Category: Middle-grade

Fantastic Virtual Visits

In January, February, and March, I virtually visited some wonderful schools and students both with #KidsNeedMentors and during World-Read-Aloud-Day and Read-Across-America! It takes work (and sometimes a bit of stress) for the teachers and librarians who arrange author visits so I need to give…

100 Books!

3. The Benefits of Being an Octopus – by Ann Braden. A good book about socio-economic class divides, growing up, and facing challenges!

100 Books…

My goal this year is to read 100 books. Currently, I’m at seventeen. I actually think I’m a little over that since I’ve read some unpublished works and there are a few books I did not finish (DNF). But there is nothing wrong with…

DR. CRITCHLORE’S SCHOOL FOR MINIONS

Runt’s world is so interesting. I want to know more about it and about being a minion. He’s also a sincerely nice character, he’s brave, and he helps anyone who needs him. I wasn’t sure who was the one responsible for the goings on…

BREAKING THE ICE

This book just hits every ice-skating dream I’ve ever had! Kaitlin is a great main character! She’s interesting and determined to become the best skater she can. (She also makes some great friends and develops a bit of a crush on a cute bad…

MY NEAR DEATH ADVENTURES

I found the main character Stan endearing and funny. (FYI Stan is the man!) He entertainingly blurts out whatever he’s thinking. It’s interesting, too, to read a book set in an 1895 lumber camp. And there are 1895 real pics all though the pages!!!…

THE D’EVIL DIARIES

This book starts with Jinx – Satan’s youngest son – hanging from a tree. You can’t go wrong with that type of beginning! I liked Jinx. I enjoyed his accidental ‘good’ disasters and the friendship that develops between him and Tommy – a girl…

THE WATER AND THE WILD

I want to read the next book! While this story is nice and complete, there’s more I want to know about the characters and about the world of sprites and wisps. I want to know what happens to Lottie, Fife, Oliver, Ada, and Eliot…

UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER

The book hooked me immediately because, hello, super chickens. I loved that the main character, Sophie, wrote letters to her abuela and great uncle and Agnes to tell the story. And it was really interesting to see which things she choose to share with each….