So Middle Grade May is coming! I personally have been leaning a little bit more towards middle grade during this hectic time in the world. Not only because I work a lot with kids who are readers and I like to have something to talk about but because the world is insane. I am feeling overwhelmed by work and life and all the pandemics. Middle Grade tends to be a lighter feeling while reading. They are easy to fly through, have familiar feelings, and often an element of whimsy.
If you like folklore/mythology and growing as a person, you may like…
- Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
- This is the story of Tristan Strong who is feeling weak and stuck after the death of his best friend, Eddie. He accidentally creates a portal into the world of Midpass while trying to keep the book he created with Eddie from being stolen. It is a wonderful story about myth, grief, and the power of storytelling. Fair warning: you will likely cry.
If you like girl power and fighting smarter not harder, you may like…
- Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
- As with every heir to the kingdom, when the prince comes of age to wed the priests select a realm of the land to find his bride. For the first time in history a small quarry town on-top of the highest peak of Mount Eskel is chosen. Miri and the other eligible young girls in town are taken to a princess academy to learn about life beyond the quarry for the first time. It is a wonderful story of female friendship and the power of education. Truly one of my favorites.
If you like animals and meeting new people, you make like…
- Circles in the Stream by Rachel Roberts
- Three very different girls, Emily, Adriane, and Kara, are all drawn to the same animal preserve. There they find magical creatures seeking refuge from their homes. The girls must find a way to harness magic, keep the animals secret, and find a place where the animals can be safe from the evil that follows. This is the start to a 12 book series and every book is worth it. I’m sorry the covers aren’t great.
If you like mysteries and have dreamed of running away, you may like…
- From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L Konigsburg
- This one is a little bit more of a classic and one of my Mom’s favorites from her own childhood. Where a brother and a sister tired of their siblings and school decide to run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While hiding in the museum they end of in the middle of a huge art mystery.
If you like comics and are afraid of starting over, you may like…
- Amelia Rules! by Jimmy Gownley
- This graphic novel series follows Amelia as she moves from Manhattan with her mom after her parents divorce. She makes weird friends and handles basically, real life from school to bullies to friends that get sick. Amelia doesn’t always handle things well but she always handles them. It is a wonderfully drawn as well, just looking at it will make you smile.
If you like fairy tales and coloring outside the lines, you may like…
- School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
- I don’t know that there will be a recommendations that I can’t slide this into. I LOVE this series. Every four years 2 children or “readers” are brought into The Endless Woods to the School for Good and Evil to train to be the heroes and villains of the fairy tales we all know. Two best friends, Sophie and Agatha, are taken away to the schools and are horrified when they are both dropped into the “wrong” one. It is a wonderful story about binaries, fate, and friendship.
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