Tag Archives: Middle grade contemporary

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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BUMP

When I was a middle grader, my grandfather would always take me to several pro wrestling matches each year. We’d sit ring side and I’d get an elbow nudge every time something important happened. Afterwards he’d rave about what a … Continue reading

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RED FOX ROAD

Survival stories are often sad and gut wrenching. RED FOX ROAD takes you on a journey full of those elements. You’ll want to curl up in a warm spot with plenty of nourishment to make it through the pages. Here’s … Continue reading

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Double the Danger and Zero Zucchini

I’ve always been in critique groups to get feedback on my writing, and it is beyond helpful. A few years back a 6th grade teacher asked if I would be interested in getting some younger reactions to my manuscripts from … Continue reading

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SCHOOL SQUAD

Book 2 in the Popularity Pact series arrives with even more middle school drama than CAMP CLIQUE did to lead off the series. Bea and Maisy have returned from camp and it’s time for Maisy to uphold her end of … Continue reading

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SOPHIE WASHINGTON — MY BFF

The Sophie Washington series keeps going strong with book #10. If you’re new to the series, check out the covers here. It’s quite an impressive accomplishment to keep Sophie and the diverse cast of characters interesting and fresh with each … Continue reading

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Roosevelt Banks—Good-Kid-in-Training

I’ve spent the majority of my free time during this strange year reading MG books with heartbreaking themes: Opioid abuse, Divorce, Parental Neglect, Kids in Comas, and I could go on. They were all great stories, but they pulled me … Continue reading

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A FIELD GUIDE TO GETTING LOST

A sweet tale with two endearing characters. On the left is Sutton. She loves science, especially working on her mini-bot project. Sutton’s parents are divorced, and although Mom still lives in the same apartment building, her job pulls her away … Continue reading

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Mañanaland

After reading so many MG books recently with a 300-400 page length, it was nice to finally come across one with a more traditional page count. Yes, many kids read anything and devour books like candy. Then there are the … Continue reading

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ONE LAST SHOT

As I tee off with my review I’ll admit Mr. Anderson is one of my favorite authors with books like MRS. BIXBY’S LAST DAY, FINDING ORION, and POSTED. With ONE LAST SHOT he chose one of my least favorite storytelling … Continue reading

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