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What is Middle Grade Fiction

What is Middle Grade Fiction?


Middle grade fiction is literature that is targeted towards younger readers between the ages of eight and twelve, although readers as young as seven or as old as fourteen are included. Middle grade fiction is known for its emphasis on engaging stories, relatable characters, and age-appropriate themes.


The protagonist of a middle grade book is usually around the same age range as the target reader. This allows young readers to connect with and understand the character’s experiences and challenges. The themes explored in middle grade fiction often revolve around relatable themes such as friendship, family, identity, coming-of-age, and self-discovery.


Middle grade fiction covers a wide range of genres, including fantasy, adventure, mystery, science fiction, historical fiction, contemporary fiction, and so on. It generally avoids explicit or mature content that would be more suitable for young adult or adult readers. Middle grade novels are often characterized by their accessible writing style, concise narratives, and a focus on the emotional development of the characters.


Popular middle grade fictions include the "Harry Potter" series, Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series, and Lois Lowry's "The Giver." These books captivate young readers with their engaging stories, imaginative worlds, and relatable characters, making middle grade fiction an important and influential genre in children's literature.

My first book, “Nowonderland”, is aimed at middle grade readers. Some others I’ve reviewed are “Alone”, “The Proto Project”, “The Wizards of Once”, and “Furthermore”, just to name a few.

Developing a reading habit at this age is very beneficial for several reasons.


Read a book! Have an Adventure!

M. C. Gladd

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