ARC Reviews, Middle Grade Fiction

Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea by Ashley Herring Blake

Grades 4 – 6

Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea

Hazel has a pretty perfect life with a loving family, but when a kayaking trip goes horribly wrong and her Mum ends up dead, she, her little sister Peach and her other mother, Mama, are looking for something new. They move around a lot and don’t stay in one place for long. They then end up in Rose Harbor, Maine for the summer and Mama runs into an old childhood friend named Claire. Hazel and Peach are forced to make friends with Claire’s daughter and the two older girls go to summer camp together, the last thing Hazel wants to do. Can she make it work or will this be the worst summer yet? 

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Children, Middle Grade Fiction

The Best Worst Summer by Elizabeth Eulberg

Grades 4 – 6

The Best Worst Summer

Told in alternating timelines in 1989 and 2021, this adorable book about two sets of best friends hit the mark for me. It is the best summer for Jessica and Melissa who are BFFs in 1989, and the worst summer for Peyton, who has just moved four hours away (which might as well be 100 hours away) from her own best friend. She is very bummed out until she finds a time capsule that Melissa and Jessica buried when they were kids in the 80s, and explores it, and history, with her new friend Lucas. Eulberg takes readers on an adventure they won’t soon forget.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Middle Grade Fiction, Series

Amina’s Song by Hena Khan

Grades 4 – 6

The second book in the Amina’s Voice series begins as Amina is finishing her trip to Pakistan, and she’s excited to share her experiences with her friends once she returns back home. They don’t seem interested, however, and when she does a school project on Malala Yousafzai, her classmates focus on the negative parts of the story instead of seeing Pakistan for the beauty of it that is in Amina’s eyes. 

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

Adventure, Animals, Middle Grade Fiction

Hooper Finds A Family: A Hurricane Katrina Dog’s Survival Tale by Jane Paley

Grades 3 – 5

Hooper Finds a Family: A Hurricane Katrina Dog's Survival Tale

This is adorably moving tale about a cuddly dog, what more could you want? Hooper lives in New Orleans, but is left homeless in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He makes the long, hard trip all the way to New York, and is rescued by his new family. Will he adapt well or come apart at the seams?

Adventure, Children, Middle Grade Fiction, Series

Mr. Lemoncello’s All-Star Breakout Game by Chris Grabenstein

Grades 3 – 6

Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game (Mr. Lemoncello's Library, #4)This is the fourth book in the Mr. Lemoncello series and Grabenstein doesn’t disappoint! In this installment, Mr. Lemoncello goes live, nationwide, on the Kidzapalooza Television Network so that everyone can play along. To be on the show, however, kids have to audition and be accepted to play the game, using their own bodies as playing pieces. Would you have what it takes?

ARC Reviews, Graphic, Middle Grade Fiction

American As Paneer Pie by Supriya Kelkar

Grades 4 – 6

American as Paneer PieLekha Divekar is the only Indian American in her town and feels like there are two of her: The Lekha who can be herself at home, and the one at school who has to deal with classmates who bully her for being who she is. Then she meets Avantika, an Indian girl her age who moves across the street. The two become fast friends and Lekha learns a lot from Avantika, who stands up for herself against the bullies.

Thanks to SLJ for a review copy of this book.

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, 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, 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.