Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For Impactful Middle Grade Novels

1 Mar

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  1. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
    This might be a funny one to start with, but I loved this beautiful story of everyday life with a family that includes two dads, and 4 adopted brothers. The impact for me was that the book didn’t scream “DIVERSITY!” It just is and that is beautiful.
  2. Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
    The impact that a teacher can make on their students is so powerful and this book truly shows that relationship.
  3. Crossover by Kwame Alexandar
    A great story for “sporty” kids, this story truly shows the experience of a family member’s health issues that is realistic to today’s world.
  4. Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff
    Disaster and tragedy can strike almost anyone at anytime and the aftermath can be difficult for those who experienced it and this story shows how to move through guilt to begin to live again.
  5. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
    The story of a family member’s incarceration, this is the story of love and forgiveness in all kinds of places.
  6. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
    This is probably one of my most favorite books of all time – a great story to encourage discussions about empathy and one of my go-to book suggestions for kids, teens, and adults.
  7. The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
    Survivor’s guilt can be a difficult thing to handle, especially for a kid, and Suzy becomes mute as she tries to navigate her grief. The story ends as Suzy begins to forgive herself and begins to move forward.
  8. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
    Reading, for me is so powerful, and my heart ached for the Ally who has made to sixth grade without learning how to read. Due to her dyslexia, reading is very difficult and she feels being bullied by her classmates, but this is another story about the powerful relationships between teachers and students and how much of a difference it can make.
  9. Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
    Childhood hunger is a serious issue all around the world and that includes the United States. This story takes a closer look at what this issue can look like and has lead to a number of food drives for local food pantries.
  10. A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord
    “Because that’s the way it has always been,” doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. When Salma wants to participate in the town’s Downeast Beauty Queen pageant, it shouldn’t be a problem, but she’s the daughter of migrant workers in the area and a migrant has never entered the contest. Change can be good, if only given the chance.

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