My favorite children’s fiction of 2010

(These are middle grade novels that I read in 2010, but were not necessarily released in 2010.)

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

From my review: “When You Reach Me won the Newbery Medal, and the honor is definitely deserved. This story of a girl growing up in New York City in the late 70s is amazingly well-written. I loved the main character, Miranda, and her fascination with Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.”

North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson

From my review: “Like book one in The Wingfeather Saga, I read North! or Be Eaten aloud to my four kids, and it has everything that we love about a fantasy series: action and adventure, fantastical creatures, difficult decisions regarding responsibility and loyalty, heroic quests, sacrificial love, and finding forgiveness. There is something amazing about reading a book like this to your kids – the themes they are taking in are ones I believe are so important. There isn’t any sense of “okay, kids, you’re going to learn a lesson now” – simply amazing story-telling, vivid world-building, tongue-in-cheek humor, and wonderful characters.”

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

From my review: “The kids and I all really enjoyed the Percy Jackson movie, but I’m not sure we would have been so impressed if we had read the book first, because the book is brilliant. It has much more humor and avoids the whole romantic angle, since Percy is only twelve in the book, not 16 like in the film. This was one of our favorite read-alouds of all time, and we will be reading the rest of the series, too.”

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9 Responses to My favorite children’s fiction of 2010

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I’ve read none of these. They’ve been on my list though. My daughter didn’t like The Lightning Thief (?) but I think my son would, if I could get him to sit down longer than five minutes.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – we liked Lightning Thief a lot better than the movie. And the boys especially liked it cause it has a lot of humor.

  2. I really want to read When You Reach Me!

  3. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly

    When You Reach Me is such a great book! I read it twice this year.

  4. sprite says:

    When You Reach Me is also on my list of favorites from 2010.

  5. Thank you for recommendations! It’s always good to read nice comments and discover new books! Sometime ago I read good words for Chronilces Of Narnia and after reading some of the books I rewrote some parts my Tale Of The Rock Pieces in a much better way ;). I guess I could change a thing or 2 in the futre too after reading some of the books you recommended! Especially North! Or be Eaten and Lighting Thief,,,
    it seems you are one of the people who think the books for kids should be of the kind that adults could read too, so we have a lot in common! A book for kids should not only contain amazing characters and events, deeds, but could also be a good guide for kids and parents to think about many inportant things in life, change their attitude, lead a healthy way oif life, etc. I strive to create such books too.
    Merry Christmas to all good books’ fans! LET THE WONDERFUL NOISE OF THE SEA ALWAYS SOUNDS IN YOUR EARS! (a greeting of the water dragons’ hunters – my Tale Of The Rock Pieces).