This didn’t make my list of Newbery contenders, but here are five middle grade novels I enjoyed this year:
Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Everyone loves a good scary story, and this one has plenty of creepy details, plus three interesting main characters who have to fight off the evil forces. Prepare to never look at scarecrows the same way again.
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
I thought this might be a Newbery contender, but I haven’t seen it on anybody else’s list. Although this seems like a “coming out” story (and it is…Ivy is attracted to a girl in her class), it’s also a story for everyone who has struggled to be themselves.
Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
This World War II novel in verse will appeal to fans of I Survived as well as history buffs. Based on a true story, with obvious attention to detail and research.
Published by Nancy Paulsen Books
Amal’s story is powerful, and a good one to share with American kids who may not be aware of the dangers she and other kids like her face in Pakistan.
Published by National Geographic
This series has gotten off to a promising start with this action-packed adventure that introduces some interesting characters, a mysterious murder to investigate, and an evil librarian.