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Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR List

28 Nov

Besides the Best of 2017 lists and the ALA Youth Media Awards on February 12th, I’ve included ten new middle grade titles that I’m excited about! Check ’em out!

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  1. Flower Moon by Gina Linko (January 2, 2018)
  2. The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor (January 23, 2018)
  3. Checked by Cynthia Kadohata (February 6, 2018)
  4. Playing Atari with Sadam Hussein: Based on a True Story by Jennifer Roy and Ali Fadhil (February 6, 2018)
  5. The Problim Children by Natalie Lloyd (February 6, 2018)
  6. Granted by John David Anderson (February 13, 2018)
  7. The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta (February 27, 2018)
  8. Good Dog by Dan Gemeinhart (March 27, 2018)
  9. Out of the Wild Night by Blue Balliett (March 27, 2018)
  10. The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson (March 27, 2018)

What are you looking forward to reading this winter?

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


Book Review: Race to the Bottom of the Sea

25 Oct

33799086.jpgSynopsis: Fidelia loves nothing more than spending time with her marine biologist parents, Dr. and Dr. Quail on the water tagging sharks, gathering new specimens and inventing new machines. But, when her parents die in a tragic accident in Fidelia’s own submarine invention, she is racked with guilt and grief. Soon, she is capture by the pirate Merrick the Monstrous and is forced on his ship to retrieve his treasure from the bottom of the ocean. As Fidelia learns more about Merrick and his crew, she realizes all is not what it seems, but with the Navy hot on their trail will she be able to uncover the treasure before it’s too late or will she die in the water that she loves at the hands of a monster?

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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

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!


Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR

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:


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.


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.


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.


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!



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