Middle Grade Fairy Fantasy

You won’t find any Disney fairies in these books. These stories are about the hidden Fae world of fairies, goblins, trolls, sprites, kelpies, etc. Those typically tiny creatures who live in your midst undetected until a barrier is breached between the Fae world and the human world. Books like Fablehaven and Artemis Fowl continue to…

Middle Grade Books About Foster Care

Kids love to read about the struggles of others to help them understand and get the happy ending that life doesn’t always provide. Stories about foster care elicit a natural curiosity in young readers. These books show different angles on the foster care system. From Paterson’s ill-behaved Gilly to Sloan’s quirky Willow to O’Connor’s wishful…

Middle Grade Spy Stories

The British gave us James Bond and, as it turns out, most of the current children’s spy books. Go figure. The Alex Rider series is king of the pack followed by upcoming faves Spy School and The Genius Files. Prepare yourself for some major laughs, because these books pack the humor.

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.