#MGCarousel – 20 Middle Grade Books with Locks and Keys

20 Middle Grade books with Locks and Keys: A high-security collection of Middle Grade books featuring hidden treasure, secret portals, and historical heirlooms.

Our #MGCarousel reading challenge this month is all about LOCKS AND KEYS. If you’re ready to unlock the possibilities, CJ and Elza have gathered 20 Middle Grade books that feature padlocks, skeleton keys, secret doors, treasure chests, and more high-security places.

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When a mysterious parcel arrives at her family’s new home, eleven-year-old Lin Rosenquist has a curious feeling she’s meant to discover what’s inside.

Much to Lin’s surprise, the ornate key contained in the parcel unlocks a spellbinding world called Sylver, hidden behind the cellar door. Sylver is an enchanting land of eternal winter, inhabited by animals that shared a special connection with children in the real world, either as beloved pets or tamed wild animals. In death, they are delivered to Sylver, where they take on a curiously human-like form and still watch over the children they cherish.

While Lin is overjoyed to be reunited with her beloved pet, Rufus, she soon learns that the magic of the Petlings and Wilders is failing, and snow trolls want to claim Sylver for themselves. Lin must discover a way to stop them and save this enchanted world.

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Worth Keeping

Rules by Cynthia Lord

On the next shelf are paint bottles and stacks of paper, everything from thick watercolor paper to flimsy sheets of jewel-colored tissue paper. And lots of things I’ve collected: shells, rocks, a tiny glass elephant, a blackened old skeleton key my grandmother found in a chest but which unlocks nothing. I kept it because I like how it feels in my hand, the heart shape of the top and the jagged teeth at the bottom, and because—Not everything worth keeping has to be useful.

Rules by Cynthia Lord

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Book spotlight for Middle Grade Carousel May 2022: Under Lock and Key features the book THE LOCK-EATER by Zack Loran Clark.

Melanie Gate is a foundling with a peculiar talent for opening the unopenable—any lock releases at the touch of her hand. One night, her orphanage is visited by Traveler in need of an apprentice.

When Melanie is selected, her life changes in a flash, and in more ways than she knows—because Traveler is not at all what he seems. But then, neither is Melanie Gate.

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Book spotlight for Middle Grade Carousel May 2022: Under Lock and Key features the book 100 CUPBOARDS by N. D. Wilson

Twelve-year-old Henry York arrives in Henry, Kansas to stay with his uncle’s family. Everything seems ordinary in their small farmhouse until something goes bump in the night—literally.

Soon Henry and his cousins are entangled in an adventure that includes strangers in the abandoned bedroom, secret cupboards in the guest room, and officiated messages from impossible places.

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#MGCarousel – May 2022

Our month-long themed challenges are designed for readers of Middle Grade fiction. Play along by finding books which match the prompt.

Our challenge this May is…

May 2022 at Middle Grade Carousel: Under Lock and Key

Under Lock and Key

This month we’re keyed up to secure books that you can lock up, deadbolt, or secure with a special code. Take a look at your shelf and see if you can spot a lock or key!

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