Some fun ones for you…

I generally don’t read a lot of Middle Reader books unless they have a lot of hype to them (Harry Potter, Percy Jackson etc.) and those’ve already been talked about so much that it would be boring for everyone if I wrote about them… The ones I want to mention here are Kat Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis, Epic by Conor Kostick, and The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. All of these are great for 10 and up. I hope you find one you like…

Kat Incorrigible came out just last month and is 1st in a series of books about the youngest daughter of 3 girls whose mother has passed away but left them a legacy in magic. This first book was a ton of fun to read if not the most original story. Kat is a lively character and lots of girls can relate to her. They dealt with learning about their magical legacy and what society thinks about that, being 1 of 3 girls and what role they play in that relationship, and coming of age issues. A fun, light read with a bit of drama added to the mix!

The City of Ember came out in August of 2008 and was turned into a movie with Tim Robbins and Bill Murray (check it out on Netflix). This story  is about a community of people living in a”ruined domed city surrounded by a dark unknown, was built to ensure that humans would continue to exist on Earth, and the instructions for getting out have been lost and forgotten.”  This book has male and female protagonists which is not too common in YA books. The 12 year old main characters discover clues that help them find a way out of the city but in the quest for the truth they become wanted criminals by a leadership that is afraid of change. I really enjoyed the novelty of this story. The details about how they lived and their limited knowledge was very interesting. They know what a lightbulb is and that their stove runs on electricity but not how either are made. No one knows how to make fire except by accident and everyone is afraid of it. It is a city of hoarders as well. In a place where everything is running out, people make a living on selling and reusing old bits and pieces and nothing is ever thrown away.

Epic released 5/08, “On New Earth, society is governed and conflicts are resolved in the arena of a fantasy computer game, Epic. If you win, you have the chance to fulfill your dreams; if you lose, your life both in and out of the game is worth nothing. When teenage Erik dares to subvert the rules of Epic, he and his friends must face the Committee. If Erik and his friends win, they may have the key to destroying the Committee’s tyranny. But if they lose . . .” I had to use the summary from the book flap otherwise I’d have to go on and on to describe this book. Erik was a typical teenager who likes to game. He was very focused on one goal and once he accomplished that goal,one no one else had ever succeeded at, he became sort of a hero in his little town. So much so that he became the master strategist in a very real game of life and death. I was surprised that adults would just hand over the reins so to speak but I was corrected by a twelve year old book club member. He reminded me that a gamer is always learning the game and this character had spent so much time in the game that we was qualified to lead. It was a thought provoking comment. I liked the concept of this story and by the end of this book I was intrigued about the sequel, Saga,  but haven’t read it yet because I don’t think it centers much on the evolution of “New Earth” which is what I was really curious about.


  1. I agree, City of Ember is a good movie and worth watching. Are you going to do a follow up post about City of Ember’s sequel?

    • The People of Sparks is the sequel and it’s also interesting and I would recommend it as well. I don’t think I’ll blog about it though. The story is more about human nature in adverse conditions and wasn’t nearly as innovative as the 1st book.

  2. Kat Incorrigible sounds like it would be a good read for my girls. Is it appropriate for a 10 year old?

    • Yes, it would be great for them, especially the ten year old. And by the way, M already has it in her library! Look at me, thinking ahead! Ha ha ha

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