Top Ten Middle Grade Reads (2015-2016)
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today, my spin on the topic is this: middle grade reads. As the parent of an enthusiastic middle grade reader, I’m always looking for books that will spark conversations, explore interesting ideas, or generate all those deep emotions as only a well-written book can. Here are the best of the middle grade books I’ve read in the last couple of years.
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
I loved the way the author used information about jellyfish in this … Continue reading
Once Upon a Marigold
HMH Books for Young Readers
Published October 1, 2002
Christian is a young inventor living in the forest with his foster father, a troll named Ed. Life is pretty sweet until the day Christian discovers the lonely Princess Marigold and decides to send her a message via carrier pigeon (p-mail). To Christian’s surprise, the princess replies to his message and the two become best friends.
When Christian uncovers a vicious plot to kill Marigold, he can’t sit by and do nothing. But how can a commoner do anything to save the princess?
Once Upon a Marigold is a spunky, cute fairy tale type story about having courage to do what’s … Continue reading
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darnkess
Published March 18, 2008
After escaping from one of the fiersome Fangs of Dang, Janner, Tink and Leeli Igiby and their loyal dog Nugget find their troubles are only beginning. As the Fangs’ search for the lost jewels of Anniera intensifies, the Igiby family only seems to fall deeper into the center of the conflict. Janner can’t let go of the mystery that surrounds his father. Why won’t anyone speak of him? And why does the strange recluse, Peet the Sock Man, seem to be protecting them?
Peterson’s style is both off-beat and uplifting, humorous and tender. There’s definitely something in it that reminds … Continue reading
The Graveyard Book
Published September 30, 2008
They say it takes a town to raise a child. Or in this case, a graveyard.
After his family are murdered by a stranger named Jack, a toddler escapes to a graveyard where he is adopted by a pair of ghosts who name him Nobody. A vampire speaks up as Bod’s guardian, eventually sharing this responsibility with a werewolf. Bod befriends other ghost children and even a witch buried on unconsecrated ground near the graveyard. But the mysterious man who murdered his family still seeks him and intends to finish the task he set out … Continue reading