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Shadow in the Sea

Readers will return to Windwaithe Island once again. When sixteen-year-old Sadelyn Hanson washes up on the shores of Windwaithe Island, her beauty and the strange marks on her wrist make superstitious locals suspect she is a mermaid. Feigning amnesia, Sade hides a far worse secret: she was sailing to her own murder trial when she was thrown overboard by the real killer, the cunning and cruel Captain Westwood.

Sade's quiet effort to rebuild her life on the island is threatened when she meets an actual young merman. Unable to speak his language, Sade still longs for the warm companionship he offers, despite the locals' dire legends about merfolk and their dark magic. But her confused feelings for the impossible boy become the least of her problems when Captain Westwood's ship docks at Windwaithe. With nowhere to escape, Sade must trust in the one person who doesn't fear the merfolk. A woman who had dealings with them herself—years ago

Monday, April 12, 2010

I Need Some Title Suggestions for Great Middle Grade Novels

I'm going to be putting on a library program for middle grade girls in the near future and I need some suggestions for titles of GREAT girl books. These can't just be good books, these have to be the best! Something that any girl in 4th to 5th grade would absolutely adore. The titles have to be found in the children's section of the library not the teen section, so things like Twilight are out this time around. If any of you fantastic book bloggers and readers out there have any suggestions for me--I'd love to have you add them to comments below. And list as many as you want, I'm desperate here. : )

Thanks in advance for all your help.


Kristen said...

Realistic fiction:

Mallory series by Laurie B. Friedman
Emma Jean Lazarus Fell out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis
Emma Jean Lazarus Fell in Love by Lauren Tarshis
Naked Mole Rat Letters by Mary Amato
Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters by Lesley M.M. Blume
Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm
Rules by Cynthia Lord
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
Ida B: And Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan
So B. It by Sarah Weeks


Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull (boy AND girl character)
Anything by E.D. Baker
Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George (other titles in series - Dragon Flight, Dragon Spear)
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech


A Drowned Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama by Laura Amy Schlitz
The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
(sequel is White Sands, Red Menace)
Anything by Ann Rinaldi

Also.. a lot of my 4th and 5 grade girls are getting into the Charlie Bone series... which I haven't read but they've been a hit so far.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head...

Marny said...

Check Shannon Hale's post on this and the post she references.

Tony and Rett said...

I just finished reading the following books and they were fantastic!

Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes
The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

For other titles, you can search Google for state reading lists. They'll provide titles at each grade level.

Those are just some ideas! I really recommend the top three though!

The Novelist said...

I agree with pretty much what Kristen listed.

2 of my favorites are:

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine. I loved the message in this book and have encouraged my daughter and her friends to read it. It teaches that true beauty comes from within.

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.

I haven't read the Dragon Slippers series yet by Jessica Day George, but I thoroughly enjoyed Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow as well as Princess Of The Midnight Ball. Based on those two book I have put the Dragon Slippers on my "to read" list.

I hope you will post your final list of suggestions for all of us!

Raspberry said...

True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle....Theodosia series by R. L. LaFevers....Enola Holmes mysteries....Skulduggery Pleasant series....those are just a few I thought others might forget about. All are fabulous.

~ Amy W ~ said...

Too bad Clementine is so easy! I love Clementine (and Junie B Jones).

I thoroughly enjoyed Jill Wolfson's What I Call Life and Home and Other Big Fat Lies.

If you dare promote a very dysfunctional family Hilary McKay's Casson Family series are a riot.

The Bindi Babes trilogy by Naridner Dhami are fun wonderful reading.

Ibbotson's Star of Kazan and Journey to the River Sea are longer but riveting reads.

Off the top of my head I also highly recommend the following:

Dowell's Dovey Coe
Dowd's London Eye Mystery
Landy's Skulduggery Pleasant
VanDraanen's Sammy Keyes Mysteries
Taylor's Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer
Balliet's Chasing Vermeer
Avi's Poppy series

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