Favorite Middle Grade Books of 2013

It's that time of the year - time to reflect on my favorite reads. I hope you find something new to add to your own list. I tend toward fantasy and scifi (as you know if you read this blog on a regular basis), and that is reflected in my favorite books..

It's a "Top Ten".... plus 1...

The Real Boy - probably my favorite of the year! I was so honored to be part of the blog tour for this amazing title. 


Flora & Ulysses - Amazing! I’m so glad the Nerdy short list got me to add it to my list. I didn't write up a formal review, but I highly recommend this for middle grade readers, especially those with strong vocabulary. Strong girls - superheroes - lots of great illustrations. Go for it! (here is a friend's review https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/642823808) 

The Year of Shadows - Claire Legrand is a master of the dark story for upper middle grade. My fifth graders ATE THIS UP and came back for more… (even the ones who don’t see themselves as “readers”). There is a core group of boys in my room who just keep passing the book on to their friends. Love it!  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/711769907 

Sidekicked This book was amazing! The cover pulled me in, and I loved the writing style and the depth of the characters. I got to be part of this blog tour and I posted a full review earlier this year. I can't wait to get my hands on Minion! (Due out in June) 


Fellowship for Alien Detection - Wonderful hard science fiction with fun and life and two great main characters. 

The Water Castle I don’t want to give a lot away - but this beautiful book would pair well with Tuck Everlasting. I just wish the cover was more compelling!

Cloak Society: Villains Rising I adore this series, and so do my students. They are almost as into superheroes as I am. Jeremey Kraatz is wonderful, and I can't wait to see the next book in the series. 

Wake Up Missing - Kate Messner knocks another one out of the park. I love that she wrote another “near future” science fiction. My students can easily identify with both this one and last year’s Eye of the Storm. Her characters, as always, are amazing. http://www.mariaselke.com/2013/09/sci-friday-wake-up-missing-by-kate.html 

Guys Read: Other Worlds - fabulous anthology of science fiction and fantasy! 

Doll Bones - Do your students like creepy? This will hit the mark. I know a lot of others have talked about it, but I loved it too. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/670419564 

Rump - I didn’t review this one myself, but I loved the alternate fairy tale and the butt humor (and so did my sons!)


What did you like best for middle grade readers this year? Come back because I'll (hopefully) also post my favorite picture books and young adult reads from the year!


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