I don’t like sad books. I avoid them like the plague, even. But once in a while, some books trick me by being so well-written, I’m already immersed before I realize it’s going to be a tear-jerker. While making this list of middle grade books to make you cry, I chose most of my favorites. These stories are enrapturing, sad, but also satisfying. They’re not a continuous drag of sadness but are often interspersed with humor, heartwarming scenes, and end on a bright, hopeful note. If that sounds like your kind of sad story, then this is for you.