5-7, 7-12, Books, Children

Top 5 Middlegrade Books of 2017

The new year is beginning so I figured I would wrap up a couple of the books that I read last year that I think should be more popular than they currently are.

Now this book was originally published in 2016 but it came out in paperback last spring and is a really ambitious novel written through poetry.  I would say it is written in verse, but its more like a collection of poetry with a plot.  If you have a child who is interested in Japanese culture or who is mixed race, a child who feels very different from their peers or just one who likes stories set in the real world with real children, this is definitely worth picking up.  I did a full review of this book last year that you can look to for more thoughts on it.

I think for sure that this one was my favorite of the bunch but I’m not going to put these in any particular order because they are all worth picking up.  If you have a kid who loved Wonder and is looking for something similar, if you have a kid who is adopted, a kid with special needs, a kid who needs to learn a bit about differences then this is one to pick up.  I have been singing this books praises since long before it actually was released in September and of course I did a full review of it if you want to know more.  I think it should be a staple book in libraries and schools and definitely worth reading together as I loved it as an adult.

This guy technically came out in 2014 but the series is still ongoing and there was a new addition last year.  I was surprised that more kids haven’t been reading it.  It is slightly on the horror side for kids fiction as the plot revolves around ghosts and ghost hunters but the protagonists are the ones with the power.  Sure the ghosts are scary but the kids are trained to find them and stop them so they end up empowered.  If you are nervous about it I would give it a read yourself because I read it to my best friend and we both loved it.  Of course there is a full review to check out if it seems interesting to you or you think your kid might like it.

This guy might be the most well known of the bunch as it did receive the Newberry Honor and therefor is pretty prominently displayed in many book stores.  I want to point out though that this is a great book for all kids.  It would be a great story to read aloud as it is written similar to The Canterbury Tales where each chapter is told by a different character who happens to be sitting in the same inn.  There is really great young humor (A dragon who can’t stop farting fire) and some really poignant messages of acceptance and tolerance.  Worth the read, and if you can pick up a physical copy to look at you will be sure to appreciate how beautiful the art work is, as the book is fully illuminated.  Full review is right here if you want to know more.

I listened to this one through the audio book and loved it.  If you have a little one who struggles with reading, or you are looking for a great book to listen to on a long car ride this winter then I definitely recommend picking this one up.  This one will go out to anyone who is a fan of historical pieces like Anne of Green Gables or Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books as well as folks who like books about boarding school (although mundane ones).  This is a story of a group of friends whose headmistress passes away and they wish to solve the crime of her murder while hiding the fact that she was murdered in order not to be split up and sent back to their various homes.  There was a lot of really great banter in this one and is worth looking into.  This is the only one I haven’t done a full review of.  If you would like to know more about it then feel free to leave a comment below or to reach out to me on social media!

I wish a good year to all of you and your little ones.  I hope that we all read some really great books in 2018.

What were some of your kids favorite books of last year?  I don’t mind reading through back log so it doesn’t need to be new releases.

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