Tag Archives: Middle Grade

Review: Babymouse: Dragonslayer by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

Babymouse: Dragonslayer by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm. Random House, 2009. Currently available. Genre: Middle Grade Fiction Graphic Novel Face Value: Very charming. It makes me happy to see a well-illustrated cover with a girl character in a triumphant … Continue reading

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Review: Giants Beware! by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre

Giants Beware! by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre. First Second Books, 2012. Currently available. Genre: Middle Grade Graphic Novel Face Value: I love it. The whole terrific cast of child characters graces the cover, with Claudette front and center, taking the lead. … Continue reading

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Review: The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011. Currently available. Genre: Middle Grade Realistic Fiction Face Value: This cover is dynamite. The illustrator, Abigail Halpin, created this vivid depiction of Dini’s new setting – … Continue reading

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Detective Week Review: The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene. Grosset & Dunlap, 1930. Currently available. Genre: Mystery Face Value: The copy I own, an 80th Anniversary Limited Edition, has a terrifically boring cover.It’s the book cover equivalent of a yawn. But I’m … Continue reading

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Review: Addie on the Inside by James Howe

Addie on the Inside by James Howe. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011. Currently available. Genre: Middle Grade Poetry Face Value: Even though it has that “cut off the body parts of the girl” element that can be really unappealing, I … Continue reading

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Review: Pie by Sarah Weeks

PIE by Sarah Weeks. Scholastic Press, 2011. Currently available. Genre: Middle Grade Historical Fiction Face Value: It certainly grabbed my attention. I look at this cover and have a slew of questions: Why is the cat staring at that pie? Why … Continue reading

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Review: The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell

The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell Harper Collins, 2011 (Currently Available) Genre: Fantasy / Fairy Tale Face Value: It works. I might not be head over heels for this cover, but it offers up a classic fairy tale vibe while … Continue reading

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