Middle Grade

The Dark Lord Clementine – Blog Tour – Book Review

By Sarah Jean Horwitz
Published on: October 1, 2019

Rooting for the bad guys (or girl in this case) has never been so much fun. While Clementine is still a Dark-Lord-in-training, her father has been attacked by a curse and it is up to Clementine to find a way to break the curse as well as perform all of his required dastardly deeds.

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Middle Grade

[ARC Review] The Math Kids: An Unusual Pattern

by David Cole
Published on: October 7, 2019

I have a young nephew who doesn’t like to read. In fact, he runs away from me when I say the word ‘book.’ The other day I had the Netgalley site open when he peered over and saw this book. He quickly looked at what it was about and said it looked interesting and told me I needed to read it and tell him if it was good. So, I did and I am very thankful that I can tell him that it was good.

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Middle Grade

Lexi Magill and the Teleportation Tournament – Book Review

By Kim Long
Published on: October 1, 2019

Lexi Magill and the Teleportation Tournament is a wonderful story of a 12-year old girl who has recently moved to a new school due to a change in her parents financial situation. She is lonely at her new school, which doesn’t even have a science club and Lexi really wants to be back at her old school (a science academy) with her old friends. To help get the money she needs to rejoin the science academy, she sets out to enter in the annual Teleportation Tournament with 2 classmates she enlisted from her new school in hopes that she wins. Once the tournament begins the 3 classmates are provided STEM-related clues to their first destination, which then gives them clues to the next destination and so forth. This is Amazing Race meets STEM students and teleportation devices!

I found the book to be a very enjoyable read. I was engaged right from the start and appreciated how the author let each student shine with their own clue solving abilities as well as their personalities. Along the way the team makes choices and decisions that are not always correct, but in the end their perseverance pays off by teaching them the importance of teamwork and the value of friendship and most importantly just how cool science can be!

My best compliment to the author is that my 11-year old nephew said with a smile on his face that the book and the teleportation tournament sounded like “a really cool idea!” He has also given me permission to buy the book for him once it comes out, which I will because it was such a fun read and a good story.

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Audio Book Reviews, Middle Grade

Fortunately, The Milk – Audio Book Review

By Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by: Skottie Young
Narrated by Neil Gaiman
Published on: September 30, 2014

What a completely unexpected treat. Well, it’s Neil Gaiman so it is not completely unexpected. But – oh my goodness – this book is crazy fun with one long oddball story about what took a father so long to get the milk for that morning’s cereal.

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Middle Grade

Malamander – Audio Book Review

The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea Book One by Thomas Taylor
Published on: September 10, 2019

Filled with interesting characters and set in a town where folklore comes to life, Malamander is the perfect choice when you need a middle grade fantasy book that is different than wizards and magic.

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Middle Grade

Beaverman: Attack of the Disco Lobsters – Book Review

by Stuart Jensen
Published on: May 21, 2019

This title is crazy. But this middle grade sci fi adventure was so much fun to read. A lot of pure imagination went into this story and there were several times I could picture the author asking himself something like “exactly why can’t lobsters like Disco? I liked Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’ – why wouldn’t they like it too?” He probably didn’t think that, but still.

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Middle Grade

A Study in Scarlet (The Sherlock Holmes Children’s Collection) – Book Review

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
10-Book Box Set published on July 25, 2019 by Sweet Cherry Publishing

A terrific way to introduce young children to one of the most famous detectives ever – Sherlock Holmes.

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