Heists, Pirates and Libraries!
Summer is here, which means its time to pick up great books for the middle grade crowd to devour on road trips and by the pool. The books below are full of action and adventure, twists and turns, and sneaky secrets, perfect for upper elementary and middle school readers.
One brand-new action-adventure book is The Great Greene Heist, by Varian Johnson. Jackson Greene has sworn off bad behavior - but something's not right with the Maplewood Middle School class president election, and it brings Jackson Greene back to scheming with his old crew.
Read if: you love schemes, sneaks, and tricks; you've ever wondered what Danny Ocean was like in middle school.
The Shadow Throne
If you like your adventure with a side of swords, check out Jennifer A. Neilsen's heart-racing conclusion to the Ascendance Trilogy, The Shadow Throne. These are this decade's fantasy greats of middle grade fiction. If you haven't read the first book in this series, The False Prince, then check-out all three books and set aside a good six hours for nonstop reading. Prince Jaron disappeared years ago, and now someone is looking for an orphan to take his place - but what happens next will surprise you. (Note: these books are a little on the violent side for middle grade fiction. Readers who are unsettled by fights and injuries might want to give this series a pass).
Read if: you like shocking twists, sword fights, desperate races across the medieval countryside on your best horse.
Lucy At Sea
Lucy At Sea is the second book in The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons series by Barbara Mariconda. Lucy's parents were always great sailors, but they're tragically lost at sea in a mysterious accident that only Lucy survives. Now Lucy must find her long-lost aunt (last heard from in Australia) and her best bet is to set sail across the ocean with new friends and one very crafty sea witch. But the crew she takes on is shifty and sinister, the sea itself has its own ideas.
Read if: You want to feel the salty ocean breeze in your hair, have slept with a copy of Avi's True Confession Of Charlotte Doyle under your pillow (guilty!).
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
In Chris Grabenstein's Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library, twelve-year-old Kyle is a game fanatic. Board games, video games - he loves them all. So he's pumped to win a spot at the brand new public library's overnight lock-in, because the library was designed by Kyle's favorite game maker, the eccentric Mr. Lemoncello, and full of the best educational video games on the block. But the library itself is a giant game, and Kyle must win it in order to be the first to escape (and claim the monumental prize).
Read if: you like Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, board games, the Dewey Decimal system.
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