Despite being twenty-three years old, I still occasionally read middle grade books. they are what got me into reading all those years ago. There are some truly incredible middle grade books around that are just fantastic, no matter our age. So, today, I wanted to talk about a few of my favourite middle grade books that you are guaranteed to love, no matter your age!
Percy Jackson/Heroes Of Olympus/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.
Harry Potter 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.
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
This is a fantastic middle grade full of magic and mystery. You follow 11-year-old Morrigan as she is unexpectedly thrown into a world full of wonder. The book spans the course of a year in her life as she adjusts to her new life, starts to learn about herself and competes in The Trials. This is a great book, and a fantastic audiobook, that is perfect for this time of year. It is just so gripping and brilliant
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.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
This has got to be one of the most messed up and unnerving books that I have ever read. it is just deeply disturbing. The story follows a young girl named Coraline as she is essentially kidnapped and transported to a parallel world full of monsters and clay people and all kinds of creepiness. I listened to the audiobook for this one and was generally unnerved the whole time I was listening to it. this is such a creepy book. if you want a really quick, spooky read for Halloween, this is the book for you!
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.
City Of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
This middle grade book follows a young girl named Cassidy who can see through the veil, and see ghosts. Based in Edinburgh, this story is brilliant. I read it in just a couple of sittings, it had me hooked. it was funny and mysterious and kept me right on the edge of my seat. this is a really intriguing story and I am so happy that it is going to be a series. I can’t wait to see where Cass’s story goes next.
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.
Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
This is a stunning book. I read it for the first time when I was about 10 or 11 and then reread it last year and it is honestly amazing. It focuses on a young boy who finds himself shipwrecked on a desert island. The book follows his struggles to survive and find a way home. This is a beautiful story full of drama and love, determination and unlikely friendships. Morpurgo is the king of heart wrenching stories.
And there we have it. those are a few of my favourite middlegrade books. all of these book are fantastic and are well worth a read, whatever age you are. what is your favorutie middlegrade book? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon