I recommend Gary D. Schmidt’s books The Wednesday Wars, Okay For Now, Orbiting Jupiter, and Pay Attention Carter Jones (he has many more but those are the ones I’ve read so far). They all deal with different themes, but I think the overarching one in all of them is family and dealing with a broken family. They’re very entertaining, in my opinion, but also hit right in the gut with emotion. Since they’re middle-grade, the themes aren’t super in-depth; they’re sort of open-ended, but compared to a lot of genre fiction, they give you something to think about rather than just leaving you with a “that was cool” feeling.
I must admit I haven’t read too many thematic books recently, but some others where the themes stood out to me were The Little Prince, The Eagle of the Ninth, All the Crooked Saints, and Tuck Everlasting. The Little Prince is basically all about theme, so I’d definitely recommend it if you haven’t read it yet.
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