4 Hearts · MG & Kids Lit · Middle Grade

Jake, Lucid Dreamer By David J. Naiman

“A fantastical tale with a powerful message” raves SPR. 12-year-old Jake has been suppressing his heartbreak over the loss of his mother for the past four years. But his emotions have a way of haunting his dreams and bubbling to the surface when he least expects it. When Jake learns how to take control in… Continue reading Jake, Lucid Dreamer By David J. Naiman

5 Hearts · Children's Literature · MG & Kids Lit · Middle Grade

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K Rowlings

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in… Continue reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K Rowlings

4.5 Hearts · Children's Literature · MG & Kids Lit · Middle Grade

The Secret of the Sphinx by Samuel Bavli

When Jon, a precocious and adventurous 14-year-old boy, encounters a sphinx on a class trip to the museum, little does he know that his life is about to change forever. Four and half thousand years ago, in ancient Egypt, an evil sorcerer captured Neb, the king’s magician, and imprisoned his soul in this sphinx. The… Continue reading The Secret of the Sphinx by Samuel Bavli

4 Hearts · Middle Grade · YA Contemporary

Someone Like Him by Ann Herrick

City girl, country guy. Will opposites attract—or clash? When New-York-City girl Emily visits her cousin Janelle in Oregon, Emily wonders how she’ll survive the wilderness. Janelle wonders if the wilderness will survive Emily’s visit—and if she can convince her cousin to help save part of an old-growth forest. Meanwhile, Emily also wonders if a big-city… Continue reading Someone Like Him by Ann Herrick

Children's Literature · MG & Kids Lit · Middle Grade

The Code of Magic by David D. Hammons

There’s a monster in Alex’s backyard. He doesn’t know how it got there, but with his parents refusing to help, Alex must capture it on his own. When he does, a monster hunting Keeper comes to claim it. Alex follows the Keeper to the world of Edin, a preserve for monsters run by magic-wielders. Aboard… Continue reading The Code of Magic by David D. Hammons

MG & Kids Lit · Middle Grade

Serafina and the Black Cloak (Serafina #1) by Robert Beatty

“Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.” Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of the Biltmore estate. There’s plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never… Continue reading Serafina and the Black Cloak (Serafina #1) by Robert Beatty

Children's Literature · MG & Kids Lit · Middle Grade

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket Reviewed by Syd Jack

Synopsis ​Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire were orphaned by a terrible fire. After that fire, they are thrust into an onslaught of miserable situations, ranging from being trapped by a group of poisonous mushrooms to steering a sailboat through a leech-infested lake during a hurricane. All the while, they are pursued by Count Olaf, an… Continue reading A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket Reviewed by Syd Jack

MG & Kids Lit · Middle Grade

The Next Great Rock Star!  by Ann Herrick

SynopsisProvided by Goodreads.com When Jason and his friends form a garage band, they call it “No Frills” because they want to keep it real—even when they enter a band contest and pressures to alter their image mount. Then one day, due to a close encounter with lightning, Jason’s life changes in a big way—but is… Continue reading The Next Great Rock Star!  by Ann Herrick

5 Hearts · Children's Literature · MG & Kids Lit · Middle Grade

Smile By Raina Telgemeier                                           

Personal Thoughts Synopsis Smile is a graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier, based on her [the author’s] experiences from late 6th grade to middle 9th. Raina wants to be an ordinary kid. But one evening, she has an accident and seriously damages her two front teeth. After that, she has to cope with several surgeries, headgear, an… Continue reading Smile By Raina Telgemeier                                           

Children's Literature · MG & Kids Lit · Middle Grade

The Mysterious Benedict Society #1 by Trenton Lee  Stewart

  The Mysterious Benedict Society “Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children-two boys and two girls-succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret… Continue reading The Mysterious Benedict Society #1 by Trenton Lee  Stewart