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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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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: 20/20 Reading Update for 2021 — Elza Kinde

At the start of the year, I decided to use a scaling goal to track my year of reading. My original goal of 10 books bumped up to 20, and thanks to #BookADayMay and a surprisingly productive summer reading session, I’ve blown through that goal and then some with a total of 50 books! I’m […]

20/20 Reading Update for 2021 — Elza Kinde

12 BOOKS SET ON THE FARM by CJ and Elza from Middle Grade Carousel

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Today at MG Book Village we’re featuring a great list of middle grade recommendations for August all about the barnyard from CJ and Elza from Middle Grade Carousel.

Hello from Middle Grade Carousel! We’re CJ and Elza, a mother-daughter blogging duo who love all things middle grade.

Although we’re both readers, CJ and I don’t always want to read the same book. This inspired us to start our own reading challenge, where we pick a theme and run with it! In looking for books that fit our challenges, we often discover new books that maybe we wouldn’t have noticed or tried before.

Today, we’re here to share a dozen books inspired by our theme this August. From prize-winning pigs and powerful poultry to fields of creepy scarecrows and crops with a mind all their own, farms hold plenty of possibility for everyday adventures, extraordinary discoveries, and creature comforts. We hope…

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