April 28, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Middle Grade Books I Wish I'd Had as a Preteen

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

I reread so many books when I was in middle school, and they were mostly the ones I'd read in late elementary school. I had trouble finding a lot of new books that actually suited what I wanted in a middle grade story. And since then, there have been a bunch of wonderful middle grade titles that I would've loved to have at that age.

1. Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

2. Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

3. Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

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4. Amina's Voice by Hena Khan

5. Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

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6. Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

7. Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn

8. Breakout by Kate Messner

9. Wish by Barbara O'Connor
(Considering how much I loved Shiloh as a kiddo, I would've been all over this book as a preteen.)

10. The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby

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11. The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman

12. Hook's Revenge by Heidi Schulz

13. Murder Is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens

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14. Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson

What books do you wish existed when you were younger?


  1. I really enjoyed Heather Vogel Frederick's work as well! Great list, I'm adding some of these to my TBR right now, haha.

    My TTT: https://notprimadonna.blogspot.com/2020/04/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-enjoyed-when-i.html

  2. This is such a great list! Younger me would have loved all of these!
    My TTT

  3. I don't know much about these books but the covers are gorgeous! Middle grade books look a lot more interesting now than when I was that age. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I had the same problem as a kid! I grew up in a small town with no bookstores and only a tiny library. It was really hard to find books I actually wanted to read. Now I’m constantly coming across books I would have loved as a kid.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  5. Honestly, I want to read all of these books! What a lovely selection.

    My TTT .

  6. SO WIsh was good? I am always trying to get my preteen to read that one! It's on all the award winner lists.


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