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The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks

I’m not sure where I saw this first reviewed. In fact, I’ve likely been seeing it for a while since it’s a two-year old book. It’s just that my library system has just now gotten a copy. That’s why I keep checking whenever I see a good graphic novel.

Colorist: Jordie Bellaire

Published: 2016

Genre: middle grade graphic novel. It felt like historical fiction, but I don’t think it’s set in our world

Length: 232 pages

Setting: the city of Daido, a medieval Asian-style city

Summary: Short version: Kaidu learns his way around the city as a Dao recruit Continue reading


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The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

This was one of the School Library Journal’s top 25 chapter books that we haven’t read. I finally got around to it, two years after adding it to my reading list.

Published: 1996

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 219 pages

Setting: medieval countries of Sounis, Attolia, and Eddis that felt like Greece

Summary: Short version: Gen really is good enough to steal Hamiathes’s Gift Continue reading

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Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

I’m not exactly sure how this book got put on my “read to the kids” list. I’m sure it had something to do with being a book in verse. It was our first read aloud book for the school year, mainly because it was available as an ebook. I had chosen a different book, but Mr. Curiosity went and read it the weekend before I was going to start reading it aloud, so I needed a quick backup without being able to go to the library.

Published: 2011

Genre: middle grade historical fiction book in verse

Length: 272 pages

Setting: Vietnam and Alabama, 1975

Summary: Short version: Immigrant story from the Vietnam War Continue reading

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The BFG by Roald Dahl

This is one of the BBC’s The Big Read books. Surprisingly, I’ve never read it. It was time to change that fact.

Published: 1982

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 208 pages

Setting: England, it felt like the mid-1900s

Summary: Short version: Sophie befriends a good giant and they stop the evil giants Continue reading

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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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