It's my last Middle Grade Minded Post for the year and I can't help but look back.
This has been a wonderful year for middle grade books.
You can't help but feel that a year that gave us Orphan Island, Refugee, Wishtree, The Stars Beneath our Feet, The War I Finally Won, The Dollmaker of Krakow, and Patina to name but a few, is a good year.
#ownvoices and #weneeddiversebooks became a rallying cry within the industry and brought us new and wonderful stories:
And then there were the delights of just wonderfully funny and thrilling and epic MG, always the best antidote for everything negative in this world:
And heartwarming and inspiring tales:
In no way is this an exhaustive list, but these books helped me get through 2017, and made the world shine a little brighter for me.
Now, more than ever, we need middle grade novels that inspire, transport and delight readers.
We live in a complicated world.
Sometimes we want to escape from it in a book.
Sometimes we want to understand it by reading a book.
Sometimes we want heroines and heroes who vanquish foes, kids who figure things out, animals and trees that have a different kind of wisdom, families that aren't perfect but keep trying, friendships that are messy but fulfilling.
Sometimes, we need hope.
I found all of that in the middle grade novels I read this year.
And if 2017 is any indication of the quality of middle grade literature, I look forward to 2018 with open arms, with my library card and wallet in one hand, my TBR list in the other, and a heart full of gladness for the creativity and respect for children shown by our middle grade authors.