Category Archives: New Release

DOG DRIVEN (With a Giveaway)

IT”S ANOTHER MARVELOUS MIDDLE GRADE MONDAY! Stargardt disease causes progressive damage to the center of the retina, the area responsible for sharp straight-ahead vision. Usually discovered during childhood or adolescence, the disease has no cure. Driving a dog sled doesn’t … Continue reading

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DON’T READ THIS BOOK BEFORE DINNER

GROSS SICKENING REPUGNANT NAUSEATING Need I say more? Why yes, middle graders are going to love this new title from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS. Here’s the vile and disgusting background straight from the source: ********************** From wretched rodents and beastly bugs … Continue reading

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OGRE ENCHANTED

It’s never a good day to be an ogre—just ask Evie who has been turned into one because she refused to marry her best friend. The change was the work of an awful fairy, Lucinda. Here’s the full background from … Continue reading

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EPOCA—THE TREE OF ECROF

New from Granity Stuidos is their third middle grade fantasy novel with an emphasis on sports. Each stands on its own with a different author for each story. Basketball was the focus in the first book, The Wizenard Series; Tennis … Continue reading

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CRUSHING THE RED FLOWERS

A compelling new story about a time rarely exposed to middle grade readers: Germany in 1938. What to expect (From Barnes & Noble): Emil Rosen and Friedrich Weber couldn’t have less in common, but in the summer of 1938, they … Continue reading

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CODE THIS!

Just last week an excited group of kids asked me what was the best way to learn computer programming. I had once taught classes in BASIC and HTML/JAVASCRIPT, but technology has gotten more complex making our devices all that smarter. … Continue reading

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I CAN MAKE THIS PROMISE

A welcome trend in plot lines among contemporary middle grade novels focuses on kids unsure about their family tree, especially in understanding those family members that came before them. I recently featured Some Places More Than Others, set mostly in … Continue reading

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