Middle Grade Books That Tackle Homelessness

Well-off people never think they could end up homeless, however the characters in these books did not start out poor. All it takes is the death of a parent or other traumatic experience to derail the most unlikely family. Practice compassion, because you never know the story of the kid sitting next to you. How …

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Stories For Kids Who Like to Cook

Whether your kids like to cook or not, these are great stories about the ups and downs of life and how cooking is the perfect outlet for creativity and success. Bottom line? Follow your passion and you can't go wrong. It’s Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder (series) Isabel has never been anywhere but Willow, Oregon. …

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Middle Grade Books That Tackle Mental Illness

  Kids who crave realistic fiction where main characters struggle with dysfunctional family problems will love these selections. Each of the characters are wise beyond their years and step up to the plate to help their parents. Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin Della’s family owns a watermelon farm in North Carolina. It’s been …

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Middle Grade Books About Foster Care

Kids love to read about the struggles of others to help them understand and get the happy ending that life doesn't always provide. Stories about foster care elicit a natural curiosity in young readers. These books show different angles on the foster care system. From Paterson's ill-behaved Gilly to Sloan's quirky Willow to O'Connor's wishful …

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Middle Grades Books About Grief

These books tackle the challenge of getting past the death of a friend. The topic has become prevalent in middle grade realistic fiction, so finding nine well-written books was an easy task. My personal favorites are 2018 releases and certain to be Newbery contenders: The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle and Denis Ever After. …

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Middle Grade Criminal Justice Stories

Juvenile delinquents make some of the best characters. There's nothing like a good redemption story to help you see the good in the world. From classics like Holes, to newcomers like Scar Island, there's a book on this list that's calling you. Holes by Louis Sachar Stanley Yelnats has bad luck. When he gets caught …

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Middle Grade Basketball Stories

Kids who like sports books need look no further than Mike Lupica. He writes stories about basketball, football and baseball. He has several series that cover all three sports. They are Game Changers, Comeback Kids, and Home Team. This list covers a variety of different writing styles for different ages and are sure to satisfy …

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Middle Grade Books With Bullies

Bullying has become a common theme in middle school books today. Every school has bullies, so it makes sense to include them in realistic fiction books. From this list, boys will especially like Scar Island and Revenge of the Star Survivors. Girls will especially like The Thing About Jellyfish. Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk Betty …

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