Tag Archives: Middle grade contemporary

THE NATURAL GENIUS OF ANTS

Ten-year-old Harvard narrates this gentle, engaging story. His medical doctor dad made a huge mistake at work which cost the life of a baby. Dad quits being a doctor to try and recover from the tragedy. He takes Harvard and … Continue reading

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SIR FIG NEWTON AND THE SCIENCE OF PERSISTENCE

Welcome to Marvelous Middle Grade Monday! A science loving girl and her diabetes stricken cat, bring new meaning to friendship and family in this debut. Mira is 12-years-old and the summer before seventh grade is going downhill quick. Her beloved … Continue reading

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FALLING SHORT

A friendship between two opposites provide a heartwarming, memorable reading experience. Pictured on the left is Isaac. He lives and breathes basketball and is a budding superstar. On the right is Marcos. Academically gifted, he avoids sports and embarrasses himself … Continue reading

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HONESTLY ELLIOTT

I’ve enjoyed several middle grade novels by author Gillian McDunn. Back in 2019 it was CATERPILLAR SUMMER followed by last year’s THESE UNLUCKY STARS. Ms. McDunn’s focus is always on the main character trying to understand themselves in a world … Continue reading

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MENACE IN THE MIST

One look at the cover and you might be expecting a fantasy story full of mysterious creatures. Far from it as the short book description verifies: 12-year-old Cally and her new step-cousin, Giles, must take on Big Oil and Gas … Continue reading

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MARIE CURIOUS, GIRL GENIUS—SAVES THE WORLD

This imaginative series arrives in North America after getting it’s start in Great Britain. Beginning with SAVES THE WORLD, we meet Marie whose last name really isn’t Curious. It’s a nickname. Her mother came up with the name after watching … Continue reading

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DEAR STUDENT

IT’S ANOTHER MARVELOUS MIDDLE GRADE MONDAY! Autumn is faced with a new school year, her first in middle school. The transition won’t be easy since her best friend has moved to California. Even worse—Dad left to volunteer with the Peace … Continue reading

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ANYBODY HERE SEEN FRENCHIE?

Leslie Connor is an author I have enjoyed with such memorable reads as ALL RISE FOR THE HONORABLE PERRY T. COOK and THE TRUTH AS TOLD BY MASON BUTTLE. Now comes a new story with two very different characters. Eleven-year-old … Continue reading

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ROOSEVELT BANKS AND THE ATTIC OF DOOM

I was pleased to see Roosevelt is back and narrating his second story. 2020’s ROOSEVELT BANKS—GOOD KID IN TRAINING brought a smile to my face and lifted me out of the pandemic doldrums. This time around Roosevelt is in for … Continue reading

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THE RIVER BETWEEN HEARTS

The first words that come to mind when seeing a river like the Colorado are flowing, mighty, majestic, peaceful, and pure. The same can be said about this new novel by Heather Mateus Sappemfield. THE RIVER BETWEEN HEARTS wraps readers … Continue reading

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