Middle Grade

NIGHT BIRD

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780385389587
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - March 10th, 2015

Much like the main character, Twig, this magical realism story is sweet and short. Twig has a big secret, and it's not just the secret ingredient in her mom's Pink Apple pie. The town of Sidwell is also plagued by a mysterious monster. A great middle grade, summer read!

Heather


STAY WHERE YOU ARE & THEN LEAVE

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By John Boyne, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781627790314
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 25th, 2014

As with all John Boyne’s writing, I was quite taken with this book. He tells good stories of historical circumstances and through the perspective of his characters provides an intimate look of the times. This story is a good introduction to the First World War, of how the war affects a soldier, his loved ones, conscientious objectors, and of the public’s dawning recognition of what then was called “shell shock.”

Robin


JACK AND LOUISA, ACT 1

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ISBN: 9780448478395
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - February 10th, 2015

When you're Louisa, a theater geek living in the middle of nowhere, what could be better than a new neighbor who used to be a Broadway star? And when you're Jack, done with acting for good, what could be worse than getting dragged into the world of small-town theater?

Sarah


MY NEAR-DEATH ADVENTURES (99% TRUE)

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ISBN: 9780385390446
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - February 24th, 2015

I've never laughed so much as I did while reading this book--it's Diary of  Wimpy Kid set in an 1800s lumber camp in rural Michigan, and perfect for young, reluctant readers (but also with a lot of jokes for their parents). Join Stan as he learns about true manliness, searches for the father he never knew, avoids the antics of his cousin Scary Geri, tries to fend off the suitors sniffing around his eligible mama, and avoids the wrath of his Granny (who is 99% evil). If this is not the funniest book you read I'll year, I'll buy you breakfast.

Mackenzie


The War That Saved My Life

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ISBN: 9780803740815
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Published: Dial Books - January 8th, 2015

This is a most remarkable story, and though a middle grade book I would recommend to any reader. World War II historical fiction, it tells of two children sent from London to the countryside to spend the duration of the war with a single woman living on the outskirts of town. Sound predicable? With Bradley’s storytelling of great nuance, it is anything but.

Robin

 


Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11

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By N. Griffin, Kate Hindley (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763661458
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Published: Candlewick - February 10th, 2015

What a fun book. The hamster is missing from the classroom so Smashie and her friend start investigating. Griffin’s depiction of Room 11, and her use of  humor and complicated vocabulary layer the story beautifully. Parents will love reading this to their kids.

Carol


The Boundless

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By Kenneth Oppel, Jim Tierney (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442472884
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 22nd, 2014

Jump aboard the Boundless, a city on a train barreling across the Canadian wilderness, complete with a circus, a Sasquatch, a fiercely-guarded funeral car, and a conniving brakeman intent on getting into it. The only thing standing in his way--Will Everett, a young boy desperate for adventure. As he did in his masterful Airborn series, Kenneth Oppel yet again blends fantasy, history, and folklore to create this masterful, old-school adventure novel.

Mackenzie


The Fourteenth Goldfish

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ISBN: 9780375870644
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 26th, 2014

When Ellie's grandfather develops an anti-aging potion that turns him into a 13-year-old boy, she acquires a new housemate, plots the rescue of a prized jellyfish, and learns what it means to be a scientist.

Sarah


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