Middle Grade (9-13)

Middle Grade (9-13)

I Got This: To Gold and Beyond

I Got This: To Gold and Beyond

In August of 2016, I found myself constantly glued to my television watching the Summer Olympic Games. My favorite Olympic sport has always been gymnastics and the 2016 American women’s gymnastics team – known as the Final Five – were something special. I Got This: To Gold and Beyond (©2017) […]

February 20, 2017 ×

Middle Grade (9-13)

Save Me a Seat

Save Me a Seat

Today I am thrilled to share a new novel sent to be by Scholastic! Scholastic is a platinum sponsor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day and I am so excited to work with them. Save Me a Seat (©2016) by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan tells the story of two kids […]

January 25, 2017 ×

Middle Grade (9-13)

Three Years and Eight Months

Three Years and Eight Months

Today I’m pleased to share a historical picture book sent to me by East West Discovery Press, an independent publisher and proud supporter of Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Three Years and Eight Months (©2013) written by Icy Smith and illustrated by Jennifer Kindert is based on the Japanese occupation of […]

January 18, 2017 ×

Middle Grade (9-13)

The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy

The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy

The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (©2015) by Alexandra Bracken is the first in a series of new Star Wars novels written specifically for young readers. The book is a retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope with a twist: it is told from the perspective of all […]

February 4, 2016 ×

Middle Grade (9-13)

Spooky Middle Grade Reads

Spooky Middle Grade Reads

With Halloween only a few weeks away, now is the perfect time to curl up with a scary story on a dark, stormy night. I’ve put together a list of my favorite spooky middle-grade novels, perfect for older children and teens! From ghosts and witches to haunted houses and alternate […]

October 12, 2015 ×

Middle Grade (9-13)

The Illuminating Adventures of a Cynic and a Superhero

The Illuminating Adventures of a Cynic and a Superhero

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (©2013) written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by K.G. Campbell is the winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal. The book’s heroine is ten-year-old Flora Belle Buckman. As a self-proclaimed cynic, Flora is surprised at herself when, upon seeing her neighbor accidentally vacuum up a […]

April 8, 2014 ×

Middle Grade (9-13), Young Adult (14-18)

Great Reads for Tweens

Great Reads for Tweens

In my experience, one of the most difficult age groups to find books for is 11 to 14 years old. For young teens and pre-teens, also known “tweens,” finding books can be tricky. As kids start to outgrow much of the independent reader section of the bookstore, heading to the […]

March 17, 2013 ×

Middle Grade (9-13), Picture Books

The Princess List

The Princess List

Looking for books about princesses? Look no further! When I worked at Borders, I got hundreds of requests for books about princesses. I know that the “princess phase” is something that some parents dread, so I decided to put together a comprehensive list of my most recommended princess books, some […]

February 18, 2013 ×

Middle Grade (9-13)

Humor Books for Older Boys

Humor Books for Older Boys

Following the popularity of my post on books for little boys, I decided to round up some of my favorite picks for older boys, in third through sixth grade. This selection is devoted to laugh-out-loud humor books. While none of these titles are high literature, all of them are a […]

January 8, 2013 ×

Middle Grade (9-13), Young Adult (14-18)

A Year Told Through Stuff

A Year Told Through Stuff

Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf (©2007) by Jennifer L. Holm is not your everyday novel. This non-traditional story is described as “a year told through stuff.” Using nothing but notes, lists, homework assignments, poems, shopping receipts, and other items, the author tells the story of 12-year-old Ginny Davis’s first […]

November 14, 2012 ×