Middle-Grade books I really want to read!

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I have wanted to get more into middle-grade! So I wanted to make a list of all the fantasy middle-grade books I want to give a go!

I’ll add the synopsis to each book.



1. The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin

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The people of Moorvale put their faith in the legend: The knight Tristan and the wizard Vithric, in an epic battle, had defeated the evil Nethergrim.

That faith is shaken when livestock go missing, only to turn up as piles of bones. But it’s when a group of children disappear that they know for sure: The Nethergrim has returned.

Edmund’s brother is one of the missing, and Edmund knows he must do something to save his life. But what? Though a student of magic, he struggles to cast even the simplest spell.

Still, he and his friends swallow their fear and set out to battle an ancient evil whose powers none of them can imagine.

2. The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham

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The Luck Uglies is the first in a tween fantasy-adventure trilogy brimming with legends come to life, a charming wit, and a fantastic cast of characters-and is imbued throughout with the magic of storytelling.

Strange things are happening in Village Drowning, and a terrifying encounter has Rye O’Chanter convinced that the monstrous, supposedly extinct Bog Noblins have returned.
Now Rye’s only hope is an exiled secret society so notorious its name can’t be spoken aloud: the Luck Uglies. As Rye dives into Village Drowning’s maze of secrets, rules, and lies, she’ll discover the truth behind the village’s legends of outlaws and beasts…and that it may take a villain to save them from the monsters.

The first in a series, The Luck Uglies is an altogether irresistible cross of Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain, Stefan Bachmann’s The Peculiar, and Chris Healy’s The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, overflowing with adventure, secrets, friendship, and magic.

3. Frostborn by Lou Anders

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Meet Karn. He is destined to take over the family farm in Norrøngard. His only problem? He’d rather be playing the board game Thrones and Bones.

Enter Thianna. Half human, half frost giantess. She’s too tall to blend in with other humans but too short to be taken seriously as a giant.

When family intrigues force Karn and Thianna to flee into the wilderness, they have to keep their sense of humor and their wits about them. But survival can be challenging when you’re being chased by a 1,500-year-old dragon, Helltoppr the undead warrior and his undead minions, an evil uncle, wyverns, and an assortment of trolls and giants.

4. The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

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“Tell no one what I’ve given you.”

Until he got that cryptic warning, Christopher Rowe was happy, learning how to solve complex codes and puzzles and creating powerful medicines, potions, and weapons as an apprentice to Master Benedict Blackthorn—with maybe an explosion or two along the way.

But when a mysterious cult begins to prey on London’s apothecaries, the trail of murders grows closer and closer to Blackthorn’s shop. With time running out, Christopher must use every skill he’s learned to discover the key to a terrible secret with the power to tear the world apart.

5. Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi

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A new adventure about a girl who is fated to wash the bodies of the dead in this companion to Furthermore.

Our story begins on a frosty night…

Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear.

But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appears, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship.

6. Between Worlds by Skip Brittenham

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Immersive augmented reality brings this action-packed fantasy to life.

The town of Eden Grove has a legend: In the center of a pine forest there is an aspen grove, and in the center of the aspen grove is an ancient, magnificent tree. A tree that grants wishes.

Mayberry and Marshall have heard the stories about the Wishing Tree, but they know nothing like that could really exist near their dreary town. Misunderstood and restless, the teenagers wish for a lot of things, including being on another planet altogether. Somewhere with magic and adventure—someplace where they can be heroes.

And then the unlikeliest thing happens: On a hike through the forest, they find the Wishing Tree. The pair make their wish, fall asleep . . . and wake up on Nith, a world that is exactly what they asked for. The alien landscape is beautiful, but it’s also full of dangerous and fantastic creatures, and almost without exception, the creatures are hungry. Soon Mayberry and Marshall learn two very important facts about their wish: First, that magic comes at a very steep cost; second, that they can only be heroes if they can survive. The journey that follows will test the limits of their courage and strength . . . and change them in ways they haven’t begun to imagine.

This epic work brings fantasy to life, first by inviting readers into another world, then by using cutting-edge augmented reality technology to bring the world alive in interactive 3D.

7. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

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A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world–but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination 

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.



Comment any middle-grade recommendations!!!

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13 comments

  1. judithcmoore · December 12, 2017

    I feel like MG covers are always so stunning…

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  2. Kathy @ Books & Munches · December 12, 2017

    I got Whichwood in a Dutch sub box and was pretty annoyed with it – but that’s mainly because I don’t have Furthermore, nor have I read it and although it’s a companion and can be read separately.. I don’t know. Meh, haha.

    Have to agree with Judith too! All gorgeous covers!

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    • duskangelreads · December 12, 2017

      Aww okay. I have read Furthermore and even though it wasn’t a fave (badly done ending and was a bit odd) I still want to read this one.

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      • Kathy @ Books & Munches · December 12, 2017

        I’m going to look up some reviews of Furthermore to see whether I should buy it or try and borrow it from someone, haha. I do want to give Whichwood a shot but it’d feel wrong to pick up that one before reading Furthermore.

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      • duskangelreads · December 12, 2017

        Sounds like and plan.
        And yeah I totally get that! I feel the same about the Grisha Trilogy & Six of Crows Duology. I haven’t finished Grisha but people have told me I just need to read SoC!

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      • Kathy @ Books & Munches · December 12, 2017

        Haha, I just went right in and read the duology. Still haven’t read the Grisha trilogy! I feel like when I finally do, I’ll have to reread SoC – but I really don’t mind that AT ALL.

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      • duskangelreads · December 12, 2017

        I think it’s mainly because I have started the Grisha Trilogy already. And I feel like I should finish it before picking up SoC.

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      • Kathy @ Books & Munches · December 13, 2017

        If you’ve already started it, it’s a different story!

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      • duskangelreads · December 13, 2017

        Yeah but I don’t have a huge amount of motivation to keep reading either 😫

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      • Kathy @ Books & Munches · December 13, 2017

        Don’t force yourself, girl! You’re better off taking a break from reading if you’re feeling like this before you start hating every book you pick up!

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      • duskangelreads · December 13, 2017

        That’s so true! I’m listening to an audiobook right now and it’s great. Also started a new book and going well so far. 👍🏻

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      • Kathy @ Books & Munches · December 13, 2017

        Yay!

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