In Any Language

Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear by Lensey Namioka

Music is music in any language, and Father doesn’t have to say much during the lessons. When one of his students plays well, he smiles. And when a student plays a sour note, Father just puts on a look of great suffering.

Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear by Lensey Namioka

#amreading in tune

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 2023: How Sweet the Sound features the book THE LEGEND OF BRIGHTBLADE by Ethan M. Aldridge.

Young Prince Alto dreams of being a hero like his mother, whose accomplishments are woven into legend.

The kingdom may be at peace now, but Alto is determined to have an adventure of his own, and runs away from the palace to hone his magical talents as a bard.

New friends, exciting magic, and threatening enemies. Becoming a hero is harder than the stories made it seem.

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#MGCarousel – January 2023

Our month-long Middle Grade reading challenge is designed so you can choose your own books and set a comfortable pace. All you need to play along are books which match the month’s featured theme.

Our challenge this January is…

January 2023 at Middle Grade Carousel. How Sweet the Sound: Middle Grade books about music. Hosted at

How Sweet the Sound

Middle Grade books about Music

Join us in reading Middle Grade books about music during the month of January! We recommend looking for stories set at band camp, titles inspired by song lyrics, covers that feature an instrument, and characters who put in plenty of practice.

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