Wednesday, July 20, 2011

If You Liked...

Not all Paper Hangover followers are YA readers and or writers. There are some of you who write and read middle grade fiction as well. I thought I'd spend some time focusing on this age group, since we so rarely cover it. Even if you aren’t a MG writer, you’ve surely read this week’s choice, and if you haven’t, then get thy hind to the library and interloan it immediately. Enjoy this week’s selections!

If you liked…

Holes by Luis Sachar

As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

Then you might like…

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith

After their parents are lost in an accident, thirteen-year old twins Grace and Marty are whisked away to live with their Uncle Wolfe-an uncle that they didn't even know they had! The intimidating Uncle Wolfe is an anthropologist who has dedicated his life to finding cryptids, mysterious creatures believed to be long extinct. The twins, along with their mysterious uncle, are dropped into the middle of the Congolese jungle in search of their missing photojournalist parents.

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce

After their mother dies, two brothers find a huge amount of money which they must spend quickly before England switches to the new European currency, but they disagree on what to do with it.


Krista M said...

I absolutely love "Holes"! I'll have to check out the other ones when thinking of middle school literature. :)

Easepod said...

You might want to check out Blue Balliett's website at Lots of interesting info on the real world locales for her four mysteries.