I've Joined the Middle Grade Book Challenge!

August 24, 2009 MG Book Challenge 6

I can’t believe it myself, but I’ve signed up for yet another challenge! The Middle Grade Book Challenge is sponsored by Bambi Reads. Here are the details:

1. Anyone can join.

2. Read 12 middle grade novels (Challenge 1) or read 25 MG books (Challenge 2). You can read comics too, or listen to audio books. These can be in any language. You don’t have to make a reading list now; you may select them as you go and you’re free to make changes to your list.

3. The challenge begins September 1st, 2009 through August 31st, 2010.

4. You can join anytime between now and August 31st, 2010.

Sounds like a great challenge, doesn’t it!? I read a good deal of Middle-Grade books with my ten- year-old son, so this is the perfect challenge for us to do together!

I’m aiming for Challenge 2 (25 MG books). Here are the books we’ll start off with:

  • 39 Clues series (currently 5 books in this series)
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Savvy by Ingrid Law
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  • Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse by Kaleb Nation Completed
  • Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman
  • Ghost in the Machine (Skeleton Creek, Book Two) by Patrick Carman
I need your input! What middle grade books should we add to our list?

6 Responses to “I've Joined the Middle Grade Book Challenge!”

  1. Linda Ellen

    Hi Jenn,

    I'm glad you're joining the challenge. =) I hope you'll have fun reading with John, and I hope others will join in too.

    I want to read the 39 Clues series too! I haven't heard of Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse before, but I see there's a widget for it in your sidebar, and it sounds amazing!

    I'll do my best to keep you up to date about the challenge. =)

    — Linda Ellen

  2. Jennie

    Wandered here from twitter to mention three authors:
    Laurie Halse Anderson–amazing, amazing. Start with "Speak" and then read everything :).

    Robin McKinley–Newbery Award winner and all of her books are also great. The best (although on the edge of middle grades/older readers) is "Sunshine", but "The Hero and the Crown" is also wonderful.

    Have you read the Ender's game series? The first three are great, and the Shadow series is also fun!

    (sorry, used to be a middle school teacher, couldn't help myself..)

  3. ♥Jen♥

    I would highly recommend Chris Grabenstein's middle grade series that now includes THE CROSSROADS and THE HANGING HILL. Both are middle grade ghost stories!

  4. Cindy

    Jenn I will be reading the Bram Hambric book its for a tour but happy that I can use it towards this challenge.

  5. bermudaonion

    Good luck to you and John! I think it's great you've found a challenge you can do together.

  6. The Brain Lair

    Hey, I just wanted to add some books and caution some books. No, I’m not an expert but I do work in a middle school library and have read the books that I’m cautioning and when you order from vendors they list which books could be considered YA. But, please feel free to ignore me!

    1. Speak is NOT a middle grades book. Fever 1793 or Chains are better LHAnderson books for this challenge.
    2. Catching Fire – also not middle grades.
    3. SLOB by Ellen Potter
    4. Night Fires by George Edward Stanley
    5. When The Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton
    6. Neil Armstrong is My Uncle by Nan Marino

    Of all the books I’ve read this year – When You Reach Me is my favorite