Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. Here is the link for the Goodreads group where you can find the list of topics and such.
Technically, Nimona isn't a book, nor is it marketed as a children's book. But I feel Nimona falls squarely into the category of 'appropriate for children.' Nimona becomes the sidekick of a notorious villain, Lord Ballister Blackheart though he isn't as evil as he first seems. This graphic novel really demonstrates how blurred the line between good and bad is.
Again, not a book. However, Lumberjanes was created by the same people that made Nimona, and is also incredible. It's a graphic novel full of friendship and the lust for an adventure. I think graphic novels are such an underrated form of story telling. And they're perfect for the reluctant reader.
5. Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
This isn't a story for those with a delicate disposition, there's a lot of reference to death/dying and also a fair amount of violence. However, it has a lot of the whimsy and magic I love to read about in children's books. Isabella is such a wonderful character to read about. Particularly for young boys and girl. She's intelligent, kind and inquisitive. She goes on adventures and isn't afraid to stand out.
This is the first book from Rick Riordan that I've ever read. Shocking, I know, though it has prompted me to pick up some of his other series. Or at least I now have them on my shelves. I think I might attempt to read the Percy Jackson series over christmas break. By that point I should be at University... God help me. The Magnus Chase series takes a slightly different route than some of Riordan's other works. This time its the Norse Gods that are causing havoc. Whenever I've heard his name mentioned his work always seems to be associated with diversity and reading this I can see why.
The Wardstone Chronicles have been one of my favourite series for over ten years. It's a series that lies on the very cusp between middle grade and YA. For the purpose of this post, and so I don't have to include Harry Potter, I'll keep it in the middle grade section. Set in a slightly altered version of the UK a young boy named Tom is apprenticed to a local Spook. A man that fights all manners of dark creatures.