Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

Top Ten Tuesday #8: Books I’d Give to Readers Who Have Never Read Middle Grade


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish blog. This week’s theme is Books I’d Give to Readers Who Have Never Read X (genre, author, topic, etc.  — you choose!). For the X, Kate and I chose the genre of Middle Grade, because our blog has begun to lean more toward the Young Adult genre and needs some younger fiction to balance it out. I had Kate help me out a lot on this one — I haven’t even read all of them (The Egypt Game and Running Out of Time). Again, this list begins with number 10, slowly working it’s way down to number 1! Enjoy!

10.) Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

9.) The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatly Snyder

8.) The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

7.) The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Steward


6.) Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

5.) Ella Enchanted by Gale Carson Levine

4.) The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

3.) Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

2.) Half Magic by Edward Eager


1.) Running Out of Time by Margret Peterson Haddix


12 comments on “Top Ten Tuesday #8: Books I’d Give to Readers Who Have Never Read Middle Grade

  1. alwaysopinionatedgirl
    August 5, 2014

    I’ve only read a few of these myself. What age is middle grade? Being English I’m not sure. X

    • gwenkate
      August 5, 2014

      Great question — Middle Grade is another word for Juvenile Fiction, it is the reading level between easy chapter books such as The Magic Tree House series and Young Adult books, ages 8-12-ish. It’s Kate’s main genre, as she is currently 11 (but she’s been getting into a lot of my YA books as well — she’s reading Poison Study right now!)

      • alwaysopinionatedgirl
        August 5, 2014

        Thanks for helping the clueless girl out! I still like some of these books now though. X

  2. Sarah G.
    August 5, 2014

    Great choices! I haven’t read Island of the Blue Dolphins in ages, but seeing it mentioned made me want to reread it. =)

    • gwenkate
      August 5, 2014

      Yes, Kate says how much she loves that book every time I mention it — we listened to it many times together as an audiobook on long car trips when we were younger.

  3. For the Love of the Page
    August 5, 2014

    The Egypt Game is what started my deep love of Egypt… and ended in me getting in serious trouble with my mother as I was shaving my Barbie’s heads and wrapping them in gauze. Haha! Great list! :)

    • gwenkate
      August 5, 2014

      Ha! Great story — thanks! I liked your list too — I’ve been getting into Non Fiction more this summer, but I’ve been sticking mostly to historical books such as Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond. Your list looks fascinating though…

      • For the Love of the Page
        August 5, 2014

        Ooo…. Guns, Germs, and Steel sounds awesome! I’m going to have to check it out.

      • gwenkate
        August 5, 2014

        I’m only about a hundred pages in and I started it at the beginning of the summer (I’ve been reading a lot at the same time), but if you like history I highly recommend it — my copy is full of notes in the margin!

      • For the Love of the Page
        August 5, 2014

        I’m not usually into history, but sometimes I like to dabble in things that are unknown to me just to be a more well-rounded individual… :P

  4. lissiet
    August 5, 2014

    Great picks for middle grades!

  5. Matthew LeDrew
    August 6, 2014

    The only one I’d heard of here was “the Lightning Thief”… was it any good? I always think I’m well read until I start trolling the TTT blogs, and I discover there’s so much out there I haven’t even heard of.

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