The Way to Bea

I think that it is only appropriate that I finished this book a few days after writing about picture books that encourage children to embrace their individuality. The Way to Bea, by Kat Yeh, is a really wonderful book for middle graders that handles the same type of concept, but for older kids experiencing completely … Continue reading The Way to Bea

One True Way

The year is 1977 and Allie has just moved from New Jersey to North Carolina. Her parents are divorcing and her brother recently died in an accident. Life definitely isn't easy. As she starts her first day at school she has two goals - make a friend and join the newspaper staff. Fortunately, Allie meets … Continue reading One True Way

The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City

Welcome back to Middle Grade Monday! This week I am reviewing The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City, by Jodi Kendall. Thank you to @KidLitExchange for a copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own. Summary from Goodreads: Josie Shilling’s family is too big, their cramped city house is too … Continue reading The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City

Ashes to Asheville

One of the reasons that I love the NC Battle of the Books so much is that it encourages kids to read things that are outside of their normal scope or favorite genre. Here in this house we are getting a jump start on next year's list. The first one that I finished is Ashes … Continue reading Ashes to Asheville

Charming Stories from Jenny Lundquist

Thank you @kidlitexchange and Jenny Lundquist for providing me with a copy of these books to read and review. All opinions are my own. There are times when you want to just become friends with the characters in the books that you read. Or maybe that's just me. The girls in the "Izzy Malone" series … Continue reading Charming Stories from Jenny Lundquist

Caleb and Kit

If you are a fan of middle-grade fiction, you have most likely heard of the book Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. Wonder deals with a child who has a cleft palate and his experiences when he goes to a real school for the first time rather than being home-schooled. He can't hide his condition but he … Continue reading Caleb and Kit

Choose Your Own Ever After

A big part of growing up is figuring out friends and, as you get a bit older, what it means to be more than friends. I remember that when I was in the 5th and 6th grade, one of the book series that was incredibly popular, and which I adored, was Sweet Valley High. Now … Continue reading Choose Your Own Ever After