The Detective London McKenna mystery series by Alex Gates is dark. I’ve read a few of them, but they are not easy reads. The pace is very quick, though.
I am currently reading Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. For fans of Wonder, but 10 times a better read!
Out of My Mind is narrated by a girl with cerebral palsy who’s very intelligent but unable to express herself verbally or physically. Hoping for the ending I expect, but there have been some unexpected story lines.
2018-2019 Middle School Battle of the book list
I am reading Flat Broke with Two Goats which is a memoir by Jennifer McGahan. Her book was chosen for The Big Read. She was at Main St. Books in Davidson on Saturday evening. I enjoyed seeing her. The first part of the book is difficult to read as her first marriage was an abusive relationship. The second part of the book is about homesteading in North Carolina near Asheville.
I just read The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud. I read it for pleasure. It was on the Battle of the Book reading list last year. This was an exciting fantasy book about young teens that run a ghost hunting agency. I would definitely recommend it, but it is probably not for everyone since it is can be bit dark and scary.