Tuesday, December 3, 2013

So You Want to Read Middle Grade: More of My Favorites

I kicked off this series about middle grade titles a few months ago with a few of my favorite middle grade titles. And since I love middle grade, and it is my blog after all, I thought I would take the chance to share a few more of my favorites-old and new. 

Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
-This was one of my favorite books growing up. I don't know how many times I read it, but each time I loved it even more. I loved reading Catherine's diary entries and she had such an attitude-I loved it!

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

-Maybe it was because we shared a first name, maybe it was because it took place in Kansas, or maybe it was because I wanted to go back in time, but all those things combined made this book near and dear to my heart. The movies are also some of my favorites!

Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin
-Cats that could fly? Yes please! I was never an animal fantasy reader, but that changed with this book. I was all about this magical, mysterious cats and I really wanted to have one for a pet.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

-Oh how I wanted to be Anne! We were kindred spirits! We shared an imagination and both had quite the temper and I longed to have her red hair-and a romance with Gilbert Blythe.

The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney by Lauren Barnholdt

-I read this one back when I was starting out as a tween librarian and it was just a perfect mix of humor and tween romance. It's wonderful and one I love to recommend.

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis

-Seriously, read this book and try not to fall in love with Emma Jean Lazarus. It's just not possible. 

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

-It takes a lot for me to really laugh out loud at a book and this book succeeded at getting me to laugh-a lot! It's so much fun and so creative-the whole series is awesome.


  1. I can't believe I've never read Ursual LeGuin. I must fix that! I also have to get my hands on The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney by Lauren Barnholdt. I definitely need a light read to unwind after a hectic holiday weekend. Thanks for sharing, Sarah!

  2. I haven't read any of these. Thanks for giving me some good middle grade stories to add to my list.


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