Middle Reader Reads

Beat the mid-summer blues with a good book.

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
-Recommended by Mary Severson

Shortly after Steven’s new baby brother, born with multiple birth defects, arrives, Steven starts having dreams about angels—or maybe they’re wasps? At any rate, they tell him, “We’ve come about the baby. We’ve come to help.” Step by step, the wasps work on a perfect new baby, but need Steven’s cooperation for the final replacement. Is he helping or betraying his family? If you liked Coraline, you might like this spooky middle-grade story.

Ten Days a Madwoman by Deborah Noyes
-Recommended by Mary Severson

Nelly Bly’s 1922 obituary called her the “best reporter in America.” Always daring, she got her first big break by pretending to be insane so she could report on conditions inside a local insane asylum.

—recommendations from librarians at the Hennepin County Library–Eden Prairie