Tag Archives: middle grade

The Girl from the Sea by Molly Ostertag

Molly Ostertag’s THE GIRL FROM THE SEA brings together both fantastical and very real emotions and events in a graphic novel that addresses first love, hiding one’s true self from friends and family, and coming-of-age. The fantastical arrives in the … Continue reading

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Review: GEORGE by Alex Gino

Reading Alex Gino’s GEORGE is such a complete and loving gift. George* is a 4th grade girl who struggles with figuring out how to let her family and friends know she’s not the boy they all think she is. From … Continue reading

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Meow or Never by Jazz Taylor

MEOW OR NEVER by Jazz Taylor is much more hefty on the issues than the cover makes it seem. What looks like a simple middle grade novel about a secret pet and a secret crush rustles up topics centered on … Continue reading

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BRAVER by Suzanne Selfors and Walker Ranson

BRAVER: A Wombat’s Tale by Suzanne Selfors and Walker Ranson is a misfit hero adventure featuring wombats, swamp rats, and a baby penguin named Blue. Even the villainous Tasmanian devils include misfits who work for the side of good. The … Continue reading

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Go With the Flow by Lily Williams & Karen Schneemann

GO WITH THE FLOW by Lily Williams & Karen Schneemann is aimed at ages 9-14, but parents and caregivers would do well to read too. This straightfoward and totally-comfortable-with-menstruation graphic novel manages to bundle many high school and societal issues … Continue reading

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Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest

NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU is Kristina Forest’s second YA novel, and it is a lively and enjoyable read appropriate for ages 12 and up. The novel follows Evie, an 18-year-old budding actor on the verge of stardom when a … Continue reading

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Review: Quintessence by Jess Redman

This lovely novel mixes fantasy with science lessons and friendship with quests to create a story that middle grade readers will find both comforting and inspiring. QUINTESSENCE, by Jess Redman, centers on Alma, a recently transplanted 12-year-old, as she navigates … Continue reading

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Review: True or False – A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Spotting Fake News by Cindy L. Otis

Hey, guess what? You’ve fallen victim to “fake news” of some kind, and it’s probably happened more than once. We’ve all made the mistake of believing something too good (or horrific!) to be true, and sometimes we’ve even spread it … Continue reading

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Review: Class Act by Jerry Craft

This will be quick: Just go get a copy of CLASS ACT, the new graphic novel written and illustrated by Jerry Craft. Seriously. It’s that good. As soon as our household heard that Jerry Craft was writing a follow-up to … Continue reading

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Review: Dung for Dinner by Christine Virnig

With gleeful and mischievous joy, Dr. Christine Virnig takes readers of DUNG FOR DINNER on a wild ride of poop, pee, vomit and secretions used in disgusting and “stomach-churning” — but useful! — ways throughout human history. This repulsive book … Continue reading

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