Category Archives: Middle Grade

Review: Minnie McClary Speaks Her Mind by Valerie Hobbs

Minnie McClary Speaks Her Mind by Valerie Hobbs. Frances Foster Books, 2012. Currently available. Genre: Middle grade realistic fiction. Face Value: This cover caught my attention from across a room. I was speed-walking through the library to the YA section … Continue reading

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Review: The Boneshaker by Kate Milford

The Boneshaker by Kate Milford. Clarion Books, 2010. Currently Available. Genre: Steampunk, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction Face Value: This cover does a great job of capturing the specific creepiness of this story. I love that it’s illustrated (middle grade covers … Continue reading

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Review: Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013. Currently available. Genre: Middle grade realistic fiction. Face Value: This is such an exuberant cover! Nate on the red carpet in NYC is a joyful … Continue reading

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Review: One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake. Knopf, 2013. Currently Available. Genre: Historical Fiction Face Value: This is an excellent cover, the kind of cover that people ask you about, because it’s intriguing. But at the same time, it’s a cover … Continue reading

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Review: The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano. Scholastic, 2012. Currently Available. Genre: Historical Fiction Face Value: Powerful image that reflects the content and location of the story, and hints at one of the central metaphors in the book! Love! … Continue reading

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Review: Hilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson

Hilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson. Nobrow Press, 2012. Currently available. Genre: Middle Grade Graphic Novel Face Value: Such an enchanting cover. There’s magic in this image. Hilda is a quirky looking little girl, and her eyes tell … Continue reading

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Review: Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson

Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson. Random House, 2013. Available February 12, 2013. Genre: Middle grade historical fiction Face Value: Hattie is looking good! Immediately her outfit cues us in to the era in which we will be reading, and … Continue reading

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Review: A Wrinkle In Time – The Graphic Novel adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson

A Wrinkle in Time (the graphic novel) adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson from the novel by Madeleine L’Engle. Margaret Ferguson Books, 2012. Currently Available. Genre: Science Fiction Graphic Novel Face Value: Graphic novels have an obvious advantage when it … Continue reading

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Review: The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand. Simon & Schuster, 2012. Currently Available. Genre: Horror Face Value: While this cover isn’t quite a scene that we see in the book, it captures the tone quite nicely. And … Continue reading

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Review: First Girl Scout by Ginger Wadsworth

First Girl Scout: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low by Ginger Wadsworth. Clarion Books, 2012. Currently Available. Genre: Middle Grade Non-Fiction Face Value: Ugh. Another headless girl. However, I am a fan of the traditional Girl Scout uniform and the way … Continue reading

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