Children - MidChild

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

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By Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
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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


Tree. Table. Book. by Lois Lowry - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780063299504
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Published: Clarion Books - April 23rd, 2024

Excellent kids novel about two best friends both named Sophie. One is eleven and the other is eighty-eight. The elder Sophie is in the beginning stage of dementia and the younger Sophie is determined to somehow rescue her friend from an inevitable transition to an elder care facility. In the process of helping her friend study for cognitive exams, younger Sophie learns the history of elder Sophie's childhood in Poland and the horrors she went through during World War Two. A touching and ultimately heartwarming story that grapples with some difficult subjects masterfully. Loved it. ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden


All the Small Wonderful Things by Kate Foster - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781536225808
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Published: Candlewick - October 24th, 2023

This is a heart-warming book about friendship and determination. Empathetic and insightful, this book is told from the point of view of a boy with autism. A great read for middle readers and adults alike! ~ Reviewed by Emily Rapp Eddy


Ferris by Kate DiCamillo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781536231052
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Published: Candlewick - March 5th, 2024

"Every good story is a love story" Ferris's grandmother tells her regularly. And this story - of ghosts and raccoons and bank-robbing six year-olds - is a very good story indeed. You will laugh out loud, and fall in love at the same time. ~ Reviewed by Rachel Person


Ring of Solomon by Aden Polydoros - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781335012371
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Published: Inkyard Press - March 5th, 2024

This excellent middle grade fantasy adventure follows Zach as he accidentally awakens a creature from Jewish folklore - and discovers that together they must defeat a group of evil adults who are intent on destroying the world. This is a great read for Rick Riordan fans. ~ Reviewed by Rachel Person


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