Children’s gift giving guide: Middle grade recommendations

The festive season is here and what better gift to give than the gift of reading. We have compiled a list of some of our best-selling middle grade fiction, perfect for holiday reading!

Amari and the Night Brothers by BB Alston

When Amari gets an invitation to the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, she’s certain this is her chance to find her brother Quinton who’s missing. But first she has to get her head around the new world of the Bureau, where mermaids, aliens and magicians are real, and her roommate is a weredragon.

With an evil magician threatening the whole supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she is the enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t pass the three tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton …

The Very Merry Murder Club

A collection of Christmas crime and mystery stories by thirteen of the most exciting and diverse authors in children’s books today! Join them as part of the Very Merry Murder Club as they lead you on a snow-covered wintery journey of Christmassy crimes, festive foul play and murderously magnificent mysteries!

The Christmas Carrolls by Mel Taylor-Bessent

Wish it could be Christmas every day? Well, for nine-year-old Holly Carroll and her family, it is! Living her merriest life in a house with year-round fairy lights and Christmas trees, a carol-singing toilet and a diva donkey who thinks he’s a reindeer, home-schooled Holly tries to spread cheer wherever she goes.

But when she goes to a new school with a singing Santa backpack and first day Christmas cards (during a heatwave in September!), she realises not everyone shares her enthusiasm for spreading cheer. In fact, when the neighbours try to remove the Carrolls from the street and Holly discovers a group of children that may not get a Christmas at all, her snowglobe world begins to crack. Is the world’s most Christmassy girl about to lose her Christmas spirit?

Monster Hunting For Beginners by Ian Mark

In the blink of an eye all the adults disappear in a small town in southern California and no one knows why.

Cut off from the outside world, those that are left are trapped, and there’s no help on the way. Chaos rules the streets. Gangs begin to form. Sides are chosen – strong or weak. Cruel or humane.

And then there are those who begin to develop powers.

Dystopian fiction at its best, the GONE series is a cult classic. Breathtaking, harrowing, and utterly terrifying with a cast of complex characters and moral dilemmas that will delight fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner.

Minecraft by Mojang

Dive into Minecraft with the official Minecraft Gift Box, packed with tips and tricks for Minecraft players.

Get ready to embark on a journey across the Overworld. Packed with exploration content, this is a must have for all Minecraft fans. Set out in search of elusive mobs in the search and find book, put your knowledge to the test with a Minecraft quiz book and pore over some amazing exploration builds with the build guide book. This gift box comes with three books, a poster and a door hanger, and is sure to provide hours of entertainment.

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