Category Archives: Middle Grade

Nightbooks by J.A. White

Here’s a brief take on another one of the books I read for the Cybils.   Nightbooks by J.A. White. Harper Collins Childrens, 2018. Alex is tired of being made fun of for being different. He’s on his way to … Continue reading

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A Sprinkle of Spirits: Love Sugar Magic Book 2

I really enjoyed Anna Meriano’s first book in the Love Sugar Magic series, A Dash of Trouble, so I jumped at the chance to be part of the blog tour for the second book, which just came out February 5. … Continue reading

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The Stone Girl’s Story by Sarah Beth Durst

Continuing on with reviewing our 2018 Cybils finalists. The Stone Girl’s Story by Sarah Beth Durst. Clarion Books, 2018. The stone girl Mayka is the oldest of the stone creatures carved by the Stonemason she called Father, who knew the … Continue reading

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Sweep by Jonathan Auxier

Back to some Cybils books while I tabulate more end-of-year things. Sweep: the Story of a Girl and her Monster by Jonathan Auxier. Amulet Books, 2018. Nan Sparrow lived with the Sweep, a kindly man who took care of her, teaching … Continue reading

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12 more Cybils titles I loved

One of the things I love about the Cybils awards are the many books I get to try that I wouldn’t get around to otherwise.  One of the hardest parts is making a shortlist of only seven books, because I … Continue reading

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Cybils Finalists Announced!

Happy 2019! The 2018 Cybils finalists have been announced! Here are the titles that my panel selected for the Middle Grade Speculative Fiction category: Inkling by Kenneth Oppel Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano Nevermoor: The … Continue reading

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Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

I’m not having a lot of time to write reviews with my kids home from school and seeing friends and family for the holidays, but here’s one more Cybils nominee review to tide you over until the finalists are announced … Continue reading

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The House with Chicken Legs

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson. Scholastic, 2018. Marinka has lived in the house with chicken legs all her life, helping Baba Yaga.  Others may see her as an ugly and dangerous hag, but Marinka knows her as … Continue reading

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The Art of the Swap and The Magic Misfits: the Second Story

The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone. Simon and Schuster Kids, 2018. Hannah is the caretaker’s daughter in the Elms, a mansion in Newport, Rhode Island.  She annoys the docents by listening in on tours and … Continue reading

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The Truth about Martians and the Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray

Here’s a couple shorter takes on some more Cybils books, as I try desperately to keep up with my reading. The Truth about Martians by Melissa Savage. Crown Books, 2018. In 1947 Arizona, Mylo Affinito is still struggling to get … Continue reading

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