Children, Middle Grade Fiction

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Grades 4 – 6

Front Desk

Ten-year-old Mia Tang lives in a hotel where she manages the front desk, (when she’s not at school), while her immigrant parents clean the rooms. Their boss, Mr. Yao, is not a very nice man and is constantly giving them trouble. Mia is ashamed that she lives in a hotel and not a house like her classmates, and keeps this a secret from them. That’s not the only secret she’s keeping, however: her parents hide immigrants at the hotel, and if Mr. Yao finds out, they could lose their jobs. Mia has a lot on her plate, and thinks that entering a writing contest to win their very own motel would solve all of her problems. Will she be able to save up enough money and pull it off? Read Front Desk by Kelly Yang to find out!

Middle Grade Fiction

Squint by Chad Morris & Shelly Brown

Grades 3 – 6

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Squint’s real name is Flint, but he got his nickname because of the fact that he can’t see very well. He doesn’t have many friends, and uses his free time to finish the comic book he’s working on so he can enter it into an upcoming contest.

McKell is the new girl in school and has a hidden talent of her own that she’s shy about sharing. She takes a liking to Squint, and tries to ward off any kids who tease him about his eyesight. The two become great friends and learn a lot about themselves from each other.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

Adventure, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction, Mystery

The Story Collector by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb & Iacopo Bruno

Grades 4 – 6 

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Eleven-year-old Viviani Fedeler spent her entire life in the New York Public Library, and knows every inch of it like the back of her hand. Then she becomes convinced that the library is haunted. Merit Mubarak teases her for it, but Viviani is on a mission to find out if the library really is haunted, or if it’s all in her head. This middle grade historical fiction novel was inspired by the true story of Viviani Joffre Fedeler.

Adventure, Animals, ARC Reviews, Middle Grade Fiction

Snazzy Cat Capers by Deanna Kent & Neil Hooson

Grades 3 – 5

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Ophelia von Hairball V is a world famous cat burglar who loves stealing jewels and cracking safes. Then the FFBI (Furry Feline Burglary Institute) offers her a job — to steal the giant Himalayan diamond and win the ultimate prize! The catch is, though, that Ophelia has to work with a partner — something she’s not comfortable with, because she prefers to work alone. Can she find her groove with Oscar Fishgerald Gold or will the heist be a complete disaster?

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

 

Adventure, ARC Reviews, Fantasy, Middle Grade Fiction

The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell

Grades 4 – 6

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The first book in a new middle grade trilogy, The Train to Impossible Places is full of action sure to please readers of all ages. The Impossible Postal Express is a magical train run by trolls that makes deliveries everywhere from the bottom of the ocean to outer space. When the train barrels through Suzy’s living room, she sneaks on board and finds herself in the middle of a grand adventure that she never thought possible.

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

Animals, ARC Reviews, Middle Grade Fiction

Thundercluck! by Paul Tillery & Meg Wittwer

Grades 3 – 5

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Filled with action and adventure that is fun for all ages, Thundercluck and the Kitchen of Destiny is about an egg that is accidentally struck by the power of Thor, and it hatches a super chicken. This super chicken must now defeat the villain of the kitchen and prevail over evil. This middle grade animal fantasy is sure to please fans of Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer.

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