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.
One of the trends in middle grade fiction today is to include a character with a disability. I realized I’ve been doing it in my own writing, almost without realizing it. Beatrice in Car Guts has a stutter and some of the characters in my upcoming novels have disabilities like kleptomania, autism, and homelessness.
Here is my pick for some of the best middle grade novels with characters who have disabilities:
For some reason, when you’re assigned to read something in school, you can’t like it, not matter how hard you try. And that’s a shame, because the books they choose for students are generally the good ones – timeless classics that should be cherished. But when something involves homework and essays and memorizing, you are blinded.