Children - MidChild

Odder by Katherine Applegate - Book Review

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Odder By Katherine Applegate, Charles Santoso (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250147424
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 20th, 2022

This modern classic follows in the traditions of E.B. White's The Trumpet of the Swan and Charlotte's Web, as it has a complexity and understanding of emotion and humanity that is well beyond what someone might expect from a middle reader book. Charmingly told in expertly done free verse poetry, this is equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming, and a wonderful and uplifting ride from start to finish. ~ Reviewed by Bethany Marsfelder


Dear Mothman by Robin Gow - Book Review

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781419764400
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 21st, 2023

This book was fun and funny and all around hard to put down. It's perfect for children questioning their identity - whether they're struggling with their sexuality or gender identity. It's written for the "outcasts" by an "outcast", showing that gender, sexuality and even having a disability (like the main character who has autism) can bring you closer to some amazing human beings and learn to love your "monsters". I recommend this book to people of all ages. If you're looking for an easy to read book to understand certain aspects of the lgbt+ world or if you're looking for an easy read into understanding the mind of a child with autism, this is the book for you. Cryptid hunting and befriending Mothman is just a bonus ;) ~ Reviewed by Ashley Newberg


A Work in Progress by Jarrett Lerner - Book Review

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By Jarrett Lerner, Jarrett Lerner (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781665905152
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Published: Aladdin - May 2nd, 2023

A familiar story about body image told from the point of view of a boy named Will, who thought he was equal to everyone else, until the day he was told he was Fat. Several years after the event in the hallway that fateful day in fourth grade, Will still worries about how he is seen by others. After all, he is FAT and that means ugly, unworthy, unlovable, a monster. With sparse, but important, text and images, we follow Will’s journey in a realistic and relatable story. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Rat Rule 79: An Adventure by Rivka Galchen - Book Review

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By Rivka Galchen, Elena Megalos (Illustrator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781632061027
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Published: Yonder - August 10th, 2021

This is a hilarious, ridiculous, wonderful novel, full of clever wordplay and touching characters. It may well be the funniest book I've ever read. If I could love it to death the entire novel would be toast (with this book, likely actual toast!). Rat Rule 79 is truly a masterpiece, beginning to end, and deserves a place among children's classics. I can't recommend it highly enough. ~ Reviewed by James Case


Neverforgotten by Alejandra Algorta - Book Review

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Neverforgotten By Alejandra Algorta, Aida Salazar (Translated by), Iván Rickenmann (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alejandra Algorta, Aida Salazar (Translated by), Iván Rickenmann (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781646140947
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Published: Levine Querido - October 26th, 2021

A beautiful tale about a child who forgets how to ride a bicycle. This is a strange, wonderfully written story that asks numerous questions without providing many answers. It dances between grief, shame and masculinity, and repeatedly brings up the nature of truth. A stunning, baffling book, and one that should appeal to adults as well as children. It's also a debut novel, and Alejandra Algorta is a writer to watch. It left me confused and dazzled in almost equal measure. ~ Reviewed by James Case


Princess of the Wild Sea by Megan Frazer Blakemore - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781547609567
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - January 24th, 2023

Megan Frazer Blakemore has created another perfect gem of a children's novel. This reinterpretation of the Sleeping Beauty story is a gentle reminder that everyone can be a hero when circumstances require it. Packed with whimsy & charm, this one is sure to delight middle-reader fans of Kate DiCamillo and Jessica Day George. ~ Reviewed by Rachel Person


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