Middle Grade Monday Book Review: Zora and Me – The Cursed Ground by T.R. Simon

Release Date:  September 11, 2018 Publisher:  Candlewick Press Page Count: Hardcover, 272 pages Genre: Middle Grade, African-American literature, Slavery Appeal (in my opinion): Good for very high middle grade readers (12+) due to the complicated vocabulary and themes of slavery and violence. Best read after learning about the history of slavery in America and the…

Middle Grade Monday Book Review: Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Release Date:  September 11, 2018 Publisher:  Candlewick Press Page Count: Hardcover, 368 pages Genre: Middle Grade, Hispanic Lit, Latino Lit Appeal (in my opinion): Great for 5th – 6th grade boys and girls or any child entering middle school years and puberty. Any child experiencing a family member with Alzheimer’s Disease. Latino female main character….

Middle Grade Monday Book Review: Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut

Release Date:  October 2, 2018 Publisher:  Owl Hollow Press Page Count: Paperback, 256 pages Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy, Western, Hispanic Lit, Latino Lit Appeal (in my opinion): Great for 7-13 year-old boys and girls or higher intermediate readers and up. Rare book featuring Hispanic main characters in a fantasy setting. Rating: 5/5 stars Bookstagrammer Bits:…

YA Book Review: Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel by A.W. Jantha

Release Date:  July 10, 2018 Publisher:  Freeform Page Count: Hardcover, 560 Genre: YA Fantasy, Halloween, Witches, Paranormal (reads more like middle grade level writing but main characters are teens so I think that’s why it was grouped in YA). Appeal (in my opinion): Boy or Girl, ages 12+ or any fan of the original “Hocus Pocus”…