Cool books for Middle Grade Readers!

Recommended Middle Grade Reads on this beautiful Sunday!

Front Desk, by Kelly Yang.  Click here: Front Desk, By Kelly Yang

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Mia Tang has a lot of secrets.

Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests.

Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they’ve been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed.

Number 3: She wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language?

It will take all of Mia’s courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?

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The Kneebone Boy: By Ellen Potter. Click Here: The Kneebone Boy

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Life in a small town can be pretty boring when everyone avoids you like the plague. But after their father unwittingly sends them to stay with an aunt who’s away on holiday, the Hardscrabble children take off on an adventure that begins in the seedy streets of London and ends in a peculiar sea village where, according to legend, a monstrous half-beast boy roams the woods. . . .

In this wickedly dark, unusual, and compelling novel, Ellen Potter masterfully tells the tale of one deliciously strange family and a secret that changes everything.

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Terror in Boring Town (A Sam and Rex Adventure Book 1), By Hoot N Holler & Stephanie Adams. Click here:  Terror in Boring Town

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Twelve-year-old friends, Sam and Rex live in a boring town. But then mysterious strangers arrive, and the boys’ humdrum summer vacation turns into the exciting adventure they’ve dreamed about. 

When Sam and Rex accuse the strangers of being criminals, no one in the town believes them. The boys draft a plan to prove their suspicions are correct by uncovering the dangerous plot, which involves risking lives. 

But will their plan work? Will the boys be able to stop the criminals in time? And whose lives will they be risking to expose the criminals?


Like Vanessa, By Tami Charles. Click here: Like Vanessa.

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In this semi-autobiographical debut novel set in 1983, Vanessa Martin’s real-life reality of living with family in public housing in Newark, New Jersey is a far cry from the glamorous Miss America stage. She struggles with a mother she barely remembers, a grandfather dealing with addiction and her own battle with self-confidence. But when a new teacher at school coordinates a beauty pageant and convinces Vanessa to enter, Vanessa’s view of her own world begins to change. Vanessa discovers that her own self-worth is more than the scores of her talent performance and her interview answers, and that she doesn’t need a crown to be comfortable in her own skin and see her own true beauty.


A Dragon’s Treasure, by Ellie Lieberman, Click Here: A Dragon’s Treasure

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“It’s the difference between being someone’s treasure and being treasured by someone.” A dragon goes on an adventure to find the most precious treasure


Dragonmarsh by Barbara Lieberman, Click here: Dragonmarsh

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An ancient family estate, a teenage girl who feels banished from the world, a mysterious book, and a very strange old man. What could go wrong?

 

If you have read any of the above, what did you think?

Have you added any to you ‘wish list’?

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