It’s that time of year where we are rounding up our favorite teen and tween books of 2010. It’s hard to choose favorites when there have been so many great reads! This year, I chose five middle grade books. These are just the ones that stuck with me the most. Some are literary, some are just plain fun, but all are outstanding in their own way. Most importantly, kids will enjoy them.
This beautifully-written book about a family in Maine has award buzz all around it – and I can see why. It’s an easy read that girls will really like. My daughter did, and she is pretty discerning.
Not only is this a fabulous book, but it appeals to both boys and girls. At the heart of the story is a family coping with the aftermath of divorce, but its humor, a new German Shephard, adventure, and a little mystery keeps this book from getting too serious. It’s an enjoyable story with just the right amount of depth.
This book is awesome – but hard to explain. It’s like a modern day “Choose Your Own Adventure” graphic novel, written and illustrated by an award winning comic. If your child likes math and solving puzzles, he will not put this book down. I know brothers who loved this book so much their mother had to buy them separate copies!
This author never misses, and this imaginative story is another hit. Told from the perspective of 4 middle school narrators, three boys and a girl, this book will appeal to both boys and girls equally. (My tween girl book club gave it a big thumbs up!)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth:
How can I leave this one off my list? Surely, I could have come up with another beautifully written literary triumph, but a book that draws so much attention and enthusiasm from kids deserves a spot in my top five. I can’t think of any other book that caused such a frenzy at the bookstore. I know I waited 20 minutes in line on its release day with other parents buying the book. Kids love it – reluctant readers live for it, and it’s an all around crowd pleaser for boys and girls of all reading levels. I even laughed out loud while reading this book (and got several strange looks, as I was under the dryer at the hair salon, laughing at a children’s book) This book is just FUNNY!
Those are my picks. Hope your enjoy children enjoy them as much I did!