Tag: Middle Grade

Classes are Canceled…by Jack Chabert and Matt Loveridge

Classes are Canceled…by Jack Chabert and Matt Loveridge

Sam, Antonio, and Lucy are hall monitors at Eerie Elementary. Eerie Elementary is haunted by its evil founder, Orson Eerie. When the mysterious happenings at the school get a little too dangerous, the powers that be decide to tear the school down. Sam, Antonio, and Lucy, must do everything they can to save their school and to foil the ghost of Orson Eerie. ‘Classes are Canceled, is part of the cute ‘Eerie Elementary’ chapter book series. It has a paranormal twist that sets it apart from many other books of this reading level.  The story also has a great message of empowerment with Sam, Antonio, and Lucy taking the fate of their school into their own hands. ‘Classes are Canceled’  has a few cute twist and turns along the way. The paranormal story-line was a little over the top for me […]

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Lucky Broken Girl…by Ruth Behar

Lucky Broken Girl…by Ruth Behar

‘Lucky Broken Girl’ is a middle-grade novel about a girl named Ruth. Ruth is growing up in 1960’s NYC. Her family is Jewish and Cuban . It is a semi-autobiographical novel about Ruth Behar’s childhood. ‘Lucky Broken Girl’s focus is on the year Ruth was in a full body cast following a car accident. ‘Lucky Broken Girl’ gives the reader a unique perspective about childhood injury. It explored, in gritty detail, the boredom, humiliation, sadness, and fear that Ruth experienced during her year in bed. This story was well written and I loved that none of the characters were picture perfect. Ruth could be whiny and self adsorbed at times. Her father is macho and controlling. While her mother is often resentful of Ruth’s situation. ‘Lucky Broken Girl’ is richly detailed. The diversity was well done and the history in ‘Luck […]

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Otherwise Known as Possum…by Maria D. Laso

Otherwise Known as Possum…by Maria D. Laso

‘Otherwise Known as Possum’ is a middle-grade historical fiction novel. The story takes place in the deep south during at the height of the great depression. The titular character, Possum Porter’s, mother and baby brother recently died in childbirth. Adding to Possum’s grief, her father decides to send her to the town school (up until then she had been homeschooled). Possum’s goals  become to show her daddy that she is too smart for school and to keep her teacher, Ms. Arthington, away from her father.     ‘Otherwise Known as Possum’ reminded me a lot of ‘Little House on the Prairie.’ There were major differences such as the setting and time period. However,the story just had the ‘Little House ‘feel to me. There were also obvious similarities such as ‘Mary Grace’ being the daughter of the  town store owner and she constantly teases ‘Possum’. Also, the town Possum […]

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Tuck Everlasting…by Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting…by Natalie Babbitt

‘What If You Could Live Forever?’  Winnie Foster is a sheltered child living in the late 1800’s. Winnie is tired of her mother and grandmother’s obsessive ways. Because of this one day Winnie decides to run away. She runs away into the woods next to her home. There she meets the Tuck family. The Tuck family drank from a spring in the woods that gave them eternal life. This was my first time reading ‘Tuck Everlasting.’ I somehow missed reading it as a child . The characters were amazing. The character of Winnie Foster is endearing and relatable. She is both sassy and funny.  One of my favorite elements of her story is her long drawn out conversations with the bull frog.  The characters of the Tuck family are also endearing and relatable. The ‘man in the yellow suit’ was the perfect villain both charming and […]

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Keys to the Sun…by Marcel Feldmar

Keys to the Sun…by Marcel Feldmar

‘Keys to the Sun’ tells the adventures of two brothers, Lucas and Parker Chase. They are in New Orléans to visit a family friend ‘Aunt Ruby’. While there they and a new friend, Nicole(Cole), find a map that leads them on a treasure hunt around the French Quarter. What I loved   I loved the idea of a hidden map that gives clues to a hidden treasure. I also loved that the story incorporated a lot of New Orléans history. An example of this is the haunting story of the casket girls who arrived in the city with casket trunks and then promptly disappeared. I found the prose well done and easy to read. I did also love the characters of Cole, Parker, and Lucas and I loved brother’s interaction with each other.   What Left Me Wanting More   First off, this book read […]

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The Spiderwick Chronicles…by Toni DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

The Spiderwick Chronicles…by Toni DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ is a middle-grade trilogy. The story revolves around nine-year old twins, Jared and Simon and their thirteen year old sister, Mallory. When their parents get divorced, they are forced to move into their great-aunt’s spooky and dilapidated house. They  soon discover an ancestor’s field guide to fairies in the attic. They then begin to believe there are various types of fairies and mystical creatures in the house.   I first heard of the ‘Spiderwick Chronicles’ when ‘ Peter Likes Books’ mentioned this book on his YouTube channel. This seemed like a great series for my kids (especially since it has twins as two of the main characters) so I thought I would give the first book, ‘The Field Guide’ a try. It is a very short book and I read it in one sitting. The story line […]

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Eden’s Escape…by M. Tara Crowl-Release Launch

Eden’s Escape…by M. Tara Crowl-Release Launch

EXCERPT  This time Eden landed on her feet. When she opened her eyes, she saw that they were planted on black pavement. Black pavement meant a street. She was standing on a street. Okay, she thought. But where? She lifted her eyes. Directly before her were four yellow taxis, side by side, like the front line of a battalion. To her left and right were buildings so tall, she was as small as a bug in comparison. And in the distance, a narrow slip of bright blue sky framed by more sky-high buildings, as far as she could see. She’d never been here before; of that, she was certain. And yet, she’d received a genie’s education. She’d seen enough photos to know without a doubt where she was. “New York City,” she said softly. RERRR!!! Car horns rang in her […]

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Emma G. Loves Boyz…by Taro Meyer-Book Blast

Emma G. Loves Boyz…by Taro Meyer-Book Blast

Excerpt: OMG!!! My heart was racing like it was going crazy. Lights began flashing from everyone’s phones and people were Instagramming pictures of the band to their friends and posting them. I tried to take pictures but my hands were shaking so much from excitement that the pictures were blurry. Jenny wasn’t taking any either because she was shaking too. Everyone was screaming and yelling and crying. Two girls fainted and were carried out to get some water. I was screaming too. I took a selfie of me screaming and then one of Jenny screaming. Her mouth was open so wide I think I was taking a picture of her tonsils!!! I could see all the Boyz3000 faces very clearly because we were so close up, but especially Aaron’s. I was watching him and trying to take his picture while […]

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Eden’s Escape…by M.Tara Crowl-Book Blitz

Posted September 6, 2016 by Karen in Book Blitz, Book Tours, Books / 0 Comments
Eden’s Escape…by M.Tara Crowl-Book Blitz

I am super excited to take part in the release tour of’ ‘Eden’s Escape’,a middle-grade novel, from Disney-Hyperion. Eden’s escape is the second book in the ‘Eden of the Lamp’ series. Stop back by on September 26 to see my full review. Eden’s new life on earth begins in New York City under the guidance of her new guardian: Pepper, a petite, bubbly genie alum who’s also a Broadway actress. Before she has a chance to settle in, though, Eden is whisked away for a granting–only to find herself trapped in a laboratory. David Brightly, owner of the world’s leading tech company, cares more about tapping into the lamp’s power than making a wish and starts performing tests on Eden. With Brightly’s plasma shield around the lamp, Eden has no way home. Left without a choice, she escapes the lab and […]

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The Laura Line…by Crystal Allen

The Laura Line…by Crystal Allen

A touching and funny story of one girl’s journey to discover where she came from and the unlimited possibilities of who she can become, from Crystal Allen, the acclaimed author of How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy and The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown. Laura Dyson wants two things in life: to be accepted by her classmates and to be noticed by ultra cute baseball star Troy Bailey. But everyone at school teases her for being overweight, and Troy won’t give her a second glance. Until one day, their history teacher announces a field trip to the run-down slave shack on her grandmother’s property.Heck to the power of no way! Her grandmother insists that it’s more than just an old shack; it’s a monument to the strong women in their family—the Laura Line. But Laura knows better: […]

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