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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Hidden Gems in the Middle Grade Mystery Genre

29 Aug

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Mysteries are some of my favorite types of books to read. Here are ten middle grade mystery titles that you may or may not have heard of – enjoy!

  1. Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
  2. Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  3. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
  4. Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  5. The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan
  6. The 39 Clues: Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
  7. Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit by Octavia Spencer
  8. The Underdogs by Sara Hammel
  9. Knightley & Son byRohan Gavin
  10. The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 7/24/17

24 Jul

I’m not doing too bad with middle grade fiction lately!  Over the past week, I read Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder and Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk. I just started Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood yesterday, so I’m working my way through that story and have Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever. edited by Betsy Bird, which I’m super excited to read. With family coming into town this weekend, I don’t expect I’ll have a lot of time to read, so anything else at this point is extra! I still have a bunch of ARCs from BookExpo America that I’d like to get to before the fall, so I might try and pick up another one of those, maybe bounce over to YA for a little while after the large amount of middle grade fiction I’ve been reading lately! Have a great week!


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Themes in Middle Grade Fiction

22 Jul

I had the funniest realization while I was reading over the past week, each book I read fed into the next in with its theme. I’ll show you what I mean:

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The first title I read of this group of books – it’s about a child growing up as (you guessed it) the warden’s daughter in a prison. Her mother passed away when she was just a baby and now as she heads into middle school, she begins looking for someone to take the role as her mother.

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This title is about boys that are sent to an island to attend a reform school, that is run very much like a prison. Jonathan feels he deserves a dark, damp fortress after what he’s done, but when an accident leaves the group of boys without adult supervision, Jonathan must face his past in order to save the boys on the island from a massive storm.

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This title also takes place on an island where once a year a boat comes through the fog to drop off a new young, orphan child and take away the oldest child. The nine children on the island don’t know why, they only know that it’s always been that way.

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This is the story of Crow an orphan girl who washed up to the shore of small island inhabited by just one mysterious man as a baby. He took her in and raised her as her own, but as she grows up she wants to learn more about where she came from and who her family was/is.

I just thought it was so funny that each story had a theme that carried from one book to the next and then the next book had a theme that carried to another title. By the way, these are all amazing middle grade novels that everyone should read!

 

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 7/17/17

17 Jul

I read a lot this week, which probably equates to my stress level! We’re in the midst of hiring two full-time employees and making sure the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed is enough to make anyone crazy. I also finished shifting the entire adult fiction section (all I have left is Large Print!) which was exhausting and pair all of that with additional meetings and short-staffed – it was a heck of a week.

This week I read:

  • Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery by Melanie J. Fishbane
  • The Castle in the Midst by Amy Ephron
  • The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli
  • Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart

I have a small stack to finish up this week:

  • Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
  • Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
  • Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood

Have a great week!


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Book Review: Brightwood

5 Jul

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Daisy only knows the house and gardens of Brightwood Hall, her mother suffered from a horrible tragedy and only goes out when it’s completely necessary and never allows Daisy to leave. With a stockpile of food and her mother’s Day Boxes (a box for each day filled with things that her mother believes she can keep forever), Daisy awakens one morning and realizes her mother has returned from the store.  And she doesn’t return that evening or the next day, in fact the only person to appear is a distant cousin who breaks the lock on the garden’s gate and enters the property. Daisy must decide whether this man is someone who can help her or hurt her as she tries to figure out what happened to her mom.

The back cover describes this as the perfect book for fans of Coraline and Doll Bones, although I would also compare this with Serafina and the Black Cloak for the estate itself feels almost like a character in the story with a touch of magic where you don’t expect it. I really enjoyed this thrilled and would definitely pass it on to any kid looking for a scary book in those middle grades. Daisy has a great voice that sometimes skews on the older side (But having only ever interacted with her mother, what do you expect?), but is also at times vulnerable and afraid. The other characters in the house include a talking rat named Tar, a topiary horse, a painting of a young boy from the 1500s and the ghost of a girl about Daisy’s age. The cast of characters is unique, but also what makes the story really work.  This book is being published at the tail end of September – just int time for the perfect October/Halloween booktalk!

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): When Daisy’s mother disappears, Daisy must outwit a distant cousin to save her home and find her mom. The only problem-She’s never left home

Title: Brightwood
Author: Tania Unsworth
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication Date: September 27, 2017
Page Number: 260 pgs.

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