Welcome to the bookshelf tour! Previously: Nonfiction | Buddhism & Yoga | Poetry & Adult Fiction | Adult Fiction & Graphic Novels | Horror & Classics | Tolkien | Contemporary Romance. ICYMI, since I’m not on Booktube, and never will be, I wanted to travel through my shelves on a biweekly adventure on the blog. Since these are going to be pretty long, I won’t ramble on, so let’s get to it! About half of these are read, though probably only a handful are reviewed, so I’ll link to Goodreads if it’s available.

I’m so pleased to have so many middle grade books that I was actually able to separate between subgenres and have more than one shelf. This is the first of two and a half, and it starts with contemporary middle grade and shifts into fantasy. I don’t have the fantasy separated between urban & high, and now that I’m realizing that, I’d really like to go back and separate them because I actually think I have enough.

A purple shelf! We’ve got a wonderfully big amethyst cluster that Erin got me on top of a soothing crystal candle, clear quartz point, painted elephant that my mom got me, a tiny amethyst point that you can’t really see on top of a dried lavender & sage candle, tumbled amethyst, two pieces of raw lepidolite on either side of a huge tumbled amethyst on top of another lavender candle, and a fist-sized raw rose quartz on top of a white tea & lavender candle. Yes, lavender is one of my favorite scents.

And without the stuff so you can actually see the books.

My top three of this shelf is:

The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon | ★★★★★ | Review

Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath | ★★★★★

Coraline by Neil Gaiman | ★★★★ | Review

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling | ★★★★

Sparrow by Sarah Moon | ★★★★★ | Review

The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla | ★★★★★

Holes by Louis Sachar | ★★★★

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli | ★★★★★

Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli | UNREAD

Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan | ★★★★★

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill | ★★★★ | Review

The Dreadful Tale of Propser Redding by Alexandra Bracken | ★★★★ | Review

The Last Life of Prince Alastor by Alexandra Bracken | ★★★★ | Review

Boxen: Childhood Chronicles Before Narnia by C.S. Lewis | UNREAD

Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper | UNREAD

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper | UNREAD

Greenwitch by Susan Cooper | UNREAD

The Grey King by Susan Cooper | UNREAD

Silver on the Tree by Susan Cooper | UNREAD

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende | ★★★★

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke | ★★★★★

Inkspell by Cornelia Funke | ★★★★★

Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke | ★★★★★

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funk | UNREAD

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke | ★★★★★ | Review

Stardust by Neil Gaiman | UNREAD

Winterhouse by Ben Guterson | ★★★★★ | Review

The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris | ★★★★★ | Review

The Magic Misfits: The Second Story by Neil Patrick Harris | ★★★★★ | Review

The Magic Misfits: The Minor Third by Neil Patrick Harris | ★★★★★ | Review

Wildwood by Colin Meloy | ★★★★ | Review

Under Wildwood by Colin Meloy | ★★★★ | Review

Wildwood Imperium by Colin Meloy | ★★★★★ | Review

What is your favorite middle grade book?

Posted by:Mary Drover

she/her | yoga teacher | Tibetan Buddhism | part-time witch | full-time author | astronaut in a previous life

26 replies on “Bookshelf Tour: Middle Grade

  1. The Dark is Rising is my favorite middle grade series. The first one, Over Sea, Under Stone, reads a bit younger but once you get to book two it picks up in action and age. I love how Susan Cooper incorporated Welsh mythology, and her imagery is fantastic.

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    1. I’ve heard so many fantastic things about them, and they’re so short, I should just take a quick week to read through them one of these days. Maybe next month!


  2. Oh I love these! I think the only mioddle grade that I own is Nevermoor.. Although I do listen to quite some! I recently read A pinch of magic, which I loved!


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  3. I see some of my faves! (Inkheart, Coraline, The Girl Who Drank the Moon). I love that you have Everything on a Waffle – that’s not really book you hear much about in the blogosphere. My fifth grade teacher read it aloud to my class. 🙂 (I think a sequel came out recently??)

    (By the way, Stardust is adult fiction with YA crossover appeal. But that’s another fave of mine anyway haha.)

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    1. Everything on a Waffle is just the best! I also read it in elementary school, and it stood out to me so much that I’ve kept it ever since. And there was a sequel?!

      Oh gosh, haha, I know, I honestly have no idea why Stardust is down there. I keep meaning to move it and then forgetting.

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