Nightfall in New York Blog Tour: Katherine Woodfine’ Top 5 Books with New York Settings

Hello everybody! Today, I’m absolutely honoured to be part of the blog tour for the final book in the Taylor and Rose series, in which I’ll be saying goodbye to characters I’ve been reading about since I was 13. I have very specific and distinct memories around reading each book and I’m tearing up even writing this, to give you an idea of what this series means to me.

Anyway, the author Katherine Woodfine has been lovely enough to write a post recommending her top 5 MG books set in New York, so onto the post!


Five favourite middle grade books set in New York

One of the best things about researching New York was that there are so many wonderful books set in the city, which I could enjoy. Since the pandemic meant that I couldn’t travel to New York for my usual research visit, I gave myself plenty of time to indulge in lots of reading, to help me bring the city to life in Nightfall in New York. Here are five of my favourite books for middle grade readers, set in NYC:

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

I love Rebecca Stead’s books, which are so beautifully written. Smart, witty, sensitive and understated, they also conjure up a real sense of what it might be like to grow up in New York City. This is the story of Miranda, whose life takes an unexpected turn when she receives a puzzling note. However, I could easily have chosen one of Rebecca Stead’s other equally charming and compelling books, such as Liar and Spy, Goodbye Stranger or most recently, the delightful The List of Things that Will Not Change  – all of which are set in New York. 

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler by EL Konigsburg

This is a real classic, and deservedly so! When Claudia and her younger brother Jamie make up their minds to run away from home, their destination is New York’s elegant Metropolitan Museum of Art. On arrival, they become intrigued by the strange mystery of an angel statue, which leads them to the mysterious Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler. A quirky delight, this is one of my all-time favourite New York tales.

Some Places More than Others by Renee Watson

Amara is excited to be going to New York to visit her father’s family. She can’t wait to stay in the Harlem brownstone where her father grew up, and to meet her Grandpa Earl and her cousins. But when she arrives in the city, she finds New York noisy, crowded and disorientating. What’s more, getting to know her family doesn’t prove as easy as she’d hoped. Offering us a glimpse of the city from a newcomer’s perspective, this is a warm and heartfelt coming-of-age story.

The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens

Robin Stevens took on the challenge of writing a sequel to Siobhan Dowd’s beloved The London Eye Mystery with this book, which sees Ted and big sister Kat headed to New York to visit Aunt Gloria and cousin Salim. When a painting is stolen from the Guggenheim Museum, it’s up to Ted to investigate. Readers can visit the city for the first time along with Ted, seeing the city from his distinctive perspective — while simultaneously puzzling out clues, suspects and red herrings to try and solve the case.

The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell

In prohibition-era New York, Vita Marlowe sets out to help her beloved grandfather, who has been tricked out of his beloved home by a notorious conman with Mafia connections. To do so, she must team up with an unlikely gang of friends, including a resourceful pickpocket and two young performers, to carry out an impossibly daring heist. Sweeping readers away the New York City of the past, this is a delicious adventure with a wonderfully bold and determined heroine.


Thank you so much for reading! I’m so excited to read some of these now, so thank you for the recommendations Katherine. Are you planning to read any of these? Which books set in New York do you love? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Author: goldenbooksgirl

Disabled book blogger who also writes TV, film, music and other posts from time to time | UKYABA Champion Teen 2018 | Email: goldenbooksgirl@gmail.com | she/her

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