Tag Archives: male protagonists

REVENGE OF THE GREEN BANANA for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

I was ready for some lighter reading after a summer of heavy duty 300+ page middle grade monstrosities. A story about Jim Murphy’s sixth grade year at St. Stephen’s Elementary School in 1958 Kearny, New Jersey was the perfect remedy. … Continue reading

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POSTED for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

I previously reviewed John David Anderson’s MS. BIXBY’S LAST DAY, the heartfelt tribute by three sixth grade boys to the teacher they adore. POSTED is also about a group of boys, this time an older group in 8th grade. The … Continue reading

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BUBBLE for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

This novel was originally released in the UK in 2016 with the title, THE BUBBLE BOY. Now it has arrived in North America with a new cover and title. The story remains the same and picks up on a familiar … Continue reading

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WELCOME TO THE WONDERLAND–Beach Party Surf Monkey for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

P.T. (named after P.T. Barnum) returns as the hilarious narrator in the second book in the WELCOME TO WONDERLAND series. Earlier this year I raved about Book #1—Home Sweet Motel. This is a totally new wacky adventure and reading the … Continue reading

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FELIX Yz for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

I try to keep a pulse on what agents, editors, and book publishers are looking for in new stories. Reading their blogs, web pages, and tweets can often give me insights (See Manuscript Wish List). Specifically in MG, here is … Continue reading

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THE ETHAN I WAS BEFORE for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

Earlier this year I won a copy of THE ETHAN I WAS BEFORE at Literary Rambles. Be sure to check out the site as it is one of my favorites with frequent giveaways, author/agent interviews, and great advice for writers. … Continue reading

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THE EPIC FAIL of ARTURO ZAMORA for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

The importance of family is vividly portrayed as Arturo tells the story of life in a Cuban-American community. Seventh grade thirteen year old boys have changing interests and Arturo is having a tough time with his sudden infatuation with Carmen, … Continue reading

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