middlegrade

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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The Phantom Tollbooth

Norton Juster and Illustrated by Jules Feiffer “And in smaller letters at the bottom it concluded: ‘RESULTS ARE NOT GUARANTEED, BUT IF NOT PERFECTLY SATISFIED, YOUR WASTED TIME WILL BE REFUNDED.’” “‘You jumped, of course,’ explained Canby. “That’s the way most everyone gets here. It’s really quite simple: every time you decide something without having […]

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Holes

Louis Sachar “His parents couldn’t afford a lawyer. “You don’t need a lawyer,” his mother had said. “Just tell the truth.” Stanley told the truth, but perhaps it would have been better if he had lied a little.” Holes is on Time’s 100 Best YA lsit. I was able to borrow a digital copy from my […]

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