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14 Can't-Miss Middle Grade Books

I just finished reading two middle grade books that I loved so much, I would say they could be the best books I’ve read in a long time, and I read a lot of books. They touch on so many important and crucial themes right now—for children and adults—like resilience, family, friendship, and learning to understand and even get along with others who think and see things differently than we do. I was going to read more books and write about them all but there is so much to say about these two, I just couldn’t wait!

I grew up reading and loving Judy Blume, so when I started reading Danielle Daniel’s first middle grade novel, Forever Birchwood, I was in my element. Wolf, the protagonist, is almost 13 years old and lives in the mining town of Sudbury, Ontario with her mother and grandmother. Her grandfather has recently died and the women in her life are not seeing eye to eye on a lot of things—especially their relationship to nature and their Indigenous roots. Wolf wishes her mother would be more like her grandmother and feels they have less and less in common. Nothing makes Wolf happier than the adventures she and friends share in the woods until one day they start seeing orange bands on some of their favourite trees and realize their beloved forest may be in …

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