I picked up this book because I enjoyed Jennifer L. Holm’s The Fourteenth Goldfish. This book turned out to be even better. What’s not to like? Historical fiction with hilarious and quirky characters… sure sounds like my cup of tea.
Here are my favorite middle grade books that I read in 2016 in no particular order. These books aren’t necessarily new, but this year was my first time reading them. And without further ado:
A while ago I posted a list of the Best Middle Grade Books for Boys, and now I have compiled a list of great middle grade books for girls. (Obviously girls sometimes like to read books with boy protagonists and vice versa, but whatever. The point is, here is a list of awesome books.)
Here is a list of 20 of the best middle grade books for boys (IMHO). I tried to list them with the lower middle grade books first and the upper middle grade books after. In most cases, when I list a book, I mean that entire series, or anything by that author.
Okay, here goes:
It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.
In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.
Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, “Just don’t expect me to be all ‘Dear Diary’ this and ‘Dear Diary’ that.” Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he won’t do and what he actually does are two very different things.