Blogmas Day 1: Middle Grade Series to Start Over Winter Break

Hey y’all! For Blogmas Day 1, I thought I would do a post about Middle Grade books series that are absolutely worth the read. Winter Break is coming up and the kids will be out of school for two(ish) weeks. I know I am always trying to get my kid to read more while he is out of school so he doesn’t get rusty. Today I have 3 middle grade series with multiple books out that are totally worth getting swept up in over the break. 

Nevermoor book series by Jessica Townsend
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow

Morrigan Crow has always been told that she was a cursed and that on her 11th birthday she was going to die. When her 11th birthday approaches she is whisked away by the mysterious and magical Jupiter North to the world of Nevermoor where she is to compete in a series of trials to become a part of the Wunderous Society. 

I absolutely love this magical, whimsical, and nonsensical story. It is also snarky and hilarious. Morrigan is one of my favorite middle grade characters with her wit and her courage. And there is a giant talking cat, who is hands down my favorite character in the book. The world of Nevermoor is colorful and vibrant and I definitely want to go there. 

This book is slated to be a 7-9 book series and I can’t wait to delve deeper into this world and to get to grow and change with the characters. Nevermoor Review.

Jack and the Geniuses series by Bill Nye and Gregory Mone:
At the Bottom of the World
In the Deep Blue Sea
Lost in the Jungle

Jack is an “ordinary” boy who lives with his two foster siblings, Ava and Matt, who just so happen to be geniuses. When they come across an eccentric scientist by the name of Hank Witherspoon, the siblings get wrapped up in a world of mystery, adventure and fun! 

If you have followed my blog for any amount of time, you will know that I absolutely love this series. I picked up the first book on a whim and it totally tickled my STEM nerd fancy. Each book takes place in a different environment and tackles a different STEM issue. The STEM discussions are seamlessly incorporated into a mystery plot that the crew is trying to figure out. What I love most about this series is the message that you don’t have to be the smartest to be a genius in your own right.

I will always recommend these books and I hope that we get more in this series. This is also an excellent read for reluctant readers. The writing style is engaging and the mystery will keep them guessing and turning the page. 

The School for Good and Evil series by Soman Chainani:
The School for Good and Evil
A World Without Princes
The Last Ever After

Sophie has always know that when the time came for two children to go the the fabled School for Good and Evil she was definitely going to be the child chosen for the good school, where she would become a fairy tale princess and find her prince and live happily ever after. Agatha did not have as much faith as Sophie that she would be one of the children taken, but she was sure if she was taken, she would go to the evil school and be a storybook villain. Well when the two best friends were actually taken away, things didn’t happen quite as either girl had hoped. Agatha ends up in the school for good and Sophie ended up in the school for evil. In this modern fairy tale we get to learn about love, friendship and the power of both. 

This story was so much fun and it was dark too. The fairy tale-esq writing gets you hooked into the story and the dark elements have you delightfully frightened. For a middle grade book this does deal with stereotypes and other social issues that are addressed in a completely age appropriate way.

I recommend these books for an older middle grade reader who is not quite ready for young adult, however wants something that is a little more substantial. I also recommend the audiobooks for this series. I listened to the second book on audio and really enjoyed the experience. There is a spinoff series to the books if you enjoy this trilogy. 

These are 3 middle grade series that I absolutely recommend for parents and non-parents alike who are looking for middle grade reads that will keep you interested and wanting the next book immediately. 

What are some of your favorite middle grade book series? Let’s chat in the comments. 

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