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.