middlegrade

Tunnel of Bones

Victoria Schwab “It’s hard to believe in ghosts, until you see one, and then it’s hard not to.” Cassidy Blake is back, grounded, but back. Even though Cassidy tried to explain her actions in Scotland, it is no use. Her parents do not believe her. Even though they have some hesitation, Cassidy accompanies them on […]

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City of Ghost

Victoria Schwab What you feel, Cassidy Blake, is called a purpose. City of Ghost has been on my reading list for a few months, not nearly as long as other books I own by Victoria Schwab. City of Ghost is book one in the Cassidy Blake series. If you have not read City of Ghost, […]

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Esperanza Rising

Pam Muñoz Ryan Esperanza smiled. When the grapes delivered their harvest, she always turned another year. This year, she would be thirteen. The picking would take three weeks and then, like every other year, Mama and Papa would host a fiesta for the harvest. And for her birthday. Esperanza Rising is on Time’s 100 Best […]

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Wonder

R. J. Palacio MR. BROWNE’S SEPTEMBER PRECEPT: WHEN GIVEN THE CHOICE BETWEEN BEING RIGHT OR BEING KIND, CHOOSE KIND. Fellow readers have been recommending Wonder for me for years, I didn’t understand why a kid with birth deformities–meh how powerful or impressive could this story be?  Let me tell you, after reading Wonder it has […]

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Ronaldo: The Phantom Carrot Snatcher

Maxine Sylvester “I’ve got some carrots instead,” Ronaldo said. He unzipped his backpack and rummaged around with his hoof. “What? They’re gone!” He cried. “I don’t believe it!” “The Phantom Carrot Snatcher strikes again!” Said Rudi dramatically. This is an adorable children’s book! I wish I could have gotten a copy around the holidays to […]

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Harriet the Spy

Louise Fitzhugh “When suddenly Harriet leaped to her feet as though she had just then remembered, and screamed, “I’ll be damned if I’ll go to dancing school.” “Harriet!” Mrs. Welsch was appalled. “How dare you use words like that at the table.” “Or any other place, dear,” interjected Mr. Welsch calmly.” Another book of Time’s […]

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Tony Plumb and the Moles of Ellodian

J.M. Smith “All I want is the truth, I want the truth. ‘I’m thirteen,’ he said out loud. Shoppers eyed him and hurried on. ‘I’m thirteen and I have a right to know. I have a right to know. Hey,’ he said to no-one in particular, ‘wouldn’t you want to know if someone said your […]

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Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

“During my chocolate parfait I whispered, ‘I’m wearing a bra. Can you tell?’ ‘Of course I can tell,’ Grandma said. ‘You can?’ I was really surprised. I stopped eating. ‘Well, how do you think it makes me look?’ ‘Much older,’ Grandma said, between sips of her coffee. I didn’t know whether to believe her or not so I believed her.”

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