Tag Archives: Middle grade contemporary

THE NOT-SO-UNIFORM LIFE OF HOLLY-MEI

I had this one on my stacks of books to review last year, but it never made it to the top until 2023 rolled around. The wait was well worth it. Holly-Mei lives with her younger sister and their parents … Continue reading

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Sincerely Sicily

Sicily Jordan’s worst nightmare has come true! She’s been enrolled in a new school, with zero of her friends and stuck wearing a fashion catastrophe of a uniform. But however bad Sicily thought sixth grade was going to be, it … Continue reading

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SOME SUNNY DAY

The COVID Pandemic has been a challenge for everyone. Books written about the first year are beginning to find the bookshelves. A great one to start with is SOME SUNNY DAY. Cymbeline Igloo (yes, that’s his name!) has appeared in … Continue reading

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THE SECRET LETTERS

An attic can hold many secrets, including the letters 12-year-old Colin finds in a stranger’s house. It’s his summer job helping Mom in her business of helping people get rid of junk. Should he throw them away? Maybe not. Upon … Continue reading

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NEW KIDS & UNDERDOGS

Learning about friendship and a dog agility class drives this new title. Robyn spends school years with her mom and summers with Dad. Mom is always moving so it’s been a new school and being the new kid six times. … Continue reading

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PIPPA PARK CRUSH AT FIRST SIGHT

Korean American Pippa Park picks up right where she left off . . . trying to balance basketball, school, friends, working at the struggling family laundromat, and fitting in. Eliot, her math tutor—and the cutest boy at school—is finally paying attention to her. And … Continue reading

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SURELY SURELY MARISOL RAINEY

Eight-year-old Marisol is back after readers got to know her and best friend Jada in a first book, MAYBE MAYBE MARISOL RAINEY. It was there that Marisol tries to get over her fear of climbing a tree. This second book … Continue reading

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GOLDEN TICKET

Eleven-year-old Ash McNulty is one of the “gifted and talented” kids at her school, spending most of her day in a special class with a few other advanced students. As the end of fifth grade rolls around, she should be … Continue reading

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A PERFECT MISTAKE

A PERFECT MISTAKE is a perfect look at the challenges ADHD bring to a young boy. Max is in turmoil, blaming himself when his friend ends up in a coma. The enticing mystery of how it happened unfolds while the … Continue reading

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MANATEE SUMMER

The friendship of two boys in Florida is the backdrop for this engaging new tale. Peter and Tommy have been inseparable ever since they became best friends. Their deep interest in animals led them to create what they call The … Continue reading

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