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Title: Recommendations for Lower Middle Grade Books
Post by: Susan99 on June 24, 2019, 02:54 PM
Hi there,

Does anyone have recommendations for lower middle grade books?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Recommendations for Lower Middle Grade Books
Post by: Vijaya on June 24, 2019, 08:26 PM
There is some overlap between chapter books and lower MG, so please bear with me.
 
Mercy Pig series by Kate diCamillo (actually anything she writes is golden, from Edward Tulane to her latest trio of Raymie Nightingale+friends)
Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
Catwings by Ursula LeGuin
Warriors series by Erin Hunter
Ramona series by Beverly Cleary
One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Sideways Stories by Louis Sachar
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

There are lots more titles, and don't forget nonfiction! Happy reading!
Here's a list from Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/lower-middle-grade
Title: Re: Recommendations for Lower Middle Grade Books
Post by: Susan99 on June 25, 2019, 05:19 PM
Thanks, Vijaya! I'll check them out, and I'll definitely search for nonfiction.
Title: Re: Recommendations for Lower Middle Grade Books
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on June 25, 2019, 07:25 PM
There is some overlap between chapter books and lower MG, so please bear with me.
 
Mercy Pig series by Kate diCamillo (actually anything she writes is golden, from Edward Tulane to her latest trio of Raymie Nightingale+friends)
Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
Catwings by Ursula LeGuin
Warriors series by Erin Hunter
Ramona series by Beverly Cleary
One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Sideways Stories by Louis Sachar
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

There are lots more titles, and don't forget nonfiction! Happy reading!
Here's a list from Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/lower-middle-grade

Interesting list. My library has the Warriors book in YA as well as middle grade. I don't think they qualify as lower. And I always thought Junie B Jones was a chapter book classic. So hard to figure out the overlaps.

Maniac Macgee by Jerry Spinelli and Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate might qualify as lower MG. My son loved Secrets of Droon (the whole series). Tales of a Fourth grade Nothing and many of the other Judy Blume classics would be lower MG as well.
Title: Re: Recommendations for Lower Middle Grade Books
Post by: Trine on June 26, 2019, 08:30 PM
I loved
Hello, Universe
by Erin Entrada Kelly
Title: Re: Recommendations for Lower Middle Grade Books
Post by: Susan99 on June 27, 2019, 07:56 PM
Debbie, thanks for your suggestions. I love Katherine Applegate's work.

Trine, I haven't read Hello, Universe yet but will add it to my list.
Title: Re: Recommendations for Lower Middle Grade Books
Post by: JodyJS on June 28, 2019, 04:48 AM
Wonder
Maxi's Secret
Wishtree
Title: Re: Recommendations for Lower Middle Grade Books
Post by: Susan99 on July 03, 2019, 11:37 AM
Jody, thanks for your suggestions.
Title: Re: Recommendations for Lower Middle Grade Books
Post by: Vijaya on July 03, 2019, 03:02 PM
I loved
Hello, Universe
by Erin Entrada Kelly

Me too. And Wonder. I see they've made a movie but I've not watched it yet.

I just picked up a DARLING book by Marion Dane Bauer--Little Cat's Luck.  Free verse. I stayed up last night to finish it. :cat
Raymie Nightingale, Louisiana's Way Home, Beverly trilogy of books is also so great. I can't believe how beautifully Kate diCamillo writes about difficult subjects like abandonment and loss and for such young ones.
Title: Re: Recommendations for Lower Middle Grade Books
Post by: AnneB on July 03, 2019, 05:04 PM
You might check this blog by a middle-school librarian: http://msyinglingreads.blogspot.com/   
Title: Re: Recommendations for Lower Middle Grade Books
Post by: Susan99 on July 05, 2019, 11:22 AM
Terrific blog, Anne! You're all so helpful.
Title: Re: Recommendations for Lower Middle Grade Books
Post by: A. S. Templeton on July 05, 2019, 03:13 PM
Zeno Alexander's The Library of Ever. Light, whimsical, and totally implausible, but lots of fun.