MG novels are thriving across the genres


I’ve been trying to branch out and read other types of books, aside from contemporary/realistic and fantasy. Middle grade is a universe and there is so much of it that I HAVEN’T even touched!!! There’s so many wonderful stories in the backlist and I think it’s worth going back to them to find how just how far kidlit has come in terms of diversity and the variety of stories available to kids now.

Language of Spells by Garrett Weyr is a fantasy with dragons! It’s about a two-hundred year old dragon who has been trapped AS a teapot and seen his fellow dragons trapped and the number of his species dwindle.

The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta is a story of about a group of queer witches in the California redwoods. It’s so atmospheric. However, the story is confusing. It was hard to follow, and while I do enjoy magic and magical realism, I can fall into the story better if I don’t need to decipher where the story is going. I’m a fan of linear storytelling. I did not finish this but I will check out the author’s other works.

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina is my favorite kind of MG lit right now. I love stories about Latina girls and teens who are being themselves and finding their way in the world. It dealt with Alzheimer’s and the confusion of being in middle school as a scholarship kid. I found myself cheering for Merci because life is always in transition but if you know who you are at the end of the day, nothing can get

The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett comes after Chasing Vermeer and before The Calder Game. I think Chasing Vermeer is still my favorite, followed by this one. The focus on architecture and the play between art and artist was really nice. Also, Tommy is awesome. He and his goldfish are adorable!

Pieces and Players by Blue Balliett – I have not read this yet!

What MG genre is your favorite? Which ones are you least likely to read?


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