Tag Archives: Middle Grade

Review: Seven Stories Up by Laurel Snyder

Seven Stories Up by Laurel Snyder. Random House Books for Young Readers, 2014. Available January 28, 2014. Genre: Time Travel / Historical Fiction Face Value: I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed in this cover. It’s not that it’s … Continue reading

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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

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Review: Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell

Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell. Harper, 2013. Currently Available. Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Face Value: Classic fantasy look. What I love about this is that it looks just like the story inside it. All the essential elements (Tilda, … Continue reading

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Best of 2012: Our Favorite Middle Grade Titles

When we created our wrap-up list of 2012, we of course had trouble keeping it to just ten books. We’re stretching our “best of” capacity by including a list of our top ten middle grade titles of 2012, too. Each … 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: The Wild Book by Margarita Engle

The Wild Book by Margarita Engle. Harcourt Children’s Books, 2012. Currently Available. Genre: Historical Fiction, Poetry Face Value: The colors are beautiful, evocative of the setting and the wildness of Fefa’s imagination. The girl on the cover is visibly Latina, … Continue reading

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Review: The Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford

The Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford. Scholastic, 2012. Currently Available. Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction (with a bit of fantasy-ish) Face Value: Classic, standard middle grade. This cover doesn’t grab me and scream “Read Me Now” but it’s totally classic upper … Continue reading

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