My first favorite middle grade book was The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. It is a mystery that made me forget everything else going on in the world while I was reading. I was so intent on figuring out the puzzle that I didn’t even realize how invested I’d become in the characters until I found myself bawling like a baby at the end. I also loved Judy Blume, and still do as a grown-up! It is amazing to see a whole new generation of readers discovering the incredible voice and breathtaking honesty of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.