Children - MidChild

Telephone of the Tree by Alison McGhee - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593698457
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Published: Rocky Pond Books - May 7th, 2024

Inspired by the true story of the Japanese wind phone, an emotional novel about an 11 yr old in denial after the sudden passing of her lifelong best friend. Refusing to deal with what has transpired, she discovers an old rotary-dial phone sitting in her favorite tree. As people in her town start using it to talk to their lost loved ones, she slowly begins to process her grief. Sad, sweet and beautiful. ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden


Olivetti by Allie Millington - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250326935
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - March 26th, 2024

Excellent bit of magical realism for young readers. Olivetti, a sentient typewriter, helps a struggling city teenager find his missing mother. The reasons for her abrupt departure, and their family's history with "Everything That Happened.", unfold in a unique and interesting mystery that kept me glued to the page. Heartwarming and hopeful even while dealing with some pretty heavy themes. Highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden


The Bletchley Riddle by Ruta Sepetys - Book Review

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780593527542
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - October 8th, 2024

This extremely satisfying middle grade historical mystery follows siblings Lizzie and Jakob as they wrestle with their mother's disappearance, government secrets, and hidden codes at the start of World War II. ~ Reviewed by Rachel Person


Forsynthia: Rise of the Cupcakes by Rachel Dinunzio - Book Review

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By Rachel Dinunzio, Rachel Dinunzio (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781223187921
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Published: Paw Prints Publishing - March 5th, 2024

A couple of sisters, a mom, a grandmother and some crazy cupcakes get together in an action packed, science and magic filled humor story where we learn about mistakes, taking responsibility and how to solve a good old fashioned mystery. A modern feeling mixes with a classic Indiana Jones feel if he was a spy, scientist and a dragon kid. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz - Book Review

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The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog By Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780142427378
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 20th, 2018

One of my all time favorite children's books. Gidwitz's rollicking tale of 13th Century France as seen through the unlikely team of holy children and their holy dog is the perfect book for any one of any age interested in how we record the past and how we interpret it. Plus, it is a paean to the value of books to humanity and is filled with beautiful illustrations just like a medieval illuminated manuscript. The story is hilariously funny and told like the Canterbury Tales through the eyes of visitors to an inn who had heard of the children's exploits. Gidwitz manages to convey the beauty and horror of the middle ages while telling a deeply moving humanistic adventure story. ~ Reviewed by Paul Thompson


Warrior on the Mound by Sandra W. Headen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780823453788
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Published: Holiday House - March 5th, 2024

Excellent and inspirational historical fiction set in 1935 North Carolina. A story that deals with segregation in the Jim Crow south and two kids baseball teams, one black and the other filled with young clansmen-in-training, and the generational fallout from the Civil War and the Willmington Massacre. It's truly horrific what black people had to deal with during this time, and continue to deal with, and this novel perfectly illustrates the experience of a black child in that era who just wants to play ball and be a kid amidst never-ending assault and tragedy. ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden


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