Category Archives: Kid-Lit/Middle Grade

#Mx3 Review: Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen

Age Range: 9 – 12 years Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (August 26, 2014) ISBN: 9780385371032 Source: Publisher Twelve year-old Gabriel Finley has lived with his Aunt Jasmine in her old Brooklyn brownstone since his father disappeared three years ago. As he gets older, he has increasingly more questions about his father’s disappearance. […]

Review: Party Games: A Fear Street Novel by R. L. Stine

  Grade Level: 7 – 12 Series: Fear Street Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (September 30, 2014) ISBN: 9781250051615 Source: Publisher When Rachel Martin is invited to Brendan Fear’s birthday party at his family’s home on Fear Island, she can’t resist. Despite her friends’ warnings, her crush on Brendan clouds her judgement and […]

Review: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Age Range: 8 – 12 years (3-7th grade) Paperback: 208 pages Publisher: GRAPHIX (August 26, 2014) ISBN: 9780545540605 Source: Publisher Raina wanted nothing more in the world than to have a little sister. When her wish is finally granted and her sister Amara is born, life isn’t exactly what she thought it would be. Amara makes it pretty obvious that […]

Audiobook Review: Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Age Range: 10 and up Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition (April 10, 2007) ISBN-10: 0061341045 Source: Personal copy Twelve-year-old Stephanie is confused when, after her eccentric uncle passes away, she is on the list to attend the reading of the will. There, a stranger appears, a man bundled up in a scarf, coat, and hat.  He’s […]

Guest Review: Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic by Mark Tatulli

Age Range: 7 – 12 years Series: Amp! Comics for Kids Hardcover: 240 pages Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (October 1, 2013) ISBN-10: 1449435483 Source: Publisher Today, I’m excited to welcome my youngest son, Justin (8), for a guest review! He’s only reviewed a few books for me but, as he gets older, he’s interested in […]

Tales of a (Formerly) Reluctant Reader: Guys Read: Other Worlds by Jon Scieszka

Tales of a (formerly) Reluctant Reader is a feature in which my oldest son John,  a formerly reluctant reader) discusses books that he thinks other reluctant readers (former or not) will enjoy!  Today’s book is Guys Read: Other Worlds : Age Range: 8 and up Grade Level: 3 – 7 Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Walden […]

Guest Post: D.J. MacHale (Guys Read: Other Worlds)

Today I am pleased to welcome D.J. MacHale, one of the contributing authors to Guys Read: Other Worlds for a guest post today. This title, along with the other Guys Read titles, are excellent novels for reluctant readers (especially boys)!  My own son has enjoyed each and every one of them. Stay tuned for his […]

Review: We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson

Hardcover: 176 pages Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (February 1, 2012) ISBN-10: 1561456276 Source: Publisher Many of us have basic details about the Birmingham Children’s March in 1963 in which 4,000 students boycotted school in a march to protest segregation. Yet never before have we stepped inside the shoes of those students who stepped up to fight […]

Frightful Friday: Lovecraft Middle School-Professor Gargoyle & The Slither Sisters by Charles Gilman

Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week. This week, I’m pleased to welcome my oldest son, John-John, for a special review of the first two books in the Lovecraft Middle School series, Professor Gargoyle and The Slither Sisters: Okay, when I […]

Tales of a (Formerly) Reluctant Reader: The Fellowship for Alien Detection by Kevin Emerson

Tales of a (formerly) Reluctant Reader is a feature in which my thirteen year old son, John (a formerly reluctant reader) shares this thoughts on books geared toward reluctant readers. The review below is entirely his own with no alterations other than corrections in spelling. Age Range: 8 and up Hardcover: 432 pages Publisher: Walden […]