The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo is a beautifully written middle grade fantasy novel that will be an enjoyable read for any age. This well-loved children’s book touches on many themes, and the element of magic adds intrigue to the story. It is a spellbinding story that is a must-read for fans of the genre. Continue reading
Author: Gina Linko
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Tempest and Tally Jo Trimble are mirror twins—so alike they were almost born the same person—and they've been inseparable since birth. But it's the summer they turn thirteen, and it seems like everyone can tell something is changing between them.
Pa Charlie, whose traveling carnival is the best part of every summer, is watching them closer than ever. Digger, who sneaks poor kids onto the carnival rides for free and smiles faster than anyone, seems to be fixing for a fight. Even Mama is acting different, refusing to travel with the carnival this year even though her own twin, who she hasn't seen since childhood, will be there.
And Tally and Tempest are the most different of all. There's a strangeness between them, a thickness to the air, an unseen push and pull, and it's getting stronger. It starts as a feeling, but soon it's sputtering and sparking, hurling them backwards, threatening to explode.
When Tally learns that she and Tempest may not be the first twins in their family to be separated by whatever this force is, she realizes she'll have to find a way to stop it—or she might lose not only her sister, but everyone she loves.
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Review: Flower Moon by Gina Linko
Flower Moon by Gina Linko is one of those books that once you start reading, it is hard to set down. Fans of magical realism will really enjoy this story that combines elements of magic and coming of age. The carnival setting gives the narrative a perfect backdrop, and the science that is used to describe the strangeness happening between the sisters is one that contains wonderful jumping off points for the classroom. Continue reading
Wonder is a one-of-a-kind book that deals with bullying in a way that is honest, raw, and eye-opening. I haven’t read many middle grade novels in quite a while, and I have to admit that this is the first one that brought big tears to my eyes. The writing is crisp and witty, and the multiple perspectives really help to give the reader a deep understanding of all the sides to the story. Amazingly, the movie is just as wonderful, and although it is a condensed version of the original, it maintains the original themes that Palacio has inspired her readers with. Continue reading
Middle school books tend to be some of my favourite reads of all time. The best middle school books are all on our ultimate list. This list of new and best middle school books is better than a sleepover! If you are looking for a popular new book to read, there is bound to be one here for you to enjoy. So get your reading tracker ready to add all of these exciting middle school books. We recommend them all! Continue reading
Book vs. Movie: A Monster Calls
A Monster Calls is a unique story that digs deep into the themes of death and the grieving process. It is a heart-wrenching and moving audiobook and film, The movie is perfectly cast and is only slightly different from the original story, making it one of the best book to movie adaptations that I have seen in a while. Continue reading