Best Middle Grade/Young Reader (Book Club Recommends)

Monday, August 3, 2015

Paper Bindings | Best Middle Grade/Young Reader (Book Club Recommends)

Welcome back to another book club recommends feature! This time we are sharing a few of our favorite middle grade books with you.

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Indian Captive
Tisha: I read and re-read this one as a young girl. Lois Lenski paints a detailed portrait of what it would be like to be torn from your home, but then to find another one where you least expected it.

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The Cay and Timothy of the Cay
While the survival aspects of the book are great, the relationship between Phillip and Timothy reminiscent of Huckleberry Finn, is the real gem here.

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Dear America series, The Orphan Train Adventures, Survival!, and Animorphs series
All of these series were a big part of my growing up and I think most children in the 1990s have read at least two of these series. From the varied diary journals of historical events in Dear America, to the frontier experiences of the Kelly family (Danny! sob) in the Orphan Train Adventures, to the courageous stories in Survival!, and the complex story of kids trying to save the world in Animorphs there's something for any kid to get into.

Tracy: I think I read the Orphan Train Adventures for the first time in 6th grade. The first book sets the stage for the rest of the series as the children are sent out west on the Orphan Train. History wise, at times it appears as if the author read a few textbooks and went from there trying to explain historical events like the Missouri Compromise or the Fugitive Slave Act through wooden and clunky dialogue.

For Dear America, I loved that history was “in” when I was a child. This series was a big part of my reading while I was growing up. I liked how they represented all time periods in a easy to read and mostly interesting way.

And in terms of Animorphs I love that it does not talk down to younger readers. It may have been popular during the same time as “Baby-sitter’s club,” but it’s a far cry from it. As the series progresses it gets quite dark and the author did an amazing job of teaching morality/ethics to her readers.


 Once Upon A Dream Books - Book Club Recommends - Best Middle Grade/Young Reader
The Giver
This book is my all time favorite middle grade book. I have re-read it as an adult and it is still amazing. While the film and the sequels have not lived up to this great book, it's themes still resonate with me.


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The Face on the Milk Carton
Stephanie: This book just seems like a right of passage. Back in my day everyone read this. Everyone. And it wasn’t a school assigned book, so everyone chose to read it. There’s also a pretty hilariously melodramatic movie starring Kellie Martin which is fun too. I agree on it being a rite of passage.


The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler
This happens to be my favorite middle grade book. I was in love with it when I was younger. Living in the MET and solving a mystery about an ancient statue? Now that’s how you run away from home!

The Secret Garden
It’s a classic for a reason. Also, there are a bunch of pretty good movie versions, so it’s the gift that keeps on giving.


The original Nancy Drew mysteries
These books are great. The newer versions that are coming out now are pretty good, so were the fan-club ones I was subscribed to as a kid, but I love the original ones in all their dated glory. Plus, they are a learning experience. Where else is a 12 year old going to learn the word vellum?


What do you think? Agree? Disagree? What are your favorites?
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Tisha

As an INFJ Tisha doesn’t like she obsesses. Luckily, she has television, film, and books to keep her busy. Although YA is her favorite, she loves all types of books especially historical fiction. This resident Gryffindor also enjoys traveling and seeing where her wanderlusting nature will take her. Twitter

2 comments:

  1. I may or may not have seen that Kellie Martin movie. I honestly can't remember. It sounds familiar though, now that you've mentioned it...

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