Category Archives: Middle Grade

Short review: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

The Jumbies Tracey Baptiste 240 pages Published in April 2015 by Algonquin Young Readers Source: Public Library The other kids in Corrine La Mer’s small Caribbean village may believe in jumbies, but she doesn’t. Who would really believe in fairy-like … Continue reading

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Short short reviews: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy and Cress

Cress Marissa Meyer 550 pages Published in February 2014 by Feiwel & Friends Source: Personal Library Genre: YA, fantasy and science fiction I picked up Cress after enjoying the first two books in Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series. Also in an … Continue reading

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Book Review: Zora: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston

Zora: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston Written by Dennis Brindell Fradin and Judith Bloom Fradin 192 pages Published in 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Source: Public Library Zora: The Life of Zora Neale Hurtson follows the critically-acclaimed author and … Continue reading

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Graphic Novel Review: Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite by Barry Deutsch

Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite Barry Deutsch 128 pages Published in October 2012 by Abrams Books Source: Publisher Mirka is at it again in Barry Deutsch’s latest Hereville book, How Mirka Met a Meteorite. In the first book, Mirka … Continue reading

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Mini-reviews: The Year of the Beasts, A Greyhound of a Girl, and Her Mother’s Face

The Year of the Beasts Cecil Castellucci and Nate Powell 192 pages Published in May 2012 by Roaring Brook Press Source: Library I decided to read The Year of the Beasts since I loved Castellucci’s earlier book, The Plain Janes. … Continue reading

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Review: No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller Written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, artwork by R. Gregory Christie 192 pages Published in 2012 by Carolrhoda Lab, an imprint of Carolrhoda Books Source: … Continue reading

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Spring Reading Thing 2012

March 20, 2012 – June 20, 2012 Hosted at Callapidder Days If you didn’t know that today was the first day of spring, you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking out my window. It’s nice and cold outside, perfect … Continue reading

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African American Read-In and Discussion

Welcome to today’s read-in. I’m one of three bloggers co-hosting this event along with Doret from The Happy Nappy Bookseller and Edi from Crazy Quilts. This year’s read-in book is The Ninth Ward by Jewell Park Rhodes. It’s the story … Continue reading

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Review: War and Watermelon by Rich Wallace

War and Watermelon Rich Wallace 184 pages Publication Year: 2010 Publisher: Viking Juvenile Source: Publisher I look across the pond and see Patty Moriarity and Janet DeMaria hanging out by the refreshment stand. They’re in two-piece bathing suits, but not … Continue reading

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A Very Short Post

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente is a book that’s been receiving a lot of positive buzz lately. It’s in my tbr pile and on my daughter’s summer reading list. … Continue reading

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Review: Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon

Zora and Me Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon 192 pages Publication Date: October 12, 2010 Publisher: Candlewick Source: Personal Library Young Zora Neale Hurston can spin a story in a way that no one else can. Whether she’s talking about … Continue reading

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Banned Book Review: Are You There God? It’s me, Margaret

Are You There God? It’s me, Margaret Judy Blume 140 pages Publication Year: 1970 Publisher: Yearling Are you there, God? It’s me, Margaret. We’re moving today. I’m so scared God. I’ve never lived anywhere but here. Suppose I hate my … Continue reading

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