Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Possibilities of Adventure!!!

Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Possibilities of Adventure!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is all about Possibilities of Adventure!!  We are taking a look at books that have an element of adventure to them--but that word may mean different things to different individuals.  For some, adventure could be climbing Mount Everest while to others, adventure for them may mean trying a new pizza topping for Friday night dinner; you can even live vicariously through the characters in an adventure packed story.  We have an awesome selection of titles this week including some nonfiction, science fiction, fantasy, and even a little bit of horror. These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youthadventure, #youthsurvival, and #youthsummervacay as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  

The 2022 Summer Reading Program Oceans of Possibilities is taking place from June 4th-August 10th with a new theme and badge activities every week.  Make sure to watch the Middle Grade Book Spotlight book talk video for this week as it counts towards your badge activities for the week; if you read one of the titles featured or on the tagged list, that counts as another activity as well!!!  Earn the weekly themed badges to get your virtual tickets which can be turned into opportunities to win prizes!  For more information--such as to sign up or to sign in to your account in order to track your books and activities--visit our Summer Reading page and click “LOG IN NOW”. 

Check back next week for a new middle grade book spotlight and if you have any book suggestions, please let us know!!

Survivors: Extraordinary Tales from the Wild and Beyond by David Long--An illustrated collection of nearly two dozen true stories of survival from around the world. Features classic and contemporary tales of people who have survived airplane crashes, hurricanes, avalanches, quicksand, and blizzards among other dangers.

The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson--Nate and his mother have escaped from an abusive relationship and are now living in a run-down cottage in a forest, where they feel safe. But when Nate's mom leaves to get groceries and doesn't come back, Nate is afraid. Does he have the courage to survive on his own?

Camp Murderface by Josh Berk--Corryn Quinn and Tez Jones are both attending Camp Sweetwater for the summer--the first time it's been open in thirty years. Tez is excited to be allowed to go in lieu of his heart condition, and Corryn knows she's being sent away while her parents settle their divorce. Early on in their time there, Tez and Corryn seem to be the only ones noticing spooky events happening, and when they investigate the history of the camp, they realize they may be in danger.

As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds--When 11-year-old Genie and his older brother Ernie are sent away from their home in Brooklyn to spend a month with their estranged grandfather in rural Virginia, Genie finds himself facing the perplexity of what it means to become a man. Surprised by his grandfather's ability to function so well despite his blindness, Genie thinks his grandfather might be the bravest man he's ever met. But when he realizes his grandfather never leaves his home, he wonders what bravery truly is.

Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld by Shannon Hale--Amaya, Princess of House Amethyst in Gemworld, is sent to mundane Earth to teach her that magic is a privilege, but after Amy has long settled into ordinary middle school life, a Prince of the Realm brings her home to restore her magical destiny.

The World Between Blinks by Amie Kaufman and Ryan Graudin--Following a map their Nana left behind, cousins Jake and Marisol are transported to a magical world called the World Between Blinks where things and people said to be lost are found. But in order to get home, Jake and Marisol must track down a man who is determined to stay hidden. They embark on a quest to find him otherwise the cousins will be trapped in the World Between Blinks forever.