15 Books To Bridge the Gap Between Middle Grade and YA

by Dena McMurdie

Photography by Seana Williamson

Recently, some moms have asked me for recommendations for kids that have outgrown middle grade books, but aren’t quite ready for YA books like The Hunger Games. It can be frustrating for both kids and parents to find books that feel authentic and relevant yet are still age appropriate. This is a list of books to help smooth that transition.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2015 and updated in 2022.