Showing posts with label middle grade. Show all posts
Showing posts with label middle grade. Show all posts

Guest Review: The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielson

Monday, June 15, 2015
Why I chose this book:
I read the first one, The False Prince, and it was amazing. I had to read the sequel! Luckily, Amanda offered to give it to me to read and review here.


The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielson
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: March 1st, 2013
Format: Paperback
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
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Synopsis:
A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive?

Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom? (Goodreads)

Guest Review: Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Why I chose this book:
I remember absolutely LOVING Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg, and Under the Egg has been compared to them numerous times. That alone was enough to make me want to snatch up Under the Egg.





Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
Publisher: Dial Books
Release Date: March 18th, 2014
Format: Hardback
Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery
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Synopsis:
When Theodora Tenpenny spills a bottle of rubbing alcohol on her late grandfather's painting, she discovers what seems to be an old Renaissance masterpiece underneath. That's great news for Theo, who's struggling to hang onto her family's two-hundred-year-old townhouse and support her unstable mother on her grandfather's legacy of $463. There's just one problem: Theo's grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she worries the painting may be stolen.

With the help of some unusual new friends, Theo's search for answers takes her all around Manhattan, and introduces her to a side of the city--and her grandfather--the she never knew. To solve the mystery, she'll have to abandon her hard-won self-reliance and build a community, one serendipitous friendship at a time. (Goodreads)

Guest Review: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielson

Monday, March 16, 2015
Why I chose this book:
I've heard much about this book from other bloggers. though I never knew much about it because I would only skim their reviews, I knew it was fantasy. If it's a good fantasy book, I have to at least try it. And I am so glad I did.


The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielson
Publisher: Scholastic
Publish Date: April 1st, 2012
Format: Paperback
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
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Synopsis:
In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point--he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their  own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together. (Goodreads)

Review: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Monday, March 9, 2015
Why I chose this book:
This was another book I had to read for my YA lit grad class, and I read it from cover to cover in a single afternoon. I've never read a YA book whose central character has a mental disability. In this case. Caitlin has Aspergers syndrome. I love that this class is stretching me and making me read more diverse books.



Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publish Date: April 15th, 2010
Format: Paperback
Genre: Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction
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Synopsis:
In Caitlin's world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That's the stuff Caitlin's older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon's dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger's, she doesn't know how. When she reads the definition of closer, she realizes that is what she needs. In her search for it, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white--the world is full of colors--messy and beautiful. (Goodreads)

Review: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Why I chose this book: I  discovered this book while perusing net galley, and couldn't resist the charm that I found in-between the lines of the synopsis. Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard is a girl that stumbles upon an adventure inside a museum. What is not to love? It also had a cover that resembled a mixture of The Series of Unfortunate Events and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making; both books I love. I simply had to give this book a try. 




Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Format: ARC Galley
Genre: Middle Grade Lit, Fantasy, Fairy Tale
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Synopsis:
Unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard doesn't believe in anything that can't be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen. And he has been waiting for Ophelia's help.

As Ophelia embarks on an incredible journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested. Along the way she learns more and more about the boy's own remarkable journey to reach her and save the world.

A story within a story, this a modern day fairytale is about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up. (Goodreads)

Review: Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Why I chose this book:

It was a sleepy Christmas break, and I needed something different to read. A local public school librarian asked me to read and review it for her so that she could know to recommend it or not. Needless to say, it flies off the shelf now.

Publisher: Aladdin
Publish Date: March 15th, 2011
Format: Hardback 
Genre: Middle Grade Lit, Fantasy 
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Review: The Protector of the Small by Tamora Pierce

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Why I chose this book:

I initially read this as a freshman in high school. It was my first true dive into fantasy other than The Lord of the Rings. I wanted adventure and a strong female character I could root for, and boy did I get what I asked for.

                     



Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Publish Date: June 7, 1999
Format: Paperback 
Genre: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Fantasy 
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