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Essential Reads: Classic chapter-books for middle graders

Today I have some classic middle grade recommendations for you that make great summer read projects, so if you’re a teacher making a summer reading list for her students or a student who wants to indulge in some timeless books, this list is for you:

 

CharlotteWeb.pngCharlotte’s Web by EB White, 1952

A memorable story about friendship and loss, Charlotte’s web is about a little pig names Wilbur who is doomed to be slaughtered. Obviously he doesn’t want to die but it seems no one can help him, that is until he befriends a spider named Charlotte and she promises to come up with a plan to save him. This is such a heart touching story and it considered the greatest children’s book of all times. I swear this book is the reason I don’t hate spiders, in fact I see Charlotte in all of them. Yep, that’s the power of Literature.

 

 

Wizard title page.jpgWizard of Oz by L Frank Baum, 1990

I can’t tell you how much I love the Wizard of Oz. The story of Dorothy who is swept away to the magical kingdom of Oz along with her dog Toto by a cyclone.  Again a story about unlikely friendships, crossing hurdles, the fight between good and evil but this one does it with a lot of humor. A Lion who lacks courage, a tin man on a quest for a heart and a scarecrow looking for a brain become Dorothy’s comrades on a journey that is full of hidden meaning and

 

 

Image result for alice in wonderland bookAlice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll, 1865

Alice falls down a rabbit hole only to find herself in another world. A world with peculiar creatures who talk more non sense than sense and who’ve decided that she is their savior. Thus starts Alice’s adventure. It’s a good thing she is a curious, brave character because she’s meant to defeat an evil queen to save the people of Wonderland.

This is how it all started, fantasy as genre. Before Hogwarts, Narnia, even Neverland, there was Wonderland.

 

 

Malgudi Days.jpg Malgudi Days by RK Narayan, 1943

A collection of 32 short stories set in the fictional town of Malgudi in South India, this book will brings alive everything India. The stories focus on simple people living ordinary but charming lives. The book is so atmospheric you can taste the village life on your tongue, you can hear the sounds ring in your ears and the smell of earth and incense. Each story talks about taboos, beliefs and superstitions prevalent in the nineteenth century and Narayan’s signature enigmatic endings will leave you with a lot to think about.

 

 

Image result for charlie and the chocolate factory bookCharlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, 1964

Dahl’s books are the definition of zany. This book starts with a contest, five golden tickets hidden in chocolate bars that will get five lucky buyers an invitation into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory. Charlie is one of the five and it’s a dream come true for him. He knows that something extraordinary is going to happen and what awaits him and the other children inside the factory is nothing short of magical.

 

 

Book cover featuring GedA Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin, 1968

The story follows a young boy, Ged, who displays magical powers and joins a school of wizardry to become a mage. The book follows his journey as a trainee sorcerer, his struggles and his misfires one of which leads to the creation of his enemy. The book is followed by five others in the series, which is considered an important series in fantasy literature and which follows Ged as he grows up to tame his powers and become a wise, powerful wizard.

 

 

WrinkleInTimePBA1.jpgA Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, 1962

Meg’s father, a time-traveling physicist has disappeared and then one night her home is visited by an unexpected visitor who tells them of the tesseract, a fifth dimension that allows travel through time and space. This is how Meg embarks on an adventure across the Universe along with her brother and her friend to find her father. The award winning book is perhaps the earliest venture  into time travel and science fiction and it makes all geeks proud.

 

 

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