Children - MidChild

The Puppets of Spelhorst (The Norendy Tales) by Kate DiCamillo - Book Review

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By Kate DiCamillo, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536216752
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Published: Candlewick - October 10th, 2023

The Puppets of Spelhorst brought me straight back to my childhood! Reminiscent of classic fairy tales that are filled with hope, imagination, and adventure, this is a must read for your middle schooler. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


Glowrushes by Roberto Piumini - Book Review

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By Roberto Piumini, Leah Janeczko (Translated by)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781681377506
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Published: NYRB Kids - October 17th, 2023

Newly translated, this Italian children's classic tells a heart wrenching story of a famous artist who is hired to paint the bedroom of a disabled prince. A beautiful piece of writing about friendship, mortality, the importance of stories, and the magic around us on this rock we inhabit. ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden


Alebrijes by Donna Barba Higuera - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781646142637
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Published: Levine Querido - October 3rd, 2023

This follow-up (not really a sequel) to the award winning Last Cuentista completely hooked me. Leandro is a member of an oppressed class of workers living in what is likely to be the last civilization on Earth. Caught stealing, he is banished to exile but is rescued by a process that turns him into a flying hummingbird drone. Completely addictive post-apocalyptic adventure ensues. This book is ridiculously creative and exciting and I highly recommend it to sci-fi readers of any age. ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden


The Lost Library by Rebecca Stead - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250838810
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - August 29th, 2023

The Lost Library, by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass is one of my favorites of the year and the best middle grade novel I've read in quite some time. It is a highly entertaining mystery with many charming elements, not the least of which is a newly erected free library guarded by a large orange cat. A wonderful cast of characters propel the story along quickly but there is much to linger over. At its core it is very much a love letter to books, libraries and librarians. ~ Reviewed by Jessica Wood


Remember Us by Jacqueline Woodson - Book Review

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780399545467
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 10th, 2023

An absolutely heart wrenching story about a teenage girl living in Brooklyn in the 70's, a time when crooked landlords were burning down their buildings in poor neighborhoods for insurance money. Masterfully captures the universal moment in childhood when one realizes they are growing up. Beautiful writing that brought me to tears. ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden


Tagging Freedom by Rhonda Roumani - Book Review

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$8.99
ISBN: 9781454950721
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Published: Union Square Kids - November 7th, 2023

An excellent story about a 13 year old Syrian activist and graffiti artist, Kareem, who is sent to America to live with his cousin, Samira, during the beginning stages of the Syrian Revolution in 2011. An engaging middle school drama and a shocking but necessary historical fiction, that can educate young people about the atrocities that take place, and the extreme importance of activism and standing up for what's right, even if one lives in an isolated suburban bubble. ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden


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