Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Outside YA

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

Outside YA!

Today, we are supposed to highlight books we don't usually feature. WLABB was started as a YA blog, and I try to stay true to the founding bloggers vision by featuring mostly YA books. But, I do read outside of YA, and I have encountered some real gems, which I want to scream about. Without further ado, here are some brilliant middle grades books I have read, in the recent past, which deserve some of my love.

Favorite middle grades book?
Let us know in the comments!

48 comments:

  1. Sorry, I don't read middle grade books so I can't recommend any! I must say that the choice of reading for kids of all ages has really improved and I'd be reading a lot of them if I was a kid using the library!

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    1. MG books are talking on any and all issues these days, and I tend to like the treatment of the subjects better, than books for older readers. They have really impressed me, time and time again

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  2. I love that you feature so many middle grade books. I have really been enjoying the genre so much lately too. I really want to read Roll With It! One of my favourites is Out of My Mind by Sharon M Draper and it has brilliant disability rep as well, so I would really recommend it too <3

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    1. I just borrowed the audiobook for Out of My Mind. Sounds fantastic and it comes with your seal of approval, so, I'm in.

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  3. I don't read a ton of middle grade, but I just read Ella Enchanted for the first time and it was so cute!

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  4. I loved Lightning Girl! I still need to read the cactus book. It gets really good reviews.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Lightning Girl was superb, and I am so glad I read the Aven Green books (aka cactus books). I had seen Shannon talk about reading it with her daughter, and then when she mentioned the sequel crosses over into YA, I had to take a look. Absolutely beautiful story of friendship, family, and it made me so warm and fuzzy.

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  5. I think the only middle grade book I've read (since actually being in middle grade LOL) is Wonder. And you know you're the reason I read that one. :)

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    1. If you had to pick one, you picked an incredible one. I am adding Cactus to the list with Wonder and Flipped for wow-that-made-me-feel-good. So much wholesome goodness in those books, but also gentle commentaries on being kind and decent.

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  6. I enjoy middle grade books. Joshua and the Lightning Road is a fun one. As were The Boy Who Swallows Flies and Argos.

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    1. So he can see the memories of the bugs he eats? Reminds me of what Liv could do in iZombie, when she ate brains.

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  7. These look really cute. I haven't read any of these. My boy loves Lauren Magaziner who writes MG.

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    1. I haven't read any of Magaziner's books, but the Case Closed series looks great.

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  8. I will definitely keep these in mind for my middle grade reading with my middle grader :)

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    1. These are feelie stories, so I hope your MGer likes that

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  9. While I don't really read this genre, I love the idea of promoting the outdoors, especially when we have to stay home!

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    1. I always wonder what sort of interests I would have had I not been born and raised in a city. Would I be more outdoorsy? I guess those summers upstate weren't enough to make me love doing things outdoors, though I appreciate the beauty.

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  10. I haven't read ANY of these! But, I really appreciate bloggers giving me new recs that I haven't read before! Thanks, Sam!

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    1. I don't read a boatload of middle grades, but they have such a fantastic selection out there. When I want something guaranteed to warm my heart, I grab a MG book. They always do the job

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  11. i don't read a lot of middle grade, but do some. the cactus book looks like fun
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. The cactus book is about Aven, who was born with no arms, and was adopted by her parents, when she was two. She talks a lot about how she does things without arms, but also deals with average pre-teen issues. She is a fantastic character, and I am so glad I met her.

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  12. Very nice! I have to say that these are all new to me ones. I seemed to have skipped middle grade books in my youth. I don't think middle grade was as developed back then, YA was just a tiny thing too! Lol.


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    1. I think I read more classic children's lit back when I was actually a child. A lot of Beverly Clearly and Judy Blume too.

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  13. I'm going to write these down for my middle grader. I don't think she's read any of these yet!

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    1. I hope she finds one that sounds good to her.

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  14. I haven't read any of these but I do love the cover of What Comes Up! Sometimes middle grade covers are so gorgeous!

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    1. What Comes Up was so cute. It featured an girl with albinism, which is not too common in middle grades too

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  15. I don't usually read middle grade books but I'm always on the lookout for good ones for my son. I see a few on your list that I think he would enjoy. :)

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    1. I only have one on the list with a male MC, but it was probably one of my favorites.

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  16. I've really liked what I've read from Ashley Herring Blake so I'll have to add that one to my tbr. :)

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    1. Her middle grades books are phenomenal. I loved Ivy Aberdeen too. I have read two of her YA, and they were great too.

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  17. whenever you post about something that isn't YA, I always pay close attention bc I know you don't often do so -- and these titles look fanastic!

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    1. I like the blog having a focus, but sometimes I want to share some of the other stuff I read too.

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  18. Thanks for the reminder for The Mighty Heart of Summer St. James. I absolutely adored Ivy Aberdeen's Letter tot he World.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. I loved Ivy too, but I think I liked Sunny a wee bit more. Hope you get to read it

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  19. I thought you would feature romance or ....Sam! LOL

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    1. I feature more romance than MG on the blog. I post at least two romance reviews a month, so my MG shelf seemed more neglected to me

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  20. Several of these are on my TBR, but I haven't read them yet! Like you, I started out only reading YA (when I had my first book blog in college), but my tastes have changed/expanded over the years! Now I read a ton of different genres. :)

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 😷💬

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    1. I have always read adult and YA, but MG was a newer for me (except for when I was actually a middle grader). My daughter pushed the Percy Jackson books on me, and I was convinced to give MG a try. I do pretty much stick to contemporaries, as I do across all age groups though

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  21. I've only read one of these!!! And now my TBR is HUGE! (Good job)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Yeah! I hope you find some gems in the list for yourself.

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  22. I have come to really appreciate a well done middle grade book. I haven't read any of these books but I will have to keep them in mind of the future.

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    1. I think middle grades authors are killing it. For me, these books are reminders to be kind, compassionate, and empathetic. They tend to do "issues" books really well too.

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  23. I haven't heard of any of these before but I love the title of "Insignificant Events In The Life of A Cactus."

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    1. Shannon got me to read that book. She had talked about it a while back, and then recently mentioned the YA sequel. It's such a wonderful duet. Aven's voice was incredible, and I loved learning about her and all the ways she adapts everyday tasks.

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  24. I love MG books, but I actually haven't read ANY of these. Crazy. I'm going to add a bunch of these to my TBR list. Thanks for the recs!

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    1. Yeah! I hope you get to read a few, and I look forward to your thoughts

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