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First Test by Tamora Pierce

This is the first book in the Protector of the Small series. Miss Adventure has been encouraging me to the read the series and I finally got around to starting it.

Published: 1999

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 240 pages

Setting: Corus, the capital of Tortall, after the conclusion of the War of the Immortals in Pierce’s Immortals series.

Summary: Short version: Keledry experiences sexism after becoming the first girl to openly start page training Continue reading


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Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

I’m not sure how this book came to my attention, but it picked it up now because it was available as an audiobook and was a good length for our trip to Philadelphia.

Published: 2015

Genre: middle grade fiction with a touch of magic

Length: 587 pages

Setting: Germany, Pennsylvania, and California, late 1930s

Summary: Short version: A harmonica helps three kids overcome discrimination and find happiness Continue reading

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Sanity and Tallulah by Molly Brooks

I saw this reviewed somewhere on the web and immediately requested it from my library as being perfect from Miss Adventure. And, once it’s in the house, Mr. Curiosity and I will read pretty much any graphic novel.

Published: 2018

Genre: middle grade science fiction graphic novel

Length: 229 pages

Font: Gargle and Fontspring

Setting: Wilnick Station, in the backwoods of space, far future

Summary: Short version: Hijinks of two tween girls on a space station Continue reading

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The Storm Runner by J. C. Cervantes

It’s another Rick Riordan Presents book, this time about Mayan mythology. Miss Adventure started it and said it was worth reading. (I should have waited to see if she finished it to decide whether or not to read it, but oh well.)

Published: 2018

Genre: middle grade urban fantasy

Length: 431 pages

Setting: New Mexico and California, as well as Mayan divine realms, present day

Summary: Short version: Zane has three days to save the world from a Mayan god Continue reading

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What I Will be Reading #38: For the Younger Audiences

First off, I’m adding Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi to my list, the first book in a new YA series. I like the interesting magic and West African setting. I’m trying to read more books set outside the U.S. and this would definitely fit the bill. It was reviewed on a books episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour.

The next three books came from a friend who is a school librarian. We traded book recommendations at a gymnastics meet (our daughters compete together). She recommended The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock as a middle grade book set in the Middle Ages. The main character is a bit different from the other in the village, which sets him apart. He gets taken around Europe, looking for relics of St. Peter, which makes it a bit of a treasure hunt.

She also recommended Front Desk by Kelly Yang. The book is set in a motel and touches on immigration issues. That’s a tricky issue to discuss with kids, but the setting makes it a more natural fit.

Finally, there’s Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. This is a WWII book told from the perspective of four characters whose stories slowly intertwine.

Anything sound good to you?

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Meet the Austins by Madeleine L’Engle

Mr. Curiosity was looking for some books with strong character development without a romantic storyline. I thought this book might fit the bill and decided to reread it myself.

Published: 1960

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 223 pages

Setting: Connecticut, late 1950s

Summary: Short version: Maggie comes to live with the Austins Continue reading

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

I wanted something lighter than what I’ve been reading lately and went looking through the Newbery Medal books. Middle grade books will always work out in the end.

Published: 2016

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 386 pages

Setting: near the Protectorate, a Middle Ages level society

Summary: Short version: The importance of stories you tell yourself to be true Continue reading

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