Middle Grade

Greetings from Witness Protection! by Jake Burt

I loved everything about this middle grade book. The excitement, the characters, the drama was perfect and I was only disappointed when it was over. SYNOPSIS A funny and poignant debut middle-grade novel about a foster-care girl who is placed with a family in the witness protection program, and finds that hiding in plain sight… Continue reading Greetings from Witness Protection! by Jake Burt

believathon · historical fiction · Middle Grade

Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte

This slow burn of a historical fiction middle grade book kept me up reading well past my bedtime. The characters, the culture, and the history all came alive! SYNOPSIS Deaf author and librarian Ann Clare LeZotte weaves an Own Voices story inspired by the true history of a thriving deaf community on Martha's Vineyard in… Continue reading Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte

Middle Grade

The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury

This delightful middle grade book takes the magical boarding school story one step further by making it a magical musical school. The story, full of great characters, mystery, and a theme of self confidence was such fun to read. SYNOPSIS Humor and heart shine in this middle grade fantasy about a girl who attends a… Continue reading The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury

Fantasy · Middle Grade

Gloom Town by Ronald L. Smith

Middle grade is often accused of being predictable but there was nothing forceable about the mystery and adventure of this story. I genuinely hope that there is a sequel so I can spend more time with these characters. SYNOPSIS When twelve-year-old Rory applies for a job at a spooky old mansion in his gloomy seaside… Continue reading Gloom Town by Ronald L. Smith

believathon · Middle Grade · Mystery

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

This historical fiction middle grade book had a mystery that kept me flipping through the pages until the very last moment. I doesn't get much better than this. SYNOPSIS In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking… Continue reading One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

all ages · Fantasy · FrighteninglyGoodRead · Middle Grade

Frighteningly Good Read: The Midnight Hour by Ben Read and Laura Trinder

This middle grade fantasy had a fantastic cast of characters and a strong female lead! The mystery and the mythology had my flipping page after page to the delightful ending! SYNOPSIS For fans of portal fantasies like Jessica Townsend's Nevermoor, Colin Meloy's Wildwood, and The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, and unlike so many… Continue reading Frighteningly Good Read: The Midnight Hour by Ben Read and Laura Trinder

FrighteninglyGoodRead · Middle Grade

Frighteningly Good Read: Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon

This middle grade book features a 12 year old witch perfectly designed for me - her name is even Molly! I loved this story that gave me a smart and strong female lead and a core group of friends coming together to fight evil - it was good to the last page! SYNOPSIS When Molly… Continue reading Frighteningly Good Read: Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon

Middle Grade · Mystery · series

Enola Holmes by Nancy Springer

The divine Netflix trailer brought this series back to my attention. Now that I have read the first book I cannot wait to get my hands on more! SYNOPSIS When Enola Holmes, the much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared—on her 14th birthday nonetheless—she knows she alone can find her.… Continue reading Enola Holmes by Nancy Springer