Middle Grade New Releases, Week of April 21, 2020

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to these middle grade books making their rounds through our reviewers!

Thank you to @kidlitexchange for providing the review copies of these books. All opinions are our own.

img_0101RICK – by Alex Gino librarianmsg
April 21st 2020 ~ Scholastic Press

Photo and review by Laura ~ originally posted on Instagram @librarianmsg

Toxic masculinity does exist in middle school and it’s the best time to stop it in its tracks. I loved seeing Rick awaken to that realization, as well as the possibility that he might be ace (asexual). It is NOT necessary to have read GEORGE to enjoy this book, but my many fans of GEORGE will be thrilled to see some of the same characters in their new personas, especially Melissa. Love everything about this book, especially the intergenerational relationship between Rick and his awesome grandpa, Ray. Grades 3+.

MY VIDEO GAME ATE MY HOMEWORK – by Dustin Hansenimg_0102
Published April 21st 2020 ~ DC Comics

Photo and Review by Jessica ~ originally posted on Instagram @librarian_fitz

This is a hilarious and faced paced graphic novel that highlights dyslexia and learning disabilities. This is a story all students can relate to and shows how one can grow in their confidence. The pictures are beautiful and engaging for the students. 5/5 stars!

img_0100 GHOST SQUAD – by Claribel A. Ortega akosset
Published April 7th 2020 ~ Scholastic

Photo and Review by Akossiwa ~ originally on Instagram @akosset

To save the ghosts of her family Lucely teams up with best friend Syd. The plan is simple, use a spell that will awaken the dead, except things go terribly wrong. And to make matters worse a terrifying evil is plotting to take over her beloved town.
This fast paced middle grade book will have you sitting at the edge of your seat and feverishly turning pages to see what happens next. Lucely’s determination coupled with Syd’s confidence and resourcefulness is the perfect recipe to get things done or … cause a disaster. I really enjoyed their dynamic and would love to read more of their adventures post Halloween night.
This is an excellent read for kids and parents alike. The spooky factor has just the right amount of comic relief to make it accessible to most readers.
Order your own copy from an indie bookstore or if you can’t afford it, do what I did. Request your local library to order it!

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