I started reading R.M. Romero’s The Dollmaker of Kraków not knowing what to expect. I finished it wondering why more people weren’t talking about it.
Browsing: middle grade review
Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding is Alexandra Bracken’s first foray into middle-grade, but it feels like she’s been writing for middle readers for years.
With Embers of Destruction, J. Scott Savage could have easily coasted. Instead he continues to build his characters and world in a fresh and exciting way.
The Henry Whiskers series by Gigi Priebe is an excellent example of books for the lower middle-grade that are enjoyable and don’t talk down to readers.
I’ve never been a fan of soccer. So when I received Ten: A Soccer Story, by Shamini Flint, I opened it with some trepidation. I was pleasantly surprised.
David Neilsen’s middle-grade novel Beyond the Doors is Roald Dahl-esque with a Lemony Snicket snarkiness mixed in for good measure.
Mary Downing Hahn’s One For Sorrow is a well-written book that is delightfully creepy, but without at least one sympathetic character, it fell flat.
Stealing Our Way Home, by Cecilia Galante, is a strong middle-grade novel that deals with the loss of a parent and finding a way back to a new normal.
Ryan K. Sager’s The World’s Greatest Chocolate-Covered Pork Chops is a delicious choice for young fans of shows like MasterChef Junior.
Author Scarlett Thomas offers a new take on magic in Dragon’s Green, the excellent first book in her Worldquake series for middle graders.