February is the second month in the 2014 Adventures Through Awkwardness Middle Grade Challenge. The Challenge is co-hosted by Lisa at Lisa Is Busy Nerding and Amy at Tripping Over Books. The general idea is to read more Middle Grade books in 2014. These books feature a main character between the ages of 8-12. There are no publication date restrictions so pick books you want to read, whether they were released yesterday or ten years ago. You can participate every month or just jump in on the months with a theme that appeals to you. Hey, our main goal is to have more MG reading fun in 2014!
Several of the challenge participants are offering title suggestions so I’ll add mine to the list. I have not read all of these titles but have become aware of them through the helpful reader’s advisory services of my library’s youth services librarian and through some of my Twitter followers. If none of these appeal to you check out the suggestions on the related posts listed below or grab a title of your own choosing. If you do pick something else, please toss the name and author information in the comment section. Maybe I’ll fancy your choice and read that one too.
My February MG Fantasy Title RecommendationsGregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1 by Suzanne Collins (summary from Goodreads) Gregor 11 follows sister Boots 2 through a laundry room grate to the dark Underland below NYC. Transparent-skinned humans dwell beside giant talking spiders, bats, cockroaches, and rats – but the fragile peace is about to fall apart. Six centuries before, the Earl of Sandwich prophesied a quest, Gregor seeking his father, gone for two years. House of Secrets by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini (summary from Goodreads) The Walker kids had it all: loving parents, a big house in San Francisco, all the latest video games . . . but everything changed when their father lost his job as a result of an inexplicable transgression. Now the family is moving into Kristoff House, a mysterious place built nearly a century earlier by Denver Kristoff, a troubled writer with a penchant for the occult.Suddenly the siblings find themselves launched on an epic journey into a mash-up world born of Kristoff’s dangerous imagination, to retrieve a dark book of untold power, uncover the Walker family’s secret history and save their parents . . . and maybe even the world. Rise of the Darklings: Invisible Order, Book 1 by Paul Crilley (summary from Goodreads) Emily Snow is twelve years old, supporting herself and her younger brother on the streets of Victorian England by selling watercress. One early winter morning on her way to buy supplies, she encounters a piskie–a small but very sarcastic fey creature that has been cornered by a group of the Black Sidhe, piskies from an opposing clan. She rescues him and unknowingly becomes involved in a war between the Seelie and the Unseelie, two opposing factions of fairies that have been battling each other throughout the long centuries of human history, with London–and England itself–as the ultimate prize.When the Invisible Order–a centuries-old secret society of humans that has protected mankind from the fey’s interference–gets involved, things really start to get complicated.Now she is the central figure in this ancient war that could permanently change Earth. With no one to trust, Emily must rely on her own instincts and guile to make the right choices that could save her family and all of mankind. Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke (summary from Goodreads) From international phenomenon Cornelia Funke, the bestselling author of Reckless and Inkheart.Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft never expected to enjoy boarding school. Then again, he never expected to be confronted by a pack of vengeful ghosts, either. And then he meets Ella, a quirky new friend with a taste for adventure…Together, Jon and Ella must work to uncover the secrets of a centuries-old murder while being haunted by terrifying spirits, their bloodless faces set on revenge. So when Jon summons the ghost of the late knight Longspee for his protection, there’s just one question: Can Longspee truly be trusted? Fly by Night: Fly by Night, Book 1 by Frances Hardinge (summary from Goodreads) Twelve-year-old Mosca Mye hasn’t got much. Her cruel uncle keeps her locked up in his mill, and her only friend is her pet goose, Saracen, who’ll bite anything that crosses his path. But she does have one small, rare thing: the ability to read. She doesn’t know it yet, but in a world where books are dangerous things, this gift will change her life.Enter Eponymous Clent, a smooth-talking con man who seems to love words nearly as much as Mosca herself. Soon Mosca and Clent are living a life of deceit and danger — discovering secret societies, following shady characters onto floating coffeehouses, and entangling themselves with crazed dukes and double-crossing racketeers. It would be exactly the kind of tale Mosca has always longed to take part in, until she learns that her one true love — words — may be the death of her.Fly by Night is astonishingly original, a grand feat of the imagination from a masterful new storyteller. The Wizard of Dark Street: Oona Crate Mystery, Book 1 by Shawn Thomas Odyssey (summary from Goodreads) **A 2012 Edgar Award nominee** and **A 2011 Agatha Award Nominee**
Oona Crate was born to be the Wizard’s apprentice, but she has another destiny in mind.Despite possessing the rare gift of natural magic, Oona wants to be a detective. Eager for a case to prove herself, she wants to show her uncle—the Wizard of Dark Street—that logic is as powerful as magic. But when someone attacks the Wizard, Oona must delve even deeper into the world of magic to discover who wanted her uncle dead.Full of magic, odd characters, evil henchmen, and a street where nothing is normal, The Wizard of Dark Street will have you guessing until the very end. The Golden Door: The Three Doors Trilogy, Book 1 by Emily Rodda (summary from Goodreads) The start of a stirring fantasy trilogy from Emily Rodda, the internationally bestselling author of Dragons of Deltora.The walled city of Weld is under attck from ferocious flying creatures that raid in the night, bringing death and destruction. The Warden calls for Volunteers to find and destroy the Enemy sending invaders, and the heroes of Weld answer the call one by one, never to return. Rye is oficially too young to go, but his brothers are among the lost and he must find them. What terrors await him beyond the Wall? The Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda (summary from Goodreads) A new realm of magic from Emily Rodda, the New York Times bestselling author of the Deltora books.There are three rules to the old painted, music box: Wind the box three times only. Never shut the box when the music is playing. Never move the box before the music stops.Leo wouldn’t dream of breaking these rules, but does his stubborn cousin Mimi listen? She winds the box four times — and suddenly the paintings on its side come to life and a powerful witch is released. Now its up to Leo and Mimi to stop the witch, if only they can find the key to the music box — and the magical world it controls. Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book 1 by Angie Sage (summary from Goodreads) The seventh son of the seventh son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby’s father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus? The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart. The Emerald Atlas: The Books of Beginning, Book 1 by John Stephens (summary from Goodreads) Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage. Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about. Until now. Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey to dangerous and secret corners of the world…a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem. And—if an ancient prophesy is correct—what they do can change history, and it is up to them to set things right. The Emerald Atlas brims with humor and action as it charts Kate, Michael, and Emma’s extraordinary adventures through an unforgettable, enchanted world.
Well, those are mine. Show me yours.
- Amy’s post: Adventures Through Awkwardness: Fantasy February
- Lisa’s post: Adventures Through Awkwardness: February
- Kyle’s post: Middle Grade Challenge: Adventures Through Awkwardness