JOURNEY TO JUSTICE – The Adventures of Spider and Ruby

Imagine a world flooded with water. Most people are forced to work hard to survive while a powerful few enjoy lives of leisure and luxury on a mysterious, man-made island. It’s up to Spider and his newfound friend Ruby to change the fate of the AquaGrowers and HouseBoaters. But first they have to rescue Spider’s twin brother, Luke, who’s been imprisoned for attempting to organize an uprising against the powers that be.

Join the young heroes as they face down the ruthless Marauders and the all-powerful Chosen on their mission to unite humankind. The story invites readers to engage with an urgent question: What can happen to our planet if we don’t take proper care of it? With Spider and Ruby leading the way, readers explore the importance of friendship and discovering one’s true potential, the pitfalls of sibling rivalry, and, above all else, standing up for what’s right in the face of overwhelming odds – and that includes complacent adults.

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My usual rant of middle grade books becoming much too long (300-400 pages) doesn’t apply here. Journey to Justice-The Adventures of Spider and Ruby tips the scales at just 161 pages. In this case though I’m wishing this tale had been longer.

Many scenes ended too abruptly or readers are told what happened. Despite this little nitpick, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride I took with the main characters, Spider and Ruby. The third person narration covers 30 chapters ending with hints of a sequel.

Most books about climate change center around what we need to do to turn this problem around. That’s not the case here as the plot focuses on the after, the time in the future when humans have lost the battle with a climate disaster they caused.

Twelve-year-old Spider lives on a houseboat with his parents. Twin brother Luke is no longer there after being arrested and banished to a prison on The Island. Spider decides he must save his brother leading him to meet Ruby. She lives in an underwater greenhouse with her parents and a grandfather (who becomes a key to the story).

Spider and Ruby become instant friends and together they plan to rescue Luke and change the unfair caste system the world must follow. Adventurous and appealing to both boys and girls, the story will for sure cause more discussion about the potential effects of global warming.

FIVE MORE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT JOURNEY TO JUSTICE

  1. Despite being set in the future the settings felt real and not in the realm of a science fiction impossibility.
  2. Good versus Evil is exposed in marvelous fashion.
  3. Not one but two likeable heroes. Hopefully in a book two we will see some of their more flawed personality traits.
  4. The idea that no matter what happens there is always hope.
  5. It will get you thinking about how hard it would be to live on a planet made up mostly of water.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tanni Haas, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. He’s the author of three books and hundreds of academic and popular articles (including dozens of articles on parenting) and the editor of two books. His poems and short stories have appeared in many literary publications. His various writings have been translated into Chinese, Greek, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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ENOLA HOLMES (The Graphic Novel-Book Two)

The brilliant sister of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes returns, ready for more adventure.

London, 1889. A woman is being held prisoner while she awaits a forced marriage. Another has been kidnapped, and yet another disappears…

As Enola seeks to rescue the three women, her brother embarks on a quest of his own. When Sherlock receives a mysterious package, he knows he’ll need Enola’s help to decipher its meaning. In the end, the three Holmes siblings will have to work together to answer the question that started it all: What happened to their mother?
 

Book Two contains three engrossing mysteries: The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan, The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline, and The Case of Baker Street Station.

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The Enola Holmes Mysteries are an 8-book series that debuted in 2008. Enola, the 14 year old MC, demonstrates she can be just as witty as her older brother Sherlock in solving cases. Geared toward the upper middle grade or YA reader, the series is so popular there have been two Netflix movies released (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d0Zf9sXlHk)

The two-book graphic series will appeal to 9-12 year olds. The illustrations are colorfully bold and detailed to the extent each character’s emotions are in full view with each facial expression. Enola is a fantastic heroine who fights prejudice against girls in a past era. She’s also a master of disguise whether it be an orphan or a gentleman driving a carriage.

Between each of the three cases are snippets from Enola’s Secret Notebook. Here you can learn about some of the locations she visits along with ways to decipher secret codes. There’s also pictures and notes from Enola to help her solve the case. Fun and informative you might be revisiting these pages several times to enjoy the content.

Whether you are already a fan of the original books/movies or are coming in as a newbie, the graphic novel is sure to please those who enjoy this form of writing and anyone into mysteries. Let’s hope Emola will be back for more graphic adaptations.

About the Author

Serena Blasco was born in France where she studied at the School of Applied Arts in Aix-en-Provence, worked as a graphic designer, and published her first comics work in 2014. She began illustrating the adaptation of Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes novels in 2015.

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It’s here I share highlights from other individuals blogging about middle grade books. Many of the posts will have reviews, interviews, and tips on writing. Take a look at PAST MMGM POSTS.

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MMGM for JANUARY 9, 2023

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At ALWAYS in the MIDDLE I have a review of THE UNFORGETTABLE LOGAN FOSTER AND THE SHADOW OF DOUBT by Shawn Peters.

Natalie Aguirre @ LITERARY RAMBLES has an interview with debut author Tamia Burgess and a giveaway of her MG contemporary Sincerely Sicily.

Max @ Completely Full Bookshelf has a review of Besties: Find Their Groove, written by Kayla Miller and Jeffrey Canino and illustrated by Kristina Luu. But that’s not all…

Max @ Completely Full Bookshelf also shares a link to the #LiveLikeABookChallenge that begins January 14.

Susan Uhlig was spooked by the eerie book THE CLACKITY, a compelling read. 

Carol Baldwin welcomes a new teen reviewer who shares some thoughts on DAISY AND THE MISSING MONA LISA by J.T. Allen. Also included is a GIVEAWAY.

Patricia Tilton at Children’s Books Heal reviews Keeper of the Lost Cities: Stellarlune by Shannon Messenger

Maria Antonia at of books, photography, and tea has a post about THE STAR THAT ALWAYS STAYS by Anna Rose Johnson.

Faith Hough reviews an old favorite, The Mitchells: Five for Victory, by Hilda van Stockum.

Valinora Troy has some thoughts about THE BOOKSHOP AT THE BACK OF BEYOND.

Suzanne Warr is back this week with a quick(ish) bulleted list of her game writing adventures from the past eight months plus an update on her latest middle grade, and then a spotlight on the gorgeous and poignant A Duet For Home, by Karina Yan Glaser.

Rosi Hollinbeck reviews THE HIKE TO HOME by Jess Rinker. Rosi also shares three links of interest for her writing friends.

Karen Yingling at Mrs. Yingling Reads always has a fantastic MMGM book to share. Be sure to check it out along with last week’s Guy Friday selection.

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THE UNFORGETTABLE LOGAN FOSTER AND THE SHADOW OF DOUBT

After using his photographic memory to defeat Necros and her minions, Logan has seen his life change completely. Now, the Multinational Authority for Superhuman Control (MASC) is keeping a close eye on everything he does in order to keep him out of Necros’s clutches.

But when Logan stumbles upon the fact that Necros was in the area on the very same day he became an orphan, he can’t help but wonder—is MASC hiding the truth about who his parents really are?

When superheroes mysteriously start going missing, all signs point to the same supervillain who also may hold the clues to Logan’s past. Only Logan—along with his super-strong best friend, Elena, and their new bestie, Connie—can uncover the truth, find the missing superheroes, and stop Necros. Will Logan be able to save the day and uncover the truth about his birth parents before it’s too late?

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A full year has zipped by year since I reviewed The Unforgettable Logan Foster. The fun and unique story had me anxious for more. My wait is over with the release of The Unforgettable Logan Foster and the Shadow of Doubt.

Never boring, this action packed sequel continues Logan’s quest to figure out the identity of his birth parents and hopefully someday meet his little brother. His last memory is seeing them before he was abandoned at LAX at a younger age, In the meantime Logan lives with his Superhero parents (you can see them on the cover closely following Logan as they get ready to fly commercially. Yes, even superheroes have to go through airport security). Maggie and Gil would like to adopt Logan, but he is more focused on the past.

Logan has an eidetic memory giving him the ability to never forget anything. This unique trait also pushed him ahead a few grades, making him the shortest kid in high school. The action though is centered outside school. MASC, the organization his foster parents work for, would like to erase Logan’s memory. There’s also Necros, the opposition, who reaffirms her desire to change the world–most likely not in a good way. Super hero battles push the action to a thrilling conclusion.

The page count at 368 pages might scare away a few younger MG readers, but the nice thing about books is they can wait until a new reader is ready.

I’d certainly start with the first book so you get a full and meaningful understanding of Logan and those around him. You’ll likely come to the same conclusion: The series is the real superhero.

FIVE MORE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT LOGAN FOSTER AND THE SHADOW OF DOUBT

  1. Family. Logan’s foster parents truly love this little guy. That makes them great in more ways than one.
  2. Friends. They always have your back even when you are being kidnapped by the enemy. Logan has a fantastic one with Elena and you’ll have to decide for yourself after experiencing new character Connie.
  3. Just who are the good guys and bad guys? The plot will have you guessing all the way to the end.
  4. Occasional full page illustrations bring out the fun, action, and emotions of each scene depicted.
  5. The ending hints at a book 3 with one question still unanswered. I’m happy for that as I am not ready to say goodbye to Logan Foster.

ABOUT THE UNFORGETTABLE SHAWN PETERS by SHAWN PETERS

I’ve written a little bit about a lot of things in a lot of places. Ads for huge premium cable networks and all kinds of small businesses. Movie ideas that ended up on the shelf and domestic date-nights that ended up in the newspapers. Columns about fantasy sports and books about a neurodiverse hero in the making. I live in Massachusetts with my wife, who is the best 5th grade teacher on the planet, my two kids, a dog and a cat that made me retype this by walking across the keyboard.

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AREA 51 INTERNS – ZONED OUT

After saving their parents from an alien attack and becoming official interns at Area 51, Viv Harlow and her friends Charlotte, Ray, and Elijah are ready to keep taking down bad guys and helping test all the fun high-tech gadgets. Instead, they all get put on filing duty (bo-ring!) and kept away from the real action. When Elijah discovers a secret Forbidden Zone hidden away on the base, the group jumps at the chance to explore the new place, only to learn it’s home to some of the most elusive creatures on Earth. But after the Yeti, Loch Ness Monster, and more terrifying monsters escape, they’ll have to prove themselves to their parents and capture the beasts to save the base!

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I reviewed the first book in the series last year and found it to be a fun, enjoyable read set in a very mysterious setting.

With Book 2 we get to go deeper into the off-limits area of Nevada’s AREA 51. This is where our endearing cast of characters discover some scary creatures and have to find a way to keep them away from the outside world.

Viv, Charlotte, Ray, Elijah, and newcomer, Joanna are the best part of the story. Their distinct personalities demonstrate the difficult time it can be during the early teen years to understand yourself and others. Of course it doesn’t help to be stuck in this forbidden place.

The ending of AREA 51 INTERNS ZONED OUT leaves the door wide open for Book 3 with the sudden appearance of another character we don’t know much about. Fast paced and always full of twists and turns, the series woks well for 8-13 year olds, boys and girls alike.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

James S. Murray  is a writer, executive producer, and actor, best known as “Murr” on the hit television show  Impractical Jokers  on truTV and  The Misery Index  on TBS.  

When he is not helping search for LARRY or getting thrown out of an airplane by his best friends, Murr writes novels, such as the international best-selling  Awakened  trilogy,  Don’t Move , and  The Stowaway .  

Originally from Staten Island, he now lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife, Melyssa, and puppy, Penny. @jamessmurray.  

Website: https://jamesmurrayofficial.com/ | Instagram: @therealmurr | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamessmurray/    |  

Twitter: @jamessmurray 

Carsen Smith wrote her first book at nine years old, but it wasn’t very good.  Now, she’s a comedian, screenwriter, and producer living in Brooklyn with her cats, Goose and Buffalo. You can see her satirical articles on Reductress and catch her around NYC with her sketch team One Bad Egg. Area 51 Interns: Zoned Out is her second novel. She once worked as a zookeeper and can probably beat you at Ping-Pong. 

Website: https://myrightboobissmaller.com/ |   Instagram: @badlaughtrack   Twitter: @CarsenASmith 

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MMGM for JANUARY 2, 2023

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Click on 2023 to read a blogger’s middle grade review or feature.

At ALWAYS in the MIDDLE I have a review of EXPLORER ACADEMY – THE FORBIDDEN ISLAND by Trudi Trueit.

Jennifer Bohnhoff has historical fiction for middle grade readers that is set during the Great Depression. Also included is a GIVEAWAY opportunity.

Patricia Tilton at Children’s Books Heal gives us a peek at the next level for MG readers: a YA psychological thriller, Friends Like These by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez. She’s written many wonderful MG series in past years and continues her success in this new realm.

Maria Antonia at of books, photography, and tea has a selection of top ten reads for 2022!

Valinora Troy starts the year off with a classic Irish children’s book, The Grey Goose of Kilnevin by Patricia Lynch.

Max @ COMPLETELY FULL BOOKSHELF reviews Crunch by Kayla Miller.

Carol Baldwin has a REVIEW and GIVEAWAY of TAKE BACK THE BLOCK by Chrystal D. Giles.

Karen Yingling at Mrs. Yingling Reads always has a fantastic MMGM book to share. Be sure to check it out along with yesterday’s summary of her reading year where 851 books were read!

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EXPLORER ACADEMY – THE FORBIDDEN ISLAND

The seventh and final story in the Explorer Academy series take readers to the waters of Antarctica and the deserts of Argentina. It marks the end of their first year at the Academy for Cruz Coronado and his classmates.

I did say “final story” but it’s only the final one from Cruz’s perspective. The series will ramp up again in 2024 with a female character taking the lead perspective.

The Forbidden Island brings Cruz closer to the puzzle that will unlock a live-saving formula his mother developed. A discovery where she lost her life leaving Cruz and his father behind.

There are several character reveals in the vein of mistaken identities and loyalties. The gripping finale leaves Cruz making life or death decisions as he faces the main nemesis–the head of Nebula Corporation who wants the formula for personal gain.

Can one start with Book 7? Don’t even try. This series has to be read from Book 1 or you will be terribly confused. I featured the first book over four years ago. In The Nebula Secret you first meet the characters as they arrive at Explorer Academy headquarters in Wash. D.C. to begin their unique experience at the school.


From there it’s one adventure after another. The backgrounds and personalities of the characters become more apparent with each passing chapter. A little bit of science fiction is thrown in with some of the tools and devices the explorers use, but each are based on real life technology and something that could be possible in the future.

I normally present a “FIVE MORE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT” the book I’m reviewing, but it seemed like the perfect opportunity to expand it to a…

FIVE MORE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT – EXPLORER ACADEMY Series by Trudy Trueit

  1. Each of the seven books are set on a different continent. A great way to learn about the geography of our world.
  2. The supporting website is the most complete support I’ve ever seen. A visit allows you to MEET THE CHARACTERS, discover 10 SIGNS YOU’RE AN EXPLORER ACADEMY STUDENT, and view an entire video library where you meet real explorers and delve deeper into the series. That’s just a sampling of what you’ll find at the Explorer Academy site.
  3. Science, Adventure, and Mystery are the three elements that combine to make a winning, page-turning plot.
  4. All the plot points are wrapped up fully by the last page of Book 7. Nothing is left dangling for the reader to speculate.
  5. The art work stands out not only in bold colors but supporting each story with vivid emotions.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Trudi Trueit imagined a career as a novelist ever since writing her first play in the fourth grade. A former TV news reporter and weather forecaster, Trudi has published more than 100 fiction and nonfiction books for young readers.


Trudi’s middle grade fiction books include the top selling Explorer Academy series for National Geographic (2018 to present), My Top Secret Dares & Don’ts, The Sister Solution, Stealing Popular, and the Secrets of a Lab Rat series (Aladdin). Trudi’s numerous nonfiction titles cover such diverse topics as history, weather, wildlife, earth science, writing, education, and health. Recent releases include Detecting Avalanches & Detecting Volcanic Eruptions (FOCUS Readers); Giant Pandas, Grizzly Bears, and Polar Bears from the Wild Bears series (Amicus).

Born and raised in the Seattle area, Trudi has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. She currently lives in Everett, WA with her husband, Bill, a high school teacher. She loves photography, art, and serving the whims of her cats.
Trudi’s Links:
Website
Facebook
Instagram
National Geographic
Simon & Schuster
Trudi is represented by Rosemary Stimola, http://www.stimolaliterarystudio.com

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ELECTRICITY — CIRCUITS, STATIC, AND ELECTROMAGNETS

It’s everywhere. In our homes, schools, offices, on the train, in our cars—even inside our bodies! Electricity: Circuits, Static, and Electromagnets with Hands-On Science Activities explores the science of electricity and the technology we’ve developed to harness the energy to power our lives. By diving into the topics of static electricity, currents, circuits, electromagnetism, motors, and ways we might produce and use electricity in the future, kids ages 8 to 12 gain a full view of how electricity works and why it’s so important to human society.

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Another winning title from Nomad Press. Electricity will certainly energize any young reader. Included are a Timeline of key events from the 600s BCE to the present followed by a quick background on electricity.

Six chapters cover everything you need to know:

  1. Static Electricity
  2. Currents
  3. Circuits
  4. Electromagnetism
  5. Motors and Generators
  6. Earth-Friendly Electricity

Geared toward the 8-12 year old, each chapter has hands-on make it yourself directions for a variety of fun stuff.. How about building your own flashlight, or creating a vinegar battery? More than a dozen others will keep the budding scientist busy for hours.

Another plus is a WORDS to KNOW box that you find in each chapter instead of being buried in the back pages. Once you have completed the book, test your knowledge of the words with a GLOSSARY QUIZ.

Illustrations, photos, and mini-cartoons balance the text. Electricity is a book kids will come back to again and again. So much to learn and do!

You can find more about ELECTRICITY — CIRCUITS, STATIC, AND ELECTROMAGNETS at NOMAD PRESS. There you will find a Classroom Guide and Free Printables. Order your own paperback, hardback or Kindle version through AMAZON.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carmella Van Vleet is a former teacher and the author of Amazing Ben Franklin Inventions You Can Build YourselfSeven Wonders, several titles in the Explore Your World Series, How to Avoid School SnafusWriting Club, and Writing Club II. She lives in Lewis Center, Ohio.

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MMGM RETURNS NEXT MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2023

It’s here I share highlights from other individuals blogging about middle grade books. Many of the posts will have reviews, interviews, and tips on writing. Take a look at PAST MMGM POSTS.

It’s easy to join the lineup. All you have to do is email me the title of the book or feature and a link to your blog at gpcolo[at]gmail[dot]com

Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately–and don’t forget to say what you’re featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening (11 PM Eastern Time) in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday.

*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me.

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ANIMAL RESCUE FRIENDS—FRIENDS FUR-EVER

Animal lovers have a new friend with the second title in the ANIMAL RESCUE FRIENDS graphic novel series. FRIENDS FUR-EVER can be enjoyed without having read the first book.

The kids are starting a new school year and it’s time to sign up for clubs. They choose to create their own and give it a long name: Oakville Elementrary School’s Club for Animal Appreciation, Education, and Rehabilitation.

Everyone in the club is motivated to create impactful activities despite their faculty advisor, Mrs. Wen, not sharing in their love of animals. Together they grow and learn that animals can truly help people when they are given a chance.

The illustrations are colorful and bold while complementing the story in a perfect pairing. You’ll meet a cast of interesting animals like Truffles the piglet, a horse named Chestnut, and Cocoa the bunny to name a few. The 150 plus pages will keep you smiling and provide heartwarming moments. A great gift for the animal enthusiast in your home.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ ILLUSTRATORS

Jana Tropper, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at a midwestern public elementary school. When she’s not writing, she reads, plays video games, and serves as the director of Literacy for Reading with Pictures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting comics in education. She lives with her husband, Josh, and their own two rescue dogs, Ripley and Newt.
 
Genevieve Kote is an illustrator from a small town in Quebec who now lives in Montreal. Her work has appeared in parenting and lifestyle magazines, kids’ magazines, newspapers, chapter books, educational manuals, and video games. She is the illustrator of According to Aggie—a comic that appears in every issue of American Girl magazine. She is inspired by vintage children’s books, Manga, animation, and screen-printing. She shares her studio with a sweet but tired-looking cat.
 
Axelle Lenoir is a French-Canadian comic book artist born in the tiny gap between Gen X and Millennials. She has published a dozen books in Canada and Europe, including Camp Spirit and What If We Were, her first English-language books. She’s currently working on a weird autobiography titled Secret Passages. Axelle’s writing style is a mix of humor, everyday life situations, fantasy, and comic strips.

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MMGM for DECEMBER 19, 2022

Welcome to the last MMGM in 2022. (NO MMGM on December 26th). Thanks to all the visitors and a special thanks to those who contribute. MMGM will be back for another year on January 2, 2023! Happy Holidays!

Click on any of the twinkling lights to read a blogger’s middle grade review or feature.

At ALWAYS in the MIDDLE I have a review of PLAY LIKE A GIRL by Misty Wilson.

Sue Heavenrich is over at Archimedes Notebook with an MG novel review! The Decomposition of Jack, by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, a fun way to learn about decomposition science!

Maria Antonia at of books, photography, and tea has a post about VANDERBEEKERS ON THE ROAD by Karina Yan Glaser.

Valinora Troy shares her review of Emba Oak and the Terrible Tomorrows.

Mark Baker at Carstairs Considers has a review of Shannon Messenger’s Stellarlune.

Charlotte’s Library opens the doors for readers to take a look at Jewish Middle Grade Fantasy books for 2022.

Rosi Hollinbeck has a review of AN ILLUSTRATED COLLECTION OF NORDIC ANIMAL TALES. Rosi also shares 3 links of interest for her writing friends.

Karen Yingling at Mrs. Yingling Reads always has a fantastic MMGM book to share. Be sure to check it out along with yesterday’s review of SINCERELY SICILY.

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