Friday, August 18, 2017

YORK: Reviewed by Books4YourKids

Perhaps because of my early and abiding love for E.L. Konigsburg's From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, I never pass up the chance to read a middle grade mystery filled with puzzle clues, maps and museums, especially if the book is set in New York City, which seems to be THE place for this specific genre. However, this is a genre of kidlit that is especially challenging to write. It's hard to keep the plot complex and suspenseful while also making sure that it is reasonable and as realistic as possible. York: The Shadow Cipher  by Laura Ruby does all of this and more. 

READ COMPLETE REVIEW HERE

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SUMMER OF LOST & FOUND reviewed by Akossiwa Ketoglo

SUMMER OF LOST & FOUND
by Rebecca Behrens
Reviewed by Akossiwa Ketoglo

During her stay on the island of Roanoke with her Archeobotanist mother, Nell befriends a boy equally curious about the truth behind the Lost Colony and together they set out to uncover it.
The story was sweet, fun, adventurous and a surprising page turner. I loved how it was told in dual point of views, one in the past with the narrator unknown and the second in the present being Nell. I appreciated the realistic approach the author took as in, Nell couldn’t experience the adventures she went on without some level of disobedience and a few white lies (or flat out lies) here and there. The conclusion was satisfying without being perfect and made me shed a few tears.

READ THE COMPLETE REVIEW HERE

Sunday, August 13, 2017

MMGM: NEW RELEASES FOR YOUNG READERS


Welcome to Marvelous Middle Grad Monday where Middle Grade Mania spotlights the newest upcoming releases for your young reader!

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THE LIST
Patricia Forde
Sourcebooks
Ages 10 - 14
Release Date: August 8, 2017


The city of Ark is the last safe place on Earth. To make sure humans are able to survive, everyone in Ark must speak List, a language of only 500 words.
Everyone that is, except Letta.

As apprentice to the Wordsmith, Letta can read all the words that have ever existed. Forbidden words like freedom, music, and even pineapple tell her about a world she's never known.

One day her master disappears and the leaders of Ark tell Letta she is the new Wordsmith and must shorten List to fewer and fewer words. Then Letta meets a teenage boy who somehow knows all the words that have been banned. Letta's faced with a dangerous choice: sit idly by and watch language slowly slip away or follow a stranger on a path to freedom . . . or banishment.

Friday, August 11, 2017

MURDER IS BAD MANNERS: Reviewed by The Booktalk Blog

I debated whether to include this book on my list last fall. A murder mystery for middle-grade readers? A dead teacher on the gymnasium floor? I though the book was really well done, but I wasn’t sure how it would be received by fifth and sixth grade students.

Turns out, they loved it.

It often came up as a favorite when I surveyed kids at the end of my presentation. Twice in the first two weeks, I had to tug it out of a fifth grader’s hands when I was leaving. One girl asked if she could please keep it — she was already hooked in the first five minutes. I explained that it was my display copy and I had to use it for other classes. Her response: “Can I have it after school then?”

The Wells and Wong Mystery series continues with Poison is Not Polite and First Class Murder.

READ COMPLETE REVIEW HERE

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

REVENGE OF THE GREEN BANANA review on A Year of Reading

REVENGE OF THE GREEN BANANA
by Jim Murphy
Reviewed on A Year of Reading

The Reading Without Walls challenge gets you out of your reading comfort zones and introduces you to new characters, settings, genres, or formats.

A funny story set in a Catholic school in the late 1950's that features a group of 6th grade boys (and one wacko second grader) plotting a revenge of reciprocal humiliation on Sister Angelica, their teacher, is definitely not my bailiwick. I described some of the details and read aloud a couple of scenes to the resident Catholic School Lifer, and he thought it all rang very true (and was very funny). Would a reader without such a resource buy into the Catholic School setting? Are the references to the 1950s/1960s strong enough to give a clear sense of "historical" fiction? Perhaps, perhaps not, but any reader who wants to enjoy a funny story about an underdog who tries to get revenge, but who stumbles on his own foibles at every turn, will enjoy this book.

READ THE COMPLETE REVIEW HERE

Sunday, August 6, 2017

MMGM: NEW RELEASES FOR YOUNG READERS

Welcome to Marvelous Middle Grade Monday where Middle Grade Mania spotlights new books for your young reader!
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WICKED BUGS
Amy Stewart
Algonquin Young Readers
Ages 8 - 12
Release Date: August 8, 2017

Did you know there are zombie bugs that not only eat other bugs but also inhabit and control their bodies? There’s even a wasp that delivers a perfectly-placed sting in a cockroach’s brain and then leads the roach around by its antennae — like a dog on a leash. Scorpions glow in ultraviolet light. Lots of bugs dine on corpses. And if you want to know how much it hurts to get stung by a bullet ant (hint: it really, really hurts), you can consult the Schmidt Sting Pain Index. It ranks the pain produced by ants and other stinging creatures. How does it work? Dr. Schmidt, the scientist who created it, voluntarily subjected himself to the stings of 150 species.

Organized into thematic categories (Everyday Dangers, Unwelcome Invaders, Destructive Pests, and Terrible Threats) and featuring full-color illustrations by Briony Morrow-Cribbs, Wicked Bugs is an educational and creepy-cool guide to the worst of the worst of insects, arachnids, and other arthropods. This is the young readers adaptation of Amy Stewart’s bestselling book for adult readers.

Friday, August 4, 2017

HENRY HUGGINS: Reviewed by The Book Nut

I realized last year, when doing my kids summer book club, that part of what drew people to it was the chance to revisit books the parents loved as a kid, and to share them with their kids. So, I decided to revisit one of my favorite authors this year: Beverly Cleary.

Now, I say she was one of my favorite authors, but in all honesty, the only books I ever read by her were the Ramona ones, which I adored. I think my brothers may have read some of the others, but I didn’t. So, I consciously picked the books I hadn’t read for this group. (I missed the Beezus and Ramona week. I am going to have to reread that one on my own time!)

Henry Huggins is living a boring life. That is, until a stray dog finds him. And then, all of a sudden, Henry’s life becomes SO much more adventuresome.

READ THE COMPLETE REVIEW HERE

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

THE MERLIN CONSIPIRACY reviewed by A Library Mama

THE MERLIN CONSPIRACY
by Diane Wynn Jones
Reviewed on A Library Mama

Nick, a secondary character from Deep Secret, lives in our London, wishing he could find a way to travel to the other worlds he knows are out there. He is at a convention with his dad, who hopes to meet one of his favorite authors.  (Diversity note: Nick’s dad is adoptive, and Nick himself, while from another world and raised in England, looks South Asian.) One step later and Nick finds himself in another world, boarding a strange flying machine as part of the magical security team for that very different England’s prince.  It takes him a while to realize that he’s really there, long enough to create some serious trouble, like running afoul of the powerful priests of a third world and  befriending a world-wandering elephant name Mini.

READ THE COMPLETE REVIEW HERE

Sunday, July 30, 2017

MMGM: NEW RELEASES FOR YOUNG READERS

Welcome to Marvelous Middle Grade Monday where Middle Grade Mania spotlights new books for your young reader!
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THE FRIENDSHIP BRACELET
Arlene Stewart
Sourcebooks
Ages 8 - 12
Release Date: July 6, 2017

As a class klutz and all-around misfit, Olivia Jones' life is tough enough. Then her best friend Alex reveals that her family is moving all the way to Paris! How is Olivia supposed to face middle school without her BFF? But when Olivia discovers an old friendship bracelet in her mother's drawer, she realizes that it might just be the key to stay connected to Alex, even when they're an entire ocean apart. And with the creation of a new friendship bracelet club, it might even be the key to making new friends too...

Friday, July 28, 2017

THE GOLDEN COMPASS: Reviewed by The Books Monsters

The Golden Compass was my gateway book into fantasy. I remember stalking bookstores and looking for the sequels to come out (a time before Amazon and Goodreads). Set in an alternate London, Lyra is an orphan and warded with one of Oxford’s colleges. Her uncle is the esteemed and frightening Lord Asriel – who has discovered “Dust” – a particle that he suspects will lead to the discovery of an alternate universe. She ends up in the care of Mrs. Coulter, who seems like a mother but in a cold way. When Lyra finds out that her best friend Roger has disappeared, she runs away to look for him. She finds the alethiometer – which takes her a while to decode, but helps her on her journey. She finds that more kids have disappeared and she knows if she finds the reason, she will find her friend.

READ THE COMPLETE REVIEW HERE

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

RETURN TO CONEY ISLAND - Cover Reveal on Chapter Book Challenge

THE ENCHANTED SNOW GLOBE: RETURN TO CONEY ISLAND
by Melissa Stoller
Cover reveal posted on Chapter Book Challenge

I’m so excited to announce the cover reveal for my debut chapter book, THE ENCHANTED SNOW GLOBE COLLECTION – BOOK ONE: RETURN TO CONEY ISLAND. The book releases on July 25, 2017!
It’s very appropriate that Becky is hosting this reveal because I wrote the first early draft of the manuscript during the Chapter Book Challenge in 2016! I participated in the challenge as an author new to the process of writing chapter books. I really enjoyed spending the month brainstorming ideas and writing alongside others who were pursuing the same goals and facing the same obstacles. Next, I enrolled in The Chapter Book Alchemist course with Hillary Homzie through Mira Reisberg’s Children’s Book Academy. Hillary’s online course and critique helped me with character development, pacing a chapter book, and so much more. I subsequently enrolled in the Chapter Book Blueprint course, further refining my work. In Chapter Book Challenge 2017, I made great progress on the manuscript for Book Two: THE LIBERTY BELL TRAIN RIDE!
 
READ COMPLETE POST HERE

Sunday, July 23, 2017

MMGM: NEWS RELEASES FOR YOUNG READERS

Welcome to Marvelous Middle Grad Monday where Middle Grade Mania spotlights the newest upcoming releases for your young reader!
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EVANGELINA TAKES FLIGHT
Diana J. Noble
Pinata Books
Ages 11 - 14
Release Date: May 31, 2017

If they do come here, theyll show us no mercy, thirteen-year-old Evangelina overhears her father say as she gathers eggs in the chicken pen. Back at the house, Mamá brushes away her fears of revolutionaries. There are even more chores than usual to be done at Rancho Encantado because her sisters quinceañera celebration is rapidly approaching!

Its the summer of 1911 in northern Mexico, and soon the de León family learns that the rumors of soldiers in the region are true. Evangelinas father decides they must leave their home to avoid the violence. The trip north to a small town on the U.S. side of the border is filled with fear and anxiety as they worry about loved ones left behind and the uncertain future ahead.

Life in Texas is confusing, though the signs in shop windows that say No Mexicans and some peoples reactions to them are all-too clear. At school, she encounters the same puzzling resentment. The teacher wants to give the Mexican children lessons on basic hygiene! And one girl in particular delights in taunting the foreign-born students. Why cant people understand thateven though shes only starting to learn Englishshes just like them?

With the help and encouragement of the towns doctor and the attentions of a handsome boy, Evangelina begins to imagine a new future for herself. This moving historical novel introduces teens to the tumultuous times of the Mexican Revolution and the experiences of immigrants, especially Mexican Americans, as they adjust to a new way of life.

Friday, July 21, 2017

THE CROWNS OF CROSWOLD & INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR D.E. NIGHT

THE CROWNS OF CROSWOLD
by D.E. Night
Stories Untold
Ages 8 - 12
Release: July 21st

In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret...

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald's mysterious gems. When Ivy s magic and her life is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.

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An Interview with
D.E. Night

What inspired you to write The Crowns of Croswald?

I have always found joy in being creative, art projects and things like that. But more than that, I’ve always loved stories, mostly my favorite animated movies. I’m a Disney fanatic. My draw toward fantasy and my creative drive sort of forced me to start writing.

For me, it’s not just about the writing, it’s about creating characters, designing scenes, and imagining everything and anything magical. Croswald is basically me in a book—fairy tale with an edge. I love fashion, fairy tales, anything that sparkles, and I especially love magic.

What was your favorite part about creating the world of Croswald?

I’ m so grateful to be one of those people that really truly loves what they’re doing. My favorite part of this whole experience is seeing pieces of my world come to life, whether in the form of illustrations or being able to hold a physical
book in hand. It’s like a dream. I also love the process of creating characters
and naming them. I have a lot of fun with that.

Tell us more about creating a character. What sort of process do you go through?

Well, I don’t know if it’s a process exactly. It always seems sort of like random
inspiration. For example, eating dinner beside my 11-year-old brother who loves butter and bread. Emphasis on the butter. Readers get to meet Woodley Butterlove and understand how my little brother inspired such a character.

Ivy is a strong, inspirational character. How do you think she grows throughout the book, and what would you like the reader to take away from that?

I think a lot of people’s natural talent is hindered by self-doubt. I think for Ivy Lovely, the first book is all about discovery and uncovering her hidden talents. It’s all about taking that first step and trusting your gut. I like to think that her first stride across the slurry fields may speak to a reader waiting to take the first step in their own adventure. Everyone should get the chance to step into something magical.

As a debut author, what surprised you most about the writing process for

The Crowns of Croswald?

Probably my patience. I think people often get deterred by the time it takes to complete something. It’s taken me three and a half years to get to this point and
I was surprised by how calm I was throughout the whole process. Excited, but calm.

This is the first book in a series. Without giving too much away, what do you have in store for your readers as the series evolves?

Of course, readers will get to join Ivy on her adventures of discovery through Croswald full of weird and whacky character. Also a lot of magic and new inventions. The final show down with the dark Queen is going to be spectacular!

Your love of magic and fantasy is apparent in your writing. How did your love

of magic develop?

I spent every birthday visiting theme parks with my best friends. My mom would pick us up early from school and we’d spend a day in a place of total imagination. That world of fantasy seemed so vibrant and I always dreamed of creating a place one day where people can visit. When I wrote, I always wrote keeping that in mind.
Where can people visit?
What can they see when they go there?
Like I said, I love being creative and writing a book seemed the perfect fit. Besides being a Disney fanatic, I love that, with magic, anything is possible.

The Crowns of Croswald follows the adventures of Ivy Lovely, a strong heroine who is full of spirit and unwavering courage. Can you tell us more about her and how her character came about?

The reader meets Ivy when she’s unsure, held back, and lonely. Through the course of The Crowns of Croswold, we get to see Ivy become who she is meant to be: impulsive but smart, studious but adventurous. She doesnt know it yet, but those are the very traits that will save her kingdom. She trusts her gut and that gets her pretty far in life, but she learns to ask for help along the way. Most importantly, shes compassionate and funny: two must-haves in any friend, in my opinion.

If you could give readers one message to inspire them from your book, what wouldit be?

Believe in the magic of your dreams.

 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

THE BOY AND THE SPY reviewed by Children's Books Daily

THE BOY AND THE SPY
by Felice Arena
Review by Children's Books Daily

Set in Sicily at the time of the second world war, we first meet young Antonio, an orphan boy with a talent for drawing, after he’s just been caught placing an unflattering picture of a German soldier on the windscreen of an officer’s jeep. Antonio is pursued through the village and out of town, completely underestimating the soldier’s resolve to deal with him.

Unwilling to apologise and eager to avoid capture, Antonio takes his chances, jumping off a high cliff into the jewelled Mediterranean Sea. The boy blacks out and is saved by an American spy. Their chance meeting sets Antonio on a thrilling journey.

READ THE COMPLETE REVIEW HERE

Monday, July 17, 2017

SALT TO THE SEA WINS CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR BEST CHILDREN'S WRITING!

I'm so excited to share the good news! Author Ruta Sepetys won the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL for Best Children's writing for her historical novel SALT TO THE SEA.

Read the announcement here: http://global.penguinrandomhouse.com/announcements/ruta-septys-salt-to-the-sea-wins-cilip-carnegie-medal-for-best-childrens-writing/

I absolutely love Sepetys's books, and SALT TO THE SEA is honestly one of the best YA books all around. It is a fictionalized account of the tragic sinking of the German ocean liner Wilhelm Gustloff in 1945 where thousands of men, women, and children lost their lives. Sepetys's research for this and her other books is astounding, and the stories stick with you long after you've read the last pages.

Congratulations to Ruta!

Read my review of SALT TO THE SEA here: http://laurisareyes.blogspot.com/2016/05/book-review-salt-to-sea-by-ruta-sepetys.html


Sunday, July 16, 2017

MMGM: NEW RELEASES FOR YOUNG READERS





Welcome to Marvelous Middle Grad Monday where Middle Grade Mania spotlights the newest upcoming releases for your young reader!

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OUTSIDE IN
Jennifer Bradbury
Simon & Schuster
Ages 8 - 12
Release Date: June 6, 2017


A twelve-year-old boy living on the streets of Chandigarh, India, stumbles across a secret garden full of sculptures and sees the possibility of another way of life as he bonds with the man who created them in this searingly beautiful novel based on a true story.

Twelve-year-old Ram is a street boy living behind a sign on a building’s rooftop, barely scraping by, winning games of gilli for money, occasionally given morsels of food through the kindness of Mr. Singh, a professor and father of his friend Daya.

But his prowess at gilli is what gets him into big trouble. One day, when he wins against some schoolboys fair and square, the boys are infuriated. As they chase Ram across town, he flings his small sack of money over a factory gate where no one can get it, and disappears into the alleyways. But someone does get the money, Ram discovers when he sneaks back later on to rescue what is his—a strange-ish man on a bike who also seems to be collecting…rocks? Ram follows the man into the jungle, where he finds something unlike anything he’s seen—statues, hundreds of statues…no, thousands of them! Gods and goddesses and buildings, all at half scale. What is this place? And the rock collecting man, Nek, has built them all! When Nek discovers that Ram has followed him, he has no choice but to let the boy stay and earn back the money Nek has spent. How else can he keep him quiet? For his creations lie on land that isn’t technically his to build on.

As Ram and Nek hesitantly become friends, Ram learns the true nature of this hidden village in the jungle, as well as the stories of Shiva and Lord Rama, stories of gods and goddesses that in strange ways seem to parallel Ram’s…and Nek’s.

Based on the true story of one of India’s most beloved artists and modern day folk heroes, Nek Chand was a real man—a man displaced from his home in the midst of war and conflict; a man who missed his home so terribly he illegally reconstructed his entire village in miniature out of found objects and rock, recreating mosaic statues and sculptures spanning acres of jungle. Though Ram is a fictionalized character, Nek’s artwork is real. Intertwined with mythology and the sociopolitics of India, this is an exquisitely wrought, unexpected, and singular tale about the connection of community and how art can help make us human.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

THE SPECTACULAR SPENCER GRAY - Reviewed on Kids' Book Review

THE SPECTACULAR SPENCER GRAY
By Deb Fitzpatrick
Reviewed by KIDS' BOOK REVIEW

Spencer Gray suspects something sinister is happening in the bushland around his local town. He searches for the truth but quickly becomes entangled in a dangerous situation.

Afraid that telling someone will get him in serious trouble, Spencer confides only to his two best mates, and together they try to fix things alone.
The Spectacular Spencer Gray is a fast paced, addictive read. It’s fresh, relatable and full of intrigue and adventure. With devious crooks, daring escapes and midnight missions, kids won’t be able to put it down.
 
READ THE COMPLETE REVIEW HERE

Monday, July 10, 2017

MIDDLE GRADE MANIA - JUST UPDATED & NEW BLOGS ADDED

About a year and a half ago, I had to stop posting regularly on this blog due to a lot of other demands on my time. I've missed Middle Grade Mania, and I've missed all of you. It's time to come back! Look for regular posts spotlighting book reviews, new blogs, and new middle grade book releases.

In addition, I have updated the directory of blogs, removing some outdated ones and adding some new ones.

If you know of any blogs that should be added to this directory, please contact me at laurisawhitereyes at yahoo com.

Check out these new additions to Middle Grade Mania!

SPAGHETTI BOOK CLUB

Kids reviewing books for kids. While the reviews are primarily of picture books, many kids enjoy reading other kids' opinions on their favorite books.


BOOKS FOR KIDS

Reviews for kids from pre-school through high school. Posts written by a retired children's librarian.

KIDS BOOK REVIEW

Primarily picture books with occasional middle grade reviews and guest posts/interviews.

CHILDREN'S BOOK DAILY

Reviews, gift book suggestions, reading activities, and more. A great resource for parents helping kids learn how to read.

GREAT KID BOOKS
Reviews posted by school librarian, educator, and Kirkus reviewer.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

New Kids Fantasy Book -- SEER OF THE GUILDE

SEER OF THE GUILDE
The Celestine Chronicles, Book 3
Skyrocket Press
Ages 10 & up

IN THE THIRD installment of The Celestine Chronicles, novice enchanter Marcus Frye sets out to rescue his mother, Ivanore, from the clutches of her arch enemy, Chancellor Prost, now the self-proclaimed leader of the Vatéz. With the help of new allies and old friends, Marcus embarks on his most dangerous quest yet. The fate of his family and the future of his entire kingdom depend on his victory.


I'm so excited to finally share this book with you! The Celestine Chronicles began as bedtime stories for my son, and eventually the first book in the series, The Rock of Ivanore, was published in 2012, followed by the sequel, The Last Enchanter, in 2013.

It's taken four years to get book 3 into your hands, but we are finally here! Thank you to all my young fans (and their parents) for your emails and notes of encouragement. This is for all of you.

Available for kindle and in paperback (other digital editions soon to follow), I hope you enjoy reading about Marcus's daring attempt to rescue his mother, the Lady Ivanore. Once you've read it, please post a review on Aamzon and Goodreads. I'd really appreciate it.

In the meantime, if you've been enjoying The Celestine Chronicles, you might want to check out the prequel series, The Crystal Keeper, as well.

Enjoy!


* Grab the first two books in The Celestine Chronicles series for as low as .99 cents each!



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

MIDDLE GRADE BOOK SALE & GIVEAWAY!

For a limited time only, grab top notch middle grade books at their lowest prices ever, including AWARD WINNING TITLES, like The Storytellers and Ennara and the Fallen Druid! Also, one lucky winner will receive a bundle of 6 of the titles listed below! Scroll down to enter. But hurry! The giveaway ends on April 10th!!!



THE ROCK OF IVANORE (Book I: The Celestine Chronicles)
by Laurisa White Reyes
Sale Price:  .99 cent (ebook)

The annual Great Quest is about to be announced in Quendel, a task that will determine the future of Marcus and the other boys from the village who are coming of age. The wizard Zyll commands them to find the Rock of Ivanore, but he doesn’t tell them what the Rock is exactly or where it can be found. Marcus must reach deep within himself to develop new powers of magic and find the strength to survive the wild lands and fierce enemies he encounters as he searches for the illusive Rock. If he succeeds, he will live a life of honor; if he fails, he will live a life of menial labor in shame. With more twists and turns than a labyrinth, and a story in which nothing is at it seems, this tale of deception and discovery keeps readers in suspense until the end.


THE LAST ENCHANTER (Book II: The Celestine Chronicles)
by Laurisa White Reyes
Sale Price:  .99 cent (ebook)

Months have passed since Marcus and Kelvin succeeded in their quest to find the Rock of Ivanore. Kelvin is living as royalty in Dokur, and Marcus is studying magic with Zyll. When Fredric is murdered and Kelvin becomes king, Zyll and Marcus head for Dokur in hopes of protecting Kelvin from meeting the same fate, though it quickly becomes apparent that none of them are safe, and Marcus has had disturbing visions of Zyll's death. With the help of his old friends Clovis and Bryn, joined by new friend Lael, a feisty girl in search of her mother, Marcus uncovers a powerful secret that will change the course of his life forever.




THE STORYTELLERS
2016 Spark Award Winner
for Best Non-Traditional Middle Grade Book 
by Laurisa White Reyes
Sale Price:  .99 cent (ebook)

12-year-old Elena Barrios' father has AIDS, a new disease in 1992 with a 100% fatality rate. Rather than face certain ridicule and ostracism, Elena tells her friends anything but the truth, fabricating stories about him being a writer and researcher. But the reality is Elena resents her father’s illness and can’t face the fact that he is dying.

When she is befriended by an older black woman named Ang who tells stories about her own father and the history of prejudice against African Americans in the years before the civil rights movement, Elena is transported into these stories, allowing her to experience them first hand. With Ang's help, Elena discovers the value of every individual, but will that be enough to help her say good-bye to the person she values the most?



ENNARA AND THE FALLEN DRUID
2013 Moonbeam Silver Medalist
for Best Preteen Book
by Angela Shelley
Sale Price:  .99 cent (ebook) / $5.00 (print)

Ennara has always been told she'd have legendary magic when she grew up, but she felt like the most normal girl in the world...
 
Until one night when she is attacked by a shadowy demon on her farmstead. Suddenly, Ennara is thrust into a world of magic, alchemy, and monsters, and she is charged with a quest to find an ancient sword that can end the shadowy curse--just as it ended the Fallen Druid centuries ago. To succeed, Ennara must confront pirates, servants of the Fallen Druid, and those who would use her magic for their own ends. In the end, she must learn to rely on the strengths of her friends and herself, and the deepest truths of life in the world of medieval Lan.


CAMP OMIGOSH
by Wade Bradford
Sale Price:  .99 cent (ebook) / $12.55 (print) 

Connor's summer is off to a rough start: the camp bus almost crashes, his cabin mates don't trust him, and the girls on the other side of the camp constantly outsmart him. But when he and his friends Tasha, Parker, and Kimberly investigate the mystery surrounding the "Ghost of Dead Billy," they begin a hilarious adventure that is worlds away from your typical campfire story.








TWEAKS: THE BEGINNING
by Terry Deighton
Sale Price:  .99 cent (ebook)/$5.99 (print)


Henry Johnson has a best friend, a crush, a life-long enemy, and no idea his life is a science project.
Then other people’s thoughts start popping into his head. He thinks he’s going crazy until he discovers he’s one of several kids with genetically modified abilities, including the school bully. To find out how they got tweaked, Henry faces betrayal, his parent’s abduction by a greedy scientist, and becoming frenemies with the bully. Can the Tweaks use their new abilities to avoid the greedy scientist on their trail?




CLEOPATRA'S LEGACY SERIES
Books 2, 3 and 4
by Dorine White


[Book 1: THE EMERALD RING is available HERE]

THE RUBY PENDANT (Book 2)
Sale Price: .99 cent (ebook) / $7.99 (print) 

Welcome to New Orleans, home of Mardi Gras, jazz music, and voodoo. 8th grader Melanie Belaforte is home for Spring break and itching for excitement. Late one night she discovers a hidden chamber and a secret journal in her deceased Aunt Florence’s bedroom. The diary contains the writings of a mad woman, along with vague clues to the whereabouts of a ruby necklace that once belonged to Cleopatra. The ruby bestows upon the wearer the power to hear other people’s thoughts- even the thoughts of the dead! And so the hunt begins. Melanie, her best friend Sybil, and a haunting specter unravel clues that take them from crumbling graveyards, to the busy streets of the French Quarter, and then into murky swamps, all to find the prize. But they need to watch out, because a murderous cult is matching them step for step, and they won’t give up, ever.


THE DIAMOND LOOKING GLASS (Book 3)
Sale Price: .99 cent (ebook) / $7.99 (print)

The world knows it as a cartoon with dancing teacups and broomsticks. To twelve year old Claire La Fleur, it is family history, and the power behind Belle’s mirror is real. Every ten years her family gathers to see if the mirror will awaken, and for the last two hundred years it has slept. This time, Claire’s touch awakens the magic within the diamond looking glass, a direct portal to the past and a way to communicate with Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of Egypt. The lure of power brings with it many perils, and a betrayal close to home thrusts Claire into a treacherous underworld. To protect the mirror, she travels into the Louvre museum in the dark of night, searches abandoned subway tunnels, and walks the catacombs of the dead.


THE SAPPHIRE BLADE (Book 4)
Sale Price: .99 cent (ebook) / $7.99 (print) 


Travel with past heroes and a new adventurer to the historical romps of London and the scorching sands of Alexandria. Fourteen-year-old Akmir, raised from birth to sacrifice everything in the pursuit of Cleopatra’s magic gemstones, holds within his hands the secret location of the fifth and final mystic gem: the blue sapphire. His quest leads him to England, where four other gemstone searchers: Sara, Melanie, Kainu and Claire, are on the hunt. A pawn of the Roman Brotherhood, Akmir must choose his own path, whether to follow in his father’s brutal footsteps or stay true to his mother’s Egyptian heritage. Clues, puzzles, and danger rule the day. What will happen when the power of all five gemstones are brought together? This is a battle for life and death, and only one side can win.



THE MAGICIAN'S DREAM 
by LeAnn Mathis

Franklin dreams of a life with equality, but thinks it will never happen. When he transfers to a new school and meets Maddie, he realizes he has access to more power than he thought. It's the 60s and time to make some changes.