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A Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

This is the first book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series. The series often comes up as high quality writing for kids and I’ve never read it. I decided to rectify that fact and read it to the kids.

Published: 1999

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 162 pages

Setting: it felt like a European city in the mid-1900s Continue reading

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Time Shifters by Chris Frine

I probably saw this on a GeekDad post and thought the kids would enjoy the graphic novel.

Published: 2017

Genre: middle grade science fiction graphic novel

Length: 265 pages

Setting: a generic rural location, and at least one alternate planet Continue reading

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One Trick Pony by Nathan Hale

I saw a post about graphic novels, and Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales were mentioned. Sadly, our library system doesn’t have any of that series, but it did have this book. We highly enjoyed Rapunzel’s Revenge, and thought this would be worth checking out.

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction graphic novel

Length: 127 pages

Setting: Earth, far future Continue reading

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Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

I’ve seen this book listed several places as an excellent book for kids. I originally got it for Miss Adventure because it mentioned a Hogwarts feel to the story (and she’s read the entire Harry Potter series multiple times). I decided I wanted to read it as well because of the semi-sentient castle that would remake itself on a regular basis. That sounded like something fun to read about.

Published: 2011

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 225 pages

Setting: Castle Glower in the country of Sleyne, with medieval technology Continue reading

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Wonder by R. J. Palacio

I’ve seen this book in several “best of” lists as a good read aloud or a good book for kids. I decided it would be a good change of pace for our last morning read aloud for the 2016/2017 school year.

Published: 2012

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 316 pages

Setting: NYC, present day Continue reading

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The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

This is the second book in the Trials of Apollo series. I didn’t think the first book was quite as good as Riordan’s other series, but I still enjoyed it enough to read this book. It helps when it’s in the house for the kids to read.

Published: 2017

Genre: middle grade urban fantasy

Length: 401 pages of text, 414 pages with glossary

Setting: mostly Indianapolis, soon after the events of The Hidden Oracle Continue reading

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Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

I was looking for an audiobook for a short trip. I used the CommonSense list of 50 books every child should read by age 12 as a starting point to see if the library had any of them. This was the perfect length for our trip.

Published: 1994

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 280 pages

Setting: various locations within the U.S., 1990s Continue reading

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