I've read a number of terrific Middle Grade and YA books these past few weeks. Here are some standouts:
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry This is an Agatha Christie-esque middle grade mystery with a comedy-of-errors bent. I found this funny, fun, and fresh, and looked forward to reading it until I finished. Thumbs up.
Doll Bones by Holly Black. I didn't know there was such a genre as middle grade horror, but after reading this, I'm glad there is! Spooky, fun, and very well paced, I enjoyed this much more than I anticipated.
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. This classic middle grade fairy tale still entertains! I found it particularly creepy how a human could hold a goblin at bay by chanting a rhyme, but that it was difficult to do so when one was scared. Brrrr.
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson. This is YA fantasy by a well-known fantasy writer (whose books I've enjoyed in the past). The novel involves a group of people called "rithmatists" whose 2-D chalk drawings come to life. Part fantasy, part murder mystery, entirely enjoyable.