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Children's Fiction: Middle Grade Novels

This guide provides an overview of Memorial Library's children's fiction collection, with suggestions for read-alikes for our most popular titles.

Middle Grade Novels

Middle Grade novels, usually for ages 10-12 (and beyond), deal with more complicated issues in children's lives, such as friendships, family issues, puberty, and aspirations. These books will be longer and have fewer illustrations and more sophisticated vocabulary.  The complex and intricate plots will engage growing readers.  Below are some of our favorite Middle Grade Novels!

*Note: The line between Middle Grade and Young Adult novels can sometimes be blurry. Children ages 10 and up will enjoy reading both types of novels all through high school. Be sure to read summaries and reviews to understand a book's content.

General Fiction Middle Grade Novels

Middle Grade Novels Addressing Girls' Issues

The following books feature young female characters and their adventures, trials, and growth.  The books will often focus on issues specific to the female experiences of puberty, romance and friendship, and growing up as a woman in society.  However, everyone, no matter their gender, is encouraged to read these wonderful novels!

Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Mystery Middle Grade Novels

Middle Grade Novels Addressing Boys' Issues

The following books feature young male characters and their adventures and trials, often focusing on issues specific to the male experience in society. However, everyone, no matter their gender, is encouraged to read these wonderful novels!

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