Middle-Grade Recommendations

I haven’t read middle grade in a while but it’s always nice to pick one up and enjoy it! I thought I’d share a list of my favorites. Most of the books, I read by myself in elementary or my class read them together. Some of them I would love to reread but then it would take away from the magic of the first time reading it.

Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt

Doomed to – or blessed with – eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune. – Summary from goodreads.com

I really enjoyed this in sixth grade. We read it as a class and I found it really fun and I really want to reread it soon.

Percy Jackson – Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he goes to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. – Summary from Goodread.com

I loved this series and I hope to reread later this year. I loved being immersed into this storyline and all the characters.

Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come. – Summary from Goodread.com

I mean who doesn’t love Harry Potter. My favorite of this series is books 1-3. I loved all 3 books and movies.

The Giver – Lois Lowry

This haunting story centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, the world of conformity and contentment. Not until he’s given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. – Summary from Goodread.com

I read this two years ago and I remember what a fun time me and my class and reading it.  I really enjoyed it and the movie is also really good!


Number the Stars – Lois Lowry

Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It’s now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are “relocated,” Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen’s life. – From Goodreads.com

 This is a more serious novel and was really easy to understand and it was really enjoyable. I read this is the fifth grade, and I still remember it. This is one of those books that really pack a punch.
If you’ve read any good middle grade lately, let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by, Emily.