Middle Grade

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire

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By Susan Tan, Dana Wulfekotte (Illustrator)
$6.39
ISBN: 9781250144003
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Published: Square Fish - March 27th, 2018

Cilla Lee-Jenkins is a precocious, funny, irreverent kid with a huge imagination, so it only stands to reason that she's going to be a Best Selling Author Extraordinaire. But first she has to withstand the trials of second grade, navigate friendship, endure weird questions from strangers about "what" she is (um... a future author?), and worst of all: her mom is pregnant, and Cilla is NOT excited about it. This book is full of heart, humor, and hope, and it made me laugh out loud AND cry, IN FRONT OF STRANGERS. Also, the author is local and delightful!

Piera


Frankie and Bug

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781534482531
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Published: Aladdin - October 12th, 2021

The complexities of the 1980s shape this coming of age story, with characters Bug (Beatrice) and Frankie learning about the world and how they may, or may not fit in. It is a story about acceptance, friendship, family, and love. Lots of love. I cannot recommend it enough.

Robin


The Thing About Jellyfish

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$8.99
ISBN: 9780316380843
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 4th, 2017

While everyone else believes that a drowning accident took Franny Jackson's life, her best friend Suzy Swanson is on a self-imposed mission to find the real culprit of her death. What is grief? When is it okay to let go? How do you move on? Ali Benjamin presents answers to all of these difficult questions in her stunning debut. Beautifully written and heartfelt to the core, The Thing About Jellyfish is the kind of book that you read as a kid and still remember years down the line.

Cindy


Unidentified Suburban Object

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$7.99
ISBN: 9780545782272
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - May 30th, 2017

This is a delightful story about how a Korean American middle-grader, Chloe, feels about growing up in a town where no one else looks like her except for her family. It's hard to give a true and wonderful review w/out spoilage but what feels like a contemporary story at the beginning does take a turn into another genre that is quite exciting.

Sinny


The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

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$10.99
ISBN: 9780060012359
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Published: HarperCollins - August 12th, 2008

The Amazing Maurice is a delightful, kid-friendly introduction into the universe of Discworld, Terry Pratchett's celebrated comic fantasy series. Great for kids (and adults) who love magic, intelligent animals, and thinking about death — I know you're out there, you little goth stars — MAURICE is at turns exciting, hysterical, chilling, and almost more sincere than our feline protagonist can stand.

Piera


Much Ado About Baseball

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ISBN: 9781499811018
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Published: Yellow Jacket - June 15th, 2021

LaRocca's newly released companion novel to Midsummer Mayhem is cute, fun, and will definitely make you hungry! I love catching all the similarities between LaRocca's fresh take and Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing!

Janaea


Ophie's Ghost

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062915894
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 18th, 2021

This is the type of story that had I read as a child, I would still remember vividly. A chilling ghost story yes, but more chilling is the racial violence laid bare. A truly powerful book with such depth for the age range. Engaging and unafraid to present subjects that need to be discussed. We need more books like this!

Stacey


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