MG Books for the Sensitive Reader

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Months ago I was approached about finding some "happy" upbeat middle school books for sensitive readers. They may have conflict, but no one dies or is in real danger. It sat in my drafts folder until Courtney reminded me. I've got a huge list of books to read and sometimes great post ideas fall through the cracks.

My TBR pile could use an additional reader.  :)

I'll probably write another post in a few months around Christmas because there were just too many for one post.

  Welcome to Wonderland #1: Home Sweet Motel : Eleven-year-old P.T. Wilkie narrates this series starter. He lives at the Wonderland Motel in St. Pete's Beach, FL. His grandfather, Walt, founded the hotel in 1970 and did well until another Walt opened Disney World a year later. The Wilkies have been struggling to remain open ever since. P.T. always looks on the bright side. 

Welcome to Wonderland #1: Home Sweet Motel: Eleven-year-old P.T. Wilkie narrates this series starter. He lives at the Wonderland Motel in St. Pete's Beach, FL. His grandfather, Walt, founded the hotel in 1970 and did well until another Walt opened Disney World a year later. The Wilkies have been struggling to remain open ever since. P.T. always looks on the bright side. 

 They are still trying to save the old family motel, and this time around the plan turns on making it the location for a surfer dude rom-com movie. So, you get P.T.'s schemes, a few villains trying to bring down the motel, touchy actors, a surfing monkey, and many, many complications.

They are still trying to save the old family motel, and this time around the plan turns on making it the location for a surfer dude rom-com movie. So, you get P.T.'s schemes, a few villains trying to bring down the motel, touchy actors, a surfing monkey, and many, many complications.

 Jeremy is the only boy left after the school’s brief experiment in coeducation. And he needs to get out. His mother—a teacher at the school—won’t let him transfer, so Jeremy takes matters into his own hands: he’s going to get expelled. 

Jeremy is the only boy left after the school’s brief experiment in coeducation. And he needs to get out. His mother—a teacher at the school—won’t let him transfer, so Jeremy takes matters into his own hands: he’s going to get expelled. 

A compilation of funny stories from some of the most popular authors in MG Lit today: Cece Bell, Sophie Blackall, Libba Bray, Shannon Hale, Lisa Graff, and Raina Telgemeier, this anthology of funny girls will make you laugh until you cry. 

 The only thing that would make this better is if the Book Scavenger game was real. There is also a sequel: The Unbreakable Code

The only thing that would make this better is if the Book Scavenger game was real. There is also a sequel: The Unbreakable Code

 This one is kind of like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory until it's not. It's a long book, but very satisfying and now there is a sequel coming out this week!  The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase

This one is kind of like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory until it's not. It's a long book, but very satisfying and now there is a sequel coming out this week! The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase

 You all know I have a soft spot for city books. Could there be a goat at the top of this building?

You all know I have a soft spot for city books. Could there be a goat at the top of this building?

 This book tells the story of an eccentric game designer's fabulous new library, and the twelve 12-year old children chosen to spend the night there. They're competing in a contest to see who can escape before time runs out, and the story's primary focus is Kyle, a kid who loves games but not reading.   There is a sequel  Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics a nd a third book out in October:  Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race

This book tells the story of an eccentric game designer's fabulous new library, and the twelve 12-year old children chosen to spend the night there. They're competing in a contest to see who can escape before time runs out, and the story's primary focus is Kyle, a kid who loves games but not reading. 

There is a sequel Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics
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nd a third book out in October: Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race

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Jennifer Naughton

I'm a lifelong bibliophile who happens to love children's books and who should have become a librarian. Instead I horde books in case of apocalypse or the enactment of a Fahrenheit 451 type law. My five kids accept my addiction and have learned to accept books in odd places.