Middle Grade

A Most Slanticulis Christmas – Book Review

By Beaufort Smedley
Illustrated by Linda McConville
Published on: October 28, 2018

A Finalist in the 2019 Indie Book Awards – Children’s/Juvenile Fiction category. A story about what happens to Slanticulis Kawz one Christmas – a character who might actually put Ebeneezer Scrooge and The Grinch to shame.

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Audio Book Reviews, Middle Grade

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow – Audio Book Review

Nevermoor #2 by Jessica Townsend
Audio Book Narrator: Gemma Whelan
Published on: October 28, 2018

No amount of words can describe how much I love this series, especially the audio books. It’s one of the few that I have listened to more than once and I greatly suspect there will be another listen one day.

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Audio Book Reviews, Middle Grade

Nightbooks – Audio Book Review

By J.A. White
Audio Book Narrated by Kirby Heyborne
Published on: July 24, 2018

Spooky middle grade stories are one of my favorite genres to read. They have a creep factor, but not too much. Plus, they typically have a happy ending. I say ‘typically’ because I’ve run across a Goosebumps story or two that didn’t. Nightbooks has won or been short-listed for several awards and honors, but what excites me most at this moment is that this particular book is also being adapted for Netflix. Woot!

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Middle Grade

Mightier Than The Sword: The Edge of the Word – Book Review

By Drew Callander and Alana Harrison
Art by Ryan Andrews and You
Published on November 5, 2019

Another fun book where ‘you’ are part of the story. Includes fill-in the blank stories, places to draw, and another 6-page maze. I really, really love these mazes.

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Middle Grade

Doll Bones – Audio Book Review

By Holly Black
Published on: April 14, 2015

This is a 2014 Newberry Honor winner. For whatever reason Newberry selections aren’t typically books I enjoy, but I didn’t know that it was a Newberry Honor story when I selected the audio book from the library. I was just looking for another potentially spooky book since this is October and Halloween is around the corner and a doll with actual bones definitely sounds like it falls within the creepy category.

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Middle Grade

Small Spaces – Audio Book Review

Small Spaces #1 by Katherine Arden
Narrated by: Renee Dorian
September 25, 2018

Some books were made for October and Halloween and this is definitely one of them. Small Spaces is a creepy story that takes you close to the edge and lets you look over while sending chills down your spine.

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Middle Grade

Mightier Than The Sword – Book Review

Mightier Than The Sword Book 1 by Drew Callander and Alana Harrison
Art by Ryan Andrew and YOU!
Published on: July 10, 2018

“You mean you can write in it?!” Those were the first words from my young nephew when I showed him this book. His eyes were wide open as he began to understand how fun this book might just be.

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