Tag Archives: middle grade

Review: TRESPASSERS by Breena Bard

TRESPASSERS by Breena Bard is a middle grade graphic novel that includes some mystery, some family drama, and some well-developed interaction between kids thrown together on vacation. As with many middle grade stories, Gabby, the main character, is thrown curveballs … Continue reading

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Review: THE SECRET DEEP by Lindsay Galvin

THE SECRET DEEP by Lindsay Galvin is an eventful, emotional, wild, and entertaining tale that keeps readers guessing in the best possible way throughout the story. Aster and Poppy, sisters who have recently lost their mother to cancer, must travel … Continue reading

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Review: Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

GHOST SQUAD by Claribel A. Ortega is a ghostly adventure book that centers girl-power, friendship, the power of family legacy and connection, and conquering fears – both large and small. Ortega has created main characters in Lucely and Syd who … Continue reading

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Review: Witchlight by Jessi Zabarsky

WITCHLIGHT written and illustrated by Jessi Zabarsky is a graphic novel for ages 12 and up that focuses on personal interactions and deepening values as much as heroic adventures. The author has described the novel as a “shojo- adventure,” a … Continue reading

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Review: BLOOM by Kevin Panetta

BLOOM by Kevin Panetta and illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau is a lovely, light, realistic graphic novel about the unsettling in-between teenage time of figuring out the answer to “What do you want to do?” The main character, Ari (short for … Continue reading

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Review: Aster and the Accidental Magic by Thom Pico

ASTER AND THE ACCIDENTAL MAGIC by Thom Pico and illustrated by Karensac is a fanciful, plucky graphic novel. Aster, the main character, is a likable protagonist whose rambles through adventures ensures readers will pay attention. Laced with magical villains and … Continue reading

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The Runaway Princess by Johan Troianowski

THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS by Johan Troianowski is whimsical, includes echoes of Tintin, consistently and beautifully employs vibrant colors, and has a fearless main character in Princess Robin, the titular princess. The book is made up of three separate tales featuring inventive … Continue reading

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Review: The Midwinter Witch by Molly Knox Ostertag

THE MIDWINTER WITCH is the third and final book of the adventures that includes The Witch Boy and The Hidden Witch.  A wonderful twist on traditional middle grade themes of identity, conflicts with family and friends, and solidifying values and … Continue reading

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Review: Invasion of the Scuttlebots by Mike Lawrence

For this third and final installment of the Star Scouts series, author Mike Lawrence takes on integration, disinformation, and pop music in a funny and adventurous tale of friendship’s ups & downs. INVASION OF THE SCUTTLEBOTS picks up as new … Continue reading

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Review: HEY, KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

HEY, KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a graphic memoir that brings together the conflicting realities of what family can mean. Krosoczka details his childhood and adolescence with brutal honesty, including the neglect, love, disappointment and hope that make life … Continue reading

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