Thursday, June 11, 2020

Top Classics for Middle Grade

Last week I spotted my favorite adventure books for 10+. Today, I am going to pick out some of my favorite classics.

1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort. Join Bilbo and the gang for this first book in the 4 part series.

2. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, tells the story of four ordinary children: Peter, Susan, Edmund & Lucy Pevensie. They discover a wardrobe in Prof. Digory Kirke's house that leads to the magical land of Narnia, which is currently under the spell of a witch. The four children fulfill an ancient, mysterious prophecy while in Narnia. The Pevensie children help Aslan (the Turkish word for lion) & his army save Narnia from the evil White Witch, who's reigned over the Narnia in winter for 100 years. 7 books in the series.

3. The Odyssey by Homer
The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home. This book is one of the first great adventures out there. A stirring classic full of myth and magic.

4. The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
Taran wanted to be a hero, and looking after a pig wasn't exactly heroic, even though Hen Wen
an oracular pig. But the day that Hen Wen vanished, Taran was led into an enchanting and perilous world. With his band of followers, he confronted the Horned King and his terrible Cauldron-Born. These were the forces of evil, and only Hen Wen knew the secret of keeping the kingdom of Prydain safe from them. But who would find her first? This is a great series with 5 books altogether. You'd probably recognize it more with the title of the second book,
was The Black Cauldron.

5. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
From the moment young Jim Hawkins first encounters the sinister Blind Pew at the Admiral Benbow Inn until the climactic battle for treasure on a tropic isle, the novel creates scenes and characters that have fired the imaginations of generations of readers. Pirates, argh! Full of action, this book never grows old.

1 comment:

  1. Treasure Island is one of my all-time favorites. And I remember being swept away by both The Iliad and The Odyssey. Thanks for the reminders.