Here is a peek at my middle grader’s TBR list. Some of these may be showing up as holiday gifts. The rest we’ll get at the library and review as we read them. After a semester of both of us reading a lot of nonfiction which is most often serious and somber we’re looking to spend January tucked away at home reading thrilling, and adventure filled fiction.


Click Here to Start (A Novel)

This one has been compared to Ready Player One for younger kids. We chose it because- video games.


Gertie’s Leap to Greatness

Gertie is attempting to be the greatest fifth grader ever. Declan is a fifth grader, and he is pretty impressive- so kindred spirits, and we haven’t even read it yet.


The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children, and Their Holy Dog

We loved A Tale of Dark and Grimm written by the same author. Plus they have a holy dog.


The Evil Wizard Smallbone

We’re having a bit of wizard withdrawal symptoms and missing Harry Potter.


The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes

 Saint Lupin’s Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children  Yes, we’re all about that.


Into the Lion’s Den

It’s not Chicago- but it is NYC, and she is an urban girl solving a mystery.


The Lost Property Office (Section 13)

Mysteries, secret items, codes, and a touch of magic have all been promised us inside this tome.



I saw this quote and ordered it:

“Oh, Picnicsticks!”

“They walked for days. Weeks. Months and Years.
‘Don’t be so dramatic,’ Oliver said. ‘It’s only been fifteen minutes’”