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Find more Top 10 Incredible Journeys in Middle-Grade Novels
Bobby Lee Claremont and the Criminal Element. By Jeannie Mobley. 2017. Holiday, $16.95 (9780823437818). Gr. 4–7.
On a Chicago-bound train in 1923, petty thief Bobby Lee encounters many interesting passengers, who prompt him to examine his criminal ways. This lively, well-researched historical novel incorporates period elements and surprising plot twists.
The Book of Boy. By Catherine Gilbert Murdock. 2018. Greenwillow, $13.99 (9780062686206). Gr. 5–8.
Part The Inquisitor’s Tale (2016), part Skellig (1998), this marvelously rich story, set in medieval Europe, follows Boy (an orphan who can communicate with animals) and Secondus’ quest to find seven relics.
Edgeland. By Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski. 2017. Putnam, $17.99 (9780399175817). Gr. 5–8.
Wren and Alec plunge into an otherworldly adventure when they are swept over the Drain’s watery edge into purgatory, where they must avoid detection by the dead reviving for the afterlife.
The Emperor’s Ostrich. By Julie Berry. 2017. Roaring Brook, $16.99 (9781596439580). Gr. 4–7.
In a land akin to ancient China, the fates of a missing emperor and a dairymaid become entwined. Colorful characters, collusion, and whimsy unite as an enchanting quest for a lost cow becomes much more.
Escape from Aleppo. By N. H. Senzai. 2018. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, $16.99 (9781481472173). Gr. 4–7.
While fleeing the violence of the Arab Spring, Nadia is separated from her family. With her cat, Mishmish, and the help of an old, mysterious man, Nadia begins the difficult journey to reunite with her family.
The Glass Town Game. By Catherynne M. Valente. Illus. by Rebecca Green. 2017. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $17.99 (9781481476966). Gr. 4–7.
In Valente’s imaginative fantasy, the four Brontë children find themselves transported to Glass Town, a world of their own creation. While there, Charlotte and Emily must rescue the kidnapped Anne and Branwell.
The Murderer’s Ape. By Jakob Wegelius. Illus. by the author. Tr. by Peter Graves. 2017. Delacorte, $17.99 (9781101931752). Gr. 6–9.
Sally Jones is a ship’s engineer, a friend, and a gorilla. When her dear companion, Captain Henry Korkela, is imprisoned for murder, Sally Jones begins an odyssey across multiple countries to prove his innocence.
Race to the Bottom of the Sea. By Lindsay Eagar. 2017. Candlewick, $17.99 (9780763679231). Gr. 4–7.
Eleven-year-old Fidelia Quail, a shark-obsessed inventor, gets kidnapped by notorious pirate Merrick the Monstrous, who needs her help to retrieve a precious treasure from the sea floor. A swashbuckling voyage of self-discovery.
The Serpent’s Secret. By Sayantani DasGupta. 2018. Scholastic, $17.99 (9781338185706). Gr. 4–7.
In this breathtaking adventure, steeped in Bengali folk stories, 12-year-old Kiranmala enters another dimension to rescue her abducted parents. A series starter that rivals Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief (2005).
The Wild Robot Escapes. By Peter Brown. Illus. by the author. 2018. Little, Brown, $16.99 (9780316382045). Gr. 3–6.
The extraordinary saga of robot Roz continues! After rebooting on a farm, Roz devises a daring escape through the countryside and bustling city that, with luck and some clever camouflage, will lead her back to her beloved island.
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