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The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr

This was recommended as a read aloud by The Read Aloud Handbook.

Published: 1998

Genre: middle grade historical fiction

Length: 199 pages

Setting: 1860 walk from Missouri to Denver

Summary: Short version: Simon’s adventure as he walks a flock of turkeys from Missouri to Denver Continue reading

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The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

This was a book recommended in The Read-Aloud Handbook and available when I needed a read aloud for the kids.

Genre: middle grade historical fiction

Length: 320 pages

Setting: Gary, Indiana and Flint, Michigan, at the height of the Great Depression, 1936-1937

Summary: Short summary: Deza’s family is hit hard by problems during the Great Depression Continue reading

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Daja’s Book by Tamora Pierce

This is the third book in the Circle of Magic. Miss Adventure and I listened to Tris’s Book on the way to Philadelphia. This book filled our way home.

Published: 1998

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 232 pages

Setting: Gold Ridge, a city in Emelan, soon after the events of Tris’s Book

Summary: Short version: Fire threatens Gold Ridge and Daja regains her Trader status Continue reading

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Tris’s Book by Tamora Pierce

With all the closings and cancellations happening with the Covid-19 pandemic, might I suggest curling up with a good book? Miss Adventure and I listened to this one coming home from Philadelphia after a gymnastics meet. It’s the second book in the Circle of Magic series that I would like to finish. I’d recommend you start with the first one if you’re going to read the series.

Published: 1998

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 251 pages

Setting: Winding Circle, soon after the events of Sandry’s Book

Summary: Short version: Pirates attack Winding Circle with a bit of assistance from sabotage Continue reading

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New Kid by Jerry Craft

This graphic novel just won the Newbery Award for best children’s literature for 2020. It’s the first time a graphic novel has ever won the award. We’re always up for a good graphic novel, so of course I had to get it from the library.

Published: 2019

Genre: middle grade fiction graphic novel

Length: 249 pages

Setting: a big city I assumed was NYC (or at least a NYC surrogate) and a private school within that city

Summary: Short version: The trials and tribulations of Jordan, a black kid, starting middle school at a predominantly white private school Continue reading

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The Line Tender by Kate Allen

I saw this book reviewed somewhere in my readings and immediately put it on hold. I was drawn in by the marine biologist mother. I wanted to be a marine biologist when I was a child. I decided to get a masters in fisheries because there’s more options with freshwater than saltwater, but I’m still drawn to all things ocean.

Published: 2019

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 371 pages

Setting: Cape Cod, Massachusetts, it felt like the 1990s (no cell phones)

Summary: Short version: Lucy looks into her mom’s research to deal with her friend’s death Continue reading

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Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

I was looking for a short audiobook for a trip to a gymnastics meet. This came to my attention because we saw the musical version recently. I was curious to read the source material.

Published: 1972

Genre: middle grade fiction with a touch of fantasy

Length: 154 pages

Setting: New York City, late 1960s

Summary: Short version: Annabel switches bodies with her mother for a day Continue reading

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