Hidden Gems: Ten Middle Grade Novels With Fewer Than 1,000 Goodreads Ratings

Over one million new books are published every year—a number that continues to grow with the steady rise of self-publishing. With so many new works to choose from, it makes sense that one or two—or nine hundred ninety-nine thousand—will escape the attention of the average reader.

So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I’ve tweaked the original theme to celebrate ten amazing middle grade novels that have been released over the past couple of years and could use a few more readers. All of these currently have fewer than 1,000 star ratings on Goodreads—so hey, if you find a new favorite, be sure to spread the word.


Extraordinary Birds
by Sandy Stark-McGinnis

My Review | Goodreads


The Hosue That Lou Built
by Mae Respicio

Goodreads


Just South of Home
by Karen Strong

Goodreads


Like Vanessa
by Tami Charles
illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Goodreads


The Moon Within
by Aida Salazar

Goodreads


My Fate According to the Butterfly
by Gail D. Villanueva

Goodreads


Ruby in the Sky
by Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo

My Review | Goodreads


Secrets and Scones
by Laurel Remington

My Review | Goodreads


The True Story of Lyndie B. Hawkins
by Gail Shepherd

Goodreads


What Goes Up
by Wen Jane Baragrey

My Review | Goodreads


Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants.

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