Category Archives: Middle Grade

Ghosts of Greenglass House (Greenglass House, #2) by Kate Milford

TJ Burns — March 3, 2018 My 10-year-old daughter and I loved Ghosts of Greenglass House even more than the first book in this series, Greenglass House, which we absolutely loved! We were glad, along with Milo and his parents, … Continue reading

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Greenglass House (Greenglass House #1) by Kate Milford

TJ Burns — February 3, 2018 Wow! Fantastic! Fun, mysterious, suspenseful. And man, I did not see that twist coming. Boom! Intriguing & entertaining characters, original setting, clever premise, creative puzzles — fun for young and old! I read this … Continue reading

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The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co., #1) by Jonathan Stroud

TJ Burns — December 7, 2017 Wheeeeeeeee-uuuuuuuuuh! Boom-chuckaluckla-boom! That was an exciting ride! Yeee-ha! The humorous, chuckle-out-loud interaction and dynamics between the three main characters is refreshing, entertaining, and endearing — all at once! I guessed the who-dunnit shortly before … Continue reading

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Like Vanessa by Tami Charles

TJ Burns — February 2018 Heart-wrenching, moving, and inspirational all at once. Who’d have ever thought I’d get involved in the story about a beauty pageant contestant? But this book has so much to offer. Vanessa’s aspirations go so much … Continue reading

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Emily and the Spellstone by Michael Rubens

TJ Burns — September 23, 2017 Laugh-out-loud, smart, creative, action-packed, middle-grade adventure! Emily and the Spellstone claims to be a middle grade novel, but there is wit enough to capture and captivate an older audience as well. I read this … Continue reading

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Maddie & Sayara by Sanjyot P. Dunung

TJ Burns — August 20, 2017 My 10-year-old daughter gave it 4/5 points, but I have to give it 2.5-3/5 points. We both agree with the message: Girls have a right to be treated with respect and as equals to … 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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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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