Category Archives: Middle Grade Fiction

Remarkable, by Elizabeth Foley; Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu; Under Wildwood, by Colin Meloy, with illustrations by Carson Ellis

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Reviews of three Middle Grade fiction adventures.

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Summer and Bird, by Katherine Catmull: 4/5

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Sisters Summer and Bird awaken one morning to find the house empty and cold. Their parents—and the family cat—have disappeared. Following an encoded message from …

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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Catherynne M. Valente: 3.5/5

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September has waited all year for Fairyland to reveal itself to her again. She wants nothing more than to experience the lightness and joy that Fairyland has to offer, after the darkness …

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The Aviary, by Kathleen O’Dell: 3.5/5

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Clara Dooley has spent most of her life in the decaying Glendoveer mansion with her mother; the maid, Ruby; and Mrs. Glendoveer herself, a magician’s widow. The only other company …

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Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz: 4/5

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Spooky elements: Creepy atmosphere, dueling magic, deadly artifacts, plenty of villains (including one who is downright dastardly) …

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In A Glass Grimmly, by Adam Gidwitz: 5/5

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Spooky elements: Creepy retold fairy tales, creepy made-up fairy tales, frightening sea creatures, bone collections. Also: there’s lots of …

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The Halloween Tree, by Ray Bradbury: 4.5/5

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Good for: This is a Halloween classic! It’s great, not only for children, but for anyone who wants a spooky introduction to the history of the …

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The Color of Earth Series, by Kim Dong Hwa: 2.5/5

Good for: I was frequently unsettled by the strange combination of biological facts about coming of age, what seemed like very incorrect …

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente: 4/5

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Good for: touted as all ages, but it is not at all childish. In fact, while reading it I thought many younger kids would struggle with the difficult language …

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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Unseen Guest, by Maryrose Wood: 4/5

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Good for: kids and up! Heck, get all the Incorrigible Children books for the art alone. Every time I finish an Incorrigible Children book I try …

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