Category Archives: Middle Grade

Review: The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand

The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand. Simon & Schuster, 2013. Currently Available. Genre: Ghost Story / Fantasy Face Value: This is an excellent middle grade cover – exactly the kind of cover I would have been drawn to when … Continue reading

Posted in Middle Grade, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Review: After Iris by Natasha Farrant

After Iris by Natasha Farrant. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2013. Currently Available. Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction Face Value: Designers take notes. This is what a middle grade cover should look like. It’s age appropriate, but it’s also cool and … Continue reading

Posted in Middle Grade, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: Heaven is Paved With Oreos by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Heaven is Paved With Oreos by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Currently available. Genre: Contemporary realistic fiction. Face Value: Cover tropes collide: a headless girl, Converse sneakers, and oh of course something with cow print because it’s set … Continue reading

Posted in Middle Grade, Reviews, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: Jessica Darling’s IT List by Megan McCafferty

Jessica Darling’ IT List by Megan McCafferty. Little, Brown, and Company, 2013. Currently available. Age Level & Genre: Middle grade realistic fiction. Face Value: Can we talk about the pink problem that’s happening here? It’s bad. Jessica’s dressed in her … Continue reading

Posted in Middle Grade, Reviews | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Review: Call Me Oklahoma! by Miriam Glassman

Call Me Oklahoma! by Miriam Glassman. Holiday House, 2013. Currently available. Age Level & Genre: Middle Grade Realistic Fiction Face Value: I think it’s clear from this cover image that Paige (aka Oklahoma) is going to be your new favorite … Continue reading

Posted in Middle Grade, Reviews | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Review: Doll Bones by Holly Black

Doll Bones by Holly Black. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2013. Currently Available. Genre: Horror Face Value: It’s hard to imagine what else could make this cover better – it’s creepy (just look at those doll eyes staring out at you), … Continue reading

Posted in Middle Grade, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Center of Everything by Linda Urban

The Center of Everything by Linda Urban. Houghton Mifflin, 2013. Currently available. Age Level & Genre: Middle grade realistic fiction. Face Value: Nice. It’s simple and features a real-looking, whole-bodied girl. It may not be the most eye-catching of covers, … Continue reading

Posted in Middle Grade, Reviews | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment