Category Archives: New Release

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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NINA SONI, FORMER BEST FRIEND

This first book in the series introduces readers to a curious Indian-American girl who thrives on making lists and loves numbers. Here’s what to expect from Peachtree Publishing: Nina tried as hard as she could, but still somehow she forgot … Continue reading

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The Rubicus Prophecy

It’s Marvelous Middle Grade Monday! This second book in The Witches of Orkney series could be read without having knowledge of the first story, THE BLUE WITCH. You may not even know the books are a prequel to the previously … Continue reading

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Mr. Penguin and the Fortress of Secrets

THE PLOT: Meet Mr. Penguin–Adventurer (And Penguin!) When Mr. Penguin and Colin crash-land on a snowy mountain, they discover strange noises coming from an old, ruined fortress. Might it be connected to the mystery of missing pets? Why are there … Continue reading

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