In looking back over some middle grade books I've read and enjoyed, I've made list of 5 I'd recommend to kids. These are all on my shelf and are worth reading again. All are written by contemporary authors with potentially many years left to write for their middle grade readers. Five of my favorites in no particular order are:
1. Kate DiCamillo -- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
2. R.J. Palacio -- Wonder
3. Barbara O'Connor -- Wish
4. Sara Pennypacker -- Pax
5. Holly Goldberg Sloan -- Counting by 7s
Let me know what your favorites are for kids ages 7 - 12.