Tag Archives: middle school fiction

Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas

I was looking forward to reading Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas for months – and I’m so glad I did! Continue reading

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Those Kids from Fawn Creek, Answers in the Pages, and Zia Erases the World

Here are shorter reviews of three more books I checked out for the #MGReadathon. Continue reading

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3 Cybils Middle Grade Fiction Finalists

Here are three more outstanding books in my read-through of 2021 Cybils Finalists – Finding Junie Kim by Ellen Oh, Many Points of Me by Caroline Gertler, and Violets are Blue by Barbara Dee.
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Blog Tour: Riley’s Ghosts by John David Anderson

Once again, I’m very pleased to share the latest book by John David Anderson with you, this one a horror-filled ghost story. Keep reading for more, including a giveaway! Continue reading

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3 Fantasies about Bullying: The Insiders, Friend Me, and the Nightmare Thief

As an empathic adult who was bullied as a child, bullying is always very painful for me to read about. But it happens all too frequently, and it is dishonest for adults to deny kids the opportunity to read about … Continue reading

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Time Villains by Victor Piñeiro

Here’s a fast-paced time travel adventure, with two modern-day kids at a school with more secrets than they know about accidentally bringing the notorious pirate Blackbeard into the present day. Continue reading

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Food, Friendship, and Immigration – Measuring Up and A Place at the Table

Here are two and a half reviews of books for middle grade readers that combine cooking (or eating together) with making friends and the immigrant experience. What could be yummier? Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte and Ann Xu. Harper Alley, … Continue reading

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Four Favorite Graphic Novels: Twins, Class Act, Go with the Flow, and Katie the Catsitter

Here are four of the graphic novels my daughter has been reading and rereading lately. Continue reading

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Shifting Friendships: a Middle School Book List

When my teen librarian, Ms. D, and I started talking about a realistic fiction list for middle school, the way that formerly close friendships often start shifting in middle school came up as a particularly relevant topic. I’d been working … Continue reading

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The Copycat by Wendy McLeod MacKnight

Here’s a school- and family-focused contemporary fantasy for fans of fantasy and realistic fiction. Continue reading

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