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More most read this week Popular Middle Grade Books. More popular middle grade books Related Genres. Fiction Childrens. Carroll, The Road to Jericho. She called back to her father. I've just got to save the world. Groups Tagged "Middle Grade". Heartfelt, touching, and unforgettable, Life on the Refrigerator Door is a glimpse into the lives of mothers and daughters everywhere. In this deeply touching novel told through a series of notes written from a loving mother and her devoted fifteen-year-old daughter, debut author Alice Kuipers deftly captures the impenetrable fabric that connects mothers and daughters throughout the world.

Moving and rich with emotion, Life on the Refrigerator Door delivers universal lessons about love in a wonderfully simple and poignant narrative. Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. From Amazon: A bag of chips. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement?

Soon the beating is all over the news and Paul is getting threatened with accusations of prejudice and racial brutality. Quinn refuses to believe that the man who has basically been his savior could possibly be guilty. But then Rashad is absent. And absent again. And again. As does the school. And the town. Simmering tensions threaten to explode as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.

Booked by Kwame Alexander. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read. Eleven by Tom Rogers. Alex Douglas always wanted to be a hero. But nothing heroic ever happened to Alex.

Nothing, that is, until his eleventh birthday. Radar, his new dog, pretty much feels the same way. But this day has bigger things in store for both of them. This is a story about bullies and heroes. About tragedy and hope.

About enemies with two legs and friends with four, and pesky little sisters and cranky old men, and an unexpected lesson in kindness delivered with a slice of pizza. Illuminae by Amie Kaufan and Jay Kristoff. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit. But their problems are just getting started.

Legend by Marie Lu. What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.


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But in truth, Michael is extremely special—he has electric powers. Michael thinks he is unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor has the same mysterious powers. A communications blackout with Earth hits, and all of Perses is on its own for three months. But they never prepared for an attack. Landers, as the attackers are called, obliterate the colony to steal the metal and raw ore. Now in a race against time, Christopher, along with a small group of survivors, are forced into the maze of mining tunnels.

The kids run. They hide. But can they survive? Need by Joelle Charbonneau. They have always scared him in the past—the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing.

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The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied. Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. But then tragedy strikes- and Fern feels not only more alone than ever, but also responsible for the accident that has wrenched her family apart.

All will not be well. Or at least all will never be the same. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. Stop all that quivering. Eragon by Christoper Paolini. Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power.

Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire. The Maze Runner by James Dashner. When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade. Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. Everything is going to change. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever.

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And the message she delivers is terrifying. Two brothers will need all their wilderness skills to survive when they set off into the woods of Wyoming in search of their absent father. Jake and Taylor Wilder have been taking care of themselves for a long time. Their father abandoned the family years ago, and their mother is too busy working and running interference between the boys and her boyfriend, Bull, to spend a lot of time with them.

Thirteen-year-old Jake spends most of his time reading. Eleven-year-old Taylor likes to be outside playing with their dog, Cody, or joking around with the other kids in the neighborhood. But one night everything changes. The boys discover a dangerous secret that Bull is hiding. And the next day, they come home from school to find their mother unconscious in an ambulance. Knowing they are no longer safe and with nowhere else to go, the Wilder Boys head off in search of their father. They only have his old letters and journal to help them, but they have to make it.

To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away. Sylvie and Jules, Jules and Sylvie. Jules is devastated, but she refuses to believe what all the others believe, that—like their mother—her sister is gone forever.

At the very same time, in the shadow world, a shadow fox is born—half of the spirit world, half of the animal world. She too is fast—faster than fast—and she senses danger. And when Jules believes one last wish rock for Sylvie needs to be thrown into the river, the human and shadow worlds collide. These are great! Thank you so much! I am curious how you built a culture that has kids reading and thinking at this level.

It is definitely a year long adventure as well as one built upon the hard work of the teachers that come before me. I wrote extensively about how we do it both on this blog and in my book Passionate Readers. These where a great books and a great prefrence to read. I pinned half of these to my Pinterest reading list and bookmarked your blog. Great selection. Thank you for sharing. Is there anyway for me to recommend a book? This was from my own students so no vote, just what they declared. Which book would you recommend?

I want to read Wonder because last time in 5th grade my teacher read it and it was fun and interesting. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Skip to content May 13, May 15, Pernille Ripp.

Girl meets boy. Girl loses boy. Girl gets boy back… …sort of. From Amazon:. But from the start, everything goes wrong. When Amanda turns in for the night, glad to have her birthday behind her, she wakes up happy for a new day. Or is it? Her birthday seems to be repeating itself. What is going on?! And how can she fix it?

Only time, friendship, and a little luck will tell. Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window.

The monster in his backyard is different. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd— whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself— Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind? From Amazon: For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their ancestors. And that she must run.

In the year , reality is an ugly place. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb—now her betrayed and greatest enemy—that her purpose is to save the world—but can she? Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Twins, Connor and Grace, never dreamed that there was any truth to the Vampirate shanty their father sang to them before he died, but that was before the two were shipwrecked and separated from each other.

What will it take for them to find each other? Bruce Cameron. A really helpful explanation for me, as I try to place the book I am writing into a category. As a mother, I found that many of the chapter books my eldest daughter was capable of reading at age 8 had subject matter that was too young for her Junie B Jones frankly irritated her, for example but the middle grade books were either too intimidating too many words per page, too little white space or had subject matter over her head.

Now my middle daughter is a 6-year-old kindergartener reading at a late-first grade level and we have the same problem. There seems to me to be a place in between for books with easy-to-read sentences and formatting, but with subject matter that lights the interests of th graders. Thoughts on this? Also, upcoming reviews that highlight books she might like are Clementine and Mr.

Good luck! Thanks for the reply. I remember loving Nancy Drew and Cherry Ames! I am thinking of moving in the direction of writing chapter books myself. I wondered if you had any suggestions or courses to take or books to purchase. I mean books or courses on organizationally how to write a chapter book. Probably your best teacher is, as you say, piled around your house: those examples by the really good chapter book writers.

Perhaps that will come as more in the industry care about noticing the difference between the various types of books written for children. Thanks for your comment! Erika, you might want to check out the chances of breaking into the chapter book market here — not an easy feat, evidently. Nice link, Lauryls. Glad you did. Coming up next week is an editorial on the difference between Early Readers and Chapter Books. Tune in and see what you think!

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Fantastic post however , I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject? But thanks for reading! Thanks for putting this post together. This post help confirm what they suggested. Oh well, it should be worth it. Thanks for your comments, Eric.

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Yes, I still go back to this post as well. Sometimes it seems like the creative process never ends! Good luck with your book. A much needed article. Thanks Marty. Is there a class that is between chapter book and middle grade books?


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  • I suppose the bigger issue is content: vocabulary, paragraph length, sentence difficulty, subject matter and length of book. Or, put another way, every rule was made to be broken! Thanks for commenting, William. This was such a good blog post. Do you of any agents specializing in representing chapter book authors?