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Middle Grade Books at the Top of My TBR

Hello readers! When I made my Middle Grade March TBR, I had SO MANY books to choose from that I am excited for. I couldn’t possibly put them all on one TBR or read them in one month. First, I’m going to name some that I actually own, and bought or received this month, then name a few more that I don’t own already.

So, I am here to bring you a list of all the books I am VERY excited to read, but they didn’t make it to that TBR. These books are ones I would love to get to in the next coming months and every one of these books have already been published, so unpublished books do not count for this list.

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Return to the Isle of the Lost and Rise of the Isle of the Lost were on sale at my local bookstore. I couldn’t pass them up, as I own and read the first book five years ago. I made a new rule that I have to make progress in ongoing series in 2021, or I am DNFing it for good. I am in the middle of too many series that I started 4+ years ago, and I need to make room for new ones I am interested in.

My Life as An Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi

My husband bought me this book. In early 2020, I read Pride by Zoboi, and I really did not like it. I wanted to give her another chance and tried Punching the Air by her, and I really enjoyed it! Now, I am delving into her middle grade book. I do think we started off on the wrong foot, but she could be one of my favorite authors one day.

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

My husband also bought me this book when he bought the previous one. It has been recommended to fans of the Mr. Lemoncello series by Chris Grabenstein. I want to read more series like that one, and this one fits the bill. Both of the series are about mysteries that need to be solved, and we get to do so along with the characters. Please let me know if you have any recommendations of series like these!

The Doll People by Ann M. Martin, Lauren Godwin, and Illustrated by Brian Selznick

I was at the bookstore the other day and found the first three books in this series for 2 dollars each. I have never even heard of it before, but Brian Selznick is the illustrator, and I have read The Invention of Hugo Cabret by him. I don’t know what this is about, but I am excited to try it. It seems like a very cute story.

Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi

This is the last book on the list that I actually own. I read the first book in this series on the first day of March. I really, really enjoyed it, so I decided to pick up the next one. I actually didn’t own the first one before I went to the book store and bought them both. They didn’t have book 3, or I would have bought it, too. I believe the last book in this series comes out in April, if I’m right, and I really want to catch up soon!

The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein

I am finally finishing the Mr. Lemoncello series this month, so it is time to read some of his other books! This is one of those books within a book stories. I know the MC finds a book at a camp and opens it. Then, some characters and things come out of it. I think this book is going to be so fun to read!

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

I have started this book before and I ended up picking up something else and never going back to it. It is a historical fiction and multi perpective. All I remember is the perspective of Friedrich from Germany whose sister wanted to join the Hitler Youth. Somehow, I made it 26 years of my life without knowing that was a thing. I just need to pick it up again!

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

This book follows a girl whose parents own a motel. They are all immigrants and her parents hide undocumented immigrants in their motel. This seems like an interesting story and I’m working on a post that I think this book will be perfect for.

Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte

This is an own voices story about a deaf Indigenous MC. She lives on an island where a lot of people are deaf. Her brother dies and there are land disputes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. It has been on my TBR for way too long.

When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

This is a graphic novel memoir about Omar Mohamed and his brother, who has a learning disability. They are living at a refugee camp in Kenya. Omar ends up quitting school to take care of his younger brother. I know we also follow him when he is older and he gets an opportunity to go back to school in America. I almost listened to this book in February through Libby, but I’m glad I looked it up on Goodreads first, and realized it is a graphic novel.

Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson

This is an author I have wanted to try for a long time now, and I know this is on the younger side of middle grade. She has so many books I am interested in, I just don’t know which one to pick up first. This one is about a girl called Ryan who tries to see the good in every person she meets and be the sunshine in everybody’s day. I know something happens to her and she has to try to say true to her sunshiny self despite the thing that happens. She has been compared to Ramona Quimby. I haven’t read those books, but I have seen the movie for Ramona and Beezus. I think this will be cute and quick read!

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2 thoughts on “Middle Grade Books at the Top of My TBR

  1. I totally love When Stars are Scattered… I first read it early last year and then again later simply because.. and I have a few of the books on my TBR (added the others also so now have the rest of them!)

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