Category Archives: Middle Grade

The Mesmerist by Ronald L. Smith

TJ Burns — May 2017 I received a copy of this book from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Published February 7th 2017 by Clarion Book. You can find this book at: … Continue reading

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Knights of the Borrowed Dark (Knights of the Borrowed Dark Trilogy #1) by Dave Rudden

TJ Burns — May 17, 2017 Knights of the Borrowed Dark is exciting, suspenseful, and entertaining! Full of mystery and intrigue. The story is both thrilling and entertaining. Particularly amusing is the contrast between Denizen’s thoughts and his words/actions. Denizen’s … Continue reading

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The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

TJ Burns — January 2017 This book was amazing — tragic, heart-breaking, tear-jerking… yet hopeful, showing the power of friendship, family, love, story-telling, remembering… Published November 1st 2016 by Disney-Hyperion I received a copy of this book from Disney-Hyperion via … Continue reading

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Bug Girl (Bug Girl, #1) by Benjamin Harper & Sarah Hines Stephens, Anoosha Syed (Illustrations)

TJ Burns — June 15, 2017 A girl who loves bugs? That was enough to captivate me. Amanda is a likable character, who despite being mobbed and bullied because of her tastes and interests is still able to rise above … Continue reading

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Tricked (Fairy Tale Reform School #3) by Jen Calonita

TJ Burns — April 23, 2017 Another exciting adventure to Gilly and friends! This time they go on a quest, during the course of which they all stretch their preconceived notions of what they (and their friends) are capable of … Continue reading

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Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren

TJ Burns — April 4, 2017 I loved this book right from the start — the quick foreshadowing of the events to come pulled me right in and didn’t let me go, as questions upon questions accumulated, straight through until … Continue reading

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Charmed (Fairy Tale Reform School, #2) by Jen Calonita

TJ Burns — March 30, 2017 Yet another exciting adventure for Gillian Cobbler and her fairy tale friends! Gilly finds that living up to a hero’s reputation is not as easy as it might seem. She has trouble balancing fame … Continue reading

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Lou Lou and Pea and the Mural Mystery by Jill Diamond

TJ Burns — February 11, 2017 I had a wonderful time reading this with my 9-year-old daughter! We both loved the mystery and the puzzle-solving. I was so proud that my daughter solved the riddle, and the mystery, before the … Continue reading

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It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

TJ Burns — December 23, 2016 Entertaining, educational, emotional, and informative. I read It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel with daughter and it constantly provided us with food for long discussions. Since I grew up in the US at the same … Continue reading

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The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner

TJ Burns – November 5, 2016 The Seventh Wish is so much more than I expected. I started reading, and immediately I was captivated by the characters. I thought it was a fun, magical middle grade story, so I went … Continue reading

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