Top Ten Tuesday | Recent Middle Grade Faves

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where book bloggers are invited to share their top ten lists centered on a certain theme.

Since Middle Grade March is coming to a close soon, I wanted to highlight some middle grade fiction I’ve been loving lately! Here are a few middle grade books that I’ve read in the last few months that have quickly become favorites of mine.

My Top ten
1. This is Our Rainbow

1. This is Our Rainbow edited by Katherine Locke & Nicole Melleby: This anthology of LGBTQIA+ stories for kids was so adorable! I love that it featured stories across all genres (even comics!) and highlighted such a wide range of identities.  

2. Unsettled

2. Unsettled by Reem Faruqi: This middle grade novel in verse about a girl moving from Pakistan to the US was so moving. The main character, Nurah, is 13 which makes this a perfect book to bridge the gap between middle grade and YA.  

3. How to Win a Slime War

3. How to Win a Slime War by Mae Respicio: I always love Mae’s books starring Filipino-American kids, and this one was such a fun, silly story about a kid obsessed with making slime! 

4. That Thing About Bollywood

4. That Thing About Bollywood by Supriya Kelkar: Such a fun, whimsical story about a girl whose life turns into a literal Bollywood movie! I really appreciated that this book used a magical element to explore serious issues like divorce, friendship conflicts, and the importance of expressing our feelings.  

5. paranorthern and the chaos bunny a-hop-calypse

5. ParaNorthern and the Chaos Bunny A-hop-calypse by Stephanie Cooke & Mari Costa: This middle grade graphic novel about a witch and her BFFs was so delightful and gave me all the Halloweentown vibes! 

6. Generation Misfits

6. Generation Misfits by Akemi Dawn Bowman: Akemi is one of my favorite YA authors, and I was so excited about her MG debut! It was such a sweet story of a girl making friends by bonding over J-rock, and I loved the diverse cast of characters.  

7. Almost Flying

7. Almost Flying by Jake Maia Arlow: This middle grade contemporary about a roller coaster-obsessed Jewish girl discovering her queerness and having her first crush was the absolute cutest! I adored it and can’t wait for Jake’s upcoming YA novel, How to Excavate a Heart.  

8. The Jumbies

8. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste: I read this one a few months ago around Halloween and it was such a spooky, fun story! It’s rooted in Caribbean folklore, which was really cool to read.  

9. The Shape of Thunder

9. The Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga: An utterly heartbreaking contemporary middle grade about two former best friends who’ve been torn apart in the aftermath of a school shooting, and their journey back to each other. This book had me sobbing! 

10. A Kind of Spark

10. A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll: This one follows a neurodivergent girl who discovers women believed to be witches were once burned in her hometown. Feeling an affinity with these women who were different & misunderstood, she begins campaigning to get her town to create a plaque recognizing this dark history. This was such a moving story and I really appreciated the autism rep! 


Are you a middle grade reader? If so, what are some of your favorites?


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17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Recent Middle Grade Faves

      1. I love the Nevermoor series, The Pinch of Magic series, and I recently read Frostheart 1&2 and enjoyed those. I have a lot though!

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