Category Archives: Middle Grades

Review: ‘Bad Magic’ by Pseudonymous Bosch

I must confess. I have had this book forever. OK, that’s stretching the truth a little bit, but I received this book back in July of 2014. Then, as it happens sometimes, it fell off of my e-reader. So when I was trying to catch up with my... Read More | Share it now!

A pirate’s life for me (not) ~ ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson #Review #COYER

I have had a copy of Treasure Island for a long time, though I can’t remember exactly why I bought it. It’s one of those cheap paperbacks that now has yellowed pages, doesn’t open fully, and smells funny. But, since I needed to read... Read More | Share it now!

Beware the man with power ~ ‘Petronella and the Janjilons’ by Cheryl Bentley #Review #COYER

Petronella and Edmundus Chewnik live in their Manor House in Fort Willow. Their friend, the Duke of Westshire, a fair and heirless man, has just died. Before going, he left explicit instructions as to how the next Duke will be chosen. The problem is,... Read More | Share it now!

Back to where we started ~ ‘The Long Haul’ by Jeff Kinney #Review #COYER #BPRAT

Mrs. Heffley has decided that the family is going on a road trip…to Disney World! Of course baby brother Manny is the only one upset that they aren’t going to visit Aunt Loretta in the nursing home. And really, Greg would just rather spend... Read More | Share it now!

She moves soft as a shadow ~ ‘Serafina and the Black Cloak’ by Robert Beatty #Review #ReleaseDay #BookBirthday #COYER

I don’t know why I don’t read more Middle Grades books. With the absence of romance and the drama that surrounds the attraction/relationship theme, these books are free from the constraints of delivering sparks and happy endings and... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘Flunked’ by Jen Calonita #FairyTaleReformSchool

I judged a book by its cover. And a little bit by its description. And it came up wanting. The recent spate of fairy tale redux(es?) has produced many new tales to enjoy. They come with a built-in audience, and since most everyone knows the stories... Read More | Share it now!

Do You Like Your Spies…Historical?

Completely by happenstance, it seems that I have disappeared into a wormhole that has taken me back to times, both real and imaginary, where female spies rule. This niche of YA fiction has really been a delight to discover. I do hope that other authors... Read More | Share it now!

Review + GIVEAWAY: ‘Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir’ by Liz Prince

GIVEAWAY EXTENDED THROUGH THURSDAY, 11/13!!! Oh no. I feel a philosophical post coming on…be warned! Briefly: I’m not a huge (or middle-sized, even) reader of graphic novels. But when I was offered a chance to read Tomboy: A Graphic... Read More | Share it now!

Nothing Bugged Me About ‘The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls’ by Claire Legrand

Recently, somewhere, I came across Winterspell by Claire Legrand. It was published at the end of September, and when I read the synopsis of the story, it sounded like something I’d want to read. Of course there is a waiting list at my library... Read More | Share it now!

BriefINK Review: ‘Boys Are Dogs’ by Leslie Margolis

Briefly: Annabelle’s life won’t be the same when she gets home from summer camp. First, her home has changed from the apartment that she and her mom shared to the two of them living with her mom’s boyfriend, Ted Weeble. Dweeble. On top of that,... Read More | Share it now!