Alright, I want to start this off by saying that I know I am not currently the target audience for middle grade. But I’m also pretty positive that no one who follows me is in that age bracket either. So we’re good. Some of these I read when I was young (honestly those are the darkest ones) and some are recent discoveries. All of them are amazing though and there’s definitely a few that I really want to reread.
Bad Blood by Rhiannon Lassiter
I think that this might still be one of the darkest things I’ve ever read, it’s really creepy and straight up scary at times but I loved it so much when I was younger. It’s a really dark mystery kind of story. I don’t really remember what it’s about but I know that it scared me senseless both times I read it. (I don’t know if this is specifically middle grade, it came out a while ago before YA was it’s own real thing and the lines were a bit more blurred, I was fairly young when I read it though so?)
Irish Chain & Home Child by Barbara Haworth-Attard
Irish Chain is one of my favourite books of all time so it’s pretty obvious why it’s on this list. It’s the book that started my love of historical fiction and still one of the best things I’ve ever read. I also really love Home Child, which is a completely different story but is still just really good Canadian historical fiction. I’ve read other books by this author but these two are definitely the best.
Hoot & Flush by Carl Hiaasen
I read these books so many times when I was younger, I kind of wish I still had them because they were staples on my shelves. Flush was totally my favourite, I just thought it was such an action packed and suspenseful story and I loved it. Definitely not the type of books that I’m into now but I loved them when I was younger.
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding Duology by Alexandra Bracken
One of my more recent favourites! I just love how weird and spooky these are, the Halloween vibes are so well done and it’s just a really fun couple of books. A little bit gross, a little bit sentimental and a whole lot of Halloween.
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
These books are so damn good it’s actually astonishing. I knew I loved Roshani Chokshi’s writing but these books just blow the rest of them away. I love a good quest book, and these are some of the best. They’re so much fun and the worlds are so vivid and Aru is just the most wonderful and ridiculous main character. Such a fun series so far and I can’t wait for the next books.
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Series by Rick Riordan
Yes, I know that I’m not mentioning the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books here but I just feel like I don’t need to? I’m also not mentioning Harry Potter. Some things just go without saying. I do seriously love the Magnus Chase books though. Norse Gods and quests and a whole host of mythical creatures! What’s not to love.