7 New Middle Grade Books You Should Know About
Captain Superlative by J. S. Puller (ages 10 – 14)
The foreshadowing that Captain Superlative kept me reading with such curiosity because I couldn’t imagine what happened to her nor a superhero character in a realistic book. And, wow. I’m so glad I read this powerful book! Both my daughter and I fell in love with this story. Captain Superlative has a thoughtful plot with captivating characters. The big lesson our main character, Janey, learns is to not stand by when injustice happens. She learns this from a girl dressed in a swimsuit, wig, mask, and high tops who arrives at her middle school and changes everything — Captain Superlative. Read this with a book club or with your child — there’s so much to talk about! Added to Summer Reading for 7th Graders
Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead (ages 8 – 12)
The Endling: The Last by Katherine Applegate (ages 8 – 12)
The Lost Books: The Scroll of Kings by Sarah Prineas (ages 8 – 12)
I couldn’t put this book down! It’s an imaginative story about a boy who knows he’s meant to be a librarian and a girl queen who is growing into her position. Alex pretends he’s the royal librarian for the queen, quickly discovering that some books are attacking and even killing. He urgently tries to discover what the trained librarians already know –like how to command the Pages and the magic– and how to stop the dangerous, ancient magic that seems intent on killing the queen.
Hardscrabble by Sandra Dallas (ages 8 – 12)
It’s 1910. 12-year old Belle, her mom, and her six siblings join their father in Mingo, Colorado where he’s has started a homestead. It’s not what they expected– they live in a soddie, a dirt house, and the farm isn’t producing enough to afford much food, a well, or even a wooden floor. Despite the difficult times homesteading and two untimely deaths, theirs is a family filled with love and optimism and their neighbors are supportive and kind. The author gives readers a vivid picture of the homesteading life on the plains of Colorado in a heart-warming, hopeful story of family. Added to: Best Historical Fiction Chapter Books About Westward Expansion
The House that Lou Built by Mae Respicio (ages 8 – 12)
Lou and her mother live in San Francisco with her grandmother. Lou’s worried when her mother says that they need to move somewhere more affordable so Lou makes it her mission to build a tiny house on the land her architect father left her, hopefully before they are forced to sell it. Readers will enjoy the close-knit Filipino family’s lives as well as Lou’s determination.