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Top 10 middle-grade books of 2014

Have an insatiable reader on your hands? Check out this roundup of our favourite books of 2014.

By Emily Piccinin

Top 10 middle-grade books of 2014

Top 10 big kid books of 2014

Operation Bunny

Written by Sally Gardner and illustrated by David Roberts, Square Fish

Emily Vole has just inherited an abandoned shop, some keys and a cat named Fidget from her recently deceased neighbor Mrs. Sting. She quickly discovers that this is no ordinary shop, but one that opens the doors to a magical realm. When she learns of a troublesome witch living in this fantastical land, it becomes her job to rally the fairies at the old Fairy Detective Agency and embark on Operation Bunny to save the fairies.

Top 10 middle-grade books of 2014

The Boundless

Written by Kenneth Oppel, HarperCollins 

Willim Everett’s adventure on the new majestic train, The Boundless, is rife with heinous villains and suspenseful escapes.

Top 10 middle-grade books of 2014

Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet

Written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey, Hachette 

This eleventh installment of this series features a vengeful toilet that devours everything in sight. Will Captain Underpants save the day?

Top 10 middle-grade books of 2014

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education and Changed the World

Written by Malala Yousafzai, Little, Brown Books

Malala Yousafzai tells her inspirational story of how she risked her life to defend her right to education. Written for school-aged readers, so they, too, can learn her message of hope.

Top 10 middle-grade books of 2014

Sisters

Written by Raina Telgemeler, Scholastic *

This sequel to the best-selling graphic novel Smile shows a big sister learning what it really takes to welcome a new baby to the family.

Top 10 middle-grade books of 2014

On a Scale from Idiot to Complete Jerk

Written by Alison Hughes, Orca Books

This book is a hilarious “science project” (complete with pie charts, graphs and case studies) that measures the level of jerk-iness in really annoying people throughout human history. It even comes with a quiz so readers can find out what their own jerk-y score is. 

Top 10 middle-grade books of 2014

Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot

Written by Dav Pilkey, illustrated by Dan Santat, Scholastic

The bestselling author of Captain Underpants tells the tale of how Ricky, a shy and reticent mouse, meets Mighty Robot, who helps him step out of his shell.

Top 10 middle-grade books of 2014

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Written by Karen Foxlee, RandomHouse

If science can’t prove it to be true, Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard won’t believe it. But when her family moves to a new town (where it mysteriously never stops snowing) for her father’s recently acquired museum job, she meets a strange boy in the museum one evening. She soon learns that he’s a captive of the evil and magical Snow Queen. Quickly, everything Ophelia ever knew to be true is called into question and she’s launched into an adventure to save the world.

Top 10 middle-grade books of 2014

The Iron Trial: Book One of Magisterium

Written by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, Scholastic

Two bestselling authors have come together to produce a five-book series full of suspense and magic. In the first installment, readers meet twelve-year-old Callum, who doesn’t want to have anything to do with magic. His dad had been proselytizing how dangerous and evil it is since the Mages (magic users) killed Callum’s mother when he was a kid. Callum desperately tries to fail the Iron Trial (a test most kids his age can’t wait to take due to the possibility of being admitted to the Magisterium school of magic), but he passes and is admitted to the school, where finally begins to learn the truth about his family’s past. 

Top 10 middle-grade books of 2014

Audrey (Cow)

Written by Dan Bar-el and illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss, Tundra Books

When Audrey the cow learns that she’s headed for the slaughterhouse (oh my!), her barnyard friends help her plan a great escape.

Top 10 middle-grade books of 2014

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