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Welcome to Middle Grade Carousel! We run a series of games and challenges for readers here on our blog. If you’re looking for ways to play, this is a good place to start.

We're going on winter break! Middle Grade Carousel will be back with new reading challenges and bookish games in January 2023. Follow Elymnifoquent.com for future updates.

Middle Grade Book Bingo

Read your way to a BINGO or fill the card if you’re a speedy reader! Current challenge runs from November 1 to December 31.

Middle Grade Book Bingo card for November & December 2022 at Middle Grade Carousel.
Check our #MGCarousel Challenges page for more info.

Bingo Squares

Looking for books that fit our current Book Bingo challenge? Here are a few recommendations to help you read for a win!

Bingo Squares: 'home' in the title

‘Home’ in the Title

  • The Hike to Home by Jess Rinker
  • Homebound by John David Anderson
  • The Exact Location of Home by Kate Messner

Want to play?

Read the challenge rules and download your bingo card to get started!


Can you find a book with the word ‘home’ in the title? Share an MG read you’d add to our stack in the comments!

#MGCarousel – Winter Break

Hello from CJ and Elza! In anticipation of a busy holiday season, we’ll be taking a break from our themed monthly reading challenge this December.

Still in the mood for bookish fun and games?

Thanks for playing!

#amreading monochromatically

Looking for books that fit our monthly reading challenge this November? Try one of the favorites from our home shelf!

Book spotlight for Middle Grade Carousel November 2022: It's There in Black and White features the book HALFWAY NORMAL by Barbara Dee.

After two years of treatment for leukemia, Norah Levy is ready to return to normal. The hospital social worker warns her the transition back may be tricky, but Norah isn’t worried. Compared with battling cancer, how tricky can seventh grade be?

Very. Everyone treats Norah differently now. Her best friends are part of new groups. Nobody quite understands.

And then she meets Griffin, a cute boy who encourages her love of drawing and Greek mythology. Norah is desperate not to be that girl who had cancer, but secret-keeping becomes impossible and Norah must figure out a way to share her cancer story and still be able to move on and have her normal life.

Check our #MGCarousel Challenges page for more info.

Bingo Squares

Looking for books that fit our current Book Bingo challenge? Here are a few recommendations to help you read for a win!

Bingo Squares: four words in the title

Four Words in the Title

  • Daybreak on Raven Island by Fleur Bradley
  • This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews
  • The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown

Want to play?

Read the challenge rules and download your bingo card to get started!


Can you find a book with a four word long title? Share an MG read you’d add to our stack in the comments!

On the Moors

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

What made it all the scarier was that the castle did not stay in the same place. Sometimes it was a tall black smudge on the moors to the northwest, sometimes it reared above the rocks to the east, and sometimes it came right downhill to sit in the heather only just beyond the last farm to the north. You could see it actually moving sometimes, with smoke pouring out from the turrets in dirty gray gusts.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones