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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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Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

I had heard good things about this book and decided to read it to the kids. It’s set in the winter, so it made it appropriate to read this late in the year.

Published: 2018

Genre: middle grade fiction with a touch of magic

Length: 370 pages

Setting: mostly the Winterhouse hotel, in a northern climate, present day

Summary: Short version: Who can find The Book and decode the secret message first? Continue reading

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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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