Reading Middle Grade Just For The Pleasure

As a person who attempts to write for the middle grade audience, I find myself reading lots and lots of MG novels for research, to see what’s current or just to admire the styles of other authors.

As the father of four children, I’ve read lots and lots of middle grade books to my kids and I still do. For example, I’m reading DIARY OF A WIMPY KID to my 8 year old daughter. Believe it or not, I’ve never read that book before or any in that series. But I will now, it’s great. (Plus I’ve seen the movies so many times I find myself quoting them at work, “Wanna see my secret freckle?” or “It’s not poop… it’s chocolate! See!”

I had a thought the other day (it wasn’t from the newly introduced Taco Bell Nacho Cheese Dorito Taco), what was the last middle grade book I picked up just because I wanted to read it? Just for me?

Which leads me to this post… what was the last middle grade novel that you’ve read just for the pleasure? Just for yourself?

My answer:

SIDEKICKS by Jack D. Ferraiolo

Batman has Robin, Wonder Woman has Wonder Girl, and Phantom Justice has Bright Boy, a.k.a. Scott Hutchinson, an ordinary schoolkid by day and a superfast, superstrong sidekick by night, fighting loyally next to his hero.

But after an embarrassing incident involving his too-tight spandex costume, plus some signs that Phantom Justice may not be the good guy he pretends to be, Scott begins to question his role. With the help of a fellow sidekick, once his nemesis, Scott must decide if growing up means being loyal or stepping boldly to the center of things. Great for boys, comics fans, and anyone looking for a superhero tale that’s also an insightful look at adolescence.

 How about you?


Brian Kell