Middle Grade is a publishing term for books aimed towards readers that are 9-13 years old. They are short in length, averaging about 65 to 250 pages and typically do not feature illustrations (if they do, they are small or appear sparingly). While dealing with "heavier" subjects than your typical children's book, they are distinct from Young Adult books as they do not feature gratuitous violence, very few instances of profanity, and No Hugging, No Kissing when it comes to romance, though crushes and first kisses are usually fine. Junior High is a common setting, though some books featuring older teens can be Middle Grade, depending on content.
That's not to say that there isn't a degree of What Do You Mean, It's for Kids? that are found in the books, It's not uncommon to see Middle Grade and Young Adult share the same space in a library or bookstore due to the blurry distinctions between the two genres. The Harry Potter books are a prime example as they are technically both Middle Grade and Young Adult, particularly as the series went on. There are distinctions, namely the above stated differences as well as being parent/teacher friendly and can be used for school assignments and required reading.
List of Middle Grade book and series
- The Hardy Boys series
- The Harry Potter series straddles the line, especially as the series went on.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the US)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Hatchet series
- How To Rock Braces and Glasses (later adapted to a TV series titled How To Rock)
- How to Train Your Dragon
- Hidden Talents