Tag Archives: middle grade

Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel adapted by Mariah Mardsen

When I saw somewhere there was a graphic novel version of Anne of Green Gables, I had to get it immediately from my library. It’s one of my favorites, and I’m happy to consume it in different versions.

Illustrator: Brenna Thummler

Published: 2017

Genre: middle grade fiction graphic novel

Length: 230 pages

Setting: the town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island, Canada, early 1900s

Summary: Short version: Orphan Anne growing up in Avonlea Continue reading

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Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

I saw a blurb by Rick Riordan saying this was written in his style, but with Hindu mythology. Count me (and Miss Adventure) in!

Published: 2018

Genre: middle grade urban fantasy

Length: 343 pages of text, 355 pages with the glossary (that you should totally read because it’s just as funny as the book)

Setting: Savannah Georgia, and various Hindu Otherworld locations

Summary: Short version: Aru first imperils and then saves the world from the Sleeper Continue reading

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The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli

This is a Newbery Award winning book that we own. I thought it might make an enjoyable read aloud.

Published: 1949

Genre: middle grade historical fiction

Length: 121 pages

Setting: medieval England

Summary: Short version: Robin gets sick and recovers with the monks Continue reading

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Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Miss Adventure picked this one up from the library. I’m pretty sure she recognized the author (we’ve previously read Ghosts and Smile) and was interested in the topic as well.

Published: 2012

Genre: middle grade fiction graphic novel

Length: 232 pages

Setting: a middle school in a big enough city in America that they have a bubble tea shop

Summary: Short version: Callie deals with boys and a musical production Continue reading

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Weird Geography Picture Books

After having a chance to see the Terracotta Warriors in person earlier this year, I was looking for some books about them for the kids to read. Sadly, I couldn’t find too much in our local library system. The best I found for kids was a mention in a book about other oddities on Earth. While they didn’t really have much information about the Terracotta Warriors, the books are fascinating on their own.

First off, there’s the DK book What’s Weird on Earth, subtitled “our strange and wonderful world as you’ve never seen it before”. This book contains about 70 two-page spreads split into nature, supernatural, places, people, history, and fun facts. All but the fun facts section shows a map of the world with interesting locations around the world that fit the page’s theme picked out and described. I can pretty much guarantee there’s a page on here that interests anyone. When Miss Adventure was reading it in the car, I had to limit her to two bits of information per page, or she would have read the entire book to me. Definitely a must read for any map fiend, but not really intended to be read cover to cover in a single sitting.

The other book I’m highlighting today is Curious Constructions: A Peculiar Portfolio of Fifty Fascinating Structures by Michael Hearst. Hearst describes fifty different impressive structures. Most of the are manmade (like the Millau Viaduct or the International Space Station) but also includes a few natural phenomena (like the Great Barrier Reef). For each construction, there’s a page of information, often with some true or false questions or fun facts, and the facing page is an illustration. This book involves more reading than the previous book since there is a page of text on each construction. Even so, there will be many interruptions to share little tidbits of “Did you know…?”

Both of these books would make a fun addition to a child’s library if they’re into construction, maps, or nonfiction books.

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The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris

I picked this off the new book shelf because it’s written by NPH. Bonus, it was about magic to get Miss Adventure interested.

Published: 2017

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 253 pages

Setting: mostly the small town of Mineral Wells, present day

Summary: In seven words or less: Magician kids foil the bad guy
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On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

I saw this book listed somewhere as a good kid’s book and was excited to see it was available as an audiobook. It was a perfect length for our 7-hour trip to Philadelphia. It’s also the first book in a four book series, so we should have more books to listen to!

Published: 2008

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 290 pages

Setting: on the continent of Skree in the world of Aerwiar, early industrial society Continue reading

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