For the past few months, during the few minutes I’ve had to read (primarily waiting in lines or on places and trains), I’ve been rediscovering contemporary middle-grade (MG) fiction. I’ve reread classic MGs like A Wrinkle in Time and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler for years, but my reading for the past few years has been primarily academic, literary fiction, adult fantasy, or YA (with the exception of the early Harry Potter books).
Here are a few of the most memorable ones:
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
- The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls (coming in Fall 2012!)
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret
- Liesl and Po
- The Aviary
- The City of Ember
Up next is Breadcrumbs, which I can’t wait to read because 1) it heavily references Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, 2) NPR gave a great review, and 3) my own ExRoomie and Framily member Claire is in raptures over it.
I love MG books that feature strong friendship (particularly platonic cross-gender friendship), adventure, wondrous surroundings, humor, creepy villains, and did I mention adventure already?
What’s your favorite MG title, either classic or new?