There’s nothing like revisiting a favourite childhood book. The charm, the magic, and the wonder of rereading a middle grade book are unparalleled. But what if you don’t want to read the same book for the umpteenth time? What if you want to read a new middle grade book? Are books that cater to children able to be read by adults? Absolutely! Adults can definitely find enjoyment in books that are targeted toward children. The whimsy and adventure in these books can rival those in books meant for adults. Also, some of the themes tackled in these books are universally compelling and will surely keep you hooked. Middle-grade books are a great palate cleanser in between chunky epic fantasy books.
In this post, I’ll tell you about 5 middle grade books that adults will love.
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Frances Hardinge’s books are on the older side of middle grade. Her middle-grade books are dark and atmospheric. The Lie Tree is about a girl whose father dies under mysterious circumstances, and she’s trying to figure out what actually happened to him. In her quest for answers, she stumbles upon something fantastical that holds the key to the mystery of her father’s death. Hardinge’s writing is beautiful and evocative, exploring the theme of being a woman in a society when women were not allowed to work. The characters are distinct and memorable, and you’ll root for our protagonist.
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
It is the first in a series of middle grade horror books. I know what you are thinking—how scary can a middle-grade horror novel be for an adult? To that, I’ll say, “don’t read it for the spooks; read it for the creepy atmosphere it creates and the fun characters it introduces to you.” This book features a beautiful friendship at its core, and you will want to give all of them a hug. Plus, there are creepy scarecrows. Need I say more?
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
It’s been a while since I read this book, but I still keep thinking about it. This is the most fun book on this list, in my opinion. An eccentric millionaire’s death leads to a number of people gathering together. All they have to do is solve the riddles set forth by the dead guy and inherit his fortune. A great cast of characters, entertaining riddles, and a twist at the end will ensure that you have a great time!
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The book opens with a mass murder. Do I need to say more? What about a baby getting adopted by ghosts in a cemetery? Still not convinced? Ok, it involves the unusual coming of age of a boy in a book full of whimsy and magic and Neil Gaiman’s trademark humour.
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
Imagine knowing you are going to die on your 11th birthday. Also, you happen to be the unluckiest person in your locality and can cause great suffering just by existing. Doesn’t sound very fun, does it? It’s not fun being Morrigan Crow, but all that changes when a mysterious man shows up and whisks her away to another land where she has the chance of a lifetime to be accepted at a magical school! The book is full of magic, memorable characters, and some amazing character dynamics. Also, there’s an anthropomorphic cat.
If you happen to pick up any of these books, you’ll have a great time. These books explore a wide variety of themes like loss, grief, finding your place in the world, accepting yourself, standing up for what is right, etc. On top of everything, these books will bring back a sense of wonder if you are a jaded reader.