Tag Archives: Middle Grade

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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Review: Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu. Walden Pond Press, 2011. Currently available. Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Face Value: This is definitely an intriguing cover. When I saw this cover image popping up around the blogosphere, I was interested enough to Google the title … Continue reading

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Review: Junonia by Kevin Henkes

Junonia by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow Books, 2011. Currently available. Genre: Middle Grade Realistic Fiction Face Value: I love this cover. It’s recognizably a Kevin Henkes book (because who else would draw a seashell and a little girl like that?) but … Continue reading

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Review: The Trouble with May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm

The Trouble With May Amelia, Jennifer L. Holm Atheneum, 2011 (currently available) Genre: Historical Fiction Face Value: Yikes. This cover is pretty bad. I mean, on the one hand, I appreciate that I can see the girl’s face. But on … Continue reading

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Review: The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. Hyperion Books for Children, 2007. Currently available. Genre: Middle Grade Science Fiction. No, not really. Speculative Fiction. Ummm, no, it’s not that either. Humorous Fiction? I give up. It’s unclassifiable. Just know … Continue reading

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Review: Small Persons With Wings by Ellen Booream

Small Persons With Wings by Ellen Booream. Dial Books for Young Readers (2011). Currently available. Genre: Middle grade fantasy/fiction Face Value: My initial impression of this cover was very positive. I liked that we don’t see any actual fairy bodies … Continue reading

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Review: The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey

The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey Egmont USA, 2011 (currently available) Genre: Mystery/Fantasy/Historical Fiction Face Value: I find this cover incredibly appealing. I like the use of color, the aesthetic of the graphics fits the story quite … Continue reading

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