Three middle grade books that you should reread or read for the first time as an adult - Alcanza Consultants

The pages of the books we read have been welcoming us since ancient times, epic stories of adventure, fantasy, romance, drama have remained in our hearts with great affection.

Some of these stories leave their mark on us from an early age and accompany us throughout our lives, as are the classic stories of fairy tales. We must never underestimate the stories written for children, here the most nostalgic adventures are presented, with great teachings and in some way they mold us.

In this post we will give their deserved recognition to three children’s books that stand out for their re-read value and the love they won from both children and grown ups.

Peter Pan by James M. Barrie (Published in 1904)

Even if you have enjoyed some of the adaptations it is never too late to read Neverland from the pen of its author J.M. Barrie. It’s the kind of charm that will always welcome you into its pages whether you are an adventurous child or an adult who stopped believing in faith, trust and fairy dust (Don’t say this out loud in front of fairies!).

Peter Pan, the book and the character had become a cultural icon symbolizing youth and innocence. It’s a perfect story of escapism thanks to Barrie’s writing and and the voice of his narrator who becomes one of the main characters in the story with the whimsical way in which it tells the story, bringing Neverland to life and introducing the characters as if they were your old friends.

You might think that the cultural impact of Peter Pan is due to its large number of adaptations, but the truth is that this story had already conquered the world since it was presented as a play in 1904, to later become a novel in the year of 1911. The public fell in love with “The boy who wouldn’t grow up” before seeing it fly on the big screens.

This book is one of those stories that seem completely different every time we return to its pages. It is not known if it is the book that changes or the reader. Rereading it is something that must be experienced at least once.

Matilda by Roald Dahl (October 1st 1988)

Who would be better to spread her love for reading than this curious and special girl.

Most of us know Matilda’s story, but it is surprising how many people ignore the source material. It is a book with such a peculiar narration, the best way to describe it is that the voice of our narrator feels like that of an elementary school teacher reading to his little students to encourage them to the world of reading. What child would not run for a book with the illusion of obtaining telekinetic powers?

And that is the great impact that Matilda’s story has had, creating millions of readers around the world and giving a home to outcasts who feel different by enjoying simpler pleasures such as their own imagination and the different possibilities that are given to us during the day.

The popular magazine Time included Matilda in its list of the 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time, which is not an understatement due to Roald Dahl’s charming writing, that transmits charisma from the first page on which he introduces us to our heroine and awakens the sense of wonder of any reader who dares to enter the pages of this enchanting story.

Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief by Rick Riordan (June 28th 2005)

If you are feeling nostalgic for the elementary school years when any day to go out and play with your friends was an adventure, then these books are for you.

Like Harry Potter, the adventures of Percy and his friends have that nostalgic feel with all the elements necessary to be considered a modern classic, not to mention their rereading value, the books are so light and fast to read that they can recover from any reading slump.

The story was created when author Rick Riordan made up stories for his son Haley, who was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Riordan used the ancient Greek myths that he knew and told his son as bed stories. It came to a point where he put his own spin on these myths and created his own protagonist who, like his son, was also diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, providing a great representation in young adult novels.

At the moment of reading this book you can feel the love with which it is made. Riordan dedicates it to his son and there is such a warmth in his writing that it makes you want to re-read the adventures he creates.

The Lightning Thief was ranked ninth on The New York Times Best Seller list for children’s books, won many bookish awards and has been translated all over the world. Meet Percy and his friends, dare to join them in the most dangerous quests you can imagine. Full of action, humor, fantasy and a lot of grumpy gods.


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About the author

Edgar Alberto Cuevas Leyva graduated of the Bachelor of Lengua y Literatura Hispanoamericanas in the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa in January 2020. His love for the English language led him to spend a year improving his English at North Orange County Community College in Anaheim, California. Proudly finishing the Upper Intermediate High level. He is currently living in Mocorito, Sinaloa, working side by side with the Alcanza team as coordinator of its volunteer program and in The Building Bridges project, transmitting his charm for the English language with his little students.