Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’d Give To Newbies of Middle Grade Fiction

Posted August 5, 2014 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 18 Comments

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I know many adults that don’t care to read YA fiction and care even less about being Middle Grade fiction. Even if you’re not of Middle Grade age though, there are plenty of books out there that are still worthy of being read by adults. Some of my favorite Middle Grade books tackle more serious subjects which may or may not be fully understood by actual Middle Grade readers. I personally started reading Middle Grade fiction in an attempt to coerce my kids to read them (I failed), however, I still found something to personally love in these books and I continued reading them for my own personal pleasure. The following are some of my favorites, and some I would recommend those wanting to delve into Middle Grade fiction.

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint & Charles Vess {PurchaseMy Review}
Cats was a lovely story about an adventurous little girl that transforms into a cat after her untimely death. The lesson to be learned with this one was how small choices can lead to surprisingly large consequences.

Deadweather and Sunrise (The Chronicles of Egg #1) by Geoff Rodkey {PurchaseMy Review}
Deadweather was an incredibly entertaining tale of pirate adventures. The main character Egg spends the majority of the story complaining about his family only to realize in the end that they’re not quite as bad as he thought.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1) by Catherynne M. Valente {PurchaseMy Review}
September is one the most memorable characters I’ve ever come across. Incredibly adventurous and imaginative that is full of a beautiful prose that I think may actually deter younger readers.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness {PurchaseMy Review}
Monster is a beautiful yet thoroughly heartbreaking tale that is completely unforgettable. A very valuable lesson that should be learned by all lies within these pages, but I won’t ruin the surprise.

Wolf Brother (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #1) by Michelle Paver {Purchase}
This is one of the first Middle Grade books I remember reading as an older reader. Despite the main characters young age, this is a serious tale of adventure and survival with a thrilling hint of magic.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman {Purchase}
This is a cross between MG and YA, but once again is still perfect for adult readers. Graveyard reminded me of a cross between a Brothers Grimm story and a Tim Burton movie. Makes one nostalgic for their own lost childhood.

Magic Marks the Spot (The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #1) by Caroline Carlson {PurchaseMy Review}
This is another pirate tale, however, this time it’s about a little girl that wants to be a pirate. There’s also a gargoyle, treasure, adventure and a whole bunch of laughs.

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman {PurchaseMy Review}
I’m a lover of foodie fiction and this is by far one of my favorites, Middle Grade or not. It’s an incredibly endearing tale of a little girl that simply loves making delicious food.

Loki’s Wolves (The Blackwell Pages #1) by K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr {PurchaseMy Review}
Loki’s Wolves is perfect for those who have read the Percy Jackson series. The story of a group of kids that set out to save the world. Of course this might not be the most logical story but it sure is thrilling.

The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin {PurchaseMy Review}
A blend of Coraline and The Witches and Hansel and Gretel. Possessing a shockingly dark storyline that feels like a fairytale remake, Sweetness will keep any reader entranced.



18 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’d Give To Newbies of Middle Grade Fiction

  1. I loved “The Graveyard Book”! “Wolf Brother” and “Loki’s Wolves” were pretty good, too.
    I need to read “The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland”.
    My TTT

  2. From time to time I definitely have fallen prey to the mentality that MG isn’t good enough for me. But I’m learning that’s wrong, so that’s something, right? I fully intend on reading the Fairyland series very soon. And also A Monster Calls, since I own that one. I’ll have to look into your other recommendations. Great list, Bonnie!
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