Book Connections

Middle Grade March

I found out it’s considered Middle Grade March!  I am not a big middle grade reader but I did read some while teaching that age group. It’s how I fell in love with one book Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt. Okay for Now was a book push on the Currently Reading podcast this past week, which made me think of it.

So my Friday Connection today is for five books by Gary D. Schmidt. I haven’t read all of them but I do own four of them.

I have linked the books to Goodreads in case you want to find out more as I haven’t given the blurbs of the books.

book coverI’ve read Okay for Now a couple of times – once aloud to a class. It has Doug as its main protagonist along with Lil. They form a wonderful friendship. Doug has just arrived in a new town and has a hard life at home. Eventually he finds some very good relationships, but… let’s just say tissues were needed.

I really need to reread this one as its now a good eight years since I read it last. I have a copy!

book coverThe Wednesday Wars has a wonderful character called Holling Hoodhood, a seventh grader. He too has things to deal with. I loved how he grew in this book. It was another winner for me.

book coverJust Like That is the latest one published in January 2021. It’s one I am about to read. I’ve heard we say good bye to a character I love in this one so feeling a little cautious. This time it’s about a girl who goes off to boarding school and Matt who is in ownership of a pillowcase full of money.

book coverPay Attention Carter Jones is about someone called Carter who has a burden of grief and anger and has to deal with a butler who turns up on his doorstep. I need to read it, its awaiting me.

book coverAnd another one awaiting me. The blurb says it’s a tender heart breaking book. I have it but might be the last one I read. Orbiting Jupiter.

I’ll have to be needing to read a sad book when I get to it by the sounds of it.


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9 thoughts on “Middle Grade March”

  1. I also just heard about Middle Grade March, from another Booktuber.

    I LOVED Okay for Now, but it’s the only one of his I’ve read so far! I just realized in looking at your list and checking Amazon. I must read more – he’s such a great writer.

    Thanks for the heads up!


    Book By Book

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  2. I didn’t realize it was Middle Grade Month! I think I am more excited about that than my daughter. Haha. I am always on the look out for middle grade books that might interest my daughter. I have heard of some of these, but not all. I hope you have a great weekend, Kathryn!

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  3. I usually really enjoy middle grade but haven’t been reaching for it lately for some reason. I have never read this author but it definitely sounds like I need to fix that!


  4. I don’t read very many middle grade books either, but all these sound like good books, Kathryn. I really like the covers of these books so I might have to try one! Good topic!


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