Category Archives: Middle Grades

Fenway and Hattie

Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe Fenway and Hattie have always been best buddies.  They play, romp at the dog park and Fenway sleeps cuddled up in Hattie’s mint and vanilla scented bed.  But a big move from the … Continue reading

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Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess

Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess by Janet Hill If you’ve ever thought your child could use a coffee table book this would clearly be the one to own.  I fully expect to see it in Anthropologie’s terribly … Continue reading

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Pugs of the Frozen North

Pugs of the Frozen North (A Not-So-Impossible Tale) by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre There is a certain pitch that elementary school children can achieve when squealing over something particularly adorable or desirable.  I have no doubt that this book … Continue reading

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Inside Out and Back Again

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai For Ha, the staggering loss of leaving her home and her father, the indignity of life on a refugee ship, the struggle to find her place in a new land are a … Continue reading

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How to Read Greenglass House, A Guide

Greenglass House by Kate Milford Step 1: Purchase Greenglass House.  Go to your local indie bookstore or click on the link and order it, but it’s best to own it.  That way you can read it at the perfect moment … Continue reading

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In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III Illustrated by Jim Yellowhawk Author Joseph Marshall III is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota tribe. In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse is an exciting journey through history, as … Continue reading

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GHOSTS

Ghosts by Sonia Goldie / Illustrated by Marc Boutavant This was entirely not what I expected.  Large and slim like a picture book, Ghosts features ghosts that are arguably, adorable. Visually, they resemble balloon animals and cuddly toys, a bit … Continue reading

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The Jumbies

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste This is an absolute must-buy for children’s librarians and elementary schools! Forget trick-or-treating and bags full of candy, All Hallows Eve is when spirits and jumbies can mix freely with regular people. Corinne is tough … Continue reading

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How I Became a Ghost

How I Became A Ghost by Tim Tingle Maybe you have never read a book written by a ghost before. Tingle’s opening line immediately lets you know that this is not a typical human meets ghost(s) and spooky antics ensue … Continue reading

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Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet

Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweetby Sherri Smith Ana’s middle school graduation day is going to be just perfect.  She’s Salutatorian and at night there’s going to be a school dance and a chance to finally connect with her crush Jamie Tabata. … Continue reading

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