HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to these middle grade books making their rounds through our reviewers!
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BRAVE LIKE THAT – by Lindsey Stoddard
June 2nd 2020 ~ HarperCollins
Photo and Review by Keshia ~ originally on Instagram @pnwreader
Cyrus knows he isn’t brave. His firefighter dad is brave. His two best friends who play tackle football are brave. And the new kid who doesn’t seem bothered by the names others call him is brave. But Cyrus is holding on to secrets he’s afraid will change the way people view him. He finds his solace in Parker, a dog at the humane society. This is a year of change for Cyrus and his friends as they enter middle school and we get to follow along as Cyrus figures out how much change he’s ready for and who he wants to be. Brave Like That is a fantastic story about courage, compassion, and finding one’s self. I can’t wait to add this one permanently to my collection when it’s released this June! I’d recommend this book for ages 8 and up, and it’d be particularly powerful for 5th and 6th graders needing some encouragement and advice about difficult friendships.
ODDMIRE – by William Ritter
June 2nd 2020 ~ Algonquin Young Readers
Publisher’s summary: Human and goblin brothers Cole and Tinn are finding their way back to normal after their journey to the heart of the Oddmire. Normal, unfortunately, wants nothing to do with them. Fable, the daughter of the Queen of the Deep Dark, has her first true friends in the brothers. The Queen allows Fable to visit Tinn and Cole as long as she promises to stay quiet and out of sight—concealing herself and her magic from the townspeople of Endsborough.
But when the trio discovers that humans are destroying the Wild Wood and the lives of its creatures for their own dark purposes, Fable cannot stay quiet. As the unspoken truce between the people of Endsborough and the inhabitants of the Wild Wood crumbles, violence escalates, threatening war and bringing Fable’s mother closer to the fulfillment of a deadly prophecy that could leave Fable a most Unready Queen.
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