Middle grade books about dementia, whether from aging or a disease like Alzheimer’s aren’t nearly as popular as I wish they would be. Usually, an aging relative’s dementia is part of background information and we don’t see how it impacts our protagonist. Happily, there are several books for middle schoolers that take a more focused approach where dementia and memory loss are concerned — and I’ve been able to round up 20 of the best.
Review | Rule of Threes
Rule of Threes is Marcy Campbell’s debut middle grade novel. Maggie and her two BFFs share a love for design and decorating. They’ve entered a school contest to redecorate a section of the school. Maggie’s life at home is also fairly stable — until one visit changes everything. All of a sudden, there’s a new stepbrother named Tony who is moving in with Maggie and her parents. On top of that, one of her best friends is withdrawing because Maggie refuses to call her by her preferred name, Rakell (not Rachel as she’s previously gone by).
Review | Peter Lee’s Notes From the Field
Summary: Peter Lee’s Notes From the Field Peter Lee’s Notes from the Field is Angela Ahn’s second middle grade novel. Her debut, Krista Kim-Bap is one of my favorites, and this did not disappoint either. Peter, or Petey, as he’s…