#amreading aquatically

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

Book spotlight for Middle Grade Carousel July 2022: Our Bookshelf Overfloweth features the book A NEARER MOON by Melanie Crowder

Along a lively river, in a village raised on stilts, lives a girl named Luna. All her life she has heard tales of the time before the dam appeared, when sprites danced in the currents and no one got the mysterious wasting illness from a mouthful of river water. These are just stories, though—no sensible person would believe in such things.

Beneath the waves is someone who might disagree. Perdita is a young water sprite, delighting in the wet splash and sparkle, and sad about the day her people will finally finish building their door to another world, in search of a place that humans have not yet discovered.

But when Luna’s little sister falls ill with the river sickness, everyone knows she has only three weeks to live. Luna is determined to find a cure for her beloved sister, no matter what it takes. Even if that means believing in magic.

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Bingo Squares

Looking for books that fit our current Book Bingo challenge? Here are a few recommendations to help you read for a win!

Bingo Squares: art frame on the cover

Art Frame on the Cover

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Can you find a book with an art frame on the cover? Share an MG read you’d add to our stack in the comments!

#amreading aquatically

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

Book spotlight for Middle Grade Carousel July 2022: Our Bookshelf Overfloweth features the book WELL WITCHED by Frances Hardinge

Ryan and his friends don’t think twice about stealing some money from a wishing well. After all, who’s really going to miss a few tarnished coins?

The well witch does.

And she demands payback: Now Ryan, Josh, and Chelle must serve her and the wishes that lie rotting at the bottom of the well. Each takes on powers they didn’t ask for and don’t want. Ryan grows strange bumps–are they eyes?–between his knuckles; Chelle starts speaking the secrets of strangers, no matter how awful and bloody; and Josh can suddenly–inexplicably–grant even the darkest of wishes, the kind of wishes that should never come true.

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#MGCarousel – 20 Middle Grade Books About Water

20 Middle Grade Books About Water: Middle Grade books featuring aquatic creatures, marine-based magic, seaside settings, and more!

Our #MGCarousel reading challenge this month is all about WATER. If you’re prepared to dive in, CJ and Elza have gathered 20 Middle Grade books that feature seaworthy vessels, aquatic athletes, wet and wild underwater adventures, mythical marine creatures, secret islands, and much more!

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