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Middle Grade Book Wisdom 2016, Part Two

Posted by Sherry on 2/3/2017 in 2016, Children's Fiction, General |

I’ve already filled one post with quotations from middle grade fiction of 2016, mostly from the fantasy books I’m reading for Cybils. And now here’s another installment of proverbs, maxims, and wisdom nuggets from middle grade fiction of 2016. Enjoy, and feel free to tweet. “Just when you think you don’t have it in you […]

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Trends and Themes in Middle Grade Speculative Fiction 2016

Posted by Sherry on 2/1/2017 in 2016, Children's Fiction, Cybil Awards, Fantasy Fiction, General |

Settings where (fantasy) stories come true The town of Fortune Falls, where superstitions are the laws of nature. An alternate universe/earth where mythological creature are real. A congenital condition in which the words that people use to describe you appear in print on your arms and legs. A Dream Shop in which dreams are bought […]

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Cinnamon Moon by Tess Hilmo

Posted by Sherry on 1/31/2017 in 2016, Children's Fiction, General |

On October 8, 1871 the deadliest fire in U.S. history killed an estimated 1500 people, possibly as many as 2500. No one knows exactly how the fire started, but it was fanned by strong winds into massive proportions and consumed an area approximately twice the size of Rhode Island, including the town at the center […]

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The Scourge by Jennifer Nielsen

Posted by Sherry on 1/30/2017 in 2016, Children's Fiction, General |

I am a fan of Jennifer Nielsen’s Ascendance Trilogy, beginning with The False Prince, and I read her historical fiction book set in East Berlin, A Night Divided, and enjoyed it too. But The Scourge just didn’t connect with me. I felt the prose and dialog were poorly written, and the plot was contrived and […]

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All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor

Posted by Sherry on 1/27/2017 in 2016, Children's Fiction, General |

Eleven year old Perry T. Cook has lived all of his life at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in Surprise, Nebraska—in other words, in prison. His mom is the one who committed a crime, however. She lives on Cell Block C. And Warden Daugherty, Perry’s foster mom, is the one who makes it possible […]

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Aim by Joyce Moyer Hostetter

Posted by Sherry on 1/25/2017 in 1941, 1942, 2016, Children's Fiction, General, World War II |

Aim is a prequel to Ms. Hostetter’s two books about Ann Fay Honeycutt, Blue and Comfort. Aim is about Junior Bledsoe, a secondary, but beloved, character in those other two books. (Ann Fay is the minor character in this one.) The story takes place in 1941-1942. Fourteen year old Junior Bledsoe of Hickory, North Carolina […]

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The Lost Property Office by James R. Hannibal

Posted by Sherry on 1/22/2017 in 2016, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

The Lost Property Office, Baker Street Branch, in London is just a front for the secret Ministry of Trackers. And our hero, thirteen year old American boy Jack Buckles, finds out, by accident, that he is a Tracker, as was his father before him. Can Jack use his newfound tracking skills to find his father, […]

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Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley

Posted by Sherry on 1/13/2017 in 2016, Children's Fiction, General |

Gertie deserves a place alongside Clementine and Ramona Quimby as one of the spunkiest and most adventuresome of girl characters in middle grade fiction. She comes across as a little immature for her ten years of age, but if she’s a bit sheltered and innocent, it just means that her aunt and her father have […]

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Magical Fantastical Animals 2016

Posted by Sherry on 1/8/2017 in 2016, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

Not imaginary creatures like mandrakes (Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard) or jinn (The Eye of Midnight) or chamelons (The Secrets of Solace), but rather animals that talk or communicate with humans or take on anthropomorphic characteristics: Bats Forest of Wonders by Linda Sue Park. Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan. Foxes Maybe a Fox by […]

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Timeline of Middle Grade Fiction 2016

Posted by Sherry on 1/7/2017 in 2016, Children's Fiction, General, Historical fiction, History |

1242: The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz. travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children: Jeanne, a peasant girl who has visions, William, an oblate who is half-Saracen and half French, and Jacob, a Jewish boy with […]

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