|by Polly Shulman|
The Grimm Legacy
A young teen goes to work in a lending library that specializes in artifacts--and there’s a special collection called the Grimm Legacy that consists of objects from fairy tales that have certain strange powers. If you liked When You Reach Me, you'll love this one!
|by Shannon Hale|
The prince will select his future bride from the girls in Miri's village--and that means every girl must attend Princess Academy and learn to be a princess.
|by Eleanor Estes|
The Witch Family
One of my most beloved childhood favorites, and still a great read. This book is chock-full of memorable characters, including best friends Amy and Clarissa, Malachi the spelling bumblebee, Hannah, the little witch girl, her baby sister, Weenie Witch, and wonderfully scary Old Witch. There's even a little mermaid and a mermaid baby sister.
|by Phoebe Stone|
The Romeo and Juliet Code
This is not a teen romance, as the cover suggests. It's actually a quirky family mystery set in World War II. The main character loves the books of Frances Hodgson Burnett, and vows to become an authority on them. Click here for my complete review.
|by Elise Broach|
There might be a diamond hidden in Hero's new house--and it may hold the secret to Shakespeare's true identity. Hero (who was named for a character in Much Ado About Nothing) and her new friend, Danny, are determined to solve the mystery.
|by Meg Wolitzer|
An insider look at the world of competitive Scrabble. Sort of like the documentary Word Wars--only with preteens, and secret powers, and a far more uplifting and satisfying story. My complete review is here.
|by Ingrid Law|
Everyone in Mibs' family has a 'savvy'--a supernatural power that arrives when they turn thirteen. If you enjoy Savvy, you'll also want to read its sequel, Scumble.
|by Wendy Mass|
Four kids enter the magical world of a candy factory to compete in a high-stakes contest. You won't understand how the characters' interwoven stories connect until the very end, when the loose ends come together in a satisfying and heartwarming conclusion.
|by Annie Barrows|
Miri has a twin--but she's not from the present. This is a charming timeslip novel about a girl who must find a way to help her counterpart in 1935. Barrows is the author of the enchanting Ivy and Bean and coauthor of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (which would definitely be on my list of top ten beach reads for grownups, if I were doing one).
|by Elizabeth Kay|
The first in the Divide series. Felix is spending what may be his last summer at the continental divide in Costa Rica. He falls unconscious and slips through the divide into another world, where he is befriended by an elfin girl named Betony and Ironclaw, a mythical animal called a brazzle.
Here are more great middle grade summer reading recommendations.
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