i'm excited for small people with big worlds // 2017 middle grade releases
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When I was younger (in the middle grade target audience) I didn't read a lot of it beyond Ann M. Martin, Nancy Rue, and Jennifer L. Holm, so I kinda feel like I'm making up for lost time here. Authors like Rebecca Stead, Cecily Anne Paterson, and Karen Foxlee, I wish I had discovered earlier or had published books back then. But, you know, at least I get to read them now. Unashamedly, in fact.
Once I started looking around, I discovered a bunch of interesting-sounding middle grade novels being released this year. I AM SO EXCITED! And I hope I can read as many of these as possible.
Here's a (somewhat long) list with Goodreads links and release months and my excitement where necessary, divided into genre (of course):
HISTORICAL FICTIONX Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson (January) // This sounds a bit like To Kill a Mockingbird with the whole trial thing, but I'm keen to hear it from an African-American viewpoint.
O The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming by J. Anderson Coats (February) // Yay for slightly obscure historical events and a main character described as sturdy!
X Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar (April) // Intrigued because Jewish/Cuban family in NYC in the 1960s and the main character being in a body cast (in terms of storytelling potential, I mean).
O A Place I Belong by Cynthia Kadohata (May) // I read Outside Beauty by the same author ages ago and I remember it was written really beautifully, so I'm excited because of the writing style, but also POST-WW2 JAPANESE HISTORY!
X Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy (July) // I'm a fan of friendships between children and older adults, so hopefully this goes well. :)
CONTEMPORARY FICTIONO The Someday Birds Sally J. Pla (January) // Crazy family road trips + lists of birds + unusual male main character; what more is there to look forward to?
X Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan (January) // I've read quite a few good reviews for the author's first book, Counting by 7s, and am interested to see things like drama, drawfism, and artistic expression explored.
O See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng (February) // Another young male protagonist, and I really, really love space, okay?
X Braced by Alyson Gerber (March) // Scoliosis is something I know zero about so I can't wait to learn. I also love that the main character is mentioned to play soccer in the blurb.
O Matylda, Bright and Tender by Holly M. McGhee (March) // Apart from the fact that I love their spelling of Matylda, this sounds heartbreaking and sweet and I might cry.
X Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter (March) // Again, sounds heartbreaking. But it's a sibling story, which I kind of love a lot.
O The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget (April) // Initially, I wasn't going to include this one as I'm not normally drawn to environmental stories, but my friend suggested it. That being said, I'll be interested to read something a little out of my comfort zone.
X The Summer of Bad Ideas by Kiera Stewart (May) // When I read the blurb I immediately thought of Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson; I happy about the promise of lists and grandmothers and cousin-friendships.
O Quicksand Pond by Janet Taylor Lisle (May) // From the blurb, I'm hoping this will be a thought-provoking read and not TOO heartbreaking.
X Weaving a Net is Better Than Prayer for Fish by Ki-Wing Merlin // Mysteries + cultural diversity have me excited.
SCIENCE FICTION + FANTASYO The Silver Gate by Kristin Bailey (January) // This sounds pretty whimsical and just like the kind of world I would love to explore.
X Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson (February) // Like I said earlier, I really love space and, although a lot of science stuff goes over my head, I've enjoyed the few science-fictions I have read, so excited for this one!
O The Star Thief by Lindsey Becker (April) // This is, like, 400 pages long (according to Goodreads) which is LONG for a middle-grade. If that means the world, which combines magic and science and sounds amazing, can be fully fleshed-out, I'll be really happy.
X Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder (May) // At first, I thought this one sounded way too creepy to be something I would enjoy, but the same friend convinced me that the mysterious elements (children on an island and being exchanged when they grow up) would be worth trying out.
O The Unicorn Hunt by Kamilla Benko // The blurb tells you next to nothing about this book, but unicorns are kind of enough to intrigue me. :P
(Yes, I know I overused the word excited, excite, excitement, etc.) As always, thanks for reading my ramblings and have a lovely day!
are you a fan of middle-grade fiction? are any of these books on your to-be-read list? any others to add to the list?