But the thing is...there's a TON of awesome Middle Grade out there too. It's just not as well known--especially in the blogosphere. So I thought I'd use the Bookanistas this week to shine the light on a few of the awesome Middle Grade series I've discovered over the last couple of years, because I promise--they're not just for kids. (I think Harry Potter proved that pretty darn well).
First up: The Sister's Grimm Series, by Michael Buckley:
Imagine a town where every fairy-tale creature is not only real--but forced to live together in close quarters. Prince Charming with all of his past flames (Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, AND Cinderella--oh yeah, you can bet it gets awkward). And then you have Sabrina and Daphne Grimm--descendants of the famous Brothers Grimm--who are charged with keeping order in that town and investigating all the crimes that are committed. And as if that weren't cool enough, they're also trying to solve the mystery of why their parents disappeared. These books are laugh out loud funny and constantly leave me with a sense of, why didn't I think of that???? And I guarantee, you'll never see fairy-tales the same way again.
Next: The Softwire Series, by P.J. Haarisma
I'll admit--I'm not usually a fan of sci-fi. But I LOVE these books. Johnny Turnbull--the first human to be able to interact with a computer with his mind--is an awesome character, and the world of Orbis is fascinating. There's four rings--each of the four books in the series takes place on a different ring--and the mystery just gets deeper the further you go. Need more proof that the series is awesome? Um...book three is called WORMHOLE PIRATES ON ORBIS 3. Yeah...'nuff said.
Finally: The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart
Four gifted children--each special in their own very extraordinary way--are brought together by the mysterious Mr. Benedict to take down huge conspiracies. In the first book, it's a plot to use subliminal messages and a machine called The Whisperer to control people's minds. And things only get cooler from there. It's kinda like dystopian meets middle grade, with a lot more fun and humor. The books in the series are thick (Yay for long MG books!! *coughs*) but they are hard to put down. I haven't had a chance to read the third one--it is STARING at me from my TBR pile--but I am dying to dive in. Must. Find. Out. What. Happens. Next!!!
So there you have it. Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and dystopian-thriller esque--all with a Middle Grade slant. And that's just the teeny, tiny tip of the iceberg. There is so much cool middle grade out there, you guys. It's kinda sad how little attention it gets. So if you're looking for something a little different--or you at least want to buy something for your son/daughter/niece/nephew/rent-a-kid/whatever I highly recommend you give it a chance. Middle grade is gonna make a come back guys. Why not be ahead of the curve? :)
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