Sequel Please? Middle Grade Edition

What middle grade books do YOU wish had a sequel?

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Here are five diverse novels that I’m hoping will have sequels.

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George by Alex Gino.

George did a great job of showing the internal thoughts of coming out as transgender as a young child and introducing the concept to young children in an empathetic way.  At the end of the novel, George’s dilemma is resolved – she’s accepted who she is and is willing to share her true self with others.  I don’t care about the nitty gritty of transitioning, I want to know what her next adventure will be.  There aren’t any books about a transgender child just being a regular person.  Since she’s already established as transgender, later books could focus on other issues.  These later books might even get into more schools and lead kids to seek out George.  Alas, Gino has said fi will not write a sequel!

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones, illustrated by Katie Kath.

This book just begs for a sequel. The last letter in particular sets up a space for Sophie’s further adventures, and suggests that a future book might include communication by email.  I loved this book so much and want to read more of Sophie’s adventures.  I hope the new format is also suitable for read-aloud.

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Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan.

This book only covers one week of fifth grade, and the two characters don’t even converse directly.  I loved this book so much, I want more.  Weeks has written other books, but Varadarajan has not, and I would love to see a book just by her as well as another exploring the growing friendship (and potential culture clash) between the two boys.

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Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han.

It’s unlikely, given how popular and famous her YA books are – but I wish that Han would return to this charming Korean-American family in a Northeastern town.  This book did a good job of establishing the characters, and I want to know what Clara Lee’s next dream is.  The world needs a Korean-American book series too!

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Malice in Ovenland by Micheline Hess.

This one is a bit of a cheat, because I’m pretty sure that there will be future volumes.  But Malice in Ovenland has been not only one of my favorite graphic novels, it’s also a hands-down favorite of the kids, who can be very picky.  The clever retelling of Alice in Wonderland, the excellent message, and yes, even the puke jokes, are so enthralling to kids.  We cannot wait for the next one and hope that this is a long series, because Lily is our favorite heroine.

Author: colorfulbookreviews

I work in a library by day and parent the rest of the time. I am passionate about good books representing the full spectrum of human diversity for every age group and reading level. This blog is my attempt to help parents, educators, and librarians find the best children's books authored by or featuring characters of color.

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