Best Middle-Grade Books of 2013 for Keeping It Real [SHOWING SLIDE 6 OF 13]

Some readers love fantasy, the more far-out the better; others want just the facts, ma'am. With an eye to the latter type of reader, we've pulled together a selection of our Best Middle-Grade Books of 2013 that look reality straight in the eye. Some are fiction; a girl who survived her mother's attempt on her life worries that she is now going crazy; a boy whose mother is in prison finds refuge with his uncle and a search-and-rescue dog. Others are nonfiction: Scientists study an extraordinary community of dolphins; an exemplary guide gives tips to budding birdwatchers. All are terrific.

MY BASMATI BAT MITZVAH by Paula J. Freedman
Kirkus Star
by Paula J. Freedman

"As Tara learns in this skillful exploration, an important source of her special strengths—questioning spirit, empathy and strong ethical compass—is her mixed heritage. (Hindi-Yiddish glossary) (Fiction. 10-14)"
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