Middle Grade Check-In

Summer reading is in full swing at my library and my tweens are reading furiously. The middle grade (MG) is flying off the shelves!  Here are a few books that my kids cannot get enough of:

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How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg

This one is a follow-up to How They Croaked, which was on the shortlist for the Mississippi Children’s Choice Award last year in the 6-8 category. My kids loved that one, and they must love this one because I haven’t seen hide nor hair of it since it came in. It’s about famous failures and includes stories about Amelia Earhart, Vincent Van Gogh, Ferdinand Magellan, and more. I managed to glance through it between circs and it is hilarious.


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The Battle for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi

The WondLa trilogy has been popular at my branch since the first book. This is the conclusion, and not only is the sprawling, beautifully strange scifi story of Eva Nine really, really satisfying, the gorgeous illustrations that DiTerlizzi himself penned are breathtaking. I love this series and I’m happy my kids love it, too.



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The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief & Sinister by Stefan Bachmann, Claire Legrand, Katherine Catmull, and Emma Trevayne

Short, creepy stories? Gorgeous cover? My patrons are sold.




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Game Over, Pete Watson by Joe Schreiber

A video game obsessed kid finds out his dad has been kidnapped and is being held…inside a video game?? Sounds AMAZING! I wanted to read this one but every copy in our system was on request before I could get my hands on it!




What awesome middle grade titles are getting checked out at your library this summer?

Are you interested in reading more tween-related posts?  The YALSA Blog and the ALSC Blog both offer information of interest to librarians who work with tweens.

Our cross-poster from YALSA today is Ally Watkins (@aswatki1). Ally is a youth services librarian in Mississippi, and has worked with ages birth-18 for the last 5 years.

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