Creation myths tell how we got here, but these epic tales for middle grade readers show diverse heroes trying to save our world from destruction as they make their way in the world. The first four books are from Rick Riordan's publishing imprint that highlights #ownvoices mythology for middle grade. Check out Rick Riordan Presents for more fantastic stories featuring mythology from around the world. Also, subscribe to Riordan Reads on Youtube for fun book promo videos and author features.
The Storm Runner
Zane, a young boy with a limp, must stop Mayan gods intent on destroying the world in New Mexico. His partner is Rosie and together they battle gods who live in a dormant volcano nearby.
Sal & Gabi Break the Universe
A seventh grade magician from a performing arts school in Miami tackles time travel and multiverses with a fellow student named Gabi in this science fiction adventure that explores quantum physics, Cuban culture and family.
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
West African mythology and African American folk legends like John Henry combine to make this a truly epic fantasy in which a young boy must save the world from destruction.
Lalani of the Distant Sea
Lalani goes on a quest to help her small island home end the drought and sickness plaguing it in this Filipino folktale inspired adventure.
A refugee story told through legend and lore in a fictional country in the Americas and one boy's quest for truth after growing up without his mother.
A Wish in the Dark
Fantastical Thailand setting with a social justice theme that includes elements of Buddhist religion and is inspired by Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.
When You Trap a Tiger
Tigers are tricksters in Korean folktales, but in this tale the tiger helps Lily heal and find a place in her new hometown where she and her family are taking care of their ailing grandmother.
The Precious Gift: a Navaho Creation Myth
Native Americans use creation myths as essential teachings for their culture. In this Navajo creation myth the lowly snail alone is responsible for bringing pure water to the new land.
The Last Kids on Earth series
This first graphic novel in the Last Kids on Earth series is sure to thrill new fans of the Netflix show. If you haven't read the series, yet, now is the perfect time!