Monday, May 30, 2016

Blogiversary: Top Middle Grade Books

Hey, look at this! I've been blogging a year as of this week. In celebration, I'll be sharing some of my favorite books in various categories. Today, we tackle Middle Grade books. I included books that easily stood alone or the first book in a series for consideration. You can find more books by typing "Middle Grade" into the search bar at the top of the page.

Number 3: Kingdom's Edge, by Chuck Black 

While this is the third book in an allegorical fantasy series, this book stands alone nicely. It's a 5/5 for the age group. Adult readers may find the plot and characters a little shallow, but it's still enjoyable. 

You can also find my review for the first two books in the series here. 

Number 2: Spirit Fighter, by Jerel Law

A fun urban fantasy for younger grade readers with strong spiritual themes, this one was my number 2 pick for this year in Middle Grade. Older readers may not enjoy it as much, but I think it's still worth a read. 

Number 1: Dreamtreaders, by Wayne Thomas Batson

This one might edge over into "teen" a little bit, but it's definitely my top pick for younger readers. The character development is more substantive than the other books, which would make it enjoyable for older readers as well. Plus, the idea of travelling between worlds in your dreams is pretty sweet. 

Honorable Mention:

Kiriath's Quest, by Rick Barry.
-While it's a nice quest-style story, this one just didn't stick with me as much as the others did. It would be suitable for middle-grade readers looking for an easy fantasy read.

One Realm Beyond, by Donita K. Paul.
-This one almost edged out Kingdom's Edge for number three. The length might be discouraging to readers at the younger edge of this age range, but it's definitely a fun read.

Well, that's the end of day one of the blogiversary extravaganza! Tomorrow, we'll cover sci-fi. 


  1. YAY! Happy blogoversary, RM! I'm so glad you've stuck around because both you and your blog are amazing, and I hope you'll be here for many years to come :)

    1. Thanks for all the encouragement you've given me over the past year! I hope I stick around a while, too; I've found that I really enjoy blogging.

  2. Happy blogoversary! :D I hope you enjoy your next year of blogging, too!

    1. Thanks for the encouragement! If it's anything like this past year has been, I'll enjoy the upcoming year.


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