January 01


The 2015 Nerdies: Middle Grade Fiction Announced by Colby Sharp

I love middle grade fiction. The odds are that if you are reading this post you probably love it, too. Chances are part of your reading journey included a middle grade book that you read as a kid that you still cherish today. For me it was Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet. It could have easily been Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, or Charlotte’s Web.

The books that you find below spent the last year finding their way into the hearts of young readers all over the world. The future leaders of our great planet will hold some of these great stories in their hearts for the rest of their lives. Just like I have held Hatchet in mine.

Join me in celebrating these amazing books. Count how many you’ve read (I’ve read 17), and figure out which one you want to read next (I need to get my hands on a copy of The Nest).

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A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielson

All the Answers by Kate Messner

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

George by Alex Gino

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Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams Garcia

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff

Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan

The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

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The Marvels by Brian Selznick

The Nest written by Kenneth Oppel, Illustrated by Jon Klassen

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

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The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Colby Sharp is a third grade teacher from The Village of Parma (Michigan). He is the co-founder of Nerdy Book Club, The #SharpSchu Twitter book club, and The Yarn. Colby co-hosts the monthly Twitter chat #Titletalk with his pal Donalyn Miller.