Of course, I might give you an entirely different list of favorites if you ask me tomorrow ;) Each of the books listed below appealed to me for different reasons. (Also, I am still reading From Norvelt to Nowhere, the sequel to Jack Gantos's darkly comic, Newbery winning Dead End in Norvelt... Plus there may be another wonderful title I've yet to discover. But don't worry; I will update this list to add any deserving titles I may have missed this time around.)
So, without further ado, my favorite middle-grade titles of 2013 (that I've read so far!) are:
|Bluffton by Matt Phelan (graphic novel)|
In 1908, when a troupe of vaudevillians turn up for the summer in his sleepy Michigan town, young Henry is fascinated—particularly by a young prankster named Buster Keaton. Ages 9–13.
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|Doll Bones by Holly Black|
An eerie ghost story combines with a tale of friendship, adventure, and growing up in this wonderfully imaginative book from the co-author of The Spiderwick Chronicles Ages 10–14.
|The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy|
In this sequel to The Hero's Guide to saving Your Kingdom, the League of Princes (and their princesses) reunite for a new adventure in bumbling heroism. Perfect for lovers of humor and fairy tales of all ages. Ages 8 and up.
|The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani|
Every four years, two children—one nice child and one nasty child—are spirited away from Gavaldon by the mysterious School Master to be trained as heroes and villains, eventually graduating into fairy tales of their own. But when princess wannabe Sophie and her witchy, loner friend Agatha are selected, the girls find that their presumed destines are flipped and the school is far more dangerous than they anticipated. Ages 8–13.
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|Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone*|
Through fascinating photos and engaging, conversational text, Stone introduces readers to the history and character of the United States's first black paratrooper unit. Ages 10 and up.
*Please note that some titles are still on order and are not yet available for checkout at BCPL.