Middle Grade (9-13)

Middle Grade (9-13)

Humor Books for Older Boys

Humor Books for Older Boys

Following the popularity of my post on books for little boys, I decided to round up some of my favorite picks for older boys, in third through sixth grade. This selection is devoted to laugh-out-loud humor books. While none of these titles are high literature, all of them are a […]

January 8, 2013 ×

Middle Grade (9-13), Young Adult (14-18)

A Year Told Through Stuff

A Year Told Through Stuff

Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf (©2007) by Jennifer L. Holm is not your everyday novel. This non-traditional story is described as “a year told through stuff.” Using nothing but notes, lists, homework assignments, poems, shopping receipts, and other items, the author tells the story of 12-year-old Ginny Davis’s first […]

November 14, 2012 ×

Middle Grade (9-13)

Modern Classic: Coraline

Modern Classic: Coraline

Left to her own devices by her preoccupied parents, Coraline Jones is exploring her family’s new home when she discovers a small door that opens onto a brick wall. Later, when she returns to the mysterious door, the bricks have vanished. Coraline crawls through the narrow passage and ends up […]

September 25, 2012 ×

Middle Grade (9-13)

Modern Classic: Number the Stars

Modern Classic: Number the Stars

Newberry Medal winner Number the Stars (©1989) by Lois Lowry tells a story that centers on Annemarie Johansen, a ten-year-old living in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1943.  Denmark is under Nazi occupation, and Annemarie and her Jewish best friend, Ellen Rosen, have spent the past three years with the constant intimidation […]

July 19, 2012 ×