Middle Grade Horse Stories

Horse books are a dime a dozen, but most don't stay on the market long. Readership is limited, which is makes their shelf life short, especially in libraries. Many older horse books have become classics and will always be available. Others are written by well-known authors whose books will always be available as well. The rest...well...read them while you can.

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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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Middle Grade Survival Fiction

Surprisingly, there aren't as many great survival books as I thought. Boys especially like a good adventure packed with thrills, suspense, and survival curveballs. These books are the best I've read and are guaranteed to appeal to all adventure enthusiasts, both boys and girls. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (series) Brian is a teenager flying in …

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Book Reviews (Grade 4-6)

Sloan, Holly G. Short. Pgs. 296. Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House), 2017. $16.99. Grades 4-6, 7-8. Main character: Julia Marks, 12-year-old girl, serious, matter-of-fact, always questioning Setting: Most scenes are in the theatre 3-sentence summary: Julie is short for her age. When she is cast in the university production of the Wizard …

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