This week, I thought I would put together a list of some of my middle grade favorites. So many choices, so little time!
1. Favorite Book with a Unique Format
Goblin Secrets by William Alexander. Told in the format of a play, this ingenious fantasy tells the story of Rownie, a boy trying to rescue his brother in a land where plays have been outlawed. You've got goblins, a creepy Baba Yaga character and plenty of adventure.
2. Favorite Book Told from a Unique Perspective
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. So many ugly tears! Need I say more? Told from the perspective of Ivan, a captive gorilla, you cannot help but be touched by his struggle for freedom.
3. Favorite Frame Story
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. Each of the layered stories in this novel is fantastic, and more than one will bring you to tears. Pick it up immediately if you are interested in writing middle grade literature.
4. Favorite Sneaky Sci-fi
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. Yes, it's a friendship story, but it's so much more. Prepare to be dazzled by Stead’s effortless interweaving of the fantastic and the everyday.
5. Favorite Family Secret
Tangerine by Edward Bloor. Do you love the kind of suspense that bubbles up slowly page by page, seeping in through the crevices and turning everything you thought you knew on its head? Cool, then you will love this book. If you haven't done so already, check it out now.