MG Book Review

Happy Book Birthday to Cinders and Sparrows by Stefan Bachmann

About the Book: When Zita Bridgeborn, a twelve-year-old orphan, receives a letter from a scarecrow informing her that she is the sole heir to Blackbird Castle, the residence of a prominent family of witches, her world is turned upside down. Little does she know of the treachery that awaits her behind the walls of the cursed castle. Will she prevent the evil Magdeboor from coming back from the dead and bringing more wretched souls with [...]

By |2020-10-13T07:52:41-04:00October 13th, 2020|Book Launch, Mo Reading|0 Comments

MG Book Review: Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

  Catrina and her family move from Southern California to the coast of Northern California for her younger sister’s health.  Maya has cystic fibrosis and the cleaner, cooler air blowing in from the Pacific Ocean is better for her lungs. Cystic fibrosis is incurable and Cat knows that someday Maya will die of it. Cat doesn’t want to leave her friends and start over at a new middle school and she feels guilty for not [...]

By |2016-09-13T12:00:20-04:00September 26th, 2016|Book Review|0 Comments

MG Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I believe that you can’t learn to write good books without reading good books. So, I've been working my way through the Newberry award list. Recently I read the 2009 Newberry winner, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and it was the highlight of my summer reading. The story starts with a toddler escaping from his crib and wandering off to the nearby graveyard. While he is gone, a man breaks into his home and murders his [...]

By |2016-08-20T14:17:28-04:00August 22nd, 2016|Book Review|1 Comment

MG Book Review: ROLLER GIRL by Victoria Jamieson

This graphic novel was awarded a Newberry Honor this year. I haven't jumped on the graphic novel bandwagon yet, but I thought if it earned a Newberry Honor, it must have some merit. So I read it and I'm so glad I did. After a fun evening watching Roller Derby, 11-yr-old Astrid is smitten and she just has to do it. Her mother signs her up for a Roller Derby summer camp. Astrid assumes that [...]

By |2016-03-07T13:38:15-05:00January 25th, 2016|Book Review|2 Comments

MG Book Review: Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

Happy Friday! The Middle Grade Mafia is proud to host another MG Review roundup. Enjoy today's review, then link a post of your own! **** Albie is not good at anything. He's not very good at spelling or math or music or sports. Although he tries very hard to be good at everything, he just can’t quite make it. He might not be that smart, but he’s not completely stupid. He knows his parents are [...]

By |2016-02-11T09:27:31-05:00November 20th, 2015|Book Review|2 Comments

MG Book Review: Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Thirteen-year-old Cassie Arroyo is a Cuban- American living in Rome with her father, an art history professor at an Italian University. Her world falls apart when someone shoots her father and tries to kill her. Before he's whisked away in the ambulance, her father tells Cassie that her life is in danger and she must go stay with an old friend, Brother Gregorio. Cassie and her best friend, Simone, find Brother Gregorio living in an empty [...]

By |2016-01-19T14:07:40-05:00September 28th, 2015|Book Review|1 Comment

MG Book Review: Ms. Rapscott ‘s Girls by Elise Primavera

Is Ms. Rapscott the Mary Poppins of our age? Absolutely, Ms. Rapscott rescues deserving children with doses of common sense and magic, delivered not in teaspoons of sugar, but adventure. And the first step on their long- road to recovery is making sure they get good and lost! Ms. Rapscott is the Headmistress for the Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents. Parents receive the following invitation: “Too busy to bring your daughter to [...]

By |2015-06-22T16:50:57-04:00May 11th, 2015|Book Review|0 Comments

MG Book Review: The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

Mark has been sick on and off for years. When the latest tests come back, he knows he’s in for another round of treatments and long hospital stays. Maybe for the last time. Mark’s grandfather shared his love of mountain climbing with his grandson. Ever since, it’s been Mark’s dream to climb Mt. Rainier. He knows this is his last chance. So, he runs away with Beau, the best dog ever, and heads for the [...]

By |2015-04-28T15:56:56-04:00May 4th, 2015|Book Review|0 Comments