Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Handful of Middle Grade Novels

I read pretty much anything I can get my hands on, but I have a soft spot for middle grade books.  These five books have grabbed my attention and were great to plow through on our first cold, snowy weekend.

Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix- Haddix the master of creating novels of suspense. This one should grab readers right away.  A group of children have been raised by the Freds who have taught them to resolve conflicts without fighting, to look beyond what someone looks like on the outside and other very altruistic ideals. However, the children are being returned to their biological families and although this should be a happy time, the parents they have never known are nothing like the Freds. There are lots of secrets that are revealed as the kids struggle in their new home.

Moo by Sharon Creech - Reena and her family move from the city to rural Maine, a move that brings a bunch of culture shocks. A cute, fast-reading tween novel, where Reena and her younger brother are volunteered to work for an older woman who owns a pet pig. Part of this book is written as a novel in verse

Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat- with the same sort of picture/text arrangement as Dork Diaries and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this is a fun, fast book about Abbie Wu who is looking for her "thing" something she is great at.  

Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson - This is a serious, heartbreaking novel about a beloved teacher who has to leave school after a cancer diagnosis.  A special group of students decide to visit their teacher in the hospital after she was admitted there a day earlier than planned.

The Plot To Kill Hiter: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero by Patricia McCormick - very readable non-fiction for middle grade readers that explores the Bonhoeffer family and their contribution to helping eliminate Hitler and their ability to reconcile this with their faith.

I'm adding all these to my school library collection and can't wait for kids to read these so we can discuss them.  

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