ARC Reviews, Middle Grade Fiction

Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin

Grades 4 – 6


Twelve-year-old Della Kelly knows everyone in her hometown of Mayville, North Carolina, including the woman everyone knows as “The Bee Lady.” When Della’s mother’s illness spins out of control again, she thinks she knows just the cure: some of The Bee Lady’s magic honey, which has healed people for generations. What Della learns from the Bee Lady, though, is something she didn’t see coming: the truth that maybe the honey can’t fix her mother’s brain and she should concentrate on loving her mother just the way she is.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.


Obsessed: A Memoir of My Life with OCD by Allison Britz

Grades 9 – 12


Allison Britz’s life was just like that of any other teen in her town, until everything changes forever after she has a dream that convinces her she has brain cancer and that she has to do everything in her power to cure it. First she starts avoiding the cracks in the sidewalk and counting all of her steps loudly as she walks. Things quickly spin out of control until the once popular Allison finds herself an outcast. Her family realizes she needs help, and she starts to see a doctor to help her with controlling her OCD.


ARC Reviews, LGBTQ+, Middle Grade Fiction

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Grades 4 – 6

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Twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen loves drawing in her notebook, and it is a sort of diary for her. But when a tornado rips through her town and destroys her home, her notebook goes missing. Ivy is very upset that she lost her notebook with all her drawings in it, but more than that she is terrified that someone will find out her deepest secret.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.


Romance, YA Fiction

Bookish Boyfriends: A Date With Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt

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Merrilee Campbell thinks boys are better in books. While she immerses herself in Pride and Prejudice and Romeo and Juliet, she transfers to Reignald R. Hero High, and all her fantasies come true. A great comparison between classic literature and real life, Bookish Boyfriends is a must read!

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.