Travel Without Moving Your Feet: 100 of the Best Middle-Grade Books! by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

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Travel Without Moving Your Feet: 100 of the Best Middle-Grade Books!

"That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” - Jhumpa Lahiri

Beware the “summer slide!” Summer break is a long time for kids to take a break from educational activity. To avoid a slide in their academic development, one of the best things parents can do is help their kids discover books they’ll love. Books can take children (and adults) to distant places, introduce them to fascinating characters, expand their imagination, expand their worldview, and, yes, teach them new vocabulary and exercise their brains. 

Check out this list of 100 fantastic middle-grade books (ages 8-12) published from June 2016 to July 2017. You’ll even find books especially selected for reluctant readers. 

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Georgia Rules
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This poignant and moving middle-grade novel tells the story of a girl who moves to a new town and meets an unforgettable family — one that will change her and her mother’s lives forever.
One Hundred Spaghetti Strings
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Since Steffy was little, she and her older sister, Nina, have lived with beloved Auntie Gina. But when Steffy and Nina’s dad comes home to live with them, everything changes.
Wish $10
A middle-grade novel about a girl who, with the help of a true-blue friend, a big-hearted aunt and uncle, and the dog of her dreams, unexpectedly learns the true meaning of family in the least likely of places.
Mice of the Round Table #1: A Tail of Camelot
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Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
I love this, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead ! Thanks for the great suggestions!
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
You're welcome. I can't wait to look at this list with my 11 year old and make our selections!

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