Today’s topic: 10 middle-grade/YA books I wish I’d read when I was younger!
These are almost all series on my TBR that are generally considered ‘middle-grade’ and that I wish I’d gotten round to when I was the target audience!
1. ‘Artemis Fowl’ by Eoin Colfer
Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl: millionaire, genius and criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories… Is Artemis about to trigger a cross-species war?
I’ve been meaning to read these for years. Almost an entire DECADE.
2. ‘Keeper of the Lost Cities’ by Shannon Messenger
Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret, unexplainable talent – she’s a Telepath and can hear the thoughts of everyone around her.
Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. Sophie must suddenly leave behind her life and start afresh in a place totally different from anything she has ever known. There are new rules to learn and skills to master…and not everyone is thrilled that Sophie has come ‘home’. For there are secrets buried in Sophie’s memory…secrets that other people desperately want. Would even kill for.
A relatively recent discovery that I’ve heard only good things about!
3. ‘The Crowns of Croswald’ by D.E. Night
In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…
For sixteen years, Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic—and her life—is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.
I’ve read Book 1 already and really looking forward to the sequel!
4. ‘Barefoot on the Wind’ by Zoë Marriott
Everyone in Hana’s remote mountain village knows that straying too far into the woods is a death sentence. When Hana’s father goes missing, she is the only one who dares try to save him. Taking up her hunting gear, she searches for the beast, determined to kill it – or be killed herself. But the forest contains more secrets, more magic and more darkness than Hana could ever have imagined. And the beast is not at all what she expects…
This is a companion novel to one of my favourite novels (‘Shadows on the Moon’) that I read back when I was about 14 or 15. Needless to say that I’m dying to read this!
5. ‘Mistborn’ series by Brandon Sanderson
“Where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. Criminal mastermind Kelsier teaches Allomancy, the magic of metals, to another Mistborn, urchin Vin 16. The unlikely heroine is distracted by rich Venture heir Elend. Can Kelsier’s thieving crew take on the tyrant Lord Ruler and bring back colour to their world?” (Goodreads)
I’ve been meaning to read these for years!
6. ‘The Forgotten Sisters’ (‘Princess Academy’, #3) by Shannon Hale
“After a year at the king’s palace, Miri has learned all about being a proper princess. But the tables turn when the student must become the teacher! Instead of returning to her beloved Mount Eskel, Miri is ordered to journey to a distant swamp and start a princess academy for three sisters, cousins of the royal family. Unfortunately, Astrid, Felissa, and Sus are more interested in hunting and fishing than becoming princesses.
As Miri spends more time with the sisters, she realizes the king and queen’s interest in them hides a long-buried secret. She must rely on her own strength and intelligence to unravel the mystery, protect the girls, complete her assignment, and finally make her way home.” (Goodreads)
One of my favourite series from when I was a teen and I need to finish it!
7. ‘Alex Rider’ by Anthony Horowitz
They told fourteen-year-old Alex that his uncle died in a car accident. But when Alex finds his uncle’s windshield riddled with bullet holes, he suspects differently. What he doesn’t know yet is that his uncle was killed while on a top-secret mission. But he is about to, and once he does, there is no turning back. Surrounded by terrorists, Alex must outsmart the people who want him dead. The government has given him the technology, but only he can provide the courage. Should he fail, every child in England will be murdered in cold blood.
I read the first two back when I was about 12 or 13 and I really would like to carry on.
8. ‘Dragonwatch’ by Brandon Mull
“In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power…” (Goodreads)
I adored Mull’s ‘Fablehaven’ series when I was about 14 or 15 and um. DRAGONS.
9. ‘The Land of Stories’ by Chris Colfer
Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic, where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home may be harder than they think…
I’ve seen this series around, heard good things AND it’s got retellings in it!
10. ‘Chronicles of Ancient Darkness’ by Michelle Paver
“Six thousand years ago. Evil stalks the land. Only twelve-year-old Torak and his wolf-cub companion can defeat it. Their journey together takes them through deep forests, across giant glaciers, and into dangers they never imagined.” (Goodreads)
I’ve only read the first book (‘Wolf Brother’) back when I was about 10, but my memory of it is strangely magical, and I’d really like to see where the series goes.