A lot of Middle Grade books have really rocked my world, i.e. Capture the Flag by Kate Messner and definitely anything by Riordan.
Middle Grade books rock. Plain and simple.
But, when I was a Middle Grader I didn’t know it – or maybe there just weren’t as many books written for me, nor were they as well marketed as they are now. As I see it, there is a weird sort of gap in children’s literature that’s brushed over between Early Chapter Books and Middle Grade Fiction. Early Chapter Books – those easy chapter books that feature horses and dogs, or even the more sophisticated titles like Captain Underpants and The Princess in Black or Franny K. Stein (and by more sophisticated I mean a little higher language and delving into various genres and themes) are aimed at readers up to age 8 or so. Middle Grade books, the scope for which is incredibly broad covering all genres from science fiction to realistic fiction to horror are generally written for…
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