Tag Archive: middle grade

Aug 25

Book Review: Scumble

Scumble by Ingrid Law This is a charming middle-grade fantasy about a boy in a magic-wielding family finally getting his own “savvy” on his 13th birthday. Ledger (all the kids in the family have bizarre names) hopes that he will become a super-fast runner, the track star that his father hopes for. Instead, his talent …

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Jan 08

Book Review: Absolutely Almost

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff This is a charming book about a kid named Albie who’s not very good at anything. I found him plausible and endearing, as well as the secondary characters. It’s a character-driven novel centering on a young boy and his relationship with his parents, with his babysitter, with his best friend, …

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Nov 28

Book Review: Everlost

Everlost by Neal Shusterman This book reminds me of why I like to read middle grade and YA novels–they are less likely to suck. This novel has adventure, danger, mystery, creepy settings, good characters–basically everything you might hope for from a book written for adults, except for the kissing (only one kiss, and it’s chaste.) …

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Oct 05

Book Review: The Figure in the Shadows

The Figure In the Shadows by John Bellairs I read this book as a child. In fact, it was one of my favorite books. It was one of the few books which made the short list of books I read over and over again. I remember that it was the second in a series, and …

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