Ask someone for their definition of a ‘quiet’ novel and you’re likely to get a Potter Stewart response: “I know it when I see it.” These books are hard to capture, yet finding one that resonates can be a blissful experience. Character-driven, they often focus on introspection while offering up rich prose. And though they can still showcase bold storylines, high emotion, and bold tension, they’re also … quieter than their louder counterparts, which can be refreshing—particularly in middle grade, where plots flash at breakneck speeds.
Here are five quiet middle grade novels to check out during your next trip to the library.
by Jacqueline Woodson
Six students meet weekly for unsupervised discussions where they discover just as much about themselves as they do about their peers.
See You in the Cosmos
by Jack Cheng
Alex makes a series of recordings on his iPod during his journey to send a rocket into space.