By the ages of 9 to 12 years old, children are reaching the stage of maturity at a slow but sure pace. While not only physically, they are also reaching a point of maturity in terms of their abilities and their understanding. One aspect is their reading ability which opens the door to countless possibilities and opportunities for them. There are a lot of books that give them the chance to exercise their imagination further while also improving their reading ability. What are some of the most popular books in 2013 for middle graders?
Here are just some you might fancy.
Counting by 7s
Being a New York Times Bestsellers and one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Year 2013 Counting by 7s, written by Holly Goldberg Sloan, is one of the most inspirational books in the year 2013. Receiving a number of awards, it’s no surprise that it garnered its place being considered as one of the most coveted works of literature in the year.
It tells the story of Willow Chance, a 12-year-old genius who enjoys nature and at her young age, diagnosing medical conditions. One way that she copes through her problems is by counting by 7s. While having a hard time connecting with her adoptive parents, Willow has lived a happy life. However, all that changes when her parents die from a car crash which leaves her alone in the world to fend off by herself. But Counting by 7s isn’t a story of tragedy but rather a story of inspiration and power that will pull you to the extraordinary journey of Willow and of how she manages to fight in the world.
The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus – Book 4)
Being one of the most popular choices when it comes to fantasy, Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus has now reached its 4th book with the House of Hades. Arriving at the climax of The Mark of Athena, Percy and Annabeth finally arrive in the regions of the Underworld. While the other five of the demigods have agreed on putting off their grief, they have to follow Percy’s lead to find the Doors of Death.
Fighting off through the waves of Gaea’s soldiers, the pair must do everything they can to survive the House of Hades to seal the Doors of Death and prevent the rise of Gaea. But the problem now is that if the Doors are sealed, how can Percy and Annabeth escape the Underworld? Certainly, it’s still one of the most engaging book series of the season with its action-packed pace.
The Battling Boy is a graphic novel from the comic legend, Paul Pope. It tells the story of the genius vigilante, Haggard West. Battling Boy tells about his adventures through Arcopolis where monsters roam free, swallowing children and bringing them into the Underworld – and only Haggard West can stop them.
With Arcopolis desperate for help and in need of saving, their hero comes in the persona of a 12-year-old demigod who is the Battling Boy himself. This graphic novel brings a new brand of hero to the playing field that’s electrifyingly exciting. The Battling Boy has also received the NPR Best Book Award of 2013.
Unhooking the Moon
Written by Gregory Hughes, Unhooking the Moon is a critically praised work that has received the Booktrust Teenage Prize and also a finalist in the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Unhooking the Moon stars an adventurous combo in the brother and sister pair who are also orphans. They begin their touching but humorous road trip to New York where they’ll be searching for their long lost uncle. Unhooking the Moon is just one of the greatest additions for good reads made for middle graders.
Aside from these, there are a lot more books that are made for middle graders. In their growing age, let the children explore and read more books that allow their imagination to thrive.