Category Archives: Middle grade

Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr

Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr is the story of Astrid. Astrid is the only child living in her village of Glimmerdal, and as a result her best friend is an elderly man named Gunnvald. Astrid has very strong emotions as … Continue reading

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Journey to a Promised Land A Story of the Exodusters by Allison Lassieur

Journey to a Promised Land by Allison Lassieur is the story about a girl named Hattie. The spring of 1879 tried to bring a fresh start to a new world in Nashville, Tennessee. Although each of Hattie’s parents had been … Continue reading

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A Little Princess Finds Her Voice by Holly Webb

A Little Princess Finds Her Voice by Holly Webb is a good continuation novel to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess. I enjoyed having an older Lottie as the central character and how Sara was there but in the background. It … Continue reading

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A Promise Stitched in Time by Colleen Rowan Kosinski

A Promise Stitched in Time by Colleen Rowan Kosinski was an interesting middle grade book about grief, acceptance and friendship, with a touch of historical mystery. It introduces young readers to a heavy topic: the Holocaust. Maggie must create a thought-provoking … Continue reading

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All About Anne by Anne Frank House

All About Anne by Anne Frank House is a middle grade book about the life and death of Anne Frank, compiled by The Anne Frank House is an vitally important book that should be read by everyone, regardless of age.  It … Continue reading

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The Train to Impossible Places: A Cursed Delivery by P.G. Bell

The Train to Impossible Places: A Cursed Delivery by P.G. Bell is an exciting, imaginative, wild ride of a story that never lets up for a moment. This was a whimsical and fun middle grade read full of interesting characters and … Continue reading

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Kid Scientists by David Stabler and Anoosha Syed

Kid Scientists by David Stabler and Anoosha Syed is a wonderful collection of stories that share the early path of some famous scientists. This is an excellent nonfiction book that would be great upper elementary and middle school students. I … Continue reading

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Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed is an eye-opening and riveting story.  Amal loves learning, knows that freedom lies within the pages of books, and dreams of being a teacher. Those dreams are dashed when a run-in with the village’s most … Continue reading

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Molly the Mole A Story to Help Children Build Self-Esteem by Alice Reeves

Molly the Mole: A Story to Help Children Build Self-Esteem by Alice Reeves is part of the Truth and Tails series, specifically regarding Self-Esteem. Molly is feeling sad because she is comparing herself to her friends. She does not think she … Continue reading

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The Sound of Freedom by Kathy Kacer

The Sound of Freedom by Kathy Kacer is a middle-grade novel about a Jewish family in Krakow, Poland in 1936. Life has become increasingly dangerous, as the violence and persecution of Jews increase. Anna is afraid if they don’t escape … Continue reading

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