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

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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Middle Grade

[ARC Review] Cardslinger – Book Review

By M.G. Velasco
Published on:  August 6, 2019


A western with a modern twist! You don’t see too many westerns in the middle-grade category for kids, so when I saw this book I knew I had to give it a try, especially since it fused a modern-day style game to the core of its story.

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Middle Grade

[ARC Review] Voyage to the Metal Moon – Book Review

by Michael Dahl
Illustrated by: Patricio Clary

Escape from Planet Alcatraz is a new series by Michael Dahl, with Voyage to the Metal Moon as the advanced review copy provided on Netgalley.  It can be best described as a graphic novel for middle grade or a graphic storybook as the illustrations tend to be a large focus of the book and so detailed-oriented they almost tell a story in themselves.

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Middle Grade

The Morgans and the Jewel of Bar-Ran

by K.T. Dady
Published on December 8, 2018

Sometimes I wonder how many hidden book gems there are out there. The ones not published by the large publishing houses? The Morgans and the Jewel of Bar-Ran is one of those hidden gems for me.  I knew it when I found myself not wanting to put it down late at night and when I looked forward to picking it back up after work.

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