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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

Mo Reading: The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay

Hilary McKay has written a beautiful story about family and finding magic where you least expect it. When Abi’s father marries Polly, Granny Grace who helped raise Abi after her mother died returns to Jamaica. The newly blended family moves into an ivy-covered house in London that has a spooky vibe and a lantern outside the front door described as “straight out of Narnia.” Abi may want to escape [...]

By |2020-11-20T15:34:36-05:00November 24th, 2020|Book Review, Mo Reading|0 Comments

Mo Reading: Lola Benko Treasure Hunter by Beth McMullen

After living most of her twelve-years of life traveling around the world with her archeologist dad, Lola Bento is angry and frustrated to be staying with her Great-aunt Irma in San Francisco. She likes Irma just fine and San Francisco is okay too. But what is not okay is the fact that her dad is missing and no one is even trying to find him because they think he’s dead, but she knows in her [...]

By |2020-11-13T13:04:52-05:00November 19th, 2020|Mo Reading|0 Comments

Thirteens by Kate Alice Marshall

Spooky middle grade isn't just for Halloween. Neil Gaiman's Coraline meets Stranger Things in this soon to be Fall classic. Every thirteen years, three thirteen-year-olds disappear in the town of Eden Eld. When Eleanor and her new friends discover they are next, they must find a way to break the curse. Soon after Eleanor moves to Eden Eld to live with her uncle and aunt, she starts seeing strange [...]

By |2020-11-03T20:21:51-05:00November 5th, 2020|Book Review, Mo Reading|0 Comments

Mojo Picks: Books that Inspire Gratitude and Kindness

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we decided to feature our favorite middle-grade books that inspire gratitude and kindness. Here's our list:   Hope in the Holler by Lisa Lewis Tyre:  Right before Wavie's mom died, she gave Waivie a list of instructions to help her move on. When Waivie is forced to live with her dastardly aunt in Conley Hollow, she finds beauty in the mountains and makes friends with friendly, kind-hearted souls. Together [...]

By |2020-11-04T10:26:45-05:00November 3rd, 2020|Mo Reading|0 Comments

The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods by Samuel J. Halpin

 For readers who love Neil Gaiman's Coraline and mysteries comes a spooky new read just in time for Halloween. Part modern fairy tale, part mystery, all spooky, The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods keeps readers guessing until the very last page. Something odd is going on in the town of Suds. Children are fading to gray and disappearing. When Poppy’s mother dies, she goes to stay with her Gran [...]

By |2020-10-18T11:28:47-04:00October 20th, 2020|Book Review|0 Comments

Bubba and Squirt’s Mayan Adventure by Sherry Ellis

In Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China, Bubba and his big sister Squirt, fell through a hole near the old sycamore tree and landed in Xian, China surrounded by Terracotta Warriors. After they come back from China, Bubba has a dream that his Great- Great-Grandpa Jacob, a magician, told him to go through the vortex again. Squirt doesn’t like this idea at all. She worries they might not be able to figure out how [...]

By |2020-10-15T11:45:16-04:00October 15th, 2020|Mo Reading|0 Comments