Animals, ARC Reviews, Middle Grade Fiction

Thundercluck! by Paul Tillery & Meg Wittwer

Grades 3 – 5


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.

ARC Reviews, Middle Grade Fiction

Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz

Grades 4 – 6

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Twelve-year-old Nora lives in a shanty town in the Philippines with her mother, after she lost her father and her home in a tragedy. The one day, her mother disappears and she’s left alone, with just her friend Jojo and Jojo’s loving grandmother to help her out. Together, they embark on a dangerous journey to find Nora’s mother and bring her back to safety. Can they do it or will they be too late?

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

Middle Grade Fiction

Laura Ingalls is Ruining My Life by Shelley Tougas

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Charlotte and her family have just moved to Walnut Grove, the childhood home of author Laura Ingalls, the beloved author of the Little House on the Prairie series. Charlotte’s mom is convinced the move will help her write a bestselling novel, but Charlotte knows that it is just another excuse for her mother to avoid her responsibilities. Their new house is freezing and there’s not much to do in the sleepy little town. Charlotte isn’t convinced they’ll survive there for long, until the spirit of Laura Ingalls starts to get through to her.

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.

ARC Reviews, LGBTQIA, 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.


Adventure, ARC Reviews, Fantasy, Middle Grade Fiction

Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead

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Livy and her family are visiting her grandmother in Australia for the first time in five years. It is then that she remembers something, or rather someone, that she left behind – her invisible friend, Bob. She may have forgotten him in the last five years, but he sure hasn’t forgotten her, or her request for him to wait for her in the closet for all this time. Reunited again, Livy and Bob start a journey together to find out Bob’s background and who he truly is.

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

ARC Reviews, Middle Grade Fiction

Lions & Liars by Kate Beasley and Dan Santat

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Frederick Frederickson’s fifth grade year is off to a terrible start when he is sent to disciplinary camp for boys. At first, his troop mates terrify him. Each of them have nicknames, like Nosebleed, Specs, The Professor and Ant Bite. As time goes on, though, an unlikely friendship forms between them. It is a good thing, too, because a dangerous hurricane is coming and everyone must band together to survive it.

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