Children's and Middle Grade

Children's and Middle Grade

Getting your kids to read--a perpetual battle, right?  Your goal, then, is to always find the next excellent ebook in a genre they will love to read. And, what is better than finding ebooks for them that they can read on their electronic devices, such as their phones, Kindles or Nooks?  Authors in our Children's and Middle Grade genre want to help you with your kids, and they want to help you with your budget, too.  They will always offer their ebooks to you for free or discounted.

 

Definition of the "Children's and Middle Grade Genre": Children who are reading these ebooks are still at the stage of their life where they are focused inward.  They are figuring themselves out (a process that shouldn't stop just because we grow older), and so they focus what they want to read on that stage of their lives.  While characters in the Children's and Middle Grade genre grow during the stories, the growth is internal by nature. Ebooks in this genre typically focus on friendship, as children are working out what it makes to be a responsible friend to others, and what they look for in friends themselves.

 

Some bestselling ebooks in the Children's and Middle Grade genre are Katherine Applegate (The One and Only Ivan), R.J. Palacio (Wonder), Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming), and Sharon Draper (Out of My Mind).

The Seven Stones: The Tumblestones Trilogy

by C.P. Goy

Terry should never have been in the middle of Crow Wood that night - then the Torus couldn't have taken him. But he was, and it did. Now he finds himself in a strange new world, with no hope of getting home again unless he can find the seven tumblestones. New friends Gwen, Meeshka and Polka will help him solve the riddles, left by the mysterious Stranger - but the Baron's secret police are closing in fast. The key to the mystery lies in the mountains of the far north, where the 'Watcher' is waiting. The friends set out on their desperate quest, but it soon becomes clear that there is a deeper mystery behind the hiding of the stones, and an even deadlier enemy is just waiting for its chance...

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Blade of the Sea: A Children's Survival Unofficial Minecraft Book

by Jesse Nethermind

Pirates on a treasure hunt. An ancient weapon lost long ago. One girl determined to save us all.

Trish never saw herself as a hero. She lives in a quiet village and spends most of her time happily crafting. But when a gang of pirates throws her life upside down while searching for a legendary weapon called The Blade of the Sea, she ventures outside of the safety of her village to find it before they do.

With only her wits and crafting skills to help her, Trish fights zombies and creepers, explores secret temples, battles pirates, and solves mind-boggling puzzles. Even after befriending a wolf, she's in way over her head. She soon learns that the Blade of the Sea protects an even bigger secret. According to legend, it is the key to an ancient treasure with the power to bring the world to its knees.

Fans of the Elementia Chronicles and the Gameknight999 series will be drawn to Jesse Nethermind's epic tale of treasure hunts, pirates, ninjas, and the quest for a magical place rumored to contain the ultimate power. Filled with action, humor, and monsters galore, Blade of the Sea is the perfect adventure story for children and adults alike!

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Adlan and the Coven (Adventures of Adlan Book 1)

by Mari Henson

Fangs aren’t everything…

Life in the coven isn’t easy for new vampire Adlan. Physical training, competitions, strange food and mean kids; Adlan wonders what will become of him when he doesn’t quite fit in.

However when he discovers a mysterious power that sets him apart from everyone else, he draws the attention of the fearsome coven Mistress.

He soon embarks on an adventure that reveals more about himself than he could have imagined. What’s in store for him? And will he survive?

For paranormal fantasy lovers aged 9 - 14.
 

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Room 42

by Melody J. Bremen

Only four months left, then Dave Martinez is a free man.
Dave is an eighth-grader at Lakeville Boarding School, the school for boys with unexplored potential (aka losers). If he can control his impulse to steal, he can return home and attend regular public school. If he doesn’t, he will be sent to Birmingham High, the worst high school on the planet, and his life will be doomed forever. For just a few more months, he needs to stay out of trouble and keep a low profile. And he’s pretty good at that.
Then Dave gets a new roommate, Tom Grant. Tom is allergic to boring and doesn’t know how to listen to rules. His wild plans involve all of his roommates, especially Dave. They’re dragged along with Tom as he hunts animals (and teachers in pajamas), goes sledding on cafeteria trays, and drives bulldozers through the night. Dave’s chances of keeping a low profile are going down the drain.

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Pirates Off the Deep End (Pirates Off Series Book 1)

by T.W. Kirchner

Tommy Klopt is cunning and clever. Of course, he’s a pirate. The twelve-year-old, along with his brothers, Connor and Dillon, begin a life at sea when their distraught father, Hoody, hits hard times. After a couple of years of smooth sailing as Robin Hood-type pirates, the family encounters a typhoon in the form of 400-year-old pirate ghost, François l’Olonnais. To force Tommy to complete a task, l’Olonnais captures Hoody. In a race against time to free him, the boys go up against real pirates and the FBI. But even if they can save their father, will l’Olonnais, the most evil pirate in history, really hold up his end of the bargain?

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Sam's Top Secret Journal: We Spy (Book 1, Middle Grade Mystery)

by Sean Adelman

Sam's Top Secret Journal - Book 1: Sam Spies by Sean Adelman. Join Sam as she embarks on her first big adventure in this middle-grade mystery full of fun, suspense...and just the right amount of spying! Sam is a middle school girl living a normal life-except when she is occasionally bullied for the differences kids perceive in her. Sam has Down syndrome. See how she and her brother John work together to find some stolen money, help a new friend and escape real danger in this exciting adventure!

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Essie Has A Birthday Party

by Jennifer John

Essie is a typical little girl who is excited about her birthday—she just can’t wait for her guests and presents to arrive. The day of the party is finally here, but things unfold for Essie in an unexpected way. In this charming story, Essie and her readers learn the value and importance of sharing, and they also see how learning to share is really the best gift of all. Based on a true life event, this story is sure to delight children and parents alike, for we all could learn to share just a little more.

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Wilhelmina and the Willamette Wig Factory (The Willy and Tommy Adventures Book 1)

by Whitney Dineen

Wilhelmina Snodgrass and her family move to the Willamette Valley, Oregon, against her express wishes. Not only is she sure her life is over, but she's convinced she won't make any friends. That is until she meet her eccentric blue-haired neighbor, Thomasina Andretti.

Willy and Tommy become involved in a conspiracy to reopen The Willamette Wig Factory, with their unsuspecting friend, Georgianna Carbunkle. The plot, however, is orchestrated by three of Willy's ancestors, from beyond the grave.

Scrapes, mishaps and the unforeseen occur; including becoming sworn enemies with Tiffany Peterson, the most popular girl in the seventh grade, a crush on super-stud, Jamie Armstrong and a mysterious carousel. Willy and Tommy have it all-mystery, revenge and romance. Monteith, Oregon, becomes the stage for adventures beyond their wildest dreams!

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Royal Institute of Magic: Elizabeth's Legacy

by Victor Kloss

Two years ago, Ben Greenwood's parents walked out the door and never returned. The police have all but given up finding them when Ben stumbles upon a peculiar letter addressed to his dad. “You are the most wanted man in the Unseen Kingdoms. Unless you come to us, we cannot help. For your child's sake, tell us what you know.”

The letter is from an organisation called the Royal Institute of Magic and is dated a day before his parents disappeared. Like most people, fourteen-year-old Ben hasn't the faintest idea what the Royal Institute of Magic is, but he has his first clue: the logo on the letter.

Armed with nothing but his wits and the help of his good friend Charlie, Ben sets out to find the Institute and, through them, his parents. To succeed, he will have to navigate a land filled with fantastic creatures and Spellshooters, where magic can be bought and sold, to unravel an ancient family secret that could hold the key to defeating an evil the Institute has been fighting for the last five hundred years.

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Flying Mutant Zombie Rats: Book One of Moto Maddie BMX Portal

by Kat de Falla

Summer vacation is almost here! And Pea O'Neil is stoked to try out the new local BMX track which is finally open. He and his gang of friends can ride all summer long!

But when Pea tries a back flip, he unwittingly opens a portal to another dimension and hordes of flying mutant zombie rats are unleashed upon the city. With the help of an otherworldly talking cat sent to help prevent the demise of humankind, Pea and his friends must hunt down the hungry mutants and send them back before the portal closes.

But when the zombie rats attack a neighbor man, the boys have to enlist the help of a graveyard looney and the city's stray cats. With time running out, Pea and his gang track the monsters to the city's sewer system. But in the city sewer of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it’s eat…or get eaten.

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Sam's Top Secret Journal: Book 3- Memorial Day: Memorial Day

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Sam is a ninth grade girl trying to enjoy her first year of high school. Sam knows she has Down syndrome but she doesn't feel different; even though other kids sometimes treat her that way. Sam's new adventure involves a mini family reunion, exploring the interesting spaces of a retired military base and learning how hard it can be to "do the right thing". Challenges and new mysteries are all chronicled in Sam's private journal. In this book, Sam discovers that being yourself isn't just about what people can see; sometimes what you can't see is the most important part.

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Fairalon

by T.J. Roberts

It’s not easy being eleven.

It’s not easy being the new kid, in a new town, especially in a house with so many strange memories.

When you’re different, when you see things that other people don’t see, what do you do? When you have no friends and everyone thinks you’re weird, who can you tell?

Iris uncovers her own strange past and learns that anything is possible if you believe in yourself.

Come with Iris and find yourself in the magical world of Fairalon.

Fairalon explores themes of trust, loneliness, friendship, and self-reliance with a sprinkle of budding romance.

Fairalon is a MG/YA fantasy novel with 30 full color illustrations.

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Lee and Pat: A Child's Introduction to Reading

by Philip Gibson

"This entertaining NEW series of simplified, illustrated readers has been developed specifically in order to enable young children to learn to read by themselves, with only minimal help from parents or teachers."

The first two books in the 12-book series have been made available for FREE. This is so that parents and teachers can, at no cost, judge for themselves how the books are able to rapidly, systematically and effectively develop children's confidence and competence in reading.

This book, Lee and Pat, is the first book in the Word by Word series. It is intended for English-speaking children learning to read as well as children learning English as a second or foreign language. In this first early reader, we meet the teacher, Lee, Pat and their very clever dog, Kim.

This dog is so clever he can even READ what the children write!

The story is told using just 17 different keywords + 3 names of characters. These most commonly used key words are frequently and systematically repeated throughout the book in order to ensure effective learning.

All the details in the book are revealed in language (words and structure) that has been rigorously selected to be as simple and understandable as possible for young readers.

For example, did you know that just 25 most commonly used words make up about one-third of all words written or spoken in English? The first 100 most frequently used words make up about one-half of all written and spoken English. By the end of the 12-book Word by Word series, children will have learned the 1,000 most frequently used words which comprise more than 95% of all written and spoken English.

The content of all Word by Word readers is based on extensive, diligent research into the most frequently used English words and structures. The key words and structures are presented gradually and systematically throughout the series. For example, all new words and structures are repeated at least 15 times subsequent to their first appearance in the series. This, together with the phonic emphasis in each book, ensures effective and rapid learning as well as maximum retention and comprehension. It is this very systematic control of vocabulary and structure that makes Word by Word graded readers unique.

All the books in the series have been extensively trialed and repeatedly improved over a period of many years and are now proven to be extremely effective in building functional literacy in children of many ages and nationalities, including the author's own children.

The series consists of 12 books in 4 levels:,

Level 1
Book 1: Lee and Pat
Book 2: Lee and Pat like to play
Book 3: Lee and Pat go with Daddy

Level 2
Book 4: Lee and Pat go to school
Book 5: Lee has a friend
Book 6: Lee and Pat like animals

Level 3
Book 7: A very good week
Book 8: Let's go shopping
Book 9: Pat's birthday

Level 4
Book 10: All about animals
Book 11: Our world
Book 12: All about people

By the end of the series, the child will have learned to read and understand all of the most important English words and structures. At this point, the child will be functionally literate and fully capable of independent reading.

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Stubby the Beaver

by janice vergeer

Stubby the Beaver lives in Lodgepole Marsh with his family and friends but he isn't quite the same as other beavers, he's rather unique so no one thinks he can accomplish much until one day he has to help a new friend who is in trouble. Join Stubby the little Beaver discover he can be a helpful and cool Beaver even though he was born different and doesn't always fit in.

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Del Ryder and the Crystal Seed

by Matthew David Brough

Darkness is falling across mystic Azdia. Soon, all of life will stop glowing with light. Soon, the trees will no longer spring to life. Even the mighty feldroes will cease to roam the forests. Already, many lumens, the shape-shifting caretakers of Azdia, have lost faith in their provider and protector, the mysterious Mr. Thicket. The only hope for the creatures of Azdia are the awaited chosen ones sent from another world called Earth.

Del Ryder and her three best friends stumble through the portal into Azdia. There they meet Crimson, a lumen full of hope, who believes Del and her friends are the ones they have been waiting for. Unwilling to accept their destiny, the children still manage to enlist Crimson’s help in what becomes a fight for their own survival. Held hostage by living trees, battered by storms, and caught in a stampede of feldroes, the darkness of Azdia blocks them at every stage of their adventure. But Del and her friends persevere, following the clues of a cryptic riddle, in the hope that it leads them home.

Del Ryder and the Crystal Seed is Matthew David Brough's debut novel. It is an adventurous ride, with fast-paced action, and colorful characters. Ideal for boys and girls, and enjoyed by adults as well, we follow Del as she grapples not only with being in a strange and fantastic world, but also with whether she can trust anyone and ultimately know what it means to be loved.

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A Place To Call Home: Toby's Tale (The Rescue Dog Tales Book 1)

by G. A. Whitmore

A Place to Call Home is the heartwarming and inspiring story of an abandoned white German shepherd puppy named Toby and his cross-country search for a forever home. Narrated in part by the animal characters in the book, the reader experiences Toby's world through his eyes and those of the animals he meets on his journey.  

Toby's life begins on a farm where the carefree, happy days he has known come to an abrupt end when his breeder decides to "dispose" of him and his sister Tara because of the color of their fur. With the help of a kind farmhand, the two puppies escape unharmed. 

After a tumultuous time during which Toby is shuffled from place to place, he is finally adopted, but he quickly realizes his new family has deep-seated issues that put him in danger, and what seemed like an ideal home, turns into another place he must escape from.

As Toby struggles to find a forever home where he can feel safe and secure, he experiences some painful losses, but he also makes new friends--friends who will help him to trust humans again and teach him the power of love.

Inspired by a true story, this middle grade/young adult novel can be enjoyed by dog lovers of all ages.

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Hieroglyph (TC's Adventures Book 1)

by WJ Scott

“Did Ancient Egyptians visit Australia?”

13 year old TC has a secret. No one knows she possesses a supernatural power.
Can TC help her Uncle Max, an archaeologist; unearth enough evidence that Ancient Egyptians visited Australia, before he’s discredited in the media by those that want the past to stay buried?

“Some would say that I have a gift, but to me it’s always been a curse. Before I changed my mind, I tugged off my gloves and whipped my head left and right, checking to see that no one was watching. I sucked in breath and steadied my nerves then thrust my hands against the stones and touched one of the cartouches. Time and place ripped away.”

An enthralling archaeological mystery, mixing the supernatural with humour and suspense.

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The Imperfect Kid

by Ann Writes

"When you were born, your parents thought you were PERFECT." Says Danny. "You drank milk perfectly. You pooped your diapers perfectly. You burped perfectly. You farted perfectly. You cried perfectly. You giggled perfectly. You were, in short, the most perfect baby ever - without even trying!"

How did you go from being the Perfect Kid to The Imperfect Kid?

How did you go from doing everything perfectly, to being an ImPerfect Kid who can never be Good Enough?

"Blame the Competition," says Danny. "The problem with parents is, they're always comparing you with other kids. And that sort of thing can lead to disappointment...Unless you're smarter and better-looking than all of your friends, as I am..."

How can You stop being The ImPerfect Kid and be Perfect again?

12-year old Danny knows the secret - and he's about to share it with you!

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Children's Book: The Peaceful Lion and the Nagging Crow

by A. M. Marcus

Teach your children the important skills of anger management and how to deal with bullying!  Often child behavior problems are about kids struggling to manage their anger while attempting to find their inner peace. Oppositional behavior, disrespect, conflict and aggression can often be decreased by helping kids learn how to handle these issues better. This illustrated story will give you the tools to help your child with anger management through finding his inner peace.

This inspiring fable tells the story of two animals - The Peaceful Lion and the Nagging Crow in which the crow tries to annoy the lion in countless ways.

  • Will the crow manage to finally get the lion angry or upset?
  • Will the crow give up?
  • Can the lion manage to stay calm and peaceful or will he get angry at last?

When two such distinct animals as The Peaceful Lion and the Nagging Crow interact with each other, the result is a story with a lesson worthy of reading by all mankind. How to achieve inner peace and the realization that external forces can disrupt that peace or even forbid it are the two lessons which are cradled in this beautiful illustrated story by Assaf Marcus.

This book will help you to teach your children an important social skill that can make their life much happier. It also provides parents, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach children the skills to manage their anger ,reach inner peace and serenity, best expressed in this inspirational quote of Don Miguel Ruiz.

This well-written and inspiring story, delivers easy-to-digest education complemented by vibrant, delightful illustrations.

This story may be ideal for reading to your kids at bedtime and enjoyable for the whole family as well! It is suitable as a read aloud book for preschoolers or a self-read book for older children.

*** This children's book feature Kindle Text Pop-Up for reading text over vivid, full-color images (double tap on the text).

 

 

 

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Children's Book: The Other Side

by A. M. Marcus

Teach Your Children to Appreciate What They Have

Many people want what others apparently have, all while overlooking the possessions they have and the characteristics they possess. This story teaches your child to appreciate what they have, and not worry so much about what others possess.

Adam is a poor boy who lives with his mother and ill father. Always busy with chores, he finally gets a day off, and his mother tells him to make the most of it. Living on a hill, Adam notices a house from afar that has windows that shine like gold. Adam decides to venture to the house, and wonders what he’ll find.

  • Who lives in the house?
  • Are they better off than Adam’s family?
  • Is there a lesson for Adam to learn?

This story teaches the value of appreciating what you have. Adam thinks the house he’s going to is better than his, but is it? Your kid will soon discover that the grass isn’t always as greener on the other side. To quote Albert Camus, “To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.” Your children will soon learn that they possess what others have, even though they don’t know it.

The Other Side is perfect for story time, or for your kids to read on their own. Its colorful illustrations and easy language will keep your children interested, and its lesson is one that both children and adults can learn from, as desiring something that someone else has happens at any age.

The lesson of this book is best expressed in this inspirational quote by C.S. Lewis :"What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing."

The Other Side is a charming and encouraging bedtime story for the entire family. The book is also a wonderful resource for teachers and counselors who wish to share the importance of appreciating what you have.

The book contains vibrant, engaging illustrations and a simple yet inspiring lesson that is easy to digest.

*** This children's book features Kindle Text Pop-Up for reading text over vivid, full-color images (double tap on the text).

Scroll back up and show your kids what’s on The Other Side

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