ARC Reviews, Children, Middle Grade Fiction

Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai

Grades 3 – 6

Pie in the Sky is the name of the bakery Jingwen’s father had planned to open back home before he unexpectedly passed away. Forced to move to Australia with his mom and annoying little brother Yanghao, Jingwen feels lost and alone, because he can’t speak English very well and he has major culture shock. He tries to cheer himself up by imagining all the fancy cakes his father would have baked. His mother forbids Jingwen or his brother from using the oven without supervision, so when they bake cakes when she’s not home, they make up intricate stories to hide it from her. Fans of Timmy Failure and the Middle School series will love this book, whose format is part prose and part graphic format.  

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

ARC Reviews, Children, Graphic

Superman of Smallville by Art Baltazar

Grades 3 – 6 

Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent is thirteen years old and hiding the fact that he is Superman from his parents. He can rescue people from fires and runaway tractors. Then objects in Smallville begin to disappear, and Clark’s parents think he’s to blame. He insists he isn’t though, and is determined to find out who is!

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

 

ARC Reviews, Children, Graphic

The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid by Kirk Scroggs

Grades 3 – 6 

The Secret Spiral of Swamp KidRussell Weinwright is a middle schooler who doesn’t look much like his classmates since he is pond scum, but he has friends (who have nicknamed him Swamp Kid) and loves to scribble in his notebook about everything! In this volume, he writes about what it’s like to be different and how to be comfortable just being himself. Kids will love his quirky personality and will probably relate to him on some level as well.

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

Children, Middle Grade Fiction

All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey

Grades 3 – 7

Ruby Byrd, who likes to be called Red, is counting down the days when she can be back under the care of her mother, who is trying to get her life in order. Until then, Red is placed in foster care with Celine and Jackson Groove, an odd couple who run a petting zoo. Just when Red starts to like her new life with the Grooves, her mother comes back into her life like a raging storm. Will the courts allow her mother to gain custody once more?

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

 

Biography, Children

Epic Athletes: Alex Morgan by Dan Wetzel

Grades 3 – 6 

Alex Morgan is a soccer superstar and a role model for girls and soccer lovers of all ages. Her life and soccer career are chronicled in this biography about her in the Epic Athletes series by Dan Wetzel. Young Alex Morgan fans will love this book, and will be eager to read the rest of the series as well.

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

Children, Nonfiction

Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann

Grades 3 – 7

Chock full of facts about Neil Armstrong, outer space and NASA, this book will take readers on adventure to the moon and back. The text explains the history Apollo 11 in terms kids will understand and includes photos of the event as well. Readers will learn about a piece of our history that will never be forgotten and have a blast doing it!  

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