstory that the Grimm brothers and H. C. Andersen left out. Check out these retellings and if you love them, try out some of the other fairytales by the same authors.

Middle Grade Medieval Books

Medieval historical fiction is a hard sell for most kids. For a “sure thing” try Jennifer Nielsen’s The False Prince. For reluctant readers who need a quick read try either of Karen Cushman’s books or Sid Fleischman’s The Whipping Boy. They are short and full of humor. The rest are for true historical fiction fans.

Middle Grade Criminal Justice Stories

Juvenile delinquents make some of the best characters. There’s nothing like a good redemption story to help you see the good in the world. From classics like Holes, to newcomers like Scar Island, there’s a book on this list that’s calling you.

Middle Grade Basketball Stories

Kids who like sports books need look no further than Mike Lupica. He writes stories about basketball, football and baseball. He has several series that cover all three sports. They are Game Changers, Comeback Kids, and Home Team. This list covers a variety of different writing styles for different ages and are sure to satisfy…

Middle Grade Books With Bullies

Bullying has become a common theme in middle school books today. Every school has bullies, so it makes sense to include them in realistic fiction books. From this list, boys will especially like Scar Island and Revenge of the Star Survivors. Girls will especially like The Thing About Jellyfish.

Middle Grade Dystopian Books

Margaret Peterson Haddix is arguably the queen of children’s dystopian. She launched her shadow children series in 1998. Nancy Farmer followed several years later with House of Scorpion which was nominated for multiple awards. City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau reached similar popularity. Today these books are still in demand, and other authors have jumped…

Middle Grade Adventure Fantasy

Rick Riordan staked his claim on the adventure fantasy genre with his wildly humorous take on Greek mythology.  Peter Lerangis followed a similar path by introducing a series on the ancient world wonders. Other authors, such as Eoin Colfer, Suzanne Collins, and John Flanagan, have put out fantasy series with staying power. After nearly a…

Middle Grade Mysteries

Look at the covers on these books! There’s never been a better time to be a kid if you love books. This is a well rounded group of mysteries. For the reluctant reader there’s Home Sweet Motel and Space Case. For fans of the Westing Game, there’s The Greenglass House and Winterhouse. For fans of…

Middle Grade Cold War Historical Fiction

The Cold War is a vague historical event to most kids. Because of that, it’s a hard sell. But there are some great historical fiction books out there needing to be read. All of these books deal with some aspect of Communism. Exposing truths in order to help kids understand the clash of ideology between…

Middle Grade Scary Books

Some kids just love a great scare, so I’m always on the lookout for books about haunted houses, ghosts and creepy characters who lurk. Mary Downing Hahn and Dan Poblocki have become the staples in this genre, but with the popularity of series, Grabenstein and Carman are definitely worth reading.  These books are my favorites.

Middle Grade Series for Reluctant Readers

Every kid, teacher, librarian, parent and grandparent on the planet knows about the Wimpy Kid series. It’s number 1 on every reluctant reader list, so I mention it, but it’s not on my list. I’ve tried to get at some of those lesser known books that are sure to be a big hit for those…

Middle Grade Survival Fiction

Surprisingly, there aren’t as many great survival books as I thought. Boys especially like a good adventure packed with thrills, suspense, and survival curveballs. These books are the best I’ve read and are guaranteed to appeal to all adventure enthusiasts, both boys and girls.

Middle Grade Refugee Historical Fiction

Although refugee stories exist all across the globe, in all time periods, this group of books focuses on the tragedies in the Middle East and Africa. Almost always it is the result of a corrupt government or hatred between different ethnic or religious groups. Some of these books are newly published and some of them…