Middle Grade Recommendations

Middle Grade is one of those categories I find a bit slippery. As a reader, I may categorize something YA that is actually found in the Children’s Section or Middle Grade Section of a bookstore. Please note that as you poke around in my reading recommendations.

As notes on my page On Reading, I am an eclectic reader of a variety of books. My tastes may not be as conservative or as wild as yours. Please note that and consider each book for your own use. I read for the storytelling content.

The Books

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate is a heart-warming fictional story based on a real-life captive gorilla Ivan, kept for entertainment at a mini mall in Tacoma, WA. As a child, I was taken to see Ivan and I broke down in tears because I felt he ought to have a larger home, if not outright freedom. As an adult reader, I found this book captured that sentiment, but also gave Ivan a voice in the way only magical realism in fiction can.

Stowaway by John David Anderson is an action adventure set in space, but also a story about brothers, friendship, and found families with a thought-provoking twist about alien technology.

The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm is a heart-warming adventure set on Mars. The protagonist is one of several children raised on Mars and when discovers there is more to his home planet than he previously realized, he has to act to set things right.

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