So in case you didn’t know, Christmas is coming up in like… 12 days (OMG)!! So I figured I would do a little series of book recommendations for 6 different genres? I can’t think of the word but anyway as you have probably already figured out, my first lot of recommendations are for middle grade. So, middle grade is pretty similar to Young Adult however the characters in a Middle Grade novel are usually between the ages of 8-13. All of the books mentioned can be enjoyed by all ages (within reason) and are not restricted to just those in that age range.
The first book I will recommend is Wonder By R. J. Palacio. This is a pretty popular book however I feel like it is still very underrated. I honestly think Wonder would be such a great book for upper primary, lower high school students to read. Wonder is about 10 year old Auggie who was born with a “facial abnormality”. He had been home schooled his whole life and now, he is being sent to a real school. This book really expands on the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” and is definitely a must read.
Next is The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne. I read this book this year and I really enjoyed it. It follows recently orphaned Pierrot who is sent to live with his Aunt “at the top of the mountain” A.K.A, Hitler’s HQ. This book does lean more towards the Young Adult side, so I wouldn’t recommend for 8-11 but 11-13 I think this would be a great book, especially to give them a whole new perspective of World War II. Read my review here.
Moving on to a much lighter read, The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. I read this book this year as well as it was recommended to me by a friend of mine who practically grew up reading these books. It follows a teenage girl who is just living her life when she finds out that she is a Princess. Now, myself I didn’t enjoy this so much, as I feel like it was aimed at a bit too young of an audience for me, and also I loved the movie so much I just couldn’t get into the book. But my friend absolutely loved these books when she was younger (and now), so that is why I am recommending them. If you have a young daughter or know a young girl (I’d say for 10 and up), this would be a fantastic book! Read my review here.
Finally, this next recommendation may not be for everyone, but Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery is such a lovely book I couldn’t not recommend it. Anne of Green Gables is about an orphaned girl who gets sent to live with an old couple. The story then follows Anne as she adapts to her new life with new friendships and more. The vocabulary used in the book is at times very complex for this age group, but the story is so beautifully written and Anne is such a lovable character I’m sure young girls would love this. Read my review here.
Some honourable mentions:
- A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
- How Hedley Hopkins Did a Dare by Paul Jennings
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
- The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
I hope you enjoyed this post, and maybe got some ideas for Christmas presents, or some new books to add to your TBR’s. Let’s be real though, you have probably read all of these books, or at least heard of them! Keep an eye out for my next post which will be my Young Adult recommendations!
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