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Best Middle Grade Books of 2019

Hey guys, I'm glad to see you all here in 2020. This is going to be a great year, right? So let's start it with a band! No, that's not what I meant. Bands are awesome. I love music and I'm a musician, but I meant bang. Let's start it with a bang! LOL.

I have something to share with you; a list of my favorite middle grade books of 2019. There were many that I loved, but these six books are the ones I'm giving away to one lucky winner (RAH! And the crowd goes wild!)

What a way to start the first blog post of 2020. A giveaway. Yaaaas!

I write a lot, but I also read a lot. If you're not reading middle grade fiction, you are really missing out. This is where the magic happens--clean magic.

We can never have too many books, can we? (Shh... Don't tell my husband I said that.) Of course not. I decided to purchase hard copies for the giveaway because I love having the actual book. I read ebooks too, but hard copies are my favorite. (What's with these cat memes anyway?)

Here's the list of books. This ought to get ya excited!

Wish by Barbara O'Connor

A touching story about a girl and her dog, perfect for young animal lovers

Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.

The Book of Chaos by Jessica Renwick

Winner of the 2019 Book Excellence Award for Children's Fiction and the 2019 Children's Literary Classics for Middle Grade General

When a strange book lands in Fable Nuthatch’s lap and her cousin disappears into its pages, she follows, hurtling into an enchanted forest far from the rolling hills of her home. This is a land filled with strange people, magic and more danger than Fable has ever dreamed of.

She must battle for not only a way home, but for the lives of those she loves most. With the help of her peculiar new friends, Fable must learn to trust in herself or risk losing her cousin forever. Can she save him before it’s too late?

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

The New York Times-bestselling story of kindness, friendship, and hope. Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood.

You might say Red has seen it all.

Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.

Mighty Coconuts by Deepa Remesh

Mysterious Miss Tree is searching for special kids to go on a mission to protect plants. Would Mia and Nik join the Plant Savers Club?

Are they ready to play interesting games with new friends, create unique crafts using plants, and enjoy the simple life of the past? Would they know how to use seed apps on seed devices?

Everything starts with a seed!

Brainwashed by Paul Aertker

Amazon Best Seller

While sleeping on the roof of his father's hotel-spy school, thirteen-year-old Lucas Benes finds a baby alone and learns that the Good Company has restarted its profitable brainwashing business. Brainwashed (Crime Travelers Spy Series Book #1) tracks the secret urban adventures of the New Resistance, a school of international teenage spies. Lucas leads a group of friends through the hotspots of Paris-- from the catacombs to the Eiffel tower--in an all-out effort to sabotage a brainwashing ceremony that could potentially turn them all into "Good" kids.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal The New York Times Bestseller

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge—with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . .


What am I reading next you ask? Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty. It's pretty interesting. I'm a fan of Robert Beatty's writing, but I find that it almost crosses the line from middle grade fiction to young adult fiction. That's because sometimes his scenes scare me. Maybe I'm just a baby. LOL

Unfortunately, this giveaway is only for U. S. residents. I know, I know. I hope to one day include the U.K. as I have many readers there also. Here's the link for the giveaway and I wish you luck.

Just a quick note from me to all my new followers/subscribers. thank you for subscribing to my VIP list and my blog. I'm not here to spam you. I'll be checking in with you from time to time to update you on what's going on in my world, exciting news and events, and new releases, or giveaways like this one.

I'm rockin out the words, preparing for two book releases next month including a new series for 6-9-year-old early readers and putting the final touches on the third book of the Sheena Meyer series, my most popular series yet. Thank you so much to everyone who helped make the first book of the series, The Girl Who Looked Beyond the Stars, an Amazon Best Seller.

I'll talk to you all soon. Try something new every day, and live this year with no regrets.



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