ARC Reviews, Children, Fantasy, Middle Grade Fiction

The Elephant’s Girl by Celesta Rimington

Grades 3 – 5 

The Elephant's Girl

Lexington Willow can’t remember her past. She has a made up name, a made up birthday, and as far as she’s concerned, a made up life. She has no family except Roger, her foster father, who found her, and the animals at the zoo, especially the elephants. She is twelve years old and finally old enough to help with the elephants. She soon receives a telepathic message from one of the elephants, and embarks on an adventure full of ghosts, lost treasure and maybe even the key to finally finding her family.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Children

My Video Game Ate My Homework by Dustin Hansen

My Video Game Ate My HomeworkGrades 3 – 6

Dewey Jenkins is determined to get an A+ on his volcano science project so that he doesn’t have to go to summer school. In addition, he has a chance to win a virtual reality video game console. Everything is just fine until Dewey’s best friend Ferg gets a hold of the console and breaks it. Ferg asks Dewey to help him fix it, and suddenly the two friends find themselves inside of a video game with Dewey’s sister Beatrice and her friend Kat. Worst of all, Dewey’s science project is along for the ride. Can he and his friends rescue and volcano and get back before the science fair?

Thanks to SLJ for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Children, Fantasy, Middle Grade Fiction

Rebel in the Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander

Grades 3 – 6

Rebel in the Library of Ever (The Library of Ever #2)

A year has passed since Lenora worked in the Library which houses every book ever known. The Library is now under new management, and Lenora is skeptical. She quickly learns her new mission to help a secret resistance free knowledge. In this adventure, she discovers an ancient city and mathematical beings as she tries to free the Library from the Board that is pulling the Library in the wrong direction.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

 

ARC Reviews, Children, Middle Grade Fiction

The Invisible Boy by Alyssa Hollingsworth

INVISIBLEBOY_FINALGrades 4 – 6
Nadia Quick loses herself in her Superman comic books as she reads them every day. The one day, a mysterious boy saves her dog from drowning and disappears. Nadia calls him the Invisible Boy. She is determined to crack the real life mystery by finding him and uncovering his identity. This book is both a mystery and an adventure that not only entertains readers but talks about child trafficking on their level.
Thanks to SLJ for a review copy of this book.
ARC Reviews, Children

The Secret Explorers and the Comet Collision by DK

Grades 1 – 3

The Secret Explorers and the Comet Collision

The Secret Explorers are a group of kids whose mission it is to save the day. In The Secret Explorers and the Comet Collision, their mission is to travel all the way to outer space – to Jupiter, and fix the space probe when it becomes problematic. Readers can learn true facts while being entertained in this high action adventure. Can Roshni and Ollie fix the problem before time runs out?

Thanks to SLJ for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Children, LGBTQ+, Middle Grade Fiction, Sports

A High Five for Glenn Burke by Phil Bildner

Grades 4 – 6

A High Five for Glenn Burke

Glenn Burke was a gay baseball player in the 1970s, and also the inventor of the high five. Sixth grader Silas decides to do a school report and presentation on Glenn Burke, but it feels more personal than just a school assignment, because Silas himself is gay, and in the closet. This assignment feels like his way of gearing up to coming out to his friends and family. When he does, how will they react?

Thanks to SLJ for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Children, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

Nanea: The Spirit of Aloha by

Grades 3 – 5

Nanea: The Spirit of Aloha

Nanea is a young girl living in Hawaii in the 1940s, when Peal Harbor was attacked by the Japanese, the event that initiated the United States in the Second World War. Her father works at the naval base that was attacked, and she has to deal with the fact that some of the members of her family and friends are missing after the act of war. She relies on her spirit of aloha to get her through the tough times that lie ahead.

Thanks to SLJ for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Children, Graphic, Middle Grade Fiction

Black Canary: Ignite by Meg Cabot

Grades 3 – 5

Black Canary: Ignite

Dinah Lance has a plan. She wants to join the Gotham City Junior Police Academy and follow in her dad’s footsteps by solving crimes and saving the world. However, a mysterious creature keeps getting in the way of Dinah’s goals and intimidates her friends and family. Can she evade this threat and reach her goals?

Thanks to SLJ for a review copy of this book.