Category: Middle Grade

Apr 20
Little Fun Club Blog Tour & $50 Giveaway: A Lit Box for Kids 0-12!

Little Fun Club Blog Tour & $50 Giveaway: A Lit Box for Kids 0-12!

Giveaways (Ended), Middle Grade 8

  I thought I’d try out this fun book club for kids and see what they have to offer! I love the fact that they send high-quality and award-winning books. I told them that my daughter is 12 years old, so they sent books for her age group. They have really specific age groups, so you get something that fits your child perfectly. The website also says that they ask questions about your child’s preferences (we didn’t do that for the tour, but they managed to fit my kids pretty perfectly). What Did We Get? We received three books in our box. The box was actually slightly damaged when I received it (there was a hole in the top), but the books were packed nicely with plenty of packing paper, so they weren’t affected at all. I loved that the books were wrapped up prettily—it made my daughter feel like… Read more »


Feb 20
Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee: Review

Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee: Review

Middle Grade, Reviews 6 ★★★★

These books are so incredibly adorable and fun. My daughter loves the high school take on superheroes, and I have to admit that I kind of love them too. What Fed My Addiction: Girl genius. Unlike most of the other super heroes, Batgirl is just an ordinary girl—with extraordinary smarts. Her tech savvy makes her special and it gives her an edge that the other supers don’t have. A sense of belonging. Batgirl has doubts about her ability to fit in at Super Hero High even though she has friends there. She doesn’t know if she can be a “real” super hero since she doesn’t have any innate abilities. She can’t keep up with the other students in a lot of areas (especially gym, where there are some pretty high expectations of super heroes!). She has to learn to rely on and trust her strengths and not worry so much about her… Read more »


Sep 21
Bite-Sized Middle Grade Reviews – Nocturnals Books 1 & 2, Towers Falling, Egg & Spoon

Bite-Sized Middle Grade Reviews – Nocturnals Books 1 & 2, Towers Falling, Egg & Spoon

Middle Grade, Reviews 4 ★★★★

A few quick reviews of some of the middle grade books I’ve read (or listened to) recently. Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! The Mysterious Abductions by Tracy Hecht Series: The Nocturnals #1 Published by Fabled Films Press on 4/19/16 Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery Pages: 232 Source: BEA My content rating: MG (Nothing particularly scary or inappropriate) ***These books can be read by Middle Graders, but are also appropriate for much younger kids, especially if read aloud (at home or in a classroom setting).*** My rating: A flabbergastifying adventure under the stars! “The characters are delightful and the nighttime landscape is captivating. It was just as I expected—because the best stories always take place in the dark!—R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps The Nocturnals features three unlikely friends: Dawn, a serious fox, Tobin, a sweet pangolin and Bismark, the loud mouthed, pint sized sugar glider. The stories all play out in… Read more »


Sep 15
The Copper Gauntlet and The Bronze Key by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare – Bite-Sized Reviews

The Copper Gauntlet and The Bronze Key by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare – Bite-Sized Reviews

Middle Grade, Reviews 4 ★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the second and third books in a series and may contain spoilers for the first book. To read my thoughts on The Iron Trial (the first book), click HERE.*** I had to catch up on this series when I saw that the latest was coming out (the third out of five listed on Goodreads). Both my son and I really enjoyed the first book. He said that it had all of the best qualities from his favorite series, which was high praise from him. I was a little nervous since it had been a long time since I’d read book one (we’d picked up book two at a Scholastic book fair, but we hadn’t gotten to it yet), but I picked the story back up really easily—there were plenty of reminders, which is especially nice for a middle grade book. Read on for my thoughts …… Read more »


Jul 29
Supergirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee – A Soaring Review

Supergirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee – A Soaring Review

Middle Grade, Reviews 8 ★★★★

This book is SO much fun, and it’s perfect for MG and early YA readers. My daughter and I both read this one and both thoroughly enjoyed it. It provides lots of super hero action but also has a sweet message about believing in yourself. I highly recommend this for MG readers! This is the second book in the DC Super Hero Girls Series, but it can definitely be read alone (neither my daughter nor I had read the first one and we had no problem following any of the storyline). This installment focuses on Kara – AKA Supergirl – who comes to Super Hero high after the destruction of Krypton. New to Earth, Kara discovers she has powers here, but she isn’t very good at controlling them yet. When compared to the seemingly perfect teens at Super Hero High, Kara doesn’t feel like she measures up – and she wonders if… Read more »


Jan 20
Bite Sized Reviews: The Map to Everywhere and City of Thirst by Carrie Ryan

Bite Sized Reviews: The Map to Everywhere and City of Thirst by Carrie Ryan

Middle Grade, Reviews 3 ★★★★½

Here are some quick reviews for books I haven’t gotten around to reviewing or that I just don’t have a ton to say about. Once again, I figure a few bite sized reviews together will be enough to feed your fiction addiction!  🙂 The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis Series: Map to Everywhere #1 Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on 11/4/14 Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy Pages: 448 Source: BEA My content rating: MG (Nothing inappropriate, a little bit of MG level violence) My rating: Wherever you need to go–the Map to Everywhere can take you there. To Master Thief Fin, an orphan from the murky pirate world of the Khaznot Quay, the Map is the key to finding his mother. To suburban schoolgirl Marrill, it’s her only way home after getting stranded on the Pirate Stream, the magical waterway that connects every world in creation. With the help of a… Read more »


Oct 24
The Taken by Inbali Iserles – Middle Grade Spotlight Review

The Taken by Inbali Iserles – Middle Grade Spotlight Review

Middle Grade, Reviews 2 ★★★★

My daughter is a huge fan of the Warriors series, but we never realized until recently that Erin Hunter is actually six people! Of course, we wanted to find out more about these authors, and we discovered that one of them, Inbali Iserles, was going to be releasing a new series about magical foxes. My daughter was instantly sold and we picked up the book for review. It took me awhile to get her to read it because she’s not a big fan of ebooks, but once she picked it up, I read it right along with her, which was fun! This was a cute story that sets up the series well – it did remind me a lot of Warriors with the way that the foxes think about the human world. The book follows Isla, who is trying to find her family after their den has been invaded by a… Read more »


Sep 12
Bite-Sized Reviews – The Iron Trial, The Last Time We Say Goodbye, I’ll Meet You There, A Whole New World

Bite-Sized Reviews – The Iron Trial, The Last Time We Say Goodbye, I’ll Meet You There, A Whole New World

Middle Grade, Reviews 12 ★★★★

I’ve decided to write some quick reviews for books I’ve never gotten around to reviewing or that I just don’t have a ton to say about. I figure a few bite-sized reviews together will be enough to feed your fiction addiction!  🙂 The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare Published by Scholastic Press on 9/9/14 Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Middle Grade Pages: 299 Source: BEA My rating: Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail. All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him. So he tries his best to do his worst – and fails at failing. Now the Magisterium awaits him. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties… Read more »


Jun 14
Middle Grade Spotlight – Unicorns of the Mist Series by R.R. Russell

Middle Grade Spotlight – Unicorns of the Mist Series by R.R. Russell

Giveaways (Ended), Middle Grade 0

I thought I’d highlight another middle grade series that I reviewed over on my MG blog – Best Kids’ Reads.  This series features unicorns and are full of adventure!  My daughter and I have really been enjoying these fun books! You can read my review of the first book in this series (including my daughter’s views) HERE!  And my review of The Unicorn Thief HERE.You can also enter to win a hardcover copy of The Unicorn Thief, so don’t miss out! US/Canada Only a Rafflecopter giveaway


Mar 30
Middle Grade Spotlight – Grimmtastic Girls by  Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

Middle Grade Spotlight – Grimmtastic Girls by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

Giveaways (Ended), Middle Grade 1

I thought I’d highlight another middle grade series that I reviewed over on my MG blog – Best Kids’ Reads.  This series features super cute retellings of some of our favorite fairy tales, It includes lots of fun nods to the original stories, but gives them all a definite twist. And it’s perfect for middle grade girls! You can read my review of the first two books in this series (including some of my daughter’s impressions) HERE!  (Plus, there’s a $50 giveaway running right now as well!)