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
We may be closing in on Halloween, but a strong spooky story like Lindsay Currie’s The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street is worth reading any time of year.
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, by Karina Yan Glaser, is a charming middle-grade novel that would be fun read aloud or individually.
Emily Winfield Martin’s Snow & Rose is just the sort of fairy tale I would have devoured as an 8-year-old. It’s one of my favorite fairy-tale retellings.
If not for its cast of quirky characters, Rob Buyea’s Perfect Score would read like a treatise against testing. As it is, though, the book feels grounded.
Mira Bartók’s The Wonderling is set in a slightly steampunk Victorian land that borders between Dickensian realism and fairytale magic.
Michelle Cuevas’ middle-grade novel The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole is on its face one thing and inside something much more.
The reason I initially read The White Tower, by Cathryn Constable, was it’s ethereal cover. The reason I’ll read it again is the excellent writing.
Mustaches for Maddie was based on the true story of the authors’ daughter, Maddie, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013.
Nancy J. Cavanaugh’s middle-grade novel Elsie Mae Has Something to Say is a strong mystery full of Southern charm that features a spunky heroine.