Middle Grade fiction recommended by an 11-year-old Bookworm. A mix of new books we were sent to review and older books that my daughter found on library and school bookshelves.
My daughter Emma LOVES reading! Today she’s treating us to some of her favorite recent reads. I’ve added a few of my own comments in italics. You can find all of her book reviews here.
Great Middle Grade Fiction Emma Recommends
Jack and The Geniuses: At the bottom of the world
Middle Grade Fiction Books Emma Read At School
Finding Ruby Starling
I read the book Finding Ruby Starling by Karen Rivers. It was a good book about a girl named Ruth who uses a special app to find pictures of herself, and she finds some of someone named Ruby Starling who looks exactly like her. Ruth finds Ruby’s email address, and soon they begin corresponding.
This is a parent trap type story set in modern times. This was a fun, light read for Emma, as well as a reminder of just how close my eleven-year-old is to entering the social media universe.
Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings
In Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau a girl named Jade’s mom “drowned”. But Jade is a mermaid, and her mom was too. And mermaids can’t drown, right? Jade goes to find out if her mom is still alive and swimming, or if she actually drowned.
This book is another mostly-light read (in spite of the drowning element). Between the fluff and fairly one-dimensional characters it deals with issues a lot of tweens and young teens will identify with: getting first periods, first crushes, acne, and friend problems.
How to Eat Fried Worms
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell was a very funny book about a boy named Billy who is in a bet that he can’t eat 15 worms in 15 days. He can’t back out because if he does it, he wins 50 dollars, and he wants that money to buy a new bike. He takes on the challenge. Will he do it?
Emma’s class has leveled book clubs, and this was one of her group’s picks. It made quite an impression on her – she talked to me about it for days.
Bonus: Middle Grade Non Fiction!
The Making Of America: Alexander Hamilton:
What are your favorite middle grade fiction picks? How about non-fiction? Emma is always on the lookout for new books to read! Please share in the comments below, or on my Facebook page. You can also tag me on Instagram. Sign up for my newsletter to receive book recommendations, crafts, activities, and parenting tips in your inbox every week.