Mystery was my first favorite genre and I devoured series like The Boxcar Children and Cam Jansen. But as an adult I felt more burnt out on mysteries because most of them were murder mysteries and I’ve seen those a million times through books, TV, and movies. It felt kind of depressing that all the mystery solving was happening after the fact and that the victim was still dead. • Then I came to realize that even as an adult I could enjoy middle grade level mysteries and their premises felt a lot more satisfying to me. I have since started reading more adult mysteries, but these are a couple of the middle grade mysteries I’ve enjoyed that you might be interested in for yourself or your kids for the #amonthofmystery challenge I am hosting with @bookworm_baggins next month. • The Westing Game: I love the complex mystery with lots of different players and puzzles. I was trying to solve it the whole time! • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: I didn’t love the first book, but it really grew on me as the series went. Quirky and entertaining. Not exactly a hard to solve mystery, but more fun to watch the characters solve it. • The Detective’s Assistant: Fun, fast paced story about the fictional niece of an actual historical figure (Kate Warne, the first female detective). The niece made for a very endearing narrator and it was neat to see cases familiar to me told from a different perspective. • Greenglass House: Intriguing mystery in an awesome setting of an old home. Opinion seems to be pretty split on this one, but the mystery was satisfying and worked for me! • Mysterious Benedict Society: This series is so clever and fun with lots of puzzles, mysteries, and word play spread throughout. A new book comes out next week so it’s the perfect time to start it! • Have you read any of these or have any of them on your TBR?
REDWOOD AND PONYTAIL by @kari_anne_holt is a relatable, absorbing verse novel about two very different seventh grade girls who fall “in like” and come alive in exciting ways when they are together. It SO accurately captures what it’s like to feel a deep, exciting, confusing romantic connection for the first time. I love that both girls make some very relatable mistakes as they get caught up in each other, and I love how they throughout the book as they take responsibility for their missteps, figure out who they are becoming, and decide what’s most important to them. The writing is both accessible and innovative, with some poems that can be read either top to bottom or side and some really interesting “Greek chorus” sections. This is a book that belongs in every middle school library and will mean a lot to many kids! I was excited to read a review copy that was provided to #collabookation. . . #versenovel#mglit#middlegrade#uppermiddlegrade#redwoodandponytail#middlegradebooks#middlegradenovels
[#partner @penguinkids] Living in a quaint bookstore and discovering you have the ability to literally jump into your favorite books and interact with the characters is a book lover’s dream! In this new middle grade novel it is the reality for the main character Tilly. 📖 Throughout the novel she jumps into these pictured books plus more. Knowing that two of my favorite children’s novels would be included made me excited, but also apprehensive about their depiction. However the author stayed very close to the classics with passages taken straight from the originals and I was satisfied. There were so many fun tidbits for book lovers to soak up: literary references, book themed baking and party planning, and a beautiful bookish cover and illustrations spread throughout by @paoesco8ar. 📖 If you had the ability to interact with a book character who would you choose? Swipe to see my choice! (I’m sure it’s no surprise to those who’ve been following me for very long 😉). 📖 This book is the first in a series (geared towards ages 8-12). It was written by Anna James (@acaseforbooks) and was previously released in the UK, but will be available in the US next week!
The heat of the summer was actually quite productive for my reading life. Although with the recent drop in temperature I have noticed that I am doing more binge reading. Hot tea and good books! As I ended August, I finished Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics last night, I reached 50/75 books read for my #goodreadschallenge2019. Without further ado August lineup: -Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon ⭐⭐⭐⭐ -The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times ⭐⭐⭐⭐ -The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbriath ⭐⭐⭐⭐ -What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty ⭐⭐⭐⭐ -Austenland by Shannon Hale ⭐⭐⭐ -Dream More by Dolly Parton ⭐⭐⭐⭐ -Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton ⭐⭐⭐⭐ -Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein ⭐⭐⭐⭐ -Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein ⭐⭐⭐⭐ . . . . . . . . . . #bookstagram#middlegradenovels#prettybooks#twothirdsdone#summerreading#augustbooks
Rare outing to the library after school. She was too excited to collect the book we had reserved @publiclibrarysg - 'Just Jaime' by @terrilibenson. As a fellow #bookworm I could totally relate to her anticipation of a new title from a favourite author, so off we went, despite it being sweltering outside. 😄 Swipe left to see other books she also checked out from the library. Being a girl, she naturally gravitates towards books with female protagonists. But this time, we found a couple of titles centred on boys - 'Sam the Man & the Cell Phone Plan' (part of a series) and 'Ms. Bixby's Last Day'. #homeplayschool#homeplayschoolreads#libraryreads#librarysg#publiclibrarysg#bookstagram#middlegradenovels
Thank you to the @kidlitexchange network and @bloomsburypublishing for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. THE MULTIPLYING MYSTERIES OF MOUNT TEN by Krista Van Dolzer Esther is on her way to a prestigious summer art camp when she and her stepfather are caught in a terrible storm. They think they’ve found the camp... but they have not! The camp they stumble upon is actually Camp Archimedes, a camp focused on mathematics! Esther stays at the camp only to discover some strange disappearances and threatening logic clues. Can this artist solve the clues before it is too late? Fast paced and fun to contemplate, this book will be perfect for fans of Chasing Vermeer. Published in April so grab a copy for your 4th grade+ classroom if you see it! ⚖️✏️🔎 #kristavandolzer #themultiplyingmysteriesofmountten #middlegradenovels#bookrecommendations
The amazing and lovely Alex Miles popped in to Verso today to say “Hi!” and sign a couple of her cool new books for us. Girl Geeks The Hackathon & Girl Geeks Game On! are for kids 8 to 12. A group of girls are teamed up to work on a school project. They all have unique skills and interests, can they embrace their differences to come up with the goods for the project? A story about unlikely friendships and playing to your strengths. Get your geek on with Girl Geeks! #girlgeeks#alexmiles#middlegradenovels#getyourgeekon
#mustreadin2019#middlegradenovels Two beautifully written books. Sweet Pea is the story of a 7th grade girl learning to navigate through middle school. It’s a moving story of friendship, diverse families and new beginnings. The Unsung Hero of Birdsong takes place during the time of the Jim Crow laws and paints a vivid picture of interactions of people during a difficult time period. It is a book rich in history. I must admit I cried at the end. @Penquinkids
Hello Again Bookstagram! • • • QOTD: What Are Some of Your Favorite Middle School Reads? ⠀ ⠀ I’m hoping to try buddy reading a few books with my nephew this School Year to keep him interested in reading. He is way above his grade in reading and he is a really fast reader, so he often finishes his requirements for reading at the beginning of the year and then stops reading for the rest of it. But I want to help him learn how to analyze and discuss books before he goes into high school. He is still young, so faster moving middle grade books are a better place to start, but I’ll probably try moving into different genres next year, so suggesting after that are appreciated as well 😉 ⠀ . . Look at this spectacular @acrossrealms_shop Tinker Bell Book mark!!! 😍😍😍 It’s called ‘A Sprinkle Of Magic’ and I’m literally obsessed with it. I’m currently using it in Jane Eyre, the begging of which provides a good reason as to why children would choose to stay on a moderately temped island and not grow up rather than return to the UK, just saying 😒. Anywayys, Megan has me floored with all her Disney inspired designs, they are all prettier than the last! 😆 ⠀ . . 🎵SOTD: Don’t Tease Me by SPEED - a test of how long and how deep of a Kpop fan you are is if you know hidden gems like this. The song is great, the choreography is legendary, but the promotion was nonexistent 😑, so if you aren’t looking for it, you probably won’t find it. But it’s definitely worth checking out the choreo video on YouTube. • • • #acrossrealms#reppost#bookishbookmarks#peterpan#peterandthestarcatchers#peterpaninspired#middlegradenovels#middlegradereads • #bookish#bookstagramfeatures#bookishpost#booklover#novellovers#bookstagraming#bookdragon#bookwarrior#bibliogeek#booknerd#booklife#bookishbynature#bookishfeatures#mybookishfeatures
This brave and beautiful story will make readers laugh, and break their hearts at the same time. . Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life, but when his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey, is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven's world is turned upside down. He is forced to deal with his brother's illness and his parents' attempts to keep the family in one piece. This is a heartwarming journey through a year in the life of a family in crisis. . ‘Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie: Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie Series, Book 1’ by Jordan Sonnenblick. Look for this title on your NLB Mobile app! 📲📚
Current read aloud with my kiddos! (Ages 9 and 7). I remember watching the Pippi Longstocking movie as a kid, but I’m not sure I ever read the book. It’s more delightful that I would have guessed, and we are all loving it! Found this copy at a library used book sale - a fun surprise that wasn’t even on my TBR summer list. Now that we’re finishing Pippi up this week, I need to decide on one last read-aloud before school resumes... 📚 #readaloud#readaloudrevival#amreading#summerreading#kidlit#middlegradenovels#raisingreaders#pippilongstocking
Camp by Kayla Miller While I never went to an overnight summer camp as a kid, this graphic novel made me feel like I was there! Olive and Willow are best friends who head off to Camp Acorn Lake summer camp together. Olive is loving all the new activities, new friends, and new adventures, but Willow... isn't so sure. Olive tries to do her best to spend time with Willow AND her the new friends she's making, but it becomes increasingly difficult as Willow latches onto Olive more and more. While this book deals with some real friendship issues, the summer camp setting still kept it fun and light and made it a breezy, summertime read! Camp is a companion to the graphic novel Click, and Kayla Miller has another book in the series coming out in May called Act! #teachersthatread#iteachreading#iteachseventh#middlegradenovels#graphicnovels#misswilsonrecommends#summerreadinglist#clickseries#summercamp