Tween horse books and horse book series for tweens (and tween girls, especially) are much-loved by fans of the genre. I don’t read too many horse books, but I do have several horse fans in my life that it was almost essential to make this list. Contrary to popular opinion, boys also read horse books and in this list of middle grade books about horses, I was pleased to find several with boy protagonists. If you have a kid (or you are) nuts about horse books for tweens, this list is for you!
Monica Sherwood is a former teacher and current UX designer for an educational technology company. I spoke to Monica about her forthcoming middle grade book, The Ice House — which wasn’t supposed to be a middle grade book at first. We also chatted about her move from teaching to UX design, middle school friendships, and writing about isolation and climate change. I know you’ll enjoy this interview.
Birdie Loggerman’s life becomes complicated when she finds half a million dollars — cash — in an abandoned house. Her mom is a cleaner currently out of work because Birdie’s damaged property in her last client’s house. And Birdie’s best friend’s mother views her with disdain because she’s one of the poorer kids living in their highbrow area. So when Birdie finds all this money (she’s been praying for, no less), should she keep it? Or does finders, keepers not apply in this case?
I don’t know about you, but I definitely pretended to be a spy when I was a kid. Amazingly, though, the kids in these best middle grade books about spies aren’t pretending! If you or your kids are looking for high-speed, high-wit spy adventures to take vicariously, then this is the list for you.
In Miosotis Flores Never Forgets, young Miosotis biggest problem is getting her dad to let her get a dog. Papa insists that Miosotis score higher in Math and Science, even though she’s more of a B student. Soon, though, Miosotis’s woes begin to compound when she discovers that her sister Amarillis may be hiding something from their family. Can Miosotis save her sister?
Middle grade books about male friendships have a special place in my heart. I especially love when these books have “no strings attached” i.e. nobody’s secretly in love with anyone — just a good ol’ bromance. For this list I’ve included books with my favorite middle grade boy friendships. As with any kind of friendship book list, you’ll find books about unlikely friendships, enemies turned friends, and life-long friendships. I also chose books where the friendship is a central part of the plot.