My 5 Favorite Middle Grade Books of the First Quarter

As we end the first quarter of the reading year I thought it would be fun to do a little reflecting on the books I’ve read so far this year. This week, while I’m on spring break, I’m going to try and write a few posts on my favorite 2013 books that I’ve read so far this year. Some of the books haven’t come out yet, but I think they are too good to leave off the list.

Hattie Ever After

By: Kirby Larson


I am so thankful that Kirby Larson decided to tell more of Hattie’s story. Every time I read a Kirby Larson book I find myself rereading multiple passages in each chapter. Her writing is beautiful, storytelling masterful, and novels always blow my mind.


The Center of Everything

By: Linda Urban


When I finished Linda Urban’s The Center of Everything I wanted to immediately start over and read it again. The pressure of finishing the Newbery Challenge prevented me from doing that, but The Center of Everything will be the first book that I reread in 2013. This book is special.


Every Day After

By: Laura Golden

every day

Every Day After is a beautiful book that I look forward to sharing with my students for years to come. A fourth graders told me that Every Day After didn’t feel like historical fiction to her. I asked her what it felt like. She told that it felt awesome. I think that historical fiction usually feels awesome, but I think I understand what she meant. It had a little bit of a Lions of Little Rock feel to me.


Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

By: Liesl Shurtliff


I’m not the world’s biggest fan of fantasy novels. I like them, but I tend to not love them as much as my Nerdy Book Club friends or my students. I’ve found that a lot of my favorite fantasy MG novels are the ones where I get real excited about trying to figure out the magic. I LOVED learning the rules of the magic in Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin. The two students in my class that have read Rump think that it is the second best book they have read this year (Ivan is hard to beat).


Hold Fast

By: Blue Balliett

hold fast

Think The Mighty Miss Malone meets Wonder. Need I say more?


I love making lists of books that I adore. The hardest part is trying to narrow down my choices. I know that I left some pretty distinguished books off my list, but that’s one of the best parts of making these lists. You never really know what you’re going to put on them until you start making them.


6 thoughts on “My 5 Favorite Middle Grade Books of the First Quarter

  1. EEK! I’ve only read 1 out of 5. I’m happy to add some more titles to my TBR pile! 🙂 The Center of Everything was AWESOME and I want to re-read it also!


  2. I just finished reading Hold Fast and couldn’t put it down! I fell asleep with it the first night and raced home from school to finish it the second night. Besides loving the twists and turns of the story, as a literacy specialist, I adored all the references to books and words and poetry!


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