Children - MidChild

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds - Book Review

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By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481438285
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 8th, 2019

Friends, foes, family, strangers, school buses, skateboards, bullies, and boogers. In his unique voice, Reynolds tells 10 different stories about what happens on the way home from school. With a brilliant balance of humor and gravity, this book tackles some pretty heavy topics with solid respect. ~ Reviewed by Linda Then


Words on Fire by Jennifer A. Nielsen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781338275476
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 1st, 2019

Words on Fire is an exciting historical fiction journey full of adventure, friendship, and harrowing escapes. Set during the Russian occupation of Lithuania, this story tells the tale of preserving one’s culture and language. As character Lucas states, “...our weapons today are cleverness, and courage, and words.” These words can easily be applied in the 21st century. They show that passion for a cause can make an impact. ~ Reviewed by Wendy Marie


Chirp by Kate Messner - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781547602810
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - February 4th, 2020

Mia and her parents move back to Vermont after several years living in Boston to help her grandmother with the family farm. Only this is not your typical farm. It is a cricket farm. And Mia’s parents think it is time for Grandmother to sell, especially after her recent stroke. But Mia is devastated to think anything is wrong with her beloved grandmother, but when odd coincidences start happening, Grandma thinks sabotage. Has she lost her mind or is there something afoot? Mia and her new friends start to sleuth about to find out who is responsible. Can Mia help her grandmother before it is too late? And can Mia be any real help when she is hiding her own secrets? (Ages 10 14, some mature themes, but handled respectfully and accessible to all readers.) ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Donut the Destroyer by Sarah Graley - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781338541922
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Published: Graphix - June 2nd, 2020

Are you ready for Donut (first name) The (middle name) Destroyer (last name)? This super strength-wielding girl is packed to the top with goodness! Little old Ladies are saved from demons! Libraries saved from chaos! Going to bed early and up early shows character! If only her parents could understand her desire to be who she knows she was meant to be: a hero! But when your parents are the most wanted villains in your land, what is a poor girl to do? And sometimes even doing the right thing, is not so easy as it seems. Kid-jokes fill this aged 8 to 13 graphic novel. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Under the Broken Sky by Mariko Nagai - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250159212
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 15th, 2019

This story of a 12-year-old Japanese girl, Natsu, growing up in Manchuria is a beautiful prose-poetry novel. Her mostly sheltered life as a Japanese citizen in Manchuria-China has not prepared her for the repercussions of war. When the unheard of occurs, Natsu and her younger sister quickly learn that what we do to survive is not always pretty, but necessary. A lovely look at a forgotten piece of history. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Beast: Face-To-Face with the Florida Bigfoot by Watt Key - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374313692
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 14th, 2020

Adam saw something standing in the road which ultimately caused the accident that led to his parents' disappearance. Unable to come to terms with what he saw, he ventures into an uninhabitable wilderness in search of answers, no matter how dangerous his journey may become.
Living in the north country, we're familiar with Bigfoot - or Sasquatch - and all of us know a story or two about the myths surrounding the mysterious being. Key's fast paced and wild thrill ride takes us to the very edges of human civilization in pursuit of these elusive legendary creatures, in a hair-raising story of survival and adventure. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon


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