I recently finished three wonderful books for Middle Grade readers (ages 8-12) that I’d like to recommend.
1. THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY by Susan Patron is an enchanting story of a ten year old girl named Lucky who eavesdrops on 12 Step programs and overhears mention of a Higher Power. She sets out to look for her own Higher Power, hoping to gain insight into her life. Lucky is one of the most delightful characters I’ve ever met. This book is destined to be a classic.
2. THREE TIMES LUCKY by Shiela Turnage takes place in a small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone knows everyone else. Sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she’s been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her “upstream mother,” she’s found a home with the Colonel–a café owner, and Miss Lana, the café hostess. She will protect those she loves with every bit of her strong will and tough attitude. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, and the kidnapping of Miss Lana, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known. This book is a Newbery Honor Book and a must read.
3. THE MARBLE QUEEN by Stephanie K Blake tells the tale of Freedom Jane McKenzie who isn’t good at following the rules. She IS great at marbles. The boys have a hard time beating her. Until they make a rule…a No-Girls-Can-Play-Marbles rule. All she wants is to enter the marble competition at the Autumn Jubilee and show the boys in the neighborhood that she’s the best player. If she can’t be the Marble King, then she’ll be the Marble Queen. If she can only convince her mother to let her enter. But with a new baby on the way, Freedom’s daddy drinking too much, and her little brother who is a handful, Freedom wonders if it will ever happen. She learns that when it comes to love, friendship, and family, sometimes there are no rules. Set in 1959, The Marble Queen is a timeless story about growing up.