Category Archives: Middle Grade Book Reviews

INTO THE WIND

A love of sailing connects 10-year-old Rusty with Hazel, a determined old lady in a wheel chair. It’s an unusual friendship but one they both need. For Hazel she longs to sail again, while Rusty misses his mother who is … Continue reading

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KIDS vs. PLASTIC

Plastic is everywhere, but where it eventually ends up is a huge world problem. Unique solutions are being created by individuals. More often than not, it is our youth leading way in solving this crisis. National Geographic for the past … Continue reading

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UNICORN ISLAND

I’m always on the lookout for a great book that won’t discourage young readers from moving up to middle grade novels. Often they choose something too challenging with 400 pages and a typeset sure to make their eyes wander. Well, … Continue reading

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OUR COUNTRY’S PRESIDENTS

Every four years National Geographic does an amazing job getting the newest volume of this iconic series out for readers. The proof comes toward the end with full coverage of the 2020 election and Inauguration that brought Joseph R. Biden … Continue reading

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KINGSTON and the Magician’s Lost and Found

The greatest Black magicians of the 19th and 20th centuries are likely ones you’ve never heard of before. One of the most prominent was Benjamin Rucker, better known in the day as Black Herman. He along with a few other … Continue reading

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REBEL GIRLS LEAD—25 TALES OF POWERFUL WOMEN

Reach for new heights with Vice President Kamala Harris. Organize voter registration with Stacey Abrams. Spread messages of kindness with Lady Gaga. And captain a team of Olympic gymnasts with Aly Raisman. This collection of 25 stories includes the most … Continue reading

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Ida and the Unfinished City

It has been over ten years since the first book in this series was released. THE LOST CHILDREN was about three kids who join together to take on a terrifying villain in another world known as Gulm. Set four years … Continue reading

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THE STARDUST MYSTERY

The Stardust Mystery illustrated book is a companion to the MissionKT and Building the Universe video games, the STARDUST MYSTERY YouTube channel and the StardustMystery.com/kids/ web page. It follows the lives of cousins Lizzy, Milo, VC, and Neddy as they … Continue reading

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CLUES TO THE UNIVERSE

Middle Grade contemporary stories always have a soft spot in my heart. It was my favorite growing up and today it’s still about half of my book reading. The plots almost always have three elements: 1. A Bully 2. Friendships … Continue reading

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THE COOLEST STUFF ON EARTH

This big, bright and photo-packed gift-worthy book digs into the details behind our planet’s most magnificent marvels, epic extremes, and astonishing animals. . Did you know that dogs can shake off a pound of water in less than a second? That … Continue reading

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