Book Lists!

We continue to compile specialty, middle-grade book lists for the hard-to-please reader in your life.  Check back often, as we regularly update our archive.  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.

Note: We’ve separated our book lists into general categories; therefore, some 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–just click the headings below.  Happy browsing!

* ACTION & ADVENTURE

* ANIMAL

* BOOKS FOR AVID, EAGER & STRONG READERS

* BOOKS FOR BOYS

* BOOKS FOR GIRLS

* BOOKS FOR RELUCTANT READERS

* CLASSIC & TIMELESS

* CONTEMPORARY

* EARLY MIDDLE-GRADE & CHAPTER BOOKS

* FANTASY & PARANORMAL

* HISTORY & HISTORICAL FICTION

* HUMOROUS

* MULTICULTURAL

* MYSTERY, SUSPENSE & HORROR

* NEW RELEASES (BY MONTH)

* NONFICTION

* POETRY & VERSE

* RELIGIOUS

* SEASONS & HOLIDAYS

* SCIENCE FICTION

* “SCIENCY” FICTION, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

* SERIES

* SPORTS

* SPECIAL NEEDS

* THE TRULY UNIQUE

* WRITING

31 responses to “Book Lists!

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  2. I was one of Dr. Nancy Lodge’s students when she taught at Tufts. She was the most inspiring teacher I ever had so I expected her book to be inspiring as well. I was not disappointed. My children loved it. They loved the mix of technology, science, art history, the funny endearing magic Corgi Wilbur, the genius kid Sam, and Lucy. She is every 11 year old, struggling, scared of being laughed at, worried about grades but with a belief in magic that is not disappointed. I felt like I was flying when she flew back in time. I felt I was there in Leonardo’s studio while he was painting a girl named Lisa, there on the scaffolding of the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo. I know this book has won some awards and is in some schools but it ought to be required reading in every school. It’s a brilliant book written by a gifted teacher and writer. Please review it. Thank you, Fiona Witkower, MD

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  3. Pam Whitekower

    I second this. Is just read Professor Lodge’s to me 9 and 11 year olds. They laughed a cried; they want to meet the author and ask her what happened to Wilbur after Lucy jumped into the blue rose and went home. They were completely enthralled by her discussion of the artists. This book should be required reading for middle grade children and recommended for children of all, ages. The reader feels everything Lucy feels the wonder of flying, the fun she has with Wilbur, even her panic when Wilbur’s starts to die, marooned on the dark hill in van Gogh ‘s Starry. Night. We believe ind iwuid moors and pink moon, ww believe in navigators and Wise One. Everybody’s original ideas are worthy; everyone has magic inside him. All we need is a guide like Wilbur to unleash it.

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    Fiona Witkower Reply:

    Couldn’t agree more. This book is a classic.. See my review. Dr.Lodge has posted letters from some of the children who have been inspired to write, to read, to study art by her book. It’s beautifully written, never condescending, there are parts that will make you laugh, parts that will have you weeping, and you’ll never be bored. I don’t understand why it hasn’t gotten more attention. It’s miles above most middle grade fiction.

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  5. Nancy Burmeister

    Let me suggest a brilliant new MG book called The Crystal Navigator by Nancy Kunhardt Lodge, granddaughter of Dorothy Kunhardt, author of Pat the Bunny. Here is a magical quest story in the classic tradition of the Wizard of Oz. The Crystal Navigator is a page turner packed with delicious imagination, originality and message. Through time travel, fantastical imagery, colorful characters and strange happenings Nancy Lodge not only takes us into the lives of Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Vincent van Gogh but also into their paintings! Her protagonists, Lucy and Wilbur, actually participate in their art, giving it a unique perspective. Tucked within this enchanting tale are life-enhancing messages such as the concept of Wise Ones, everyone has the ability to form original ideas, everyone has magic in them and, indeed, the value of looking at a painting until it speaks to one personally. -A classic that with the technology of today would make an amazing film.

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  9. What a wonderful site! Thank you for sharing so many awesome middle-grade books – my favorite age to teach and favorite books to read! :-) Please consider Christmas Nevermore by Marc Cadieux and Herve Bastien for your book lists. Read all about it (and watch the book trailer) here: http://www.christmasnevermore.com. Thank you again! :-)

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