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

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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. Authors have become a significant force in bringing awareness of the mental challenges kids face. It's not easy dealing with or understanding ADD, OCD and anxiety, but these books help bring about some clarity and hopefully empathy. Step… Continue reading MG Books About Kids With ADD, OCD and Anxiety

Best of the Year

Best MG Books of 2018

These are my picks for the BEST books of 2018. A must for every middle grade library. If only there were more awards to go around. Front Desk by Kelly Yang (Historical) When Mia's father loses his restaurant job, they move to Anaheim, CA to manage a motel. At first it seems like a dream… Continue reading Best MG Books of 2018

Realistic Fiction

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. Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk Betty… Continue reading Middle Grade Books With Bullies