Top 10 Middle-Grade Books

1. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

I am presenting a talk this week on reading for middle-graders so I have assembled, here, my top ten middle-grade reads. It is a slippery category and many of these books appeal to older and younger peeps but I have tried to shoot for amazing reads for ten to fourteen year-olds. (And me.) These books are page-turning and engaging on the surface and richly layered beneath with characters that live with you beyond the page.

2. Holes by Louis Sachar
3. Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt
4. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
5. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

6. Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos

7. Don’t Call Me Ishmael by Michael Gerard Bauer
8. Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

9. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
10. Once by Morris Gleitzman


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