#amreading library books

Looking for books that fit our monthly reading challenge this January? Try one of the favorites from our home shelf!

Book spotlight for Middle Grade Carousel January 2022: Borrowing Books features the book DON'T CHECK OUT THIS BOOK! by Kate Klise

Is the sweet town of Appleton ripe for scandal?

Consider the facts:

  • Appleton Elementary School has a new librarian named Rita B. Danjerous. (Say it fast.)
  • Principal Noah Memree barely remembers hiring her.
  • Ten-year-old Reid Durr is staying up way too late reading a book from Ms. Danjerous’s controversial “green dot” collection.
  • The new school board president has mandated a student dress code that includes white gloves and bow ties available only at her shop.

Sound strange? Fret not. Appleton’s fifth-grade sleuths are following the money, embracing the punny, and determined to the get to the funniest, most rotten core of their town’s juiciest scandal.

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#amreading library books

Looking for books that fit our monthly reading challenge this January? Try one of the favorites from our home shelf!

Book spotlight for Middle Grade Carousel January 2022: Borrowing Books features the book "WHO COULD THAT BE AT THIS HOUR?" by Lemony Snicket

Apprenticed under the unpredictable and unimpressive S. Theodora Markson, Lemony Snicket is swept off to a small town as strange as it is shabby. The duo is hired to find and return a valuable item to its owner, but while Theodora gets busy with the case, Lemony has a problem of his own to solve.

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#amreading out and about

Looking for books that fit our monthly reading challenge this December? Try one of the favorites from our home shelf!

Book spotlight for Middle Grade Carousel December 2021: Plotting a Course features the book YOUNG CAPTAIN NEMO by Jason Henderson

Gabriel Nemo is not your typical 12-year-old. A descendant of the famous Captain Nemo, he spent the first years of his life living in obscurity, isolated in his parents’ peaceful underwater research lab. But with his older sister off following in their ancestor’s footsteps, sinking whalers and running away from vengeful navies, Gabriel decides it’s time to forge his own path, and use his Nemotech legacy for good.

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#amreading out and about

Looking for books that fit our monthly reading challenge this December? Try one of the favorites from our home shelf!

Book spotlight for Middle Grade Carousel December 2021: Plotting a Course features the book GREENGLASS HOUSE by Kate Milford

The Pines run a historic inn known as Greenglass House, which is perched on a cliff overlooking a river famous for local smugglers. Young Milo Pine was looking forward to Christmas with his parents. Normally, they have the place to themselves over the winter holidays, but one guest after another shows up unexpectedly. The house is full of suspicious strangers, each with their own agenda.

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#amreading out and about

Looking for books that fit our monthly reading challenge this December? Try one of the favorites from our home shelf!

Book spotlight for Middle Grade Carousel December 2021: Plotting a Course features the book EVA EVERGREEN: SEMI-MAGICAL WITCH by Julie Abe

Eva Evergreen is determined to earn the rank of Novice Witch before she turns thirteen years old. If she doesn’t, she’ll lose her magic forever. And Eva only has a pinch. When she lands on the tranquil coastal town of Auteri, the residents expect a powerful witch, not a semi-magical girl. So Eva comes up with a plan: set up a magical repair shop to aid Auteri and prove she’s worthy.

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#amreading out and about

Looking for books that fit our monthly reading challenge this December? Try one of the favorites from our home shelf!

Book spotlight for Middle Grade Carousel December 2021: Plotting a Course features the book THE VOYAGE TO MAGICAL NORTH by Claire Fayers.

Two orphans run away from their employer, only to be captured by pirates. Magical shells and apprentice magicians. Messenger gulls and gourmet pirates. Famous explorers and infamous villains. Friendly rivalry and the Ballad of Cassiopeia.

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ELZA: 10 Books I Want to Read in 2021

Challenges have been my go-to resource for getting through my massive To-Read Pile. I’ve relied on Goodreads’s annual reading challenge for several years to help track my progress, and while I love the handy counters and end-of-the-year statistics, picking a reasonable goal has always been a sticking point. This year, I’ve decided to use tools […]

10 Books I Want to Read in 2021 — Elza Kinde

CJ: New Year – New Reading Goal

Check out how CJ plans to read in the new year!

C. J. Milbrandt

Doing it Different. This year, I’m switching up how I choose the books I’ll read. I’m a big fan of reading challenges, and I regularly participate in three:

  • A to Z Challenge (Great Middle Grade Reads)
  • Series Challenge (Great Middle Grade Reads)
  • Reading Bingo Boards (Middle Grade Carousel)

The only problem is that I’m always choosing books because they fit the challenge. And waiting to read many books I’m eager for … until they fit a challenge. I’m tired of putting them off! So this year, I decided to scan my shelves and compile a list of 100 Middle Grade Books that I will (finally) read in 2021. Many are recent releases. Some are part of a series or trilogy I started. And all of them are books I can’t wait to pick up!

Since many of these books are long(ish), I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal much…

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5 Middle Grade Books that Made Me Laugh

As a lover of puns, it should come as no surprise that my favorite books are usually the ones that make me laugh. Preferably out loud. There are lots of funny things that happen every day, and reading funny books is a good reminder to keep a sense of humor. So today I’m sharing a few books that do just that!

MG Books that Make Me Laugh

 

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#amreading About Witches

The Secret Destiny of Pixie Piper – Pixie’s knack for writing poems doesn’t seem very special until she learns about her magical heritage.
The Bag of Bones – Everyone is eager to hear whom Queen Bluebell will declare as her heir, especially the scheming Truda Hangnail, an illegal Deep Witch.
Charmed Life – Cat and his gifted sister, Gwendolen, are brought to Chrestomanci Castle to learn from the world’s greatest enchanterbut Cat can’t do any magic.

What are you reading?