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Middle Grade Review: Soccer Trophy Mystery (Fred Bowen)

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About This Book: Thirteen-year-old twins Aiden and Ava and their good friend Daniel, all avid soccer players, have just learned their county league soccer trophy mysteriously disappeared forty years ago from the town library. It was never recovered. So between games and practices for the town’s soccer championships, the three friends...
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Middle Grade Review: Spy School at Sea (Spy School #9) (Stuart Gibbs)

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About This Book: In the ninth and latest addition to the New York Times bestselling Spy School series, Ben Ripley faces his nemesis, Murray Hill, on the high seas. Thanks to the evidence Ben uncovered in his investigation of the Croatoan, the CIA has tracked his nemesis, Murray Hill, to Central...
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Middle Grade Review: Violets Are Blue (Barbara Dee)

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About This Book: Twelve-year-old Wren loves makeup—special effect makeup, to be exact. When she is experimenting with new looks, Wren can create a different version of herself. A girl who isn’t in a sort-of-best friendship with someone who seems like she hates her. A girl whose parents aren’t divorced and doesn’t...
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Middle Grade Review: How to Win a Slime War (Mae Respicio)

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About This Book: Alex Manalo and his dad have just moved back to Sacramento to help out with their extended family's struggling Filipino market. While Alex likes helping in the store, his true passion is making slime! He comes up with his own recipes and plays with ingredients, colors, and different...
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Middle Grade Review: Welcome to Dweeb Club (Betsy Uhrig)

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About This Book: For fans of Gordon Korman comes a hilarious, heartfelt middle grade adventure about a school club whose members stumble across video footage of themselves from five years in the future. What if a school club changed your life forever? In the second week of seventh grade, Jason Sloan...
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Middle Grade Review: Susie B. Won't Back Down (Margaret Finnegan)

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About This Book: Roll with It meets Absolutely Normal Chaos in this funny, big-hearted novel about a young girl’s campaign for student council president, told through letters to her hero Susan B. Anthony. Susie B. has a lot to say. Like how it’s not fair that she has to be called...
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Middle Grade Review: Dust & Grim (Chuck Wendig)

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About This Book: Miss Peregrine meets The Graveyard Book in this middle grade adventure about rival siblings running a monster mortuary—written by bestselling author Chuck Wendig. Thirteen-year-old Molly doesn't know how she got the short end of the stick—being raised by her neglectful father—while Dustin, the older brother she's never met,...
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Middle Grade Review: City of Thieves (Battle Dragons #1) (Alex London)

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About This Book: In a modern mega-city built around dragons, one boy gets caught up in the world of underground dragon battles and a high-stakes gang war that could tear his family apart. Once, dragons nearly drove themselves to extinction. But in the city of Drakopolis, humans domesticated them centuries ago....
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Middle Grade Review: Sunny Makes a Splash (Sunny #4) (Jennifer L. Holm)

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About This Book: The latest in the New York Times bestselling Sunny series brings Sunny into a sink-or-swim summer, where she needs to float her first job and dive into her first maybe-flirtation. It's summer, and Sunny is BORED. Most of her friends are out of town. Her mom wants her...
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