2022 Middle Grade Must Reads – January

Uki and the Ghostburrow

  • Written by Kieran Larwood
  • Illustrations by David Wyatt
  • Published by Faber 

Uki is a legend, he is famous throughout the land. So when Rue needs an antidote, the Arukhs agree to help but in exchange they want a story in return. 

This is my first book that I’ve read in the series, it’s easy to catch up with what’s already happened. 

The illustrations are some of the best I’ve ever seen. 

I’m now going to start to read the other books.

Check out the other titles in the Five Realms series by Kieran Larwood, which are all available to purchase from all good booksellers now.

Skeleton Keys – The Wild Imaginings of Stanley Strange

  • Written by Guy Bass
  • Illustrations by Pete Williamson
  • Published by Little Tiger

Who doesn’t love Skeleton keys, I know loads of children who love this series. When I have a copy in the library, the book isn’t there for long.

With unimaginary friends, robots, dinosaurs, amazing and funny friends and funny one liners, what more do you want in a book.

Check out the other titles available in the Skeleton Keys series, all of which are available to purchase from all good booksellers.

The House at the Edge of Magic

  • Written by Amy Sparkes
  • Published by Walker Books

When I picked up the book, I know that I really wanted to live in this house.

When nine finds a beautiful ornament she thinks her luck is about to change,  well in does sort of…

The ornament changes into a house of magic, and full of weird and wonderful residents. 

The house is cursed and it seems that only nine can break the curse.

This is one of my favourites this year and I’m really looking forward to reading the next one.

And yes, I’d still happily live in the house!

Ice Whisperers

  • Written by Helenka Stachera
  • Illustrations by Marco Guadalupi
  • Published by Puffin

Bela is sent to live with an uncle who’s she’s never met, in deepest Siberia.

Strange things are happening in his house, the adults all act strangely and things are being kept from her.

When she uncovers a secret entrance to a frozen land, she finds she is the only one able  save it and meets her sister born 4,000 years ago.

I loved the relationship between the two sisters, and to see the differences between them. The cover of the book is so inviting that it makes you want to pick it up.

This would be ideal for aged 9 and above. 

Silas and the Marvellous Misfits 

  • Written and illustrations by Tom Percival
  • Published by Macmillan Books

This is the second book in the Marcus Rashford book club. Erika is a member of the Dream Defenders, a special group that takes your worries away at night.

But when her best friend Silas goes missing, the group must work quickly to rescue him from evil Glooms.

This book helps children understand and express their feelings, written by an author who has written a whole series of feelings books, this is a must for a library.

The first title in the Marcus Rashford Book Club is A Dinosaur Ate My Sister by Pooja Puri, and their is also a second title in the Dream Defenders series by Tom Percival, Erika and the Anger Mare, which is also available to purchase from all good booksellers now.

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