We’ve had some great new middle grade books make an appearance at the library the last few weeks that we can’t wait for you to check out. This week we want to introduce you to 6 of them and suggest some of our favorites to pair with these fun new reads! Today we continue the list!
Loot: How to Steal a Fortune by Jude Watson
12-year-old March McQuinn has spent his life traveling the world with his high-stakes burglar father, Alfie. When Alfie falls to his death during a heist, March is left to fend for himself. That is, until he finds the twin sister (Jules) that he never knew he had and clues to finish Alfie’s final heist. Along with friends that they met in a less than welcoming foster home, March and Jules set out to solve Alfie’s mystery and build a home for themselves. Fast-paced, exciting, and funny, Jude Watson’s Loot is a fun read for fans of mystery and adventure.
Pair this book with other mystery and adventure books:
El Deafo by Cece Bell
El Deafo tells the story of Cece Bell’s early childhood following her hearing loss and subsequent use of a hearing aid. With her sweet illustrations and strong storytelling, Bell has created a story that feels unique and universal at the same time. Child Cece has a hard time making a real, true friend. She is different and lacks confidence, so she is willing to be friends with anyone that will have her, but all that she wants is to find someone that she truly likes. This search for a friend, filled with loneliness and frustration, makes this story a perfect one for nearly every child as they grow up (and is heartbreaking for adults as they remember that childhood pain). Bell has created something really special.
Pair this book with stories about feeling different and making friends:
The Graveyard Book (Graphic Novel) by Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell
I absolutely LOVE The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, so I was ecstatic when I read that this graphic novel version would be released. I wasn’t disappointed. The illustrations are done by 6 illustrators, giving each section a unique look and feel. The story of Nobody Owens, an orphan that is raised by ghosts in a graveyard, is true to the original book. It feels slightly darker — and be warned, the violence feels much more obvious in graphic form — but still holds onto the wonder and excitement of Gaiman’s charming story.
Pair this book with other graphic adaptations of children’s books: