Tag Archives: Middle Grade Reading Level

The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill (2000)

Did you have a favorite teacher who changed your life?  I did — Mrs. Ross, my high school choir teacher.  Mrs. Ross was convinced every student could sing a solo.  She refused to take “No” for an answer.  So, like … Continue reading

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Milly-Molly-Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley (1925)

Milly-Molly-Mandy (her real name is Millicent Margaret Amanda!) is about 5 years old.  Her family lives in a small village in England, and MMM is pretty much a perfect little girl.  Her stories are truly a step back into a … Continue reading

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi (1990)

Charlotte is a proper teenage English girl in 1832, traveling by ship from Liverpool, England to Providence, Rhode Island to join her family.  Shockingly she finds upon arriving at the dock that not only are her adult chaperones unable to … Continue reading

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Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes (1943)

Winner of the Newberry Medal in 1944, Johnny Tremain tells the fictional story of a talented, young silversmith apprentice during the pre-American Revolutionary War era.   His  life and career are full of promise until a tragic accident occurs and … Continue reading

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National Velvet by Enid Bagnold (1935)

Velvet Brown prays every night for a horse.  Miraculously her prayers are answered through an unexpected event.  Her horse is high-spirit and unpredictable, but she’s determined to train him to be a racer.  Could her beautiful horse possibly compete in … Continue reading

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Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (1961)

  Milo’s life is dull, dull, dull.  He’s BORED with everything.  But then one day, for no reason at all, a freeway tollbooth appears in his bedroom.  Since he’s bored, he drives through it and discovers a completely different world on … Continue reading

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The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom (1971)

For over 100 years, the ten Boom family owned a watch shop on the main street in Haarlem, a suburb of Amsterdam.  However, when the Nazis enter their town in 1940 and begin rounding up their Jewish neighbors, this good … Continue reading

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