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Middle Grade Review: The Hideaway (Pam Smy)

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About This Book: Told in two alternating narratives, The Hideaway tells the story of Billy McKenna, who runs away from home and takes refuge in an overgrown graveyard. The first narrative is told from his perspective, whereas the second thread tells of the situation at home and the police search for...
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Kids Review: Pigskins to Paintbrushes: The Story of Football-Playing Artist Ernie Barnes (Don Tate)

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About This Book: Young Ernie Barnes wasn’t like other boys his age. Bullied for being shy, overweight, and uninterested in sports like boys were “supposed” to be, he instead took refuge in his sketchbook, in vibrant colors, bold brushstrokes, and flowing lines. But growing up in a poor, Black neighborhood during...
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Middle Grade Review: A Kind of Spark (Elle McNicoll)

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About This Book: Perfect for readers of Song for a Whale and Counting by 7s, a neurodivergent girl campaigns for a memorial when she learns that her small Scottish town used to burn witches simply because they were different. "A must-read for students and adults alike." -School Library Journal, Starred Review...
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Middle Grade Review: Nelson Mandela (The First Names Series) (Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl)

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About This Book: Meet the South African activist and president who fought for what was right Before he was the first Black president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela (1918–2013) was a boy with a traditional Thembu upbringing. He went on to study law and become involved with African nationalist politics. The...
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Middle Grade Review: The Way to Rio Luna (Zoraida Córdova)

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About This Book: For fans of The Land of Stories comes an adventure that reveals the secret warnings hidden inside all classic tales -- beware fairyland at all costs. Eleven-year-old Danny Monteverde believes in magic. He knows that pixie dust is real, that wardrobes act as portals, and that rabbit holes...
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Middle Grade Review: Piece by Piece: The Story of Nisrin's Hijab (Priya Huq)

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About This Book: In this middle-grade graphic novel, Nisrin will have to rely on faith, friends, and family to help her recover after she is the target of a hate crime Nisrin is a 13-year-old Bangladeshi-American girl living in Milwaukie, Oregon, in 2002. As she nears the end of eighth grade,...
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Middle Grade Review: The Great Ghost Hoax (The Great Pet Heist #2) (Emily Ecton)

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About This Book: Butterbean is bored. She and the other pets pulled off a heist once, but that was like a million years ago. Nothing exciting has happened since then. That is, until Mrs. Third Floor shows up at their apartment, convinced there’s a ghost in the building. Mrs. Third Floor’s...
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Middle Grade Review: Out of My Heart (Sharon M. Draper)

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About This Book: Melody, the huge-hearted heroine of Out of My Mind, is a year older, and a year braver. And now with her Medi-talker, she feels nothing’s out of her reach, not even summer camp. There have to be camps for differently-abled kids like her, and she’s going to sleuth...
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Middle Grade Review: Worser (Jennifer Ziegler)

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About This Book: William Wyatt Orser, a socially awkward middle schooler, is a wordsmith who, much to his annoyance, acquired the ironically ungrammatical nickname of “Worser" so long ago that few people at school know to call him anything else. Worser grew up with his mom, a professor of rhetoric and...
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Kids Review: When You Adopt a Pugicorn (Matilda Rose)

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About This Book: Every year, young princesses and princes arrive at Mrs. Paws' Magic Pet Shop to pick a perfect unicorn pet. But this year Princess Ava arrived too late. There are no unicorns left . . . only Pugicorn! He's short and hairy. He can't sit still or gallop gracefully—and...
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