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Word Count for Middle Grade Books
The word count range for Middle Grade is 20,000 to 60,000. Hatchet with 41,672 words and Holes with 46,554 words are ideal. A book like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, with 78,792 words, is higher than recommended, but with any genre, there are exceptions. Here are more examples:
20,000 -
Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce 13,810
Piper Reed, Navy Brat by Kimberly Willis Holt 15,982
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater 18,188
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate 26,263
30,000
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 30,644
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White 32,119
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare 32,818
I'm Not Weird, I'm Just Quiet by J.F. Wiegand 35,638
40,000
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell 40,531
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen 41,672
Holes by Louis Sachar 46,554
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein 47,493
50,000 +
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech 50,975
Wonder by Palacio, R.J. 73,053
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling 78,792
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 86,826


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