Category Archives: Middle Grade Book Reviews

MMGM for 12/6/2021

Click any SNOWMAN below to unlock some great Middle Grade reviews and features! (NOTE: If you are planning ahead there will be just two more MMGM’s this month on December 13, & 20.) **************** At ALWAYS in the MIDDLE I … Continue reading

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THE BOY WHO MADE EVERYONE LAUGH

The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar. It was tense. This opens the first of 32 chapters and they all start with one of Billy Plimpton’s one liners. He’s an 11-year-old soon to be 12 and … Continue reading

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THE SECRET OF THE MAGIC PEARL

This wonderful tale from Italy has been translated into English. Colorful illustrations appear throughout. They are nothing short of fantastic. Along with the pictures is a story about 8-year-old Hector and his love for the ocean and diving. Young readers … Continue reading

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MMGM for 11/29/21

Click any light bulb below to turn on some great Middle Grade reviews and features! (NOTE: If you are planning ahead there will be just three MMGM’s next month on December 6, 13, & 20.) **************** At ALWAYS in the … Continue reading

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THE TROUBLED GIRLS OF DRAGOMIR ACADEMY

Marya Lupu is quickly finding out the kingdom of Illyria is the worst place to be a girl. It’s male dominance everywhere you look. Boys are watched carefully for any indications of magical potential. They are a much needed protector … Continue reading

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THE WEATHER DETECTIVES

Sun, storms, and mystery in the Caribbean. Ever since moving to New York to live with his uncle, thirteen-year-old Henry Alabaster has been involved in one foggy mystery after another. That’s because Henry’s uncle, Kelvin McCloud, is a weather detective—someone who … Continue reading

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WORLD ATLAS

When opening up an atlas you expect maps like you do here in the sixth edition of National Geographic Kids World Atlas—Both a physical and political color coded map for seven regions. More than 120 total. But what makes this … Continue reading

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MMGM for 11/22/21

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Here’s an extra course for your meal with some great Middle Grade reviews and features. Be sure to check each one out by clicking on a turkey. At ALWAYS in the MIDDLE I have a review of THE … Continue reading

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THE SWAG IS IN THE SOCKS

Xavier Moon is not one to steal the show. He’s perfectly content to play video games and sit at his bedroom window watching the neighborhood talk outside. But for Xavier’s twelfth birthday, he receives a pair of funky socks and a … Continue reading

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ESCAPE BOOK—THE MUSEUM HEIST

The fourth books in this fun, imaginative series is perfect for grades 4-6. It has elements of the original CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE books where you don’t read the pages in order. I carefully followed each clue and eventually solved … Continue reading

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