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middle grade

64 books.

The Magic Half (Miri and Molly #1)

by: Annie Barrows
Ave. Rating: 3.95
Pages: 212
Year Published: 2008 (2007)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

by: J.K. Rowling
Ave. Rating: 4.47
Pages: 309
Year Published: 2003 (1997)
Date Read: 03/30/2007
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Ghost Boys

by: Jewell Parker Rhodes
Ave. Rating: 4.39
Pages: 214
Year Published: 2018
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The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street (The Vanderbeekers, #1)

by: Karina Yan Glaser
Ave. Rating: 3.95
Pages: 297
Year Published: 2017
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Stepping Stones

by: Lucy Knisley
Ave. Rating: 4.01
Pages: 224
Year Published: 2020
Date Read: 07/25/2020
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Kiki's Delivery Service

by: Eiko Kadono
Ave. Rating: 4.11
Pages: 193
Year Published: 2020 (1985)
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A Long Way from Chicago (A Long Way from Chicago, #1)

by: Richard Peck
Ave. Rating: 3.95
Pages: 160
Year Published: 2004 (1998)
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The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

by: Adam Gidwitz
Ave. Rating: 4.13
Pages: 363
Year Published: 2016
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New Kid (New Kid, #1)

by: Jerry Craft
Ave. Rating: 4.19
Pages: 256
Year Published: 2019
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

by: J.K. Rowling
Ave. Rating: 4.43
Pages: 341
Year Published: 1999 (1998)
Date Read: 04/13/2007
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Esperanza Rising

by: Pam Muñoz Ryan
Ave. Rating: 3.99
Pages: 304
Year Published: 2002 (2000)
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Ghosts of Greenglass House (Greenglass House #2)

by: Kate Milford
Ave. Rating: 4.09
Pages: 464
Year Published: 2017
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"3.5

This book had all of the good things about the first book: warm family life, great setting, and a quirky cast of characters. Where this fell behind is that it was just TOO complicated. Too many characters, too many side stories. It was all just too much.

My complaints may be a result of listening to the audio rather than reading it."
- katelynn
05/20/2020

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

by: Meg Medina
Ave. Rating: 4.21
Pages: 355
Year Published: 2018
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The Ickabog

by: J.K. Rowling
Ave. Rating: 3.98
Pages: 282
Year Published: 2020
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When You Reach Me

by: Rebecca Stead
Ave. Rating: 4.06
Pages: 210
Year Published: 2009
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"Another fantastic middle grade book! This would be a great companion read for A Wrinkle in Time since it is discussed at length and creates a sort of theme/framework for the story. (minor clues that might lead to a spoiler ahead) I adore science fiction like this, where the story is 98% realistic with just that slight hint of something special. It's subtle and so fun. The book also explores different middle-school relationships: family, friends, crushes. I found the dialog and thoughts of the narrator to be real and relatable. I love the way middle grade books can explore so well feelings of confusion and vulnerability that don't always leave us after those pre-teen years are over.

This is a super quick, super enjoyable read that I recommend whole-heartedly to everyone!"
- katelynn
03/25/2018

The Witch Boy (The Witch Boy, #1)

by: Molly Ostertag
Ave. Rating: 4.23
Pages: 224
Year Published: 2017
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Mockingbird

by: Kathryn Erskine
Ave. Rating: 4.2
Pages: 235
Year Published: 2010
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"3.5"
- katelynn
09/24/2020
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Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

by: Katherine Rundell
Ave. Rating: 3.99
Pages: 256
Year Published: 2014 (2011)
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"I absolutely loved this little heroine! The descriptions of her life in Africa were so beautiful; I feel like they describe so much of what I'd love to give my children in their childhood.

When she arrived in London, the book started to drag - I just wondered when it would all start to turn up for her again. It certainly ended well though."
- katelynn
06/11/2018
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My Jasper June

by: Laurel Snyder
Ave. Rating: 4.23
Pages: 291
Year Published: 2019
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Circus Mirandus

by: Cassie Beasley
Ave. Rating: 4.09
Pages: 292
Year Published: 2015
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The Green Ember (The Green Ember, #1)

by: S.D. Smith
Ave. Rating: 4.28
Pages: 365
Year Published: 2014
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Heidi

by: Johanna Spyri
Ave. Rating: 4
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2002 (1880)
Date Read: 07/18/2007
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The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)

by: Jessica Townsend
Ave. Rating: 4.33
Pages: 465
Year Published: 2017
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Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth

by: Sheila O'Connor
Ave. Rating: 4.32
Pages: 348
Year Published: 2018
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Half Magic (Tales of Magic, #1)

by: Edward Eager
Ave. Rating: 3.93
Pages: 192
Year Published: 1999 (1954)
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Hoot

by: Carl Hiaasen
Ave. Rating: 3.82
Pages: 292
Year Published: 0 (2002)
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Because of Winn-Dixie

by: Kate DiCamillo
Ave. Rating: 4.06
Pages: 182
Year Published: 2001 (2000)
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"A sweet little story! The protagonist reminds me of Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird."
- katelynn
09/12/2014
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Small Spaces (Small Spaces, #1)

by: Katherine Arden
Ave. Rating: 4.01
Pages: 218
Year Published: 2018
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Before the Ever After

by: Jacqueline Woodson
Ave. Rating: 4.17
Pages: 161
Year Published: 2020
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Greenglass House (Greenglass House, #1)

by: Kate Milford
Ave. Rating: 4.02
Pages: 376
Year Published: 2014
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"This book was so much fun! I absolutely love the imagination and adventure that characterizes a good middle-grade book. This one swept me away. The main character was fantastic: sweet and brave and considerate and clever, but also uncertain and flawed. Although there were some predictable twists, most of the mysteries were entirely unique and so fun. The setting was really atmospheric and different. Overall, the book was a great mix of adventure and sentiment and reflection."
- katelynn
02/08/2018

The One and Only Ivan

by: Katherine Applegate
Ave. Rating: 4.25
Pages: 307
Year Published: 2012
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)

by: J.K. Rowling
Ave. Rating: 4.57
Pages: 435
Year Published: 2004 (1999)
Date Read: 04/24/2007
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Brown Girl Dreaming

by: Jacqueline Woodson
Ave. Rating: 4.11
Pages: 337
Year Published: 2014
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A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

by: Linda Sue Park
Ave. Rating: 4.27
Pages: 128
Year Published: 2010
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Out of My Mind

by: Sharon M. Draper
Ave. Rating: 4.36
Pages: 295
Year Published: 2010
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"This book gets high marks for creating a lovable, interesting narrator and for giving a voice to an otherwise voice-less group of people. I would definitely want my children to read this to understand - to learn about treating people with respect and preserving their dignity as human beings.

Unfortunately, it was really slow - didn't really pick up till the last third or so. And the "middle-grade"-ness of it was a little too much for this adult reader. (But I know I'm not the target audience)"
- katelynn
07/11/2019
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Max and the Midknights

by: Lincoln Peirce
Ave. Rating: 3.98
Pages: 0
Year Published: 2019
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The Westing Game

by: Ellen Raskin
Ave. Rating: 4.01
Pages: 182
Year Published: 2004 (1978)
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"3.5 - I struggled to follow this on audio, but otherwise it was really fun!"
- katelynn
07/16/2020

Walk Two Moons

by: Sharon Creech
Ave. Rating: 3.97
Pages: 280
Year Published: 1996 (1994)
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A Single Shard

by: Linda Sue Park
Ave. Rating: 3.91
Pages: 192
Year Published: 2003 (2001)
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Moon Over Manifest

by: Clare Vanderpool
Ave. Rating: 4.02
Pages: 368
Year Published: 2010
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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

by: Rick Riordan
Ave. Rating: 4.27
Pages: 377
Year Published: 2006 (2005)
Date Read: 06/21/2021
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Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

by: Kate DiCamillo
Ave. Rating: 3.87
Pages: 231
Year Published: 2013
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"As with so many middle grade books, this is a simple story that tackles complex issues. A delight! "
- katelynn
03/01/2019
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Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

by: Jason Reynolds
Ave. Rating: 4
Pages: 204
Year Published: 2019
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The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek

by: Rhett McLaughlin
Ave. Rating: 3.73
Pages: 326
Year Published: 2019
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"A fun and easy read. It reads like a screenplay so it's hard to put down.

It's definitely hard to categorize, because it's not really YA but it's not just a straight adult thriller either. It's too gritty and rough to be middle grade, but the main characters are basically middle grade age.

I wouldn't recommend it for kids, we'll just say that."
- katelynn
12/16/2019

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

by: Kelly Barnhill
Ave. Rating: 4.1
Pages: 388
Year Published: 2016
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Masterminds (Masterminds, #1)

by: Gordon Korman
Ave. Rating: 4.29
Pages: 336
Year Published: 2015
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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Logans, #4)

by: Mildred D. Taylor
Ave. Rating: 3.85
Pages: 288
Year Published: 1991 (1976)
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Inside Out & Back Again

by: Thanhha Lai
Ave. Rating: 4.1
Pages: 262
Year Published: 2011
Date Read: 11/18/2019
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One Crazy Summer (Gaither Sisters, #1)

by: Rita Williams-Garcia
Ave. Rating: 3.98
Pages: 224
Year Published: 2010
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Midsummer's Mayhem

by: Rajani LaRocca
Ave. Rating: 4.21
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2019
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To Night Owl from Dogfish

by: Holly Goldberg Sloan
Ave. Rating: 4.11
Pages: 304
Year Published: 2019
Date Read: 06/16/2020
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Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter and the Starcatchers, #1)

by: Dave Barry
Ave. Rating: 4.03
Pages: 452
Year Published: 2006 (2004)
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Number the Stars

by: Lois Lowry
Ave. Rating: 4.15
Pages: 137
Year Published: 1998 (1989)
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"I'm giving this a 4 largely for the sake of my child-self. It was really hard to read this and try to re-capture how I felt about it as a child. It just doesn't hold up like some children's books do. I would've honestly given it 3 stars, but I just feel like I'm betraying my younger self."
- katelynn
03/10/2017

Serafina and the Black Cloak (Serafina, #1)

by: Robert Beatty
Ave. Rating: 3.87
Pages: 293
Year Published: 2015
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Race to the Sun

by: Rebecca Roanhorse
Ave. Rating: 4.1
Pages: 306
Year Published: 2020
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Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)

by: Orson Scott Card
Ave. Rating: 4.3
Pages: 324
Year Published: 2004 (1985)
Date Read: 11/18/2007
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The Wednesday Wars

by: Gary D. Schmidt
Ave. Rating: 4.1
Pages: 264
Year Published: 2007
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"Funny and heartfelt – all around a delight!"
- katelynn
09/01/2017
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Holes (Holes, #1)

by: Louis Sachar
Ave. Rating: 3.98
Pages: 233
Year Published: 2000 (1998)
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