Middle Grade

Middle Grade Book Bingo: Where Are the Parents?

I have been finding a great deal of comfort in reading (and re-reading!) middle grade books and young YAs. I will be posting a list of my favorite middle grade books later today but there is one thing about middle grade and YA books that fascinate me – Where Are the Parents?

It seems like the first order of business for every author is to get rid of the parents. This makes sense because kids can only really make mistakes and grow when they are out from under the ever watchful eye of parents. And, the more modern the setting, the more inventive the authors are in getting rid of the parents.

Hence, my Book Bingo!


Where are the Parents?


I can think of a middle grade book for each of these bingo spots and some books manage to cover several different squares (achem, Harry Potter). But, if you are reading middle grade books or have someone you are quarantined with that is, this might be a fun addition!


Tell me, please!

What is your favorite way an author has gotten the parents out of the picture?