Middle Grade

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⚔️ Fantasy ⚔️

Barnhill, Kelly. The Girl who Drank the Moon.
Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. But the witch in the forest, Xan, rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic, calling her Luna. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her–even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.
Story: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5
Colfer, Chris. The Land of Stories series.
Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Clean: 5/5
Cyprus, Naomi. Sisters of Glass. 
Halan is a powerless princess. She is heir to the Magi Kingdom, a blazing desert land ruled by ancient magic. Nalah is a powerful pauper. The glassblower’s daughter, she lives in the land of New Hadar, where magic is strictly outlawed. One girl fears magic, one worships it. But when a legendary mirror connects them, Nalah and Halan finally meet—and must work together to save their two worlds, before everything they know is shattered forever. 
Story: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Clean: 5/5
Eager, Edward. Tales of Magic series.
Beginning with Half Magic, in which four siblings find a magical coin that only grants half of each wish they make, this series follows groups of siblings and cousins who find themselves dealing with magic in the most extraordinary–and ordinary–ways.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Clean: 5/5
Kaye, M. M. The Ordinary Princess.
Princess Amy of Phantasmorania receives a special fairy christening gift: Ordinariness. Unlike her six beautiful sisters, she has brown hair and freckles, and would rather have adventures than play the harp, embroider tapestries . . . or become a Queen. When her royal parents try to marry her off, Amy runs away and, because she’s so ordinary, easily becomes the fourteenth assistant kitchen maid at a neighboring palace. And there, much to everyone’s surprise, she meets someone just as ordinary and special as she is.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5
Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted

Ella is cursed: anything someone tells her to do, she has to do it. Which makes life pretty miserable when she’s stuck with a step-mother and two step-sisters who hate her. But then comes a young man named Char, and Ella wonders if breaking her curse is possible after all. (A Cinderella retelling.)
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

Levine, Gail Carson. Fairest

Aza isn’t exactly what you’d call beautiful, unless you count her voice. Literally magical, Aza’s voice sets her apart from everyone else, attracting the attentions of a young man and the threats of the evil queen. (A Snow White retelling.)
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

Levine, Gail Carson. The Two Princesses of Bamarre.

Meryl is the adventurous sister, not Addie. But when Meryl falls ill, it’s up to twelve-year-old Addie to save her. Armed with a collection magical gifts, Addie sets out to find her courage and save her sister.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

Lewis, C. S. The Chronicles of Narnia. 🎧👑

The four Pevensie children–Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy–expect nothing but boredom when they’re sent to the English countryside to escape the bombs in London. But then they discover a magical wardrobe, and their entire world changes.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

McGraw, Eloise. The Moorchild.

Saaski knows she’s different–and everyone else knows it too. But she doesn’t know exactly what sets her apart from  her moorland village until she learns why the village fears the moor. Then she has to decide where she really fits in.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

Rowling, J. K. The Harry Potter series. 🎧

When eleven-year-old Harry Potter is invited to the wizard school Hogwarts, he has no idea how much his life will change–and how much he will have to sacrifice for the fight against evil.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

Riordan, Rick. The Kane Chronicles. 🎧
When Carter and Sadie join their father at the British Museum, their father summons a mysterious figure who quickly banishes him and causes a fiery explosion. They discover that the gods of Ancient Egypt are waking, and the worst of them—Set—has a frightening scheme. To save their father, they must embark on a dangerous journey—a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and its links to the House of Life, a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 4.5/5 (some mild language)
Riordan, Rick. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. 🎧

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson can’t fit in anywhere–until he learns the truth of who he really is and the danger he’s in. Armed with this knowledge and a ballpoint sword, Percy sets out to defend himself, his friends, and the only place he can truly be safe.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 4.5/5 (small amount of mild language)

Sanderson, Brandon. Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians series. 🎧
On his thirteenth birthday, foster child Alcatraz Smedry gets a bag of sand in the mail-his only inheritance from his father and mother. He soon learns that this is no ordinary bag of sand. It is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians who are taking over the world by spreading misinformation and suppressing truth. Alcatraz must stop them, using the only weapon he has: an incredible talent for breaking things.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

🐀 Animal Fiction 🐀

Bruel, Nick. Bad Kitty series.
A series of illustrated chapter books that tell the stories of a riotous kitty gone berserk, just trying to survive in a world that doesn’t immediately give her everything she wants.
Story: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Clean: 5/5
Burgess, Thornton W.  Old Mother West Wind and the Adventures series.

The Green Forest is full of adventures and lessons as all the resident animals–from Reddy the Fox to Lightfoot the Deer–tell their own stories.

Hunter, Erin. The Warriors series.

He was born a kittypet–inside the nests of the strange Twolegs. But something inside him yearns for the forest beyond, and he escapes to join a clan of wild cats. Firepaw must train hard if he is to become the warrior who will save all the clans.
Story: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Clean: 5/5

Milne, A. A. The Winnie the Pooh series.

Follow the adventures of Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, and their other companions through the imaginative expanse of the Hundred-Acre Wood.

O’Brien, Robert C. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.

Mrs. Frisby needs to move her family of mice, but her son Timothy is too sick to leave. Her only hope for survival lies with the mysterious rats of NIMH.

Sewell, Anna. Black Beauty.

Black Beauty has a very good home, but then his situation changes and he experiences firsthand the variety of human interaction in 19th-century London.

White, E. B. Charlotte’s Web.

Wilbur wasn’t supposed to live. The runt of the litter, he was saved by the farmer’s daughter, Fern. Now he wonders if he holds any worth–until he meets the little black spider named Charlotte.

White, E.B. Trumpet of the Swan.

Louis is a trumpeter swan. He’s supposed to trumpet. But he can’t. He despairs of ever being like his siblings–or winning the attention of the beautiful Serena–until his father gives him a special gift.

📜 Historical Fiction 📜

The American Girl series.

Each of these stories shows, through character journey and historical fact, what it means to be a American girl, no matter the culture, setting, or era. (My favorites: Josefina and Kaya.)

Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden.

When Mary Lennox loses both her parents to cholera in India, she is sent to live with her uncle in Victorian England. At first she despises the change and her surroundings, but then she finds a secret garden that changes everything.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

Burnett, Frances Hodgson. A Little Princess.

Sara Crewe has everything: money, fine clothes, a high standing in her school, and a doting father. But then her father dies, and she is forced to work during the day and sleep in the attic by night. She isn’t without friends, however, and these friends help her realize you don’t have to have everything to be a princess.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud, not Buddy. 
It’s 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud’s momma never told him who his father was before she died, but she left a clue: flyers advertising Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression. Bud’s got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road and find this mystery man, nothing can stop him–not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5
The Dear America series.

First-person historical fiction following both boys and girls through all eras of American history.

Duey, Kathleen. The Hoofbeats: Lara and the Gray Mare series.

Lara is only nine years old when a gray mare gives birth near her village in medieval Ireland. But the mare doesn’t survive, and Lara promises to keep and take care of the newborn filly. She just doesn’t know what she might have to pay to keep her promise.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

Duey, Kathleen. The Hoofbeats: Katie and the Mustang series.

Nine-year-old orphan Katie dreams of going West to find her Uncle Jack. Then she meets and falls in love with a wild mustang, and she wonders if both her dreams could come true: find her Uncle Jack and keep the mustang.

Henry, Marguerite. Justin Morgan Had a Horse.

The schoolmaster Justin Morgan is given two colts to settle a debt. But it’s his young pupil, Joel Goss, who tends to them and falls in love with the smaller one, Little Bub. They return home to colonial New England, where they soon recognize the legacy Little Bub has to offer: the legacy of the Morgan horse.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

Henry, Marguerite. King of the Wind.

Agba the horseboy is present in the sultan’s stables when the foal is born–a foal with the mark of speed upon his heel and the mark of ill fortune upon his chest. Agba names the foal Sham, after the sun, and determines to help the foal realize his destiny: that of the great Godolphin Arabian.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

Henry, Marguerite. The Misty of Chincoteage series.

Paul and Maureen Beebee will do anything to catch the famous Chincoteague pony Phantom. But when they finally find the mare–and the mist-colored filly with her–they realize Phantom isn’t the pony meant for them.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

Johnson, Lois Walfrid. The Viking Quest series. 👑
In one frightening day, Viking raiders capture Bree and her brother Devin and take them away from their home in Ireland. Separated by the proud young leader of the Vikings, Bree and Devin each face different journeys to courage. As Bree sails toward a life of slavery in Norway and as Devin struggles to survive on his own, they must choose to trust God in spite of the troubles they face.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Clean: 5/5
Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars.
Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It’s now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are “relocated,” Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen’s life.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5
Marlow, Susan K. The Andrea Carter series.👑

Twelve-year-old Andi Carter wishes she could spend all day riding her palomino mare, Taffy, around their California ranch. So when her oldest brother bosses her one too many times, she runs away to do just that. But then an encounter with a stranger leaves her alone and injured, and Andi realizes home might not be so bad after all–if only she could get there.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

Marlow, Susan K. The Goldtown Adventures series. 👑

The Gold Rush has ended, and the mining town of Goldtown, California, needs a sheriff to keep the peace. Twelve-year-old Jem Coulter just never expected his pa to be that first sheriff. Then strange things start happening around the town, and Jem and his sister decide to do some investigating of their own.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

MacLachlan, Patricia. The Sarah, Plain and Tall series.

Sarah comes on the train, venturing from the coast of Maine to answer Jacob Witting’s advertisement for a woman to help raise his children, Anna and Caleb, on his prairie farm. The children wonder if Sarah will stay–if she will exchange her ocean for the plains and become their mother.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

The Royal Diaries series.

Historical fiction based on the lives of female rulers through world history. (My favorites: Cleopatra and Mary, Queen of Scots.)

Ryan, Pam Muñoz. Esperanza Rising.
Esperanza thought she’d always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico, but a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn’t ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances–Mama’s life, and her own, depend on it.
Story: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Clean: 5/5
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. The Little House on the Praire series.

Life is difficult in the Wisconsin wilderness during the late 1800s. But the Ingalls family stands up to the challenge with the same courage and loyalty that eventually takes them West to a new home on the frontier.

🏙 Contemporary/Other Fiction 🏙

Aaseng, Nathan. The Grubstake Adventures series.👑

No week is the same at Christian Camp Grubstake. With counselors like the friendly Poke, the enormous Red Dog, and the pirate-wannabe Stubblehead Chad, campers will learn lessons, ask tough questions, and build relationships as they navigate the challenges of summer camp.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

Baglio, Ben M. The Animal Ark series.

Mandy Hope loves animals, and not just because her parents are the Welford vets. So when an animal shows up in need of rescue, treatment, a home, or just some love, Mandy and her friends jump in to help.

Bowling, Dusti. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus.
Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job at a rundown western theme park in Arizona, her new life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5
Burt, Jake. Greetings from Witness Protection!
Nicki Demere is an orphan and a pickpocket. She also happens to be the U.S. Marshals’ best bet to keep a family alive. The marshals are looking for the perfect girl to join a mother, father, and son on the run from the nation’s most notorious criminals. As she barely balances the responsibilities of her new identity, Nicki learns that the biggest threats to her family’s security might not lurk on the road from New York to North Carolina, but rather in her own past.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5
Clement, Andrew. Frindle. 🎧

What does it take to make a word? Nick Allen finds out when a simple joke in school turns into a nationwide phenomenon.

DeJong, Meindart. The Wheel on the School.

The storks no longer come to the Dutch village of Shora. Lina, one of the local students, wonders why, and soon she and all her classmates are busy trying to make the village a place where the storks can nest again.

Dicamillo, Kate. Because of Winn-Dixie.

Opal Buloni, the preacher’s daughter, doesn’t have any friends. They’ve just moved to Naomi, Florida, and she has no one to keep her company. Until she meets a stray mutt who opens the door to a town full of friends.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

Draper, Sharon M. Out of my Mind. 
Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom – the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it – somehow.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5
Erskine, Catherine. Mockingbird. 
In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon’s dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s, she doesn’t know how. In her search for closure, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white—the world is full of colors—messy and beautiful.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5
Farley, Walter. The Black Stallion.

Traveling home aboard a steamship, Alec Ramsay never expected to meet a wild black stallion. Then the ship sinks in a storm, and Alec and the stallion are the only survivors washed up on a small island. In the weeks that follow, they must learn to trust each other if they are to survive their new environment.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

Glaser, Karina Yan. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street.
The Vanderbeekers have always lived in the brownstone on 141st Street. It’s practically another member of the family. So when their reclusive, curmudgeonly landlord decides not to renew their lease, the five siblings have eleven days to do whatever it takes to stay in their beloved home and convince the dreaded Beiderman just how wonderful they are. 
Story: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Clean: 5/5
Grabenstein, Chris.  The Mr. Lemoncello’s Library trilogy.

Twelve-year-old Kyle Keeley loves games. Any kind of game. Especially Lemoncello games. So when the chance comes to be part of Lemoncello Library’s opening party, he’s determined to get in–and win by being the first to get out.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

Green, Shari. Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess.
Sixth grade is coming to an end, and so is life as Macy McMillan knows it. Soon her mother will upend their little family, adding an unwelcome stepfather and pesky six-year-old twin stepsisters. Just when Macy’s mother ought to be sympathetic, she sends her next door to help eighty-six-year-old Iris Gillan, who is getting ready to move into an assisted living facility. Iris can’t move a single box on her own and, worse, she doesn’t know sign language. How is Macy supposed to understand her? But Iris has stories to tell, and she isn’t going to let Macy’s deafness stop her. Soon, a friendship grows. And this friendship, odd and unexpected, may be just what Macy needs to face the changes in her life.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5
Konigsburg, E. L. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
When Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and invites her younger brother along. Once settled in the museum, they find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of $225. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn’t it?
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5
Konigsburg, E. L. The View from Saturday.
How has Mrs. Olinski chosen her sixth-grade Academic Bowl team? She had a number of answers. But were any of them true? How had she really chosen Noah and Nadia and Ethan and Julian? And why did they make such a good team? It was a surprise to a lot of people when Mrs. Olinski’s team won the sixth-grade Academic Bowl contest at Epiphany Middle School. And when they went on to even greater victories, everyone began to ask: How did it happen?
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5
Lai, Thannha. Inside Out & Back Again.
For all the ten years of her life, Hà has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the warmth of her friends close by. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope. In America, Hà discovers the foreign world of Alabama: the coldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food . . . and the strength of her very own family.
(Based on the author’s life).
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5
London, Alexander C. Semper Fido.

Gus Dempsey has always dreamed of joining the Marines. So when he finishes high school, he enlists and becomes an IDD (IED Detector Dog) handler. Partnered with a playful black lab named Loki, Gus heads overseas to join the war in Afghanistan.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 4/5 (a few H-words, a few mildly crude references)

Lord, Cynthia. Rules.
Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi, the next-door friend she’s always wished for, it’s her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5
MacDonald, Betsy. The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series.

All the children love Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle–she lives in an upside-down house and bakes the best cookies and, supposedly, still has her husband’s pirate treasure buried in the backyard. So when a child comes down with a bad habit–from tattling to bullying to daydreaming–it’s Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle the parents call. The cure isn’t always conventional, but it always works.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

Matlin, Marlee. Deaf Child Crossing and Nobody’s Perfect.

Ten-year-old Megan is deaf. Cindy, the new girl in the neighborhood, isn’t, but the two girls become close friends anyway–until summer camp threatens to pull them apart and shows them the true meaning of friendship.

Palacio, R. J. Wonder.
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Clean: 5/5
Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terabithia.

Jess Aarons wants to be the fastest runner in fifth grade. But on the first day of school, he loses to the new girl who just moved in across the street from his farm. Jess has to decide if they’re going to be friends–and how much he’s willing to learn.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 4/5 (some mild D-words and frequent “Lord”s)

Sachar, Louis. Holes.

Stanley Yelnats is cursed. His whole family is cursed. So maybe it’s no surprise when he’s blamed for the theft of some famous sneakers and shipped to Camp Green Lake to serve his sentence. Except there’s no lake–or anything green–at Camp Green Lake, just a lot of holes that the Warden wants dug. Stanley suspects there’s something more going on and determines to find out what–and perhaps break the family curse in the process.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

Stewart, Trenton Lee. The Mysterious Benedict Society series.

An advertisement is calling for gifted children. Reynie answers the ad and takes a series of test, making friends with Kate, Sticky, and Constance in the process. Together these children are taken to meet the strange Mr. Benedict, who gives them an important assignment that will require all their skills and teamwork.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

Van Draanen, Wendelin. Flipped. 
The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski, she flipped. The first time Bryce saw Juli, he ran. That’s pretty much the pattern for these two neighbors until the eighth grade, when, just as Juli is realizing Bryce isn’t as wonderful as she thought, Bryce is starting to see that Juli is pretty amazing. How these two teens manage to see beyond the surface of things and come together makes for a comic and poignant romance. 
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

🔎 Mystery 🔎

Erickson, John. R. Hank the Cowdog series.
The humorous antics of the canine Head of Ranch Security. In this first book, Hank and his little buddy, Drover, set out to solve a series of baffling murders on the ranch. Is Hank a suspect? An Outlaw? Can he clear his good name?
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5
Johnson, Lois Walfrid. The Adventures in the Northwoods series.👑
When Kate O’Connell’s mother remarries and moves from the city to the Wisconsin northwoods, Kate has to learn to adjust to her new family while navigating growing up and solving mysteries.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Clean: 5/5
Keene, Carolyn. The Nancy Drew series.
The beloved mystery stories of sixteen-year-old girl detective Nancy Drew as she unravels cases that test her keen mind and lead her into thrilling adventure.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5
Lawrence, Caroline. The Roman Mysteries series.

Flavia and her friends Jonathan, Nubia, and Lupus work together to solve mysteries and escape danger in Ancient Rome.

Sobol, Donald J. The Encyclopedia Brown series.

He has a brain like an encyclopedia. So when something goes wrong in the neighborhood, young Encyclopedia Brown is the boy they ask for help.

Warner, Gertrude Chandler. The Boxcar Children series.

The Alden children–Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny–don’t want to live with their grandfather. So they run away and live in a boxcar instead. They survive on their own until Violet gets sick, when the children must trust a stranger in order to save their sister.

📝 Non-Fiction 📝

North, Sterling. Rascal.

Young Sterling North is in for an adventure when he brings a baby raccoon back to his family’s home in rural Wisconsin.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5

Park, Linda Sue. A Long Walk to Water.

A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about a girl in Sudan in 2008 and a boy in Sudan in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.
Story: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Clean: 5/5