Tag Archives: Middle grade contemporary

THE WAY I SAY IT

I’ve been featuring many books the past few months with boy protagonists. It’s not by chance as last September a parent in my neighborhood said ” I can’t find many realistic, modern day middle grade books with boy narrators. Not … Continue reading

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STUCK

I reviewed Jennifer Swender’s previous MG title, SOLVING FOR M, two years ago. I was happy to see her with a new title worthy of my time. STUCK is one I enjoyed. Austin is changing schools again. This time it’s … Continue reading

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THE BOY WHO MADE EVERYONE LAUGH

The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar. It was tense. This opens the first of 32 chapters and they all start with one of Billy Plimpton’s one liners. He’s an 11-year-old soon to be 12 and … Continue reading

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THE WEATHER DETECTIVES

Sun, storms, and mystery in the Caribbean. Ever since moving to New York to live with his uncle, thirteen-year-old Henry Alabaster has been involved in one foggy mystery after another. That’s because Henry’s uncle, Kelvin McCloud, is a weather detective—someone who … Continue reading

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THE SWAG IS IN THE SOCKS

Xavier Moon is not one to steal the show. He’s perfectly content to play video games and sit at his bedroom window watching the neighborhood talk outside. But for Xavier’s twelfth birthday, he receives a pair of funky socks and a … Continue reading

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FRANKIE and AMELIA

If books narrated by animals aren’t your thing, you still might want to spend some time with Frankie the cat. He’s been on the loose and can’t find his way home. A series of chance meetings eventually lead him to … Continue reading

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SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS

Last month I featured A CASE OF GRAVE DANGER about a girl whose family is in the funeral business. Set in the Victorian era the story was filled with scary scenes. I never expected to be reading another book about … Continue reading

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Barakah Beats

New school, new friends, and tough internal struggles for 12-year-old Nimra Sharif. Barakah Beats melds the growing turmoil into an engaging story. Nimra has only ever attended an Islamic school but now faces her first experience in a middle school. … Continue reading

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PLAYING THE CARDS YOU’RE DEALT

Ten-year-old Anthony Joplin has made it to double digits! Which means he’s finally old enough to play in the spades tournament every Joplin Man before him seems to have won. So while Ant’s friends are stressing about fifth grade homework … Continue reading

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SUSIE B. WON’T BACK DOWN + a GIVEAWAY

Fifth grader Susie Babuszkiewicz’s teacher is always looking for different ways to get students learning. In the Hero Project unit, you first have to choose a hero and they can’t be alive. Susie chooses Susan B Anthony not only because … Continue reading

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