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:…

Middle Grade Monday Book Review: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Release Date:  April 1, 2012 Publisher:  Scholastic Page Count: Hardcover, 342 Genre: Advanced Middle Grade / shelved with YA Fantasy in some bookstores, Royal fantasy, non-magic, Retelling of Prince and the Pauper Appeal (in my opinion): I think this is a great book for 11+ boys and girls, but especially boys because it is less…