After a break, the Mamas are back with a fun way to boost your summer reading: pairing a gown-up book series with a Middle Grade book series that share the same world and characters in the spirit of Spin-Offs that only kids of the 80's and 90's could love! Inspired by their cold beach walks, the Mamas jumped on an ocean-themed book series for Middle Graders that ties into a series of grown-up books with the same characters and overall themes. Parent/child book club, anyone?
Grown-Up Book: Mangrove Lightning by Randy Wayne White
Middle Grade Book: Fins by Randy Wayne White
Pick 6: More Book Spins-Offs We Love!
1. Alexander McCall-Smith's chapter book The Great Cake Mystery has the same MC as his adult series the #1 Ladies Detective Agency
2. Carl Hiaasan’s Chomp, Hoot, Scat, Flush, Skink and Squirm are MG books that are styled like his adult books
3. Famous adult author Terry Pratchett's MG book, Only you Can Save Mankind
4. Finishing School Series is a steampunk MG series by Gail Carriger who also has adult steampunk books
5. Death Comes to Pemberley is a book and movie based on the Pride and Prejudice characters by Jane Austen written by famous mystery author P.D. James
6. The whole family can join the fun with Little House on the Prairie Picture Books that match up to themes and scenes in the Middle Grade series by Laura Ingalls Wilders