January 17, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Books I'd Recommend To Someone Who Doesn't Read Middle Grade (or jr. fiction)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous The Broke and the Bookish
This week's list is to highlight the  Top Ten Books I'd Recommend to Someone Who Doesn't Read...
... Middle Grade Fiction

My List:

I chose middle grade to recommend because I think it's easy as we get older to overlook the treasures that can be found in books for younger readers. Some of my all time  favourite reads are for this age group!

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

1.Stunning book plates accompany this story of a china rabbit whose been lost and tries to find his way back to love again. Moving and inspiring I needed almost a whole box of kleenex to get through it but it was worth every one.  goodreads

Peter and the Starcatchers

2. Discover the secrets of your favourite characters from Peter Pan in this prequel-ish retelling of a classic. Lot's of action, fast moving and with authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson lots of laugh out loud moments.goodreads

The City of Ember (Books of Ember, #1)

3. I'll never forget this one, as it was recommended to me by a nine-year old boy when I worked at a book store.  He said "you have to check City of Ember out, it was AMAZING". 
They made the book into a movie a few years ago, but it really doesn't do the book justice.goodreads


4.  A fantastic re-telling of Snow White. Gail Carson Levine is the author of Ella Enchanted
and her writing in this story is especially magical.goodreads

The Akhenaten Adventure (Children of the Lamp, #1)

5.  I remember hearing a publicity rep talking about this book and how the author P.B. Kerr who generally writes for adults, wrote this book with the hoped of getting his 10 yr old son to read. That piece of info has always stuck with me.  It's a fantastic adventure series that centre's around twin's who discover they have a magical ability. (think Aladdin) goodreads

Hamish X And The Cheese Pirates

6. Canadian comedian Sean Cullen is the author and it is laugh out loud funny. One of the highlights is the narrator and the footnotes. I recommend this a lot to reluctant readers.goodreads

The Time Travelers (The Gideon Trilogy: Book One)

7. When I first read this book it was called "Gideon The Cutpurse". I guess they changed it because it wasn't selling well under the original name. I don't know that the series has ever taken off, which is so unfortunate.  I read the first one in a sitting. Two children are transported back through time and become mixed up with a pickpocket who's in trouble with the law.goodreads

Chasing Vermeer

8. A great book for mystery readers. It has illustrations with clues to help
you solve the mystery.goodreads

Tiger (5 Ancestors, #1)

9. This is one of my favourite books (series) to recommend to reluctant readers. It has everything! Fast pacing, action, martial arts, and a quest.goodreads

Liesl and Po

My review
10. It's no secret that Lauren Oliver is one of my favourite authors and that's because she's a talented story teller. Lisel and Po was magical & heart warming.

I can't wait to see everyone else's list!


  1. I loved Peter and The Starchasers (probably time I read the rest of the books in the series). I'm glad to hear you enjoyed The Time Travellers. I have the trilogy on my shelf unread. I'll make sure to read it in 2012!

    1. Def. make sure to read both series. They are worth it :)

  2. I have read Fairest and City of Ember, I need to finished reading both of those series.


  3. I love Peter Pan! I'll have to check out the Starcatcher books. :)

  4. I haven't read any of these! I'll have to check some out.

  5. How exciting! I actually own the Time Travelers. I've had it for a while now, but I never got around to reading it. Methinks I need to add it to the top of my TBR pile now. And, I'm going to have to check out the rest of these too. They all seem very appealing.

    Also, I love Kate DiCamillo. The Magician's Elephant was excellent and worth a read if you've not already read it!