So Middle Grade March is upon us and so I thought I’d share some of my favorite middle grade books as well as books on my TBR!
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1 More to the Story by Hena Khan is one of my absolute favorite books and Hena Khan is an auto buy author for me! This specific story is Little Women inspired and takes place in my home state of Georgia! It follows Jameela who is feature editor of her school newspaper and her sisters who are learning to navigate home life as their father is sent overseas for a new job. Then one of her younger sisters get sick and a lot of things are changing. It’s a beautiful and wholesome story I still think about all the time!
2. How can I go without mentioned the books in the Rick Riordan Imprint? I’m still working my way through these but I’ve loved all the ones I’ve read so far, especially Paola Santiago, City of the Plague God, and Aru Shah!
3. A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi is a beautiful story of friendship and learning about your roots. Mimi visits Pakistan with her mother and makes an unexpected friend in Sakina as she helps Sakina learn English. The discussions about culture and class are really great and I loved their friendship!
4. Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga in my opinion is best read in audiobook format! I loved this beautiful story so much and it was genuinely relatable and heartwarming!
The next three are on my TBR!
1 The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao- When Faryn defeats a monster, she finds that she might be the Heaven Breaker. In order to prove her worth, she sets off on a quest across Chinatowns!
2. Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston- Amari’s older brother goes missing and while trying to find him, she discovers an invitation to a summer program of the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. She must pass the tests to get in and uncover the mystery behind her brother’s disappearance!
3. Front Desk by Kelly Yang- Mia works at the front desk while her parents clean rooms at a motel while also hiding immigrants. She has to navigate helping the job, hiding the secret, and also find a way to convince her mother that she can be a writer even if English isn’t her first language!