Category Archives: Middle Grade Reading Level

The Cay by Theodore Taylor (1969)

Eleven-year-old Phillip and his mother flee their Caribbean island as German submarines begin to enter the waters in their area during World War 2.  Horrifically their ship is torpedoed and there only three survivors:  Phillip, Timothy (a black West Indian … Continue reading

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Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt (1964)

Across Five Aprils follows the Creighton family starting in April 1861, just as the American Civil War begins.  Over the next 4 years, young Jethro Creighton watches as  family members struggle how to serve or whether to serve at all.  … Continue reading

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The Time Cat: The Remarkable Journeys of Jason and Gareth by Lloyd Alexander (1963)

The Time Cat: The Remarkable Journeys of Jason and Garth   Young Jason is thrilled (and not completely surprised) to discover his cat Gareth can talk!  Like most of us, Jason had often heard that cats have nine lives, but Gareth … Continue reading

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Strawberry Girl and the Regional Series by Lois Lenski (1943 – 1968)

Lois Lenski wrote her Regional Series of children’s novels based on life in diverse areas of the United States.  This series was extremely popular with children who anticipated each new title for over 20 years!   Strawberry Girl, which won the Newbery … Continue reading

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The Big Red Series by Jim Kjelgaard (1945 – 1953)

If your children enjoy animal stories or adventure stories — or both! — they’ll love Jim Kjelgaard’s novels.  Between 1941 – 1969, Jim Kjelgaard wrote more than 40 children’s novels filled with heroic animals who know to tell their own … Continue reading

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Tales from Dimwood Forest series by Avi (1995 – 2009)

Avi (Edward Wortis) is one of the most prolific children’s authors of our time.  So far he’s published more than 70 books, won the Newbery Medal and received the Newbery Honor Award twice.  His Tales from Dimwood Forest are some … Continue reading

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A Gift of Magic by Lois Duncan (1971)

Each Garret grandchild was given a gift from their grandmother when she died.  Brendon inherited the gift of music, Nancy’s twin sister Kirby has the gift of dancing, but Nancy was given the same gift her grandmother had — ESP … Continue reading

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