Beautifully told in verse and accompanied by adorable illustrations by Jennifer A. Bell, this heartwarming novel from Newberry Honor winner, Marion Dane Bauer, is a timeless, touching, and fulfilling story about finding your way home. Technically, only part of this book is about part of a kitten, but I think it counts as a cat book. For Elliott, the simple act of conjuring fire from his fingertips turns into a fully frozen failure.
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For Bax, a bad moment of magic will turn him into a. In their classroom, lessons are unconventional, students are unpredictable, and magic has a tendency to turn wonky at the worst possible moments. Dorian Cirrone has written several books for children and teens. You can find her on Facebook and on Twitter as DorianCirrone. These look adorable!
Any animal themed books I read had cats as the antagonist, what fun to have them as protagonists! User Password Remember me. From the Mixed-Up Files is the group blog of middle-grade authors celebrating books for middle-grade readers. Schmidt, author, David Colmer translator In the tradition of The Cricket in Times Square comes this tale of courage, friendship, and what it really means to be human.
How to Capture an Invisible Cat by Paul Tobin, author, Thierry Lafontaine, illustrator Every Friday the Thirteenth, sixth grade genius and inventor extraordinaire Nate Bannister does three not-so-smart things to keep life interesting.
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The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs by Cylin Busby, author, Gerald Kelley, illustrator Captain Natick does not want to take a kitten on board his ship when it sets sail in , but his daughter convinces him that the scrawny yellow cat will bring good luck. Like this: Like Loading Dorian Cirrone. Visit her at www. Previous Post Nethergrim Winners. Thanks, Amber! Login User Password Remember me. Mission Statement From the Mixed-Up Files is the group blog of middle-grade authors celebrating books for middle-grade readers. Shop Your Local Indie Bookstore.
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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. This is a really fun book, but the folksy narrative voice may take some kids a bit of time to get used to. When they arrive at the blue mountain, Tuk turns back to fetch the rest of the herd. Lina and Doon discover a parchment that may hold the key to saving the city and they set out on a perilous journey. The series has excellent critical reviews, and not just from my kid. There is also a graphic novel version.
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This is an extremely well-written book and while I heartily recommend it, it is hard for me to say I enjoyed reading it. I was too worried about what would happen to Ivan! Ivan is a gorilla, confined to a glass box in a mall. He narrates his own story, one of sorrow, friendship and compassion for the other animals. In an effort to save his friend Ruby the elephant, he begins to paint.
A very moving story. Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner. The resolution between Willy and the longtime winner of the race, Stone Fox, a Native American, is unexpectedly emotional. Readers who like books about dogs in snow should also check out Balto and the Great Race. Note: I no longer recommend Stone Fox, read this post to learn why. I leave it up on my list so that people can learn, as I do. This story centers around Mrs.
Frisby who must move her family in order to survive and in doing so encounters a group of mice bred for intelligence. Winner of the Newbery Medal. Ragweed is a mouse who craves adventure. He leaves his family, hops a train and lands in a town where he makes friends with other mice, learns a lot about life and helps foil the local cats. This series has quickly become one of my top recommendations for read alouds.
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Whittington by Alan W. Secondly, the eponymous cat tells the tale of his famous ancestor and the boy who escaped servitude in the Middle Ages. I did not read this book, even though I know it has been given rave reviews by kids. In the first book a group of mice must defend themselves against the marauding rats.
Our hero, Matthias, prefers peace.
So you tend to find less out there for boys. It may be a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy. They are also a faster growing market for ereaders than teens. Want to write for boys? Agents and publishers are always looking for books that appeal to middle grade boys.
Last but not least, if you want to write for this age group and are feeling overwhelmed, I suggest joining your local SCBW I chapter. Then attend your regional conference. If you can swing it, attend one of the international conferences in Los Angeles or New York.
For writing exercises and industry adventure stories geared for Middle Grade writing, go to theaccidentalnovelist. Any book clubs or school activists interested in scheduling a reading or talk can also contact Danika at theaccidentalnovelist. I came across this old post but I feel I must respond.
As a writer of middle grade fiction which I totally agree with the writer is not a genre but a segment of readers I found the post very interesting. Certain things that I knew but could not really articulate have been very neatly expressed. I have been looking up posts on this topic. Middle grade is when children start doing many things independently. Reading also. That is why middle grade reading has the possibility of serving as a foundation of life long reading habit.
It is the time when people get hooked most of us did during those years to reading, discovering different genres. So primarily, middle grade reading should be fun with some humour and the characters enjoying themselves. I think middle grade writing should also project a proper value system because the readers are at an age where they will be making up their minds about many things.
Parents, teachers, friends will influence them but so will a book. Thanks for a great article. I love the distinction: finding her place in the world versus making a name for herself in the world. Share this: Tweet. Like this: Like Loading Gita V Reddy on June 25, at pm. Ali on February 9, at pm. Join the conversation Cancel reply. Start Lines from Twitter My Tweets. Follow our Blog NetworkedBlogs. Mark is a Camel Press author.