Episode 158: Short Middle Grade Novels

May 22, 2024

In episode 158 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Short Middle Grade Novels

Megan and Allison discuss a recent surge in requests for short middle-grade novels, and Megan has some recommendations. Plus, brilliant bookmail and reality reflects fiction.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Magic Counting’ by Nabeel Khan. Illustrated by Tete Garcia

‘Spiro’ by Anna McGregor 

‘Bluey: The Decider’

‘Good Hair’ by Yvonne Sewankambo and Freda Chiu

‘One by One They Disappear’ by Mike Lucas



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Short Middle Grade Novels


Looking for short middle-grade novels? (YKNR newsletter article on trends, bookseller recommendations and more)

60+ short middle-grade novels kids will love (YKNR community recommendations)


Episode 14: Extending Advanced Readers 7+


Losing The Plot by Annaleise Byrd (144 pages)

Miss Penny Dreadful (series) by Allison Rushby (144 pages)

The Rebels of Mount Buffalo by Helen Edwards (208 pages)

The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn by Kate Gordon (184 pages)

‘Black Cockatoo’ by Hakea Hustler and Carl Merrison (64 pages)

The Secrets We Keep by Nova Weetman (232 pages)

Bored (series) by Matt Stanton (224 pages)

Once by Morris Gleitzman (160 pages)

Monster Island by George Ivanoff (240 pages)



Our books

The Mapmaker Chronicles series by A. L. Tait

The Ateban Cipher (duology) by A. L. Tait

The Maven & Reeve Mysteries by A. L. Tait

The First Summer of Callie McGee by A. L. Tait

The Beehive by Megan Daley

Teacher, Teacher (anthology), edited by Megan Daley

Raising Readers by Megan Daley


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Meet Allison Rushby, the third member of #teamyknr. Find out about Allison and her books here.

Short Middle Grade Novels kids will love