Top 5 Wednesday!
We were told that we could also include middle grade which is just up my alley cause I think middle grade is GREAT!
- The Smell of Old Lady Perfume by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez – this is a story of a young Mexican American girl in a Texas border town and her close family unit especially her father whom she admires and idolizes until he becomes sick and their entire family dynamic begins shifting. Great fictional realism written for young readers.
- The Golden Compass and His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman – my absolute favorite middle grade ever (I don’t consider Happy Potter middle grade since the later books are so dark), if you’ve never read The Golden Compass, it is a story set in a parallel universe, specifically an alternative Oxford called Jordan College. We follow Lyra Belacqua and in her world it is ruled by a Theocracy which controls everything. In this world your soul is also outside of your body and it is manifested in what they call a Deamon, this Deamon is your constant companion and takes the shape of an animal which represents your personality. In children these Deamons are constantly changing until they ‘grow up and settle’. The mystery that starts this Trilogy are children that are missing and Lyra and her group of misfits (which includes giant talking, ruling Polar Bears which armor) search for the mystery of the disappearing children, what does Dust have to do with it and why is the church trying to cover it up? I absolutely adore this trilogy and high encourage you to read it if you have not done so.
- Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – if you’re unfamiliar with this story, this is steampunk done wonderfully. We follow Sophie who was a young girl that was placed on a curse and turned into an old woman, as an old woman she runs away and takes employment in the moving castle owned by Howl, a wizard. Our story goes from there, it is excellent and the animated film is just as good.
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss – C’mon! This is the best, I don’t care what any one says, I still know whole paragraphs of this book.
- The School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani – This middle grade is utterly fantastic. I raved about it last year and I still recommend it, especially for younger readers. We follow two friends Sophie and Agatha as they are kidnapped and taken to a magic school where one learned to be a princess and the other learns to be an evil witch. It is incredibly funny, tongue in cheek and super entertaining.