MG Lit is more than fun entertainment or a sneaky way to educate kids. It can also be a healing, guiding part of growing up. Middle grade novels open our eyes to the struggles around us while helping us navigate our own. Sometimes a book really can be a best friend. In this spirit, here's a roundup of middle grade books that tackle tough issues and can help readers heal.
"A beautiful, funny, and sometimes sob-making story of quiet transformation." --The Wall Stree Journal
Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper
"This savvy, insightful take on the modern family makes for nearly nonstop laughs." --Kirkus Reviews
"First-time author Swartz creates a clear, moving portrayal of obsessive-compulsive disorder through the authentic voice of middle schooler Molly Nathans." --Publishers Weekly
"It’s about love and fealty, fear, hope, the release from burdens, and what kids — all kids — need but often don’t get." --The New York Times
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legend
"Sometimes stories are a means of survival...A layered, thoughtful exploration." --Kirkus Reviews