Welcome to another of my recommendation posts. Today it is all about middle grade books as a whole. Although I am nearly 21, I do still read middle grade books. And I believe that everybody should, because there are some truly brilliant ones out there. So, here are a few of my favourites, that I think that everyone should read.
Harry Potter Series by J K Rowling
I cannot talk about middle grade books and not mention Potter. These are the epitome of middle grade books. They are just truly incredible, whether you read them as a child, or an adult, you will fall in love with the story. In-case you have been living under a rock, in these books you follow a young boy names Harry as he discovers his true identity and starts at a school for magic. You follow him on countless adventures and watch him grow, develop and fight the greatest evil that the world has ever known. If you have somehow made it this far in life without reading these books, you need to read them asap.
Wonder by R J Palacio
Welcome to the book that will make you think like an 11 year old again. This book is a contemporary middle grade story about a young boy with serve facial disfigurement. You follow Auggie as he goes to school for the first time. The story is set over the first year of middle school and is told from multiple perspectives. You get chunks of the story from different people. From Auggie himself, to his sister, friends and even his sisters boyfriend. Each character tells the whole story from their perspective, but also progresses the story. This is a truly stunning book that leaves you with so many feelings. It contains some very important life messages and is a book that everyone needs to read in their lifetime.
Lockwood And Co by Jonathan Stroud
This is one of the most underrated book series on this list. These books are essentially about a group of teenage, private investigators that deal with ghosts. Each book follows a different investigation and they are brilliant. They are funny and dramatic, dark and sometimes twisted, full of adventure and friendship and so much more. I absolutely adore these books. The storylines are fantastic, the characters are amazing, the whole books are just brilliant. I am not sure I would give them to the intended age group, because they are pretty dark at times (in the first book there is a bleeding room), but I feel like everyone should give these books a go.
Percy Jackson/Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
Basically, anything by Riordan. He is the master of middle grade. All of his series are centred around the concept of ancient gods and civilisations in modern times. The Percy Jackson series’ centre around Greek mythology. They follow Percy, a demi god (the child of a Greek god and a human) on his adventures. The Kane Chronicles centre around ancient Egypt and follow Sadie and Carter Kane as they are fight to keep the Egyptian magicians alive. There is also now a series about Norse mythology. All of Riordan’s books are amazing. They are so interesting and exciting. And you also learn a lot about history while reading them. They are perfect for any age.
Young Bond by Charlie Higson
Have you ever wondered about who James Bond was, before he was 007? well then this is the series for you. In these books you follow a teenage James as he starts Eton and develops a taste for adventure and danger. These book are honestly brilliant. They are fast paced and gripping, dark and fun, just perfect. There is something for everyone in these books. I love them. But, a word of warning, if you do decided to read these, I would suggest only reading the first 5 (Silverfin, Blood Fever, Double Or Die, Hurricane Gold, By Royal Command). After that Steve Cole took over writing the series and they went drastically down hill. But the first 5 are brilliant.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This is a stunningly beautiful book. It is essentially a contemporary story, but with a fantasy, supernatural twist running through it. In this book you follow teenager Conor as he deals with all the emotions and struggles of his mothers illness. When he is visited by a monster, you learn some very important life lessons with him. This book is absolutely incredible. You will sob uncontrollably but you wont care. As soon as you start reading it, you wont want to put it down. It is the perfect book to curl up with and loose yourself in.
There we go. Those are some of my top middle grade books that I have read so far. I do currently have quiet a few middle grade books on my TBR, so chances are, there will be an updated version of this post in a few months. What are your favourite middle grade books? Do you have any that you think I should give a go? I hope that you have enjoyed today’s post and I will see you all again very soon.