Children - MidChild

Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062653864
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Published: HarperCollins - August 7th, 2018

Prince and the Pauper meets Fairyland. Aldridge has created a full-color graphic novel that will please any fantasy lover. The themes of coming of age, magic, siblings, dragons, goblins and more are wrapped up in a delightful package. When danger invades Edmunds and Childe’s worlds they (along with Childe’s golem, Wick, and Edmund’s human sister) must stop it. In the process they just might finally find where they belong. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Grenade by Alan Gratz - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781338245691
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 9th, 2018

Intense and realistic, this book follows two young men during the at the Battle of Okinawa. Hideki is a middle school student, an Okinawan, drafted by the Japanese Army to fight the Americans. Ray is an American man, just 18, in his first battle. The war interrupted both their lives, and things will never be the same...
I loved Refugee by Alan Gratz, and this book is in the same fast-paced style. However, I found it an even more graphic and unflinching a look at what war does to humans. As Hideki says, we become monsters. Be cautious with your audience for this book, it could easily be too much for some readers. ~ Reviewed by Leah Moore

The Boy, the Bird, and the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods - Book Review

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By Matilda Woods, Anuska Allepuz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525515210
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Published: Philomel Books - May 15th, 2018

The story, The Boy, The Bird, & The Coffin Maker is one that blends two human's sorrows and somehow ends up giving us hope.
Tito is a young boy who has lost his mother and is on the run from his abusive father. Alberto is an old man who after losing his wife and children to disease, becomes the village coffin maker. When Tito shows up at Alberto's house, the boy brings light and magic back to an old man's life who has seen only darkness for many years.
The Boy, The Bird, & The Coffin Maker prove true fatherhood is earned! ~ Reviewed by Mia Nassivera

The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781338157475
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Published: Chicken House - October 31st, 2017

A modern classic, which deals beautifully with many timeless issues, such as grief, mental health, loneliness and fear. We follow 12 yr old Henry’s journey from family tragedy, to having the conviction to help her mother overcome all the odds to recover her health, and bring the family she loves back together. A charming, and beautifully written book. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316262286
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 17th, 2018

Jerome was having a pretty normal day - answering teachers, dodging bullies, making a new friend. After school he was playing outside with a new toy gun, and that's when the day become totally different. He died... by a bullet from a policeman's gun. And now he's a ghost, watching his family, his new friend, his trial... and the policeman's daughter, who is wondering how this could be real.
He is not alone, there is another other ghost boy, Emmitt, who might tell him what is going on... ~ Reviewed by Leah Moore

Murray the Race Horse: Fables from the Stables Book 1 by Gavin Puckett - Book Review

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By Gavin Puckett, Tor Freeman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780571334681
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Published: Faber & Faber Children's - May 15th, 2018

Murray, the first novel in the Fables from the Stables series starts with an introduction by the author informing you this is the true (or as true as can be as it was told to him) story about a horse. We see our horse hero wanting to be a race horse but is not very fast. The other horses tease him. However, when one of the horses is injured its jockey asks him to get in the race. However, Murray learns that he has a very interesting style. Also in the series: Colin the Cart Horse and Poppy the Police Horse (due in September) and Hendrix the Rocking Horse. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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