Review: The Good Egg

Lumberjanes: The Good Egg 3rd in the series by Mariko Tamaki Illustrated by Brooklyn Allen Harry N. Abrams, 2018 Middle Grade Fantasy Summary: This volume focuses on Ripley. She finds a nest of eggs and immediately bonds with the smallest egg while also participating in camp wide theatrical retellings of fairy tales. Then someone steals…

Review: Thornwood

Thornwood by Leah Cypess Delacorte Press, 2020 Middle Grade Fantasy Summary: Princess Briony has grown up in the shadow of her beautiful sister, Rosalin, who has been cursed to fall asleep after pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. But when Briony wakes up in a room with a spinning wheel she…

Review: Before the Ever After

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson Nancy Paulsen Books, 2020 Middle Grade Contemporary Summary: ZJ's dad is a famous football player but after multiple concussions, his career is on hold while they try to find out what's wrong and how to fix it. A novel written in verse, this shows the ups and downs…

Review: Lumberjanes: The Moon Is Up

Lumberjanes: The Moon Is Up 2nd in the series by Mariko Tamaki Ill. by Brooklyn Allen Amulet Books, 2018 Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure Summary: In this follow-up to Unicorn Power!, the Lumberjanes of Roanoke cabin find themselves in the midst of astronomy-themed competitions and trying to figure out who stole the cheese. Likes: I really…

Review: Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power!

Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! by Mariko Tamaki Ill. by Brooke Allen Amulet Books, 2017 Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure Summary: At Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, the five scouts of Roanoke Cabin are on another adventure and it involves unicorns. Likes: All the girls get to be different and it's all…

Review: Dark Waters

Dark Waters 3rd in the series by Katherine Arden G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2021 Middle Grade Supernatural Adventure Summary: I'll try not to spoil this one but I will spoil the previous two. Brian and his friends try to forget about their terrifying foe while sailing on the lake. But the Smiling Man has a…

Review: The Forgotten Girl

The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown Scholastic Press, 2019 Middle Grade Contemporary Supernatural Summary: Iris and Daniel go outside after bed time to play in the snow when they accidentally uncover Avery's grave in the woods. As they investigate further, they find more graves and Avery starts haunting Iris. Likes: I found Iris and…

Review: Ghost Squad

Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega Scholastic Press, 2020 Middle Grade Supernatural Adventure Summary: Lucely and her best friend, Syd, accidentally cast a spell to wake up hostile ghosts who start wreaking havoc on the town. They need help from Syd's grandmother, Babette, and her cat, Chunk, plus Lucely's spirit family members to reverse the…

Review: George

George by Alex Gino Scholastic Press, 2015 Middle Grade Contemporary Summary: George identifies as a girl but no one around her sees it. When her school chooses to do the play, Charlotte's Web, after reading the book. George tries out for the part of Charlotte, hoping to play a character she loves and to show…