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MIDDLE GRADE FANTASY FICTION : The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street by Lauren Oliver

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THE MAGNIFICENT MONSTERS OF CEDAR STREET by Lauren Oliver Harper, 2020 ISBN: 978-0-06-234507-3 Source: purchased Ages 9-12 All opinions expressed are solely my own.
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Cordelia Clay loves the work she and her father do together: saving and healing the remarkable creatures around Boston at the end of the nineteenth century. Their home on Cedar Street is full to the brim with dragons, squelches, and diggles, and Cordelia loves every one of them.
But their work must be kept secret—others aren’t welcoming to outsiders and immigrants, so what would the people of Boston do to the creatures they call “monsters”?
One morning, Cordelia awakens to discover that her father has disappeared—along with nearly all the monsters.
With only a handful of clues and a cryptic note to guide her, Cordelia must set off to find out what happened to her father, with the help of her new friend Gregory, Iggy the farting filch, a baby dragon, and a small zuppy (zombie puppy, that is).
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Cordelia Clay and her …

EARLY CHAPTER FANTASY BOOK : Our Friend Hedgehog--The Story of Us by Lauren Castillo

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OUR FRIEND HEDGEHOG~The Story of Us by Lauren Castillo Alfred A. Knopf, 2020 ISBN: 978-1-5247-6671-9 Source: purchased Ages 6-9 All opinions expressed are solely my own.
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Sometimes you make a friend,  and it feels like you have known that friend your entire life. . . .
Hedgehog lives on a teeny-tiny island with only her stuffed dog, Mutty, for company. When a great storm carries Mutty away, she embarks on a quest to find her friend. Following the trail of clues Mutty left behind, brave Hedgehog meets a wiggly Mole, a wordy Owl, a curmudgeonly Beaver, a scatterbrained Hen and Chicks, and a girl who's new to the neighborhood, Annika May. With bravery and teamwork, there's nothing that can stop these seven from finding Mutty, but along the way they discover something even more important: each other.
The first book in a new series from Caldecott Honor winner Lauren Castillo, Our Friend Hedgehog: The Story of Us has the feel of a timeless classic, introducing an unforgettable ca…

MIDDLE GRADE/YOUNG ADULT NARRATIVE NONFICTION : We Are Power by Todd Hasak-Lowy

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WE ARE POWER How Nonviolent Activism Changes the World by Todd Hasak-Lowy Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2020 ISBN: 978-1-4197-4111-1 Source: publisher for review Ages 10-14 All opinions expressed are solely my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
We Are Power brings to light the incredible individuals who have used nonviolent activism to change the world. The book explores questions such as what is nonviolent resistance and how does it work? In an age when armies are stronger than ever before, when guns seem to be everywhere, how can people confront their adversaries without resorting to violence themselves? Through key international movements as well as people such as Gandhi, Alice Paul, Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, and Václav Havel, this book discusses the components of nonviolent resistance. It answers the question “Why nonviolence?” by showing how nonviolent movements have succeeded again and again in a variety of ways, in all sorts of places, and always in the face of overwhelming odds. The book in…

MIDDLE GRADE MYSTERY FICTION : The Amelia Six by Kristin L. Gray

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THE AMELIA SIX by Kristin L. Gray Paula Wiseman Books, 2020 ISBN : 9781534418851 Source: ARC from publisher for review Ages 9-12 All opinions expressed are solely my own.
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Amelia Earhart’s famous aviator goggles go missing and eleven-year-old Millie has to find them before the night is over in this girl-powered middle grade whodunit.
Eleven-year-old Amelia Ashford—Millie to her friends (if she had any, that is)—doesn’t realize just how much adventure awaits her when she’s given the opportunity of a lifetime: to spend the night in Amelia Earhart’s childhood home with five other girls. Make that five strangers. But Millie’s mom is a pilot like the famous Amelia, and Millie would love to have something to write to her about…if only she had her address.
Once at Amelia’s house in Atchison, Kansas, Millie stumbles upon a display of Amelia’s famous flight goggles. She can’t believe her good luck, since they’re about to be relocated to a fancy museum in Washington, DC. But her luck change…

MIDDLE GRADE HISTORICAL FICTION & MYSTERY : Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce

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PREMEDITATED MYRTLE A Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery #1 by Elizabeth C. Bunce Algonquin Young Readers, 2020 To be released in October 2020 Source: ARC from publisher for review (Thank you!) Ages 9-12 All opinions expressed are solely my own.
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Twelve-year-old Myrtle Hardcastle has a passion for justice and a Highly Unconventional obsession with criminal science. Armed with her father’s law books and her mum’s microscope, Myrtle studies toxicology, keeps abreast of the latest developments in crime scene analysis, and Observes her neighbors in the quiet village of Swinburne, England.

When her next-door neighbor, a wealthy spinster and eccentric breeder of rare flowers, dies under Mysterious Circumstances, Myrtle seizes her chance. With her unflappable governess, Miss Ada Judson, by her side, Myrtle takes it upon herself to prove Miss Wodehouse was murdered and find the killer, even if nobody else believes her — not even her father, the town prosecutor.
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Myrtle Hardcastle's fascina…

MIDDLE GRADE NARRATIVE NONFICTION : Into the Clouds by Tod Olson

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INTO THE CLOUDS The Race to Climb the World's Most Dangerous Mountain by Todd Olson Scholastic FOCUS, 2020 ISBN: 9781338207361 Source: ARC from Blue Slip Media Ages 9-14 All opinions expressed are solely my own.
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A tale of survival and brotherhood atop one of the deadliest mountains on Earth.
This fast-paced, three-part narrative takes readers on three expeditions over 15 years to K2, one of the deadliest mountains on Earth. Roped together, these teams of men face perilously high altitudes and battering storms in hopes of reaching the summit. As each expedition sets out, they carve new paths along icy slopes and unforgiving rock, creating camps on ledges so narrow they fear turning over in their sleep.

But disaster strikes -- in 1939, four men never make it down the mountain. Fourteen years later, a man develops blood clots in his legs at 25,000 feet, leaving his team with no safe path off the mountain. Into the Clouds tells the stories of the men whose quest to conqu…

MIDDLE GRADE REALISTIC FICTION : The Disaster Days by Rebecca Behrens

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THE DISASTER DAYS by Rebecca Behrens Sourcebooks Young Readers, 2019 ISBN: 978-1-4926-7331-6 Source: purchased Ages 9-12 All opinions expressed are solely my own.
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Hannah Steele loves living on Pelling, a tiny island near Seattle. It's a little disconnected from the outside world, but she's always felt completely safe there.

Which is why when she's asked one day to babysit after school, she thinks it's no big deal. Zoe and Oscar are her next-door neighbors, and Hannah just took a babysitting class that she's pretty sure makes her an expert. She isn't even worried that she left her inhaler at home.

Then the shaking begins.

The terrifying earthquake only lasts four minutes but it changes everything, damaging the house, knocking out the power, and making cell service nonexistent. Even worse, the ferry and the bridge connecting the kids to help―and their parents―are both blocked. Which means they're stranded and alone... With Hannah in charge, as…