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    July 11, 2014: Apply for a Thurber House residency!

    Thurber House has a Children’s Writer-in-Residence program for middle-grade authors each year and  guidelines and application form for the 2015 residency were just released.

    This unique residency has been in existence since 2001, offering  an opportunity for authors to have time to work on their writing in a fully furnished apartment, in the historic boyhood home of author and humorist, James Thurber. Deadline is October 31, 2014. For details, go to READ MORE

    July 10, 2014:

    Spread MG books in unexpected places 7/19
    Drop a copy of your own book or of another middle-grade favorite in a public place on July 19 -- and some lucky reader will stumble upon it.
    Ginger Lee Malacko is spearheading this Middle Grade Bookbomb (use the hashtag #mgbookbomb in social media) -- much in the spirit of Operation Teen Book Drop.  Read more ...

June 16, 2014:
Fizz, Boom, Read: Summer reading 2014

Hundreds of public libraries across the U.S. are celebrating reading this summer with  the theme Fizz, Boom, Read! Find out more about this year's collaborative summer reading program and check out suggested booklists and activities. Read more ...
 

April 30, 2014:
Join the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign and help change the world

The conversation on diversity in children's books has grown beyond book creators and gate keepers to readers and book buyers. What can you do? Take part in the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign May 1 though 3 on Tumblr and Twitter and in whatever creative ways you can help spread the word to take action. Read more ….

April 11, 2014:
Fall 2014 Children's Sneak Peek
A peek at forthcoming middle grade books (as well as picture books and YA books) in a round-up from Publisher's Weekly. First printed in the February 22 issue, but now available online. Time to add to your to-read list. Read more ...

April 9, 2014:
How many Newbery winners have you read?
You could make a traditional list of all the Newbery Medal Award-winning Children's Books you've read, but there's something so satisfying when you check them off and get a final tally on this BuzzFeed quiz. Read more ...

March 28, 2014:
Middle Grade fiction is hot at 2014 Bologna Children's Book Fair

For the second year in a row, publishers are clamoring for middle-grade, reporters Publishers Weekly. "I’ve been coming [to Bologna] for 12 to 15 years, and I’ve never had as many European publishers asking for middle-grade," said Steven Chudney of the Chudney Agency. Read more ...

February 14, 2014:
Cybils Awards announced
Ultra by David Carroll (Scholastic Canada) wins the Cybil for middle grade fiction; Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (Disney Hyperion) wins for Speculative Fiction. Read more.

January 27, 2014: And the Newbery Medal goes to ...
Kate DiCamillo won the Newbery Medal for "Flora & Ulysses"; Rita Williams-Garcia won the Coretta Scott King Author award for "P.S. Be Eleven." Newbery Honor awards to authors Vince Vawter, Amy Timberlake, Kevin Henkes and Holly Black. For all the exciting ALA Youth Media Award News ... READ MORE

November 12, 2013:
Vote in the GoodReads semifinal round

Readers' votes have narrowed the middle-grade semifinals down to 20 titles. Log in to your GoodReads account and vote for your favorite middle-grade (and in other categories, of course). Read more ...

November 9, 2013:
Publishers Weekly Top Children's Books of 2013

Middle-grade and young adult titles selected by the editors of Publishers Weekly as their top picks of the year. Let the season of "top ten books" begin! Read more ...

October 14, 2013:
Middle Shelf: Cool Reads for Kids debuts January 2014

Shelf Media Group, publisher of Shelf Unbound indie book review magazine, will launch a new free digital-only publication for middle-grade readers. The debut issue features interviews with such notable authors as Margaret Peterson Haddix and Chris Grabenstein as well as reviews, excerpts, and more. Middle Shelf will be published bi-monthly beginning in January 2014.
Read more ...

September 19, 2013: Writer-in-Residence program at Thurber House

Dream of time and space to focus on your own writing project? Applications now being accepted (11/1/2013 deadline) for The Thurber House Residency in Children's Literature, a month-long retreat in the furnished third-floor apartment of Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio. Read more ...

September 18, 2013: Vermont College of Fine Arts Scholarship opportunity

Barry Goldblatt Literary launches The Angela Johnson Scholarship, a talent-based grant for writers of color attending the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program at VCFA. Up to two $5,000 grants will be awarded each year. Read more ....

September 16, 2013:
National Book Awards longlist for youth literature

For the first time, the NBA is presenting lists of 10 books/authors on the longlist in each category. The 2013 young adult literature list includes five middle grade novels and five YA. Read more ...

Sept. 13, 2013: Spring preview
Check out Publishers Weekly roundup of upcoming children's books to be published in spring 2014. Read more...

August 21, 2013:
Want to be a Cybils Award Judge?

Middle grade categories are fiction, speculative fiction, nonfiction. Applications due August 31! Read more ...

August 19, 2013:
S&S and BN reach a deal
Readers will soon be able to find books from Simon & Schuster at Barnes & Noble. The bookstore chain was locked in a disagreement with the publisher over how much it was willing to pay for books. Read more ...

August 6, 2013:
NPR's 100 Must-Reads for Kids
NPR's Backseat Book Club asked listeners to nominate their favorite books for readers ages 9 to 14. More than 2,000 people nominated titles, and a panel of Newbery authors brought the list to 100. Most are middle grade books. Read more ...

 
July 2, 2013:
Penguin & Random House Merger

The new company, Penguin Random House, will control more than 25 percent of the trade book market in the United States. On Monday, the newly formed company began to take shape, only hours after a middle-of-the-night announcement that the long-planned merger had been completed. Read more ...

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    WELCOME TO OUR BOOK LIST PAGE!

    We’re busy compiling specialty, middle-grade book lists for the hard-to-please reader in your life.  Check back often, as we’ll be updating regularly with a growing archive of wonderful new book  lists.  And if you have a suggestion for a book list you’d like us to tackle, leave a comment below and we’ll do our best.

    Thanks!
    The Mixed-Up Authors


    THE LISTS!

    Note: We have separated our book lists into general categories; therefore, some book lists may be listed more than once.  Also, not all titles in each book list fall into the categories we have listed them under.  For example, some of the lists under the Books For Boys category may also contain books for girls.  That’s the problem with unique book lists: they are hard to categorize!  We’ve tried to make it a little easier to find just the right book, though.  Happy browsing!


    ACTION/ADVENTURE

    DESTINATION: BOOKS!: Let these titles take you around the world

    SURVIVAL STORIES: Kids making it on their own

    MYTH CONCEPTION: New spins on old mythological stories and characters

    OUT LOUD: Books that make great read-alouds

    RELUCTANT READERS: Our kid experts put in their two cents

    ROAD TRIP!!: Eye-opening journeys

    WORLDS APART: Books that take place on faraway islands

     

     

    ANIMAL

    DRAGONS: A Magical Treat

    HOORAY FOR MICE: A “Mischief” of Mice Stories! 

    HORSE BOOKS: For your ‘horsie’ kid

    HORSES, HEARTS AND HEALING: Can’t get enough of those horse books!

    MONKEYING AROUND: Books about Monkeys, for your monkeys

    NO DEAD DOGS: Middle grade books in which devoted canine companions survive and thrive!

     

     

    BOOKS FOR AVID/EAGER/STRONG READERS

    ART AND LETTERS: Books inspired by works of art

    CLEVER BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS: A few good books for young mystery fans!

    MEMOIRS AND MIDDLE GRADE

     

     

    BOOKS FOR BOYS

    ARE YOU NEW HERE?: New kids in new schools

    BIOGRAPHIES: Before They Were Famous

    A BIT OFF KILTER: For kids who like a bit of mischief…

    BOOK CLUB BOYS: Middle grade books used to great effect in GUYS READ

    BOOKS WITH BOY HEROES

    DARK HUMOR: A different brand of humor books

    DRAGONS: A magical treat

    A FANTASTICAL MIDDLE-GRADE MONDAY: A sampling of fantasy titles for a Monday, or any day

    FAVORITE NOVELS FROM NEW AUTHORS, or authors new to the MG genre

    HITTING THE HIGHWAY: Road trips

    HUMOR AIN’T JUST IN THE BATHROOM: Books to make kids LOL

    MARCH MADNESS: Books where basketball plays a prominent role

    MG BOOK-TO MOVIES: Middle Grade Books that went on to make great films

    MYTH CONCEPTIONS: New spins on old mythological stories and characters

    REALLY ROYAL READS: Prince & princess stories

    SCIENCY FICTION: Novels with real science built in

    SHOW ME THE MONEY: Money-makers and fortune seekers

    SO YOU WANT TO BE FAMOUS?: MG characters seeking and/or finding fame

    SOMETHING WORTH FIGHTING FOR: Books about war

    SURVIVAL STORIES: Kids making it on their own

     

     

    BOOKS FOR GIRLS

    ARE YOU NEW HERE?: New kids in new schools

    BIG KID BOOKS IN THE MIDDLE GRADE SECTION: Great picks for the younger MG reader

    BOOKS WITH STRONG, SPUNKY FEMALE CHARACTERS: Perfect for Women’s History Month!

    FAVORITE NOVELS FROM NEW AUTHORS, or authors new to the MG genre

    GIRL POWER: The Historical Fiction Version

    GIRLS FOR ALL SEASONS: Sport Stories for Girls

    GROW A GARDEN IN A BOOK: Books with flourishing gardens

    HORSE BOOKS: For your ‘horsie’ kid!

    MG BOOK-TO MOVIES: Middle Grade Books that went on to make great films

    MORE HORSE BOOKS!: Horses, hearts and healing

    NEITHER PINK NOR PERFECT: Muddy and mighty middle-grade girls

    THE NEO DOMESTIC MIDDLE GRADE NOVEL

    ONE FOR THE GALS: Strong Female Protagonists

    REAL GIRLS: The good, the bad, and the ugly of nonfiction

    REALLY ROYAL READS: Prince & princess stories

    REALISTIC GIRLS AND FANTASTIC BOYS? Includes a list of fantasy books with a girl protagonist

    SO YOU WANT TO BE FAMOUS?: MG characters seeking and/or finding fame

    YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN GRANDMA

     

     

    BOOKS FOR RELUCTANT READERS

    HI-LO BOOKS: High-interest, Low-level books for older readers

    I JUST WANT HER TO READ SOMETHING!: Learn how “-ology” books attract reluctant and distracted readers

    LET’S GET GRAPHIC… NOVEL

    READER: IMPOSSIBLE

    RELUCTANT READERS: Our kid experts put in their two cents

    SHOW ME THE MONEY: Money makers and fortune seekers

    TWEENS AND MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS

     

     

    CLASSICS/TIMELESS

    BOOKS THAT SHAPED MIDDLE-GRADE: A list of influential books that have shaped the American middle-grade book experience 

    CLASSIC TALES RETOLD: For a new spin on an old classic fairy or folk tale, read these…

    MYTH CONCEPTIONS: New spins on old mythological stories and characters

    SNUGGLE UP AND READ: Books to read by the fireplace on a cold, winter day

    WHAT MAKES A MIDDLE-GRADE NOVEL TIMELESS?: Several experts chime in on timeless books

     

     

    CONTEMPORARY

    CHANGING THE WORLD: One book at a time

    ORDINARY KIDS, EXTRAORDINARY STORIES: Contemporary realistic fiction at its best

    VIVE LA DIFFERENCE!: Books that feature/include characters with learning differences

    SHOW ME THE MONEY: Money makers and fortune seekers

     

     

    EARLY MIDDLE-GRADE/CHAPTER BOOKS

    BIG KID BOOKS IN THE MIDDLE GRADE SECTION: Great picks for the younger MG reader

    BOOKS THAT HELP KIDS TAKE THE LEAP INTO MIDDLE-GRADE NOVELS: Some titles that help kids with the transition from pictures to words

    EARLY CHAPTER BOOKS: A list of books on a new reader’s bookshelf

    HI-LO BOOKS: High interest, low level books for older readers

     

     

    FANTASY/PARANORMAL

    ALL ABOARD THE FANTASY TRAIN: Titles for Harry Potter Fans

    AUDIOBOOKS: Great sounding middle grade books, perfect for those long summer drives!

    CLASSIC TALES RETOLD:  For a new spin on an old classic fairy or folk tale, read these…

    DRAGONS: A magical treat

    A FANTASTICAL MIDDLE-GRADE MONDAY: A sampling of fantasy titles for a Monday or any day

    MG BOOK-TO MOVIES: Middle-grade books that went on to make great films

    MYTH CONCEPTIONS: New spins on old mythological stories and characters

    REALISTIC GIRLS AND FANTASTIC BOYS?: Includes a list of fantasy books with a girl protagonist

    SPINE-TINGLING READS: Spooky stories just right for Halloween night

     

     

    HISTORY/HISTORICAL FICTION

    CHILD LABOR BOOKS: Fiction and nonfiction titles

    GETTING WILD-ER: Little House on the Prairie

    HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AND GIFT GIVING: The perfect books for your Holiday gift list

    HOLOCAUST REMEMBERANCE: Fiction and nonfiction titles

    MEMOIR AND MIDDLE GRADE

    PEOPLE OF COURAGE: Taking a stand for Freedom

    IN PRAISE OF HISTORICAL FICTION: Including suggestions from readers!

    READING AND WRITING BOSTON: MG books set in Boston. Cool Beans!

    SOMETHING WORTH FIGHTING FOR: Books about war

    A TASTE OF TITANIC: A few books to get you started

     

     

    HUMOROUS

    DARK HUMOR: A different brand of humor

    HUMOR AIN’T JUST IN THE BATHROOM: Books to make kids LOL

    OUT LOUD: Books that make great read-alouds

    RELUCTANT READERS: Our kid experts put in their two cents

     

     

    MULTICULTURAL

    ARE MULTICULTURAL BOOKS DEAD? MAYBE…MAYBE NOT.

    DESTINATION: BOOKS!: Let these titles take you around the world

    FAVORITE TITLES FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Celebrate the month with these suggestions

    HONORING ASIAN/ASIAN AMERICAN THEMED MIDDLE-GRADE NOVELS

    M IS FOR MULTICULTURAL: Go global in your reading!

    MULTI-ETHNIC FAMILIES IN MIDDLE GRADE NOVELS

    ONE WORLD, MANY STORIES

    PICTURE THIS: Picture book windows to the world

     

     

    MYSTERY/SUSPENSE/HORROR

    CLEVER BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS: A few good books for young mystery fans!

    IT’S A MYSTERY!: Books with a mysterious twist

    OUT LOUD: Books that make great read-alouds

    SCARY STORIES: Try these!

    SPINE-TINGLING READS: Spooky stories just right for Halloween night

     

     

    NEW RELEASES (BY MONTH)

    JUNE 2010: All the fresh new middle grade titles this month. For happy beach reading!

    JULY 2010: Be the first on your block to read these newest mg titles!

    AUGUST 2010: Hot off the press for hot summer reading

    SEPTEMBER 2010: Great new reads to help middle graders ease into fall.

    OCTOBER 2010: See all the new reads everyone is howling about!

    NOVEMBER 2010: A bountiful harvest of new books releasing this month!

    DECEMBER 2010: Spread the holiday cheer with these newly-released books

    JANUARY 2011: Greet the New Year with these new releases

    FEBRUARY 2011: New Books To Love

    MARCH 2011: Spring Has Sprung!

    APRIL 2011: New Releases

    MAY 2011: MAY we interest you in a few new books? 

    JUNE 2011: New Releases

    JULY 2011: New Releases

    AUGUST 2011: Take these to the beach

    SEPTEMBER 2011: Start off the school year right with these new books!

    OCTOBER 2011: Fall into some great new fiction!

    NOVEMBER 2011: Giving thanks for new books!

    DECEMBER 2011: A few for under the tree…

    JANUARY 2012: Starting the year off right

    FEBRUARY 2012: You’re going to love these!

    MARCH 2012: In like a lion!

    APRIL 2012: Spring surprises

    MAY 2012: New Releases

    JUNE 2012: New Releases

    JULY 2012: Sparkling New Releases!

    AUGUST 2012: New in August

     SEPTEMBER 2012: New Releases

    OCTOBER 2012: New Releases

     NOVEMBER 2012: New Release

    DECEMBER 2012: New Releases

    FEBRUARY 2013: More books to love!

    MARCH 2013: Spring into these new books

    APRIL 2013: New Releases

    MAY 2013: New Releases

    JUNE 2013: New Releases

    JULY 2013: New Releases

    AUGUST 2013: New Releases

    OCTOBER 2013: New Releases

    NOVEMBER 2013: New Releases

     

     

    NONFICTION

    ANYTHING FOR A VOTE: Books on politics, the White House, and the presidency

    BIOGRAPHIES: Before they were famous

    BIOGRAPHIES: The World Through Others’ Lives

    CHILD LABOR: Nonfiction and fiction

    DON’T BLOW YOUR TOP: Books about Mount St. Helens

    GETTING WILD-ER: Little House on the Prairie

    A HOW-TO WORLD: Books that teach you how to do just about anything!

    THE NUMBER CRUNCH: Non-fiction for Math Lovers

    PLANET PAMPERING READS: Ecology, Recycling, Eco-friendly fun

    REAL GIRLS: The good, the bad, and the ugly of nonfiction

    REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11: Books that share the 9/11 experience

    SPRING INTO HAIKU: Resources for writing the art of the Haiku

    S.T.E.M. BOOKS: Making Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fun!

    A TASTE OF TITANIC: a few books to get you started

    TRENDS IN NON-FICTION: Check out these browseable and narrative non-fiction titles in response to the new Common Core

     

     

    POETRY/VERSE

    BIG STORIES IN SMALL PACKAGES: Choosing a novel in verse

    CHAPTER AND VERSE

    POETRY? EW!: Conquering your fear of poetry

    POETRY THAT MAKES YOU LAUGH: Books with silly verses

    SPRING INTO HAIKU: Resources for writing the art of the Haiku

     

     

    RELIGIOUS

    HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AND GIFT GIVING: The perfect books for your Holiday gift list

     

     

    SEASONS/HOLIDAYS

    BOOKS FOR HAPPY CAMPERS: Summer Camp Stories

    CRAFTY WAYS TO SPEND LATE SUMMER DAYS

    COZY WINTER READS: Curl up with one of these books with wintry settings

    EARTH DAY: Planet Pampering Picks, Part 2

    ELEVEN (BOOKS for) BIRTHDAYS: Some book suggestions for gift-giving

    FATHER’S DAY: Books with great fathers in them

    FAVORITE TITLES FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Celebrate the month with these suggestions

    GROW A GARDEN IN A BOOK: Books with flourishing gardens

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Creepy stories to give you a scare

    HAPPY U.N. DAY: Changing the world, one book at a time

    HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AND GIFT GIVING: The perfect books for your Holiday gift list

    A LIST OF LOVE: Books For Valentine’s Day

    PEOPLE OF COURAGE: Taking a stand for Freedom

    PLANET PAMPERING READS: Ecology, Recycling, Eco-friendly fun

    POLITICS: READING TO LIGHTEN UP ELECTION DAY

    REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11: Books that share the 9/11 experience

    ROAD TRIP!: Eye-opening journeys

    A SALUTE TO VETERANS: Books for Veterans’ Day

    SNUGGLE UP AND READ: Books to read by the fireplace on a cold winter day

    SPRING INTO CHANGE: BOOKS TO INSPIRE: See how these characters’ physical changes influence their stories

     

     

    SCIENCE-FICTION

    NOT QUITE TWILIGHT: Paranormal for the mg reader

    SCIENCE FICTION? 

     

     

    “SCIENCY” FICTION/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

    EARTH DAY: Planet Pampering Picks, Part 2

    RELUCTANT READERS: Our kid experts put in their two cents

    SCIENCY FICTION: Books with real science built in 

    S.T.E.M. BOOKS : Making Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fun!

     

     

    SERIES

    A BIT OFF KILTER: For kids who like a bit of mischief…

    SEQUELS: THEIR PLEASURES AND PERILS: Learn how a series of books is written

     

     

    SPORTS

    GIRLS FOR ALL SEASONS: Sport Stories for Girls

    LET’S PLAY BALL: A list of sports reads for athletic readers

    MARCH MADNESS: Books where basketball plays a prominent role

     

     

    SPECIAL NEEDS

    DIFFERENCES AS SUPERPOWERS: Turning ‘different’ into an asset – something to be celebrated!

    DISABILITY IN MIDDLE-GRADE NOVELS

    SHINING A LIGHT ON MENTAL ILLNESS

    VIVE LA DIFFERENCE!: Books that feature/include characters with learning differences

     

     

    THE TRULY UNIQUE

    ART AND LETTERS: Books inspired by works of art

    AUDIOBOOKS:  Great sounding middle grade books, perfect for those long summer drives!

    BEST BOOKS FOR MIDDLE-GRADERS? Ask you independent bookseller

    BOOK FEAST: Enjoy a literary feast with these character-inspired cookbooks

    CELEBRATING SEUSS: Dr. Seuss books and their middle-grade equivalents, in honor of Read Across America Day

    COMING OF AGE: a discussion and list of this interesting genre

    DESTINATION: BOOKS!: Let these titles take you around the world

    FAVORITE MIDDLE-GRADE NOVELS: Author Mindy Alyse Weiss shares her favorite titles of the past few years

    FAVORITE NOVELS BY NEW AUTHORS, or authors new to the MG genre

    FOUR HAPPY ENDINGS

    I LAUGHED. I CRIED. I READ A BOOK. Books that engage your emotions

    LISTS STEMMING FROM FROM THE MIXED UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKENWEILER: Mini lists – New York, Museums, Art Mysteries, Runaways, Trains, Miniature Protagonists

    MAKING ROOM FOR EVERYONE: Gender Nonconforming and Transgender Characters in Middle Grade Novels

    MG BOOK-TO MOVIES: Middle-Grade Books that went on to make great films

    OUR FIRSTS: Author Jonathan Rosen shares his family’s list of the books that made them into readers

    OUT LOUD: Books that make great read-alouds

    READING AND WRITING BOSTON: MG books set in Boston. Cool Beans!

    THE READING FAMILY: Great read-aloud books for the whole family

    SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Fun books to read when you’re sick (or distracting yourself from ongoing dental work)

    SPRING INTO CHANGE: BOOKS TO INSPIRE: See how these characters’ physical changes influence their stories

    WHAT THE MIXED-UP FILES AUTHORS THINK ABOUT… CHARACTERS LIKE US: Learn about some of our authors by reading about characters just like them

    WHO’S WATCHING THE KIDS? Stories About Nannies

     

     

    WRITING

    BOOKS ON THE CRAFT OF WRITING

    BOOKS TO HAVE ON HAND WHEN WRITING

    SPRING INTO HAIKU: Resources for writing the art of the Haiku

     

    29 Comments

    1. Stephanie Greene  •  Apr 26, 2010 @1:15 pm

      Welcome, and good for you! Middle grade books rock. Readers at that stage may be the most accepting, open, enthusiastic readers of them all. They’re still excited about books and they’re young enough not to have become discouraged. Ask any teacher and they’ll tell you if you don’t grab a kid as a reader by the time he/she is in the 4th grade, you may not grab them at all. I say, let’s grab each and every one with wonderful middle grade books.

      I’m so glad you’ve started this site. GREAT NAME, btw.

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    2. Kelly Polark  •  Jul 22, 2010 @10:23 am

      Love all these lists!

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    3. Penny  •  Sep 28, 2010 @9:47 pm

      Thank you for what you are doing for teachers and, in turn, the students with whom they teach AND learn! Major kudos, MixedUpFiles peeps!

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    4. Inara Scott  •  Nov 9, 2010 @1:02 pm

      How about a list of paranormal and fantasy books for upper MG readers? Young adult literature has become more sexual and violent of late, but it’s also so popular maybe tween girls are reading up into it. I’d love to see a list of books that are exciting enough to grab the attention of the almost-YA-readers, but don’t have the mature content of the YA books.

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    5. Bev  •  Nov 10, 2010 @8:01 am

      Good idea, Inara! We’ll get on it:)

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    6. DSK  •  Nov 11, 2010 @9:30 pm

      This is a really neat website! It’s rather an odd place for me, because when I was growing up I read almost nothing but adult fantasy fiction, not middle-grade books. There was nothing like this for middle-grade children when I was of that age-or if there was it was all a bunch of politically correct nonsense, so I find it hard to suggest any books to add to your recommended reading list. Except, perhaps, a list for girls. I know girls will read nearly anything once they get going, but since you have a list for boys why not round things out with a list for girls?

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    7. Cathy Stakey  •  Dec 27, 2010 @8:15 pm

      I am looking for a middle grade book list of multicultural titles. I am trying to gather choices for literature circles that promote diversity and teach middle grade students about cultures beyond their own. Any suggestions?

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    8. Elissa Cruz  •  Jan 6, 2011 @8:29 pm

      Cathy,

      We’ll see what we can come up with! And thanks for the suggestion. I don’t think we had multicultural books on our list yet.

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    9. Rose Green  •  Feb 19, 2011 @1:48 pm

      Great lists! I’d love to recommend Brandon Sanderson’s Alcatraz books in the fantasy category. They are very silly and great fun to read aloud and both my boys and girls love them!

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    10. Michele Weber Hurwitz  •  Mar 9, 2012 @7:41 pm

      Sydney Salter reviewed my debut mg novel, “Calli Be Gold” in March 2011. Wondering if it might be a good addition to CONTEMPORARY – Ordinary Kids, Extraordinary Stories, as it’s the story of the youngest child in a family of overachievers who finds her own way to shine. Thanks for considering!

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    11. Martina Koleva  •  Sep 29, 2012 @12:58 am

      This is a very interesting site for me.. I never got around to read all that many middle grade books. I didn’t read much as a child but when I started reading as a teen I jumped to YA fantasy novels and never looked back..
      I’ll have to browse through the lists more closely to pick something I like…
      I’m having an interview and a giveaway for a MG author, come check it out, here.

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