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MG Book Review: The Sisters of Straygarden Place by Hayley Chewins

This is a haunting fantasy about the bond between sisters and the power of magic that will keep you guessing until the very end. Mayhap and her sisters live in a strange house that tends to their every need. Their parents left them with the peculiar warnings not to leave the house and not to go into the silver grass. When the oldest sister disobeys and goes into the [...]

By |2021-04-05T16:36:21-04:00April 8th, 2021|Book Review, Mo Reading|0 Comments

Mojo Picks: Travel to Fantasy Worlds

This month our Mojo picks feature stories that travel to fantasy worlds. Unleash your inner child and check out these great reads:   Extraordinary Sam and the Adventurers' Guild by Kevin Springer:  Sam is an ordinary boy with an ordinary life. Or so he thinks. When he goes into an old barn and finds a hatbox, all that changes. He is transported into another place where he has to battle pirates, tribal warriors, spiders, and [...]

By |2021-04-06T18:04:00-04:00April 7th, 2021|Mo Reading|0 Comments

Mojo Picks: Biographies

Our March Mojo Picks are biographies. Here they are:   Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. This is an eye-opening narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington's runaway slave, who risked everything for freedom. -SE Buy               Undefeated by Steve Sheinkin. There are three stories in this book. There's the biography of one of America's greatest athletes, Jim Thorpe. There's the story of the Carlisle Indian School; another [...]

By |2021-03-09T08:21:57-05:00March 9th, 2021|Mo Reading, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Girl and the Witch’s Garden by Erin Bowman

The Secret Garden meets Miss Peregrine’s Home of Peculiar Children in this exciting new middle grade adventure where a girl helps a witch find a potion for immortality hoping to save her father. When Piper’s father gets sick, she's sent to live with her grandmother in a house townsfolk say is home to a witch who steals children. Her grandmother is not there. Instead, she finds her mother, who abandoned her when she was a [...]

By |2021-02-05T13:49:31-05:00February 11th, 2021|Book Review|0 Comments

Mojo Picks: Books that Celebrate Equality

February celebrates Black History. In honor of this, we have selected books that celebrate equality. Here are our selections: The Stars Beneath our Feet by David Barclay Moore.  It’s Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and his mom aren’t celebrating. They’re still reeling from his older brother’s death in a gang-related shooting just a few months earlier. Then Lolly’s mother’s girlfriend brings him a gift that will change everything: two enormous bags filled [...]

By |2021-02-05T14:29:06-05:00February 5th, 2021|Mo Reading, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mo Reading: A Home for Goddesses and Dogs by Leslie Connor

After her mother dies, 12-year-old Lydia goes to live with her aunt Brat, and her aunt's wife Eileen on a farm that they care for while also caring for the ancient owner of the farm, Elloroy. This story about grief and starting over is as soft, comforting, and beautiful as the hand-knitted sweater that Lydia wears constantly to keep her mother close to her. Before she died, Lydia's mom spent several years waiting on a [...]

By |2021-01-14T09:26:34-05:00January 15th, 2021|Book Review, Mo Reading|0 Comments

Mojo Picks: Around the World

This month, we are featuring middle-grade books about different cultures and countries around the world. Here are our selections:   The Golden Orchard by Flora Ahn and performed by Kathleen Choe is a totally unique inter-generational time/travel for middle-grade readers that is full of Korean food and culture. It is hands down one of the best time-travel stories ever. LSB Buy Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure by Sherry Ellis: This second book in the Bubba [...]

By |2021-01-07T13:12:01-05:00January 7th, 2021|Mo Reading|0 Comments

Mo Reading: The Impossible Boy by Ben Brooks

When Oleg and Emma invent a classmate to trick their substitute teacher and he shows up real, they turn magical forces upside down with hilarious consequences. Oleg and Emma aren’t happy. Emma’s mother is always at work and Oleg’s father won't move off the couch since he lost his job. They miss their best friend who has moved away and worry about being separated when they change schools next [...]

By |2020-12-05T16:59:38-05:00December 15th, 2020|Book Review|0 Comments

Mojo Picks: Middle-Grade Holiday Stories

With the holidays quickly approaching, we decided to share our favorite middle-grade books that celebrate this festive season.  Greenglass House by Kate Milford: It's Christmas at Greenglass House, and the hilltop hotel is snowbound. In spite of the snow, some very strange guests arrive. Each has a secret connected to the house and is very dangerous. Full of mystery, it is a magical Christmas story. -SE Buy         Winterfrost by Michelle Houts: [...]

By |2020-12-02T13:45:28-05:00December 3rd, 2020|Mo Reading, Uncategorized|0 Comments