Children - MidChild

How to Become a Planet by Nicole Melleby - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781643752617
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - April 19th, 2022

Thirteen-year-old Pluto Timoney has lost touch with herself in the wake of a depressive episode and seeks to complete a list of tasks by the end of summer to bring her back to 'normal.' Instead, she finds patience, acceptance, and a support system that helps reassure her that she isn't as lost in space as she thinks. With astronomy as a beautiful recurring motif, this is a realistic, hopeful, and well-crafted look into what it means to be thirteen and how it feels to navigate mental illness at a young age. ~ Reviewed by Bethany Marsfelder


Camp QUILTBAG by Nicole Melleby - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781643752662
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 21st, 2023

This fun and lighthearted coming-of-age tale, told through alternating viewpoints, is filled to the brim with queer joy, friendship, and love. Both sent to a summer camp for LGBTQIAAP+ youth, twelve-year-old Abigail (she/her) and thirteen-year-old Kai (e/em) join forces to win the camp's competition, find confidence and acceptance in being their true selves, and spot Mx. Nutsworth the squirrel (zie/zem), the camp's legendary good luck charm. Perfect for kids of all genders and sexualities! ~ Reviewed by Bethany Marsfelder


Love, Stargirl (Stargirl Series #2) by Jerry Spinelli - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780375856440
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Published: Ember - April 28th, 2009

Following the first book, this one is told through letters written by Stargirl to her boyfriend, Leo. They're beautiful letters full of finding the extraordinary in the mundane. It makes you want to live life the way Stargirl does. ~ Reviewed by Lydia Williford


Stargirl (Stargirl Series #1) by Jerry Spinelli - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780375822339
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Published: Ember - May 14th, 2002

This book is pure magic! A beautiful story about fitting in and being yourself, Stargirl shocks her ordinary Arizona high school by refusing to stick to the status quo. Through this book you'll find that there's a little bit of Stargirl in all of us. ~ Reviewed by Lydia Williford


The Witch of Woodland by Laurel Snyder - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062836656
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Published: Walden Pond Press - May 16th, 2023

Zippy is a witch, and a middle schooler, and lately everything is changing - there's a bat mitzvah to study for, a best friend who's barely speaking to her, and now she's managed to summon a mysterious winged girl - using a spell Zippy can neither remember nor understand. This book does a tremendous job of mixing the real emotional terrain of early middle school with gentle magic and an absolutely unforgettable narrator. ~ Reviewed by Rachel Person


New Dragon City by Mari Mancusi - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316376686
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2022

This adventure tale takes place after the dragon apocalypse in the ruins of New York City. After bonding with a young dragon after they save each other's lives, Noah is forced to choose between his father who hates and hunts dragons and his mother who studies them and has joined a cult that lives with them in peace. Great fun for kids who can't get enough dragons and want to imagine a darker take on what it would be like if they really showed up. A fun, fast read that reminded me of How to Train Your Dragon. ~ Reviewed by Paul Thompson


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