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. You’re Invited by Jen Malone Sadie loves helping her mother with her event planning business. When she accidentally ruins a wedding, she strikes out … More Friends, Enemies, and Crushes
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 … More Middle Grade Books About Summer Vacation
It’s time to hit the road with these excellent stories of adventure on four wheels. The best of the best are Kate DiCamillo’s Louisiana’s Way Home and Dan Gemeinhart’s The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise. Both are Newbery worthy. If you’re looking for a dose of humor with your adventure then check out Dan Gutman’s … More Middle Grade Road Trip Stories
Can’t get to Florida? Let a book take you there. Kate DiCamillo, Jennifer Holm and Carl Hiaasen have cornered the market on Florida, the setting of most of their books. But don’t miss Chris Grabenstein’s Welcome to Wonderland series about a family’s beach motel or Ginny Rorby’s How to Speak Dolphin about dolphinariums.
Whether your kids like to cook or not, these are great stories about the ups and downs of life and how cooking is the perfect outlet for creativity and success. Bottom line? Follow your passion and you can’t go wrong.
Kids who crave realistic fiction where main characters struggle with dysfunctional family problems will love these selections. Each of the characters are wise beyond their years and step up to the plate to help their parents.
Graphic novels continue to gain in popularity with boys AND girls. Many graphic novels for girls address the challenges of friendships, popularity, and social blunders. Everyone’s favorite is Raina Telgemeier with her fun, colorful illustrations. Once all of her books are exhausted, give a few of these others a try.