A Few Great Middle Grade Fiction Reads

By Rebecca Schosha, Jefferson Market Branch Library
March 30, 2020

No matter your age, reading is one of the best ways to pleasurably pass time. Here are five great middle grade fiction novels currently available from the Library for e-checkout.  I've read and enjoyed all of these titles, and I think kids  will enjoy them, too.

Ava and Taco

Ava and Taco Cat by Carol Weston

Ava convinces her family to adopt an injured cat from a local shelter. A cozy and heartwarming read about pet adoption and friendship.  










Braced by Alyson Gerber

Rachel's plans for a new school year are dashed when she learns she must wear a brace for her scoliosis.  This incredibly readable realistic fiction novel reveals a character who overcomes adversity and learns self-acceptance in the process.








Dragon in the Sock Drawer

Dragon Keepers #1: Dragon in the Sock Drawer by Kate Klimo

Jesse and Daisy are thrilled to discover that an adorable baby dragon has hatched from  a "rock" they found while hiking.  However, when a villain comes looking for the dragon, they must risk everything to protect it.  A fun, suspenseful, fantasy novel.









Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Have you ever seen burrowing owls?  They are among the cutest creatures on earth! When Roy, the new kid in town, discovers a pancake house is going to destroy their local habitat, he decides to fight back.  A hilarious, action-packed mystery!









Trace by Pat Cummings

After a family tragedy, Trace finds himself living in Brooklyn with his quirky aunt. When a school project sends him to the main branch of the New York Public Library, he encounters a ghost who just might be the key to understanding his family's story. A fast-paced, historical fiction-mystery novel.









Have trouble reading standard print? Many of these titles are available in formats for patrons with print disabilities.

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