Sep 23, 2012

Back to School Part 3--What's Your Favorite Middle Grade or YA Book or Series?

By Jennifer Debenham

My sister has a delightfully intelligent eight-year-old who can read at a middle-to-high school level, and she always needs new books to read. For my sister, it is complicated by the fact that her daughter is, well, eight. She needs a compelling and interesting story that's also age appropriate. Books written for her age group are too easy for her to read, and ones that are closer to her reading level are not always appropriate. Pretty tough order, huh? Especially with many of today's stories.

But if anyone can help me create a seriously awesome list, it's my writer friends. What are your favorite YA or Middle-Grade books? Feel free to recommend your own books--or your friends'--here too.

Ready, Set, Go!

And thank you, in advance!


  1. Here's a few our family likes. Esperanza Rising and Becoming Naomi Leon, both by Pam Munoz Ryan; Schooled by Gordon Korman; Museum of Thieves series by Lian Tanner; The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley; The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge, Savvy series by Ingrid Law; and The Princess Academy series by Shannon Hale. These are some of our favorites from this year.

    We also like the Ranger's Apprentice series, but there might be too much war and romance for an 8-year-old.

    I hope this helps!

  2. The Thirteenth Reality series by James Dashner, The Warriors Series by Erin Hunter (especially if she likes cats) The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann and several of Janette Rallison's books. Then there's the Farworld series by J.Scott Savage and Fablehaven by Brandon Mull...although those can be scary.
    good luck!

  3. I like the Ranger Apprentice, and Brother band series, Fablehaven, Percy Jackson and other Kane Chronicles, False Prince, False Princess, Tuesday's at the Castle, Dragon Slippers Series (and other Jessica Day George books), So you Want to be a Wizard series, Harry Potter series, Alcatraz and the Evil Librarians. There are others I like but all of these and the others I thought of for older than 8 for content and theme. Although Tuesday's at the Castle and the Want to be a Wizard series might be good starts along with Chronicles of Narnia, and Where the Red Fern Grows and The Wizard of Oz.

  4. Wonderful book suggestions. Thanks you!

  5. Charlie Bones series. The Wizard of OZ was mentioned by Susan, but did you know it is actually part of a series by Frank Baum. All the Oz books are great.


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