Top 7 Middle Grade SFF Books to Read in 2020

Top 10 Middle Grade SFF Books of 2020 - Reading List by Novels and Nebulas

I love putting together reading lists and especially ones that help me stay accountable in my reading life. This idea also matched up with today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt, so today I’ll be talking about the top middle grade SFF on my 2020 TBR, some of which I’ll definitely be reading this spring. I’m a huge advocate for middle grade books, especially magical ones, because they give me a wholesome vibe and are like a comforting hug that I reach for during times of distress. If you haven’t read any middle grade but want to read something light and uplifting during this difficult phase, I think you will find this reading list helpful.

Middle Grade SFF of 2020

New Releases on my Middle Grade SFF 2020 TBR

The Chaos Curse by Sayantani DasGupta

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 3rd book in a trilogy

Release date: 3rd March, 2020 (US)

Why I’m excited for it: I’ve been screaming about this series since the first book came out 2 years ago. It’s coming to an end with this book and I’m feeling bittersweet about it. However, I can’t wait to get my hands on it and go on adventures with Kiranmala.

Bonus: Can be read for Year of the Asian 2020, South Asian Reading Challenge 2020 and Indian Lit Readathon 2020

A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat

Genre: Fantasy

Series: None

Release date: 24th March, 2020 (US)

Why I’m excited for it: I had the good fortune to read an early copy of this book and I cannot stop talking about it ever since I finished it. I haven’t read the classic it is inspired by, Les Misérables, but it is an unapologetically Asian story which made me fall head over heels in love with it. It also tackles issues of classism in a beautifully subtle way and I can’t recommend this book more!

Bonus: Review on Novels and Nebulas (5 stars)

Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 3rd book in a tetralogy

Release date: 7th April, 2020 (US)

Why I’m excited for it: I think people who know me would be really surprised if this book wasn’t on my list. I like to call myself Roshani #1 fangirl and I would read anything she puts out. However, this series focuses on Indian mythology, which is why it’s so close to my heart.

Bonus: Can be read for Year of the Asian 2020, South Asian Reading Challenge 2020 and Indian Lit Readathon 2020

Backlist Middle Grade SFF on My 2020 TBR

Backlist Books on my Middle Grade SFF 2020 TBR

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

Genre: Science fiction

Series: 1st book in a duology

Release date: 28th March, 2017 (US)

Why I’m excited for it: I’m not familiar with Jumanji but a steampunk novel based on games sounds really good to me. I love clever puzzles, quests and adventures in stories a lot and this book promises all three! The sequel came out last year, so there’s really no excuse for me to put off reading this one.

Bonus: Can be read for Year of the Asian 2020 and Ramadan Readathon

The Last Last-DayofSummer by Lamar Giles

Genre: Science fiction

Series: None

Release date: 2nd April, 2019 (US)

Why I’m excited for it: Local sleuths accidentally drawing out the last day of summer? Sign me up instantly! It feels like the perfect book to read at the turn of the season and I’m hoping it’ll have an interesting twist on time.

Bonus: Can be read for Blackathon

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Genre: Science fiction

Series: 1st book in a duology

Release date: 5th May, 2019 (US)

Why I’m excited for it: Yes, it’s another Rick Riordan Presents book but this series has some of the best diverse middle grade books out there! It caught my fancy because this is a sci-fi series with Cuban influences. I also find the author entertaining and clever, so I can’t wait to read this book and gush about it!

Bonus: Can be read for Con Sabor Reading Challenge

The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 1st book in a duology

Release date: 15th October, 2019 (US)

Why I’m excited for it: I missed it when there was a lot of buzz around it when it came out but I’ve been meaning to read it ever since. Everything from the cover to the synopsis sounds promising and fun. Also, as a lifelong SFF lover, anything with the word dragon is going on my TBR for sure.

Bonus: Can be read for Year of the Asian 2020

Do you have any middle grade SFF on your 2020 TBR? What are your go-to comfort reads? What are some diverse reading challenges you’re taking part in this year? Let me know in the comments section down below. Hope you are having a magical week, readers from Earth!

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Top 10 Middle Grade SFF Books of 2020 - Reading List by Novels and Nebulas

7 thoughts on “Top 7 Middle Grade SFF Books to Read in 2020”

  1. This is such a great post! I’ve been reading more MG books in recent years and they are utterly DELIGHTFUL. I’ve been eyeing Sayantani DasGupta’s books for awhile now, and I’ve really been interested in The Dragon Warrior ever since it came out. Anyways, thanks for sharing such an amazing list 💛💛💛

    1. Thank you so much, Kat! 💖 I’m so glad you liked the list. I would 100% recommend Sayantani’s books. I’m yet to read the last book but the rest of them have my entire heart. 😍

  2. Great list! I’ve read a few of these books and have a few on my TBR. I’ll highlight Sal and Gabi Break the Universe. I’m not personally a fan of Riordan/Riordan Presents (action/adventure isn’t my thing) but I love this book. I think it is quite different from other Riordan Presents titles but I think you will still enjoy it!

    1. I can’t wait to read that one! It’s nice that we’re getting a different kind of story under that publishing umbrella. I’m ready for some fresh stories. 😊 Thanks a lot, Jenna! 💖

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