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Title: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Kimberly Z. on March 03, 2022, 01:29 PM
What great books have you read recently?

Writers are encouraged to read widely in the genre in which they write. I write picture books and am working on a middle grade novel.

A picture book I loved that I read recently was A Creature of Habit by Jennifer Smith, illustrated by Leo Espinosa. The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor and The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu are both wonderful middle grade books.

Do you have any good book recommendations?

Kim

Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Hopeful on March 04, 2022, 05:01 AM
A picture book I loved that I read recently was A Creature of Habit by Jennifer Smith, illustrated by Leo Espinosa. The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor and The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu are both wonderful middle grade books.


I also read The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle and I totally agree that it's a wonderful book.  I have to add, too, that it was far better than the summary on its back cover makes it out to be.  Here are some other middle grade novels that I recommend:

Ghost by Jason Reynolds (This book may be considered YA, but most kids who read this book do so in middle school.)
Ungifted by Gordon Korman
Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs (This is the first book in his FunJungle series)
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 (This book is an oldie but a goodie.  It might be considered YA.)
The Unteachables by Gordon Korman
Slacker by Gordon Korman (This book was published in 2016 but I think it's my favorite Gordon Korman novel.)

My middle schooler's favorite book is "The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl" written by Stacy McAnulty.  She also liked Dusti Bowling's novel, "24 Hours in Nowhere."  If you enjoy fantasy, my daughter also fell in love with Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books.

Title: Re: Book Recommendations?
Post by: Vijaya on March 04, 2022, 08:28 AM
Recent PBs I loved: The Old Truck by the Pumphrey brothers. Shapes and Patterns in Nature by this trio: by Magdalena Konečná, Jana Sedlackova, Štěpánka Sekaninová (I went to my blog because it's hard to spell these names and if you want more recs see this: https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com/search/label/picture%20books

And here's a great thread on MG books: https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=92442.0

Happy reading and writing!