This month I have binged on middle-grade fiction! I have no idea what sparked this phase, but it came at exactly the right time. As I’m settling into my new home and lifestyle, reading middle-grade fiction has brought me calm and balance. I’ve loved the themes in middle-grade, and met some unforgettable characters. This reading phase has also given me the opportunity to delve into three other categories that I’m less familiar with: historical fiction, detective stories, and series! I’m desperate for recommendations because my reading appetite is insatiable right now!
July Reading Highlights
- Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend ★★★★★. This is my first reread of Nevermoor. My partner and I read it together and had endless giggles as we revelled in the delightful Morrigan’s adventures. This book makes me so happy inside. How ever will I survive until the sequel is released in October?
- Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet ★★★★★. I have never been a big fan of historical fiction, but this historical middle-grade novel surprised me! I fell in love with our endearing protagonist, Noah. His way of processing and navigating his world made me consider how my perception of ethics and truth has evolved from childhood to adulthood.
- Witch for a Week by Kaye Umansky ★★★★☆. This book is so totally adorable that I picked it up on a total whim. Despite being aimed at very young readers, it made me laugh out loud multiple times. It is just such a heartwarming, cute read!
- Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant ★★★★★. This is a new favourite book of mine! Flora, our fourth-grade protagonist, is seeking balance and serenity during a time of transition and change. It touched my heart and soul and brought calm and joy to my life. The writing style and themes are perfect for adult and junior readers alike.
- The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine ★★★★☆. I have fallen in love with middle-grade historical detective stories thanks to this marvellous series! The writing is beautifully detailed and thrilling. Once I start reading, I can’t stop!
Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet
“In your name is a little seed of everything that you are.”
Many people in middle school, for instance, are pretending to be who they actually are. A lot of bad acting is involved. That goes on way beyond middle school, because being human means sometimes feeling awkward in our skins – like we really should have learned our lines better, if only someone had shown us the script, but somehow here we are on stage, and we don’t remember ever having having seen whatever the words are we’re supposed to be about to say.
New Middle-Grade on my TBR
- Wakestone Hall by Judith Rossell (A Stella Montgomery Intrigue #3)
- The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon (The Doldrums #1)
- The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet
- Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens (A Murder Most Unladylike #1)
- The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
- The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson (Tracy Beaker #1)
- The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson
- Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
- The Mystery of the Painted Dragon by Katherine Woodfine (The Sinclair’s Mysteries #3)
- The Mystery of the Midnight Peacock by Katherine Woodfine (The Sinclair’s Mysteries #4)
- Peril in Paris by Katherine Woodfine (Taylor & Rose: Secret Agents #1)
- The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani (The School for Good and Evil #1)
- The Secret of the Night Train by Sylvia Bishop
- A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always by the Ocean by Kir Fox & M. Shelley Coats (Secrets of Topsea #1)What are your favourite middle-grade authors and series? Maybe a childhood favourite that has only improved with age, or a new favourite that brings out your inner child?