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Can you name the best upper MG Fantasy-Adventure novel you've read?  Thanks!
#1 - November 15, 2010, 03:58 PM

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I don't know about "best," but I'll throw out a few candidates (all series)

Hunger Games could maybe pass as upper MG, although it's probably more to the YA side.
Gregor the Overlander
Ranger's Apprentice
The Narnia Chronicles.
City of Ember
The Divide
Pendragon
Children of the Lamp
#2 - November 21, 2010, 05:11 PM

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The Percy Jackson series (which I consider tween)
The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series by Brandon Sanderson
#3 - November 21, 2010, 05:52 PM

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I don't know about "best," but there are the Harry Potter books, of course--but maybe those are too obvious to mention. :)

Alex and the Ironic Gentleman by Blueboarder Adrienne Kress is fantastic.

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Anything by Diana Wynne Jones

The Spiderwick Chronicles

The Narnia Books

There are so many great MG fantasies out there.

ETA: How about the Alanna books by Tamora Pierce? Those are MG, right?
#4 - November 22, 2010, 01:18 AM
« Last Edit: November 22, 2010, 05:55 AM by Carrie »

How about the older Newbery (1985?) Hero and the Crown - McKinley.  My students still love it.
#5 - November 22, 2010, 04:38 AM

Midnight for Charlie Bone (and all the others in the Children of the Red King series) by Jenny Nimmo
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat series and The Secret of Zoom by Lynne Jonell
plus many of those already mentioned. I wouldn't call these "upper mg" in the sense of tween, but certainly they are solid mg appropriate for 10 to 12-year-olds.
 
#6 - December 13, 2010, 09:26 PM
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The Artemis Fowl series is one of my faves...I think others have already listed the rest of them!  :applause
#7 - December 14, 2010, 06:18 AM

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Some great ones already mentioned. I'd also add:

PRINCESS ACADEMY and GOOSE GIRL by Shannon Hale
THE LOST CONSPIRACY by Frances Hardinge
WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON by Grace Lin
#8 - December 14, 2010, 06:25 AM
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My Very UnFairy Tale Life, Dirt Diary, and Switched at First Kiss series--Sourcebooks
POWER DOWN, LITTLE ROBOT--Henry Holt

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Thanks to all for your suggestions.  I have lots of reading to do here, as I haven't read many of the ones mentioned.  This is one genre I am definitely behind in.  Again, thanks.   :flower
#9 - December 14, 2010, 05:18 PM

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What a fabulous list! I have a story brewing that seems to want to be MG, which is not my typical age to write for, and this will make for terrific research reading.
#10 - December 16, 2010, 01:31 PM

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