I don’t read middle grade a lot but there were a few novels this past year that I’ve really enjoyed. After the most recent middle grade novel I read, it got me to thinking about all the MG books I’ve ever read.
Below are middle grade books that really left an impression on me. They were the first to come to mind because of their amazing stories and wonderful characters. I highly recommend any of these books.
Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown (ARC review)
To Be Released: October 3, 2017
Mustaches for Maddie is by far my favorite MG book of all time. I love this book. It’s delightful, fantastic, and beautiful. Definitely need to get myself a physical copy to add to me bookshelf.
Excerpt from my review: “Mustaches for Maddie gets a golden mustache from me. Loved it and need to add this to my bookshelf. One of the best books of 2017 so far, one of my favorite books of 2017 and of all time, and my favorite middle grade novel. This novel is a must-read.”
The Books of Bayern series by Shannon Hale
This is a series from my early days of reading that I’ve talked about before on this blog, specifically the first book, The Goose Girl. It’s such a charming series that holds a special place in my heart.
My thoughts from before on The Goose Girl: “This charming tale follows Crown Princess Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee of Kildenree who has the ability to communicate with animals. On her way to meet her betrothed, a mutiny is staged by her lady-in-waiting and the company she was traveling with. This leads to Ani becoming to the goose girl to the very king whose son she was supposed to marry. She must overcome her circumstance and harness her ability in order to reach her true destiny. This book is so pleasantly written and beautifully told. The Goose Girl is one of my favorite books that I could read over and over again.”
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Illustrated by Patricia Castelao
I was surprised with how much I liked this book. Everything about it was just wonderful to read. The story is so well-done and well-written that it definitely deserves a place on this list.
Excerpt from my review: “The One and Only Ivan surprised me. It reads like a lyrical diary but the tone and simplicity of each chapter shows that Ivan is an intelligent gorilla, as intelligent as a human (if not more, in his opinion). Anything Ivan points out, describes, compares and contrasts comes off as wise and/or humorous. A very quick read, The One and Only Ivan is a fun read for all.”
The Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix
One of my favorite MG book series for sure. What really interested me about this book that the antagonists are named after the days of the week and each embodies one of the seven deadly sins. The series is one big adventure that builds upon itself. Reading it is kind of like playing an adventure video game. Very cool all in all.
What are some of your favorite middle grade novels? What MG books would you recommend I read? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
AND, AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!