Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fun Middle Grade Books for the Ages

Middle Grade

 Goosebumps Most Wanted Book 5 Dr. Maniac Will See You know- Written by R.L Stine Goosebumps book series created by Parachute Press Inc. Published by Scholastic Inc. New York 2013. What is a boy to do when a tunnel between different worlds is open bringing with it adventure and danger that can change earth forever. In this gross and funny story, it is up to the three children to save the planet from comic book villains who want to take over. Richard Dreezer, his younger brother Ernie, and the most popular girl, Bree Birnbaum need to join forces to accomplish this monumental task. This book is written in Richard's voice and has the same charm as other "Goosebumps" books. Your middle grader will most likely finish it in one sitting.

 E very Soul a Star- Written by Wendy Mass and published by Little, Brown and company, Hachette Book Group, New York 2008. "One extraordinary event a rare solar eclipse brings together three unlikely friends:  Ally, Bree , and Jack. Coming from different backgrounds, and discovering new life long friendships, the children find the missing passion in their lives . The book is written from each child's point of view I found this book fantastic, beautiful and touching. Wendy brought her characters to life. This novel is not only a fun read, but it has educational value as well.

Spirit Animals Book 1 Wild Born- Written by Brandon Mull, and published by Scholastic Inc. New York 2013. The story takes place in a country Erdas, where a small group of individuals have the ability to release  spirit animals. When a child turns 11 years old, they are given a special potion that activates these creatures. If you are born with a spirit animal, you life changes forever.
Four children: Conor, Abeke, Meilin and Rollan separated by vast distances, and a class system are about to discover their new powers.  Each child connecting to their own spirit animal: wolf, leopard, panda and falcon. They are lost beasts from legend and now the children's fate is set. A dark force from the past is rising, and it is up these youngsters to stop it. This book is fast moving and a page turner. I really enjoyed this amazing world. Your middle grade reader will have lots of fun reading it.

Infinity Ring Book 4 Curse of the Ancients- Written by Matt De La Pena, and published by Scholastic Inc. New York 2013 printed in China. Our heroes Sera, Dak and Riq find themselves thousands years in the past. All their hope lies with the ancient Maya, a mysterious people who claim to know a great deal about the future. It is up to the children to save an ancient codex from falling into the hands of  the SQ.  Their adventure starts in the seventh century, then takes them across space and time 1000 years later. Like the other books in this New York Times bestselling series this one is written very well, and full of more questions then answers. I really enjoyed reading it. I bet your middle grader will do love it too.

Stranded Book 1- Written by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbetts, Published by Scholastic Inc. New York 2013. by arrangement with Puffin Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. It was supposed to be just a vacation for four new siblings to get to know each other better, but then a massive storm hits without warning causing them to be stranded on a rocky Jungle Island in the South Pacific. No adults, no instructions, and nobody to relay on, but themselves. Vanessa, Buzz, Carter and June must work together to survive. The book is not only about survival, but the relationship of four siblings each grow in their own way. It is a great book for any middle grader.


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