To be clear, by middle grade I mean grades 3 through 7, age 8 to 12 (roughly). Anyone can enjoy a middle grade read, but in terms of content as appropriate to age of reader, this is the rough guideline for the designation. For example, if you're not ready for your child to read THE HUNGER GAMES because of the overall concept of kids fighting kids to the death, then middle grade is where you want to go for some great books.
Now, as far as the gender thing goes, I firmly believe that anyone can enjoy any book, if it's the right book for them. Middle grade is a great source for books that appeal to both genders, with the acknowledgement that individual readers will have their own tastes, and that's okay!
With no further blabbery from me, here's a list of some FABULOUS middle grade reads, ones that offer plenty of action, humor, and heart:
|THE RIVERMAN by Aaron Starmer|
|THE DRAGONET PROPHECY by Tui T. Sutherland|
|THE GREAT GREENE HEIST by Varian Johnson|
|THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH by Jennifer L. Holm|
|STEERING TOWARD NORMAL by Rebecca Petruck|
|BY THE GRACE OF TODD by Louise Galveston|
|THE WEDNESDAY WARS by Gary Schmidt|
|FRINDLE by Andrew Clements|