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.
Browsing: Middle Grade
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.
Shelley Johannes’ Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker is an illustrated chapter book about a third-grader who sees the world differently.
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.
Nanea Mitchell’s story focuses on the Pearl Harbor attack and the impact it had on those living in Hawaii. She’s American Girl’s newest BeForever character.