middle grade

October 20, 2016

Michelangelo for Kids by Simonetta Carr

Simonetta Carr’s contribution to the popular “For Kids” series presents the great artist as not only as a true “Renaissance man” but a man of deep […]
September 28, 2016

Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

Edith Nesbit’s classic characters go ten years into their future in this thought-provoking sequel. Five Children on the Western Front, by Kate Saunders.  Delacorte, 2016, 247 […]
September 28, 2016

Hundred Percent by Karen Romano Young

This insightful novel about the awkward years between 11 and 14 could make a useful discussion starter for mothers and daughters. Hundred Percent by Karen Romano […]
August 10, 2016

Mayday by Karen Harrington

In Mayday, 13-year-old Wayne discovers that even a plane crash can have a silver lining, and treasures may hide under life’s hard knocks. Mayday by Karen […]
August 6, 2016
Roller girl

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

The rough, tough world of girls’ roller derby is the setting for this surprisingly sweet depiction of friendship, breakup, and change. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson.  […]
July 29, 2016
what elephants

What Elephants Know by Erick Dinerstein

Lowland Tibet is the exotic setting for this coming-of-age story featuring an 11-year-old boy and the elephants he loves. What Elephants Know by Erick Dinerstein.  Disney […]
July 15, 2016

Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick

The exuberant boy-robot Hilo is back from “the void,” pursuing his mission to destroy his arch-enemy Razorwark and discover his own origin and purpose. Hilo Book […]
July 13, 2016
mother daughter club

The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick

In this series opener, four sixth-grade girls discover that reading the classics can change contemporary attitudes. The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick.  Simon & […]