I’ve read more middle grade books this year than any other genre and even wrote two of my own (currently going through some serious final editing). My final reading tally sits at 19 middle grade reads and 14 of those were reviewed on this blog. My reading took place in the car, kitchen, bed, couch, airports, and bookstores.
With the end of the year just a wink away, its time to present my coveted golden cup award (Okay, I got it at a garage sale) filled with the best middle grade moments of the past year, limited of course to what I read.
FAVORITE SETTING: The southern Florida coastal town in FLUSH by Carl Hiaasen.
FAVORITE PROTAGONIST: Opal Buloni from BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE
FAVORITE CHARACTER NAME:Holling Hoodhood from THE WEDNESDAY WARS by Gary D. Schmidt
FAVORITE OPENING LINE: “School was finally out and I was standing on a picnic table in our backyard getting ready for a great summer vacation when my mother walked up to me and ruined it.” From DEAD END IN NORVELT by Jack Gantos.
FAVORITE ADULT: Too many to list. But they all did the most important thing for their middle grade children or students: They provided a chance for them to discover success.
BIGGEST JERK: The father in OKAY FOR NOW by Gary D. Schmidt
FAVORITE COVER: GRAVE IMAGES by Jenny GoebelFAVORITE ENDING: LIAR AND SPY by Rebecca Stead
FUNNIEST READ: Tie …. THE FOURTH STALL by Chris Rylander and FAKE MUSTACHE by Tom Angleberger.
Favorite Best Friend: Either Annemarie or Sal from WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead.
I’m going to shoot for 24 middle grade reads in the next year. Have a safe and happy 2014 full of reading and writing.