Wonderful Books For Middle Grade and Beyond

I have been reading some terrific YA and MG books these last few months and wanted to pass them along. Some are classics, others new. Here goes: 1.THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE by Jacqueline Kelly is an historical MG set at the turn of the 20th century. 2. KIRA KIRA BY Cynthia Kadohata takes place during post WWII when Japanese Americans are still struggling to find acceptance in their own country. 3. LIFE OF PI by Yann Martell. This is an adult book that was written a few years ago, but I think a YA audience would also enjoy it. The humor and voice of it is unlike anything I’ve read recently. If you liked WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, I think you’d like this story. 4. MOON OVER MANIFEST by Clare Vanderpool won the 2010 Newbery Medal and rightly so. It is a wonderful historical novel about a young girl named Abilene sent to live with relatives in 1936 Kansas. 5. THE BOY FROM THE BASEMENT by Susan Shaw tells the story of a 12 year old boy held captive in the basement by his father. It is NOT a depressing tale, rather one of hope, humor and life-affirmation.

I hope you enjoy these treasures.