Friday, February 4, 2011

My TBR Middle Grade Pile of 2011

This year I plan to read at least 20 Middle Grade novels...hopefully more but being the voracious goal setter, this seemed like an achievable number. Most of these books are not 2011's or even 2010's. So I'll probably be adding more 2011's to this list. But here she is as of now:
  1. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.
  2. Looking for Alaska by John Green.
  3. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry
  4. The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby
  5. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
  6. A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
  7. Matched by Ally Condie
  8. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  9. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Stewart
  10. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  11. The Forbidden Sea by Sheila Nielson
  12. The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
  13. Ella Enchanted by Gail Levine
  14. Arana's Visitor: Book 1 of the Vadelah Chronicles by Julie Rollins
  15. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  16. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  17. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  18. Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur
  19. Timothy and the Dragon's Gate by Adrienne Kress
  20. The Grey Griffins: The Brimstone Key by Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis

I just finished reading the books in blue. I'm currently reading The Mysterious Benedict Society. And my TBR pile has The BFG and The Clockwork Three sitting on top. Between this list and my book club's list, I'll be spending many late nights writing. Okay, enough blog blah, I need to get cracking on my WIP if I'm going to query in March. cheers.


  1. Hi Brooke! Thanks for commenting on my blog. Your list looks eclectic. I've read 11 of these.

    Interestingly, in the bookstore where I work, we shelve STARGIRL, FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK, LOOKING FOR ALASKA, and MATCHED in Young Adult, not Middle Grade. Do you really consider them MG?

  2. Yes, some of these books might be considered Tween or YA but I found them on a Middle Grade list from GoodReads and then somewhere else...I'll have to find that link. Thanks for keeping me honest.

    I just picked up the The Grey Griffins this weekend.

  3. Well, STARGIRL probably actually IS middle grade, but since it concerns high school we shelve it in the 12 and up category. Most bookstores probably don't. The other titles, though, especially LOOKING FOR ALASKA -- that's 14 and up! We shelve that in Mature Young Adult.

    Maybe Goodreads doesn't differentiate between different categories of kids' books??

  4. Great list! I blog "middle grade", but I define it as anything a 7th grader would read so I really go back and forth between MG and YA. Glad I found your blog!