Category Archives: Middle Grade Book Reviews

THE HALLOWEEN MOON

You’re in for a treat (and a few tricks) with THE HALLOWEEN MOON. It’s a creepy story of a Halloween gone wrong for 13-year-old Esther Gold. October 31st has always been her favorite, but this year Esther’s parents are saying … Continue reading

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PLAYING THE CARDS YOU’RE DEALT

Ten-year-old Anthony Joplin has made it to double digits! Which means he’s finally old enough to play in the spades tournament every Joplin Man before him seems to have won. So while Ant’s friends are stressing about fifth grade homework … Continue reading

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A CASE OF GRAVE DANGER

If you love enticing mysteries with an endearing new kid detective look no further than the first case in THE VIOLET VEIL MYSTERIES series. Set in England during the Victorian era of the 1800s, it starts off with a page … Continue reading

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THE MERMAID QUEEN

The fourth book in the WITCHES OF ORKNEY SERIES has its debut this week. It’s an exciting adventure full of witches, mermaids, and a nasty serpent who can destroy entire worlds. The question you might first ask is “Can I … Continue reading

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THE FOREVER HORSE

Maisie has always loved horses. She is also a talented artist. When the opportunity arises for her to study in Paris, her two worlds collide. There, in the heart of the city, Maisie finds the childhood diary of famous horse … Continue reading

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SUSIE B. WON’T BACK DOWN + a GIVEAWAY

Fifth grader Susie Babuszkiewicz’s teacher is always looking for different ways to get students learning. In the Hero Project unit, you first have to choose a hero and they can’t be alive. Susie chooses Susan B Anthony not only because … Continue reading

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PIPPA PARK—MY JOURNAL ABOUT LIFE

I featured a review of Pippa Park Raises Her Game last year. It’s a satisfying look at life in a private middle school with new arrival Pippa as the narrator. Don’t worry if if you haven’t read the story. This … Continue reading

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VIOLETS ARE BLUE

Twelve-year-old Wren has a growing amount of drama smothering her up at every turn. Her parents have divorced and now Dad lives in Brooklyn with a new wife and twin babies. Mom is a nurse who decides moving to a … Continue reading

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THE HIDEAWAY

Earlier this month, ALWAYS in the MIDDLE took part in the Book Blast giveaway for this new title. Since then I’ve had the time to read the story and can give you a few critical insights. First though, here’s the … Continue reading

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DANNY CHUNG SUMS IT UP

Humor comes at surprising moments and the growing relationship with Danny and his grandmother are the highlights of this new tale. The story is unique and a welcome addition to the middle grade shelves. Here’s the scoop from Abrams Publishers: … Continue reading

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