Tag Archives: Middle grade contemporary

EVERYTHING TOGETHER

The sequel to SECOND DAD SUMMER stands on its own if you haven’t read the first. I reviewed the initial story in July, 2020. It was an enjoyable time spent with young Jeremiah and his split family. With EVERYTHING TOGETHER, … Continue reading

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CHUNKY

Hudi has always wanted to be a comedian and is a frequent viewer of his favorite show—Saturday Night Live. But life isn’t always a joke. A serious medical issue when he was five left him with only one lung. Now … Continue reading

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THE LAST SUPER CHEF

There have been some great middle grade books with a cooking theme in recent years. My favorites include ALL YOU KNEAD IS LOVE by Tanya Guerrero; THE THING ABOUT LEFTOVERS by C.C. Payne; and ALL FOUR STARS by Tara Dairman. … Continue reading

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TAKING UP SPACE

A true to life drama takes on an issue rarely touched upon in middle grade books—disordered eating. I can attest it’s real with more kids acting upon their beliefs about food and body image. Both girls and boys. The author … Continue reading

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THESE UNLUCKY STARS

Annie Logan is trying to understand her life so far and the summer after sixth grade will bring her closer to understanding. THESE UNLUCKY STARS is a quiet story with first person narration by Annie. Her most painful thought is … Continue reading

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MAYBE MAYBE MARISOL RAINEY

Growing up is full of challenges like the one Marisol faces. She’s scared to climb the big tree in her backyard even though her friend Jada does it with ease. How will she ever get over her fear? A gentle … Continue reading

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Nina Soni Master of the Garden

Nina Soni returns in the third episode of her story. Check out my review of previous titles, Nina Soni Former Best Friend and Nina Soni Sister Fixer. This new tale comes at a perfect time as many of us are … Continue reading

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UNPLUGGED

Gordon Korman’s newest middle grade adventure has 27 chapters with six different narrators. Multiple viewpoints to the max. It’s a tough task for any author, but this unique plot and setting pulls it all together. Set in a retreat known … Continue reading

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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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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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