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MG Adventure in Verse

may-b-3001.jpgMay B. (Schwartz and Wade, 2012) by Caroline Starr Rose is written in sparse verse which is perfect for showing the lack of choice that May has when her parents tell her she has to live with another family, and the solitariness of the prairie and a soddy fifteen miles away from anyone. May's parents tell her it will just be till Christmas. But, of course, it means an end to her schooling. May's life takes a turn for the worse when she's left all alone in the soddy and no way to communicate with anyone.

Growing up, Caroline Starr Rose fell in love with the Little House books. When she became a teacher, Caroline wondered what life must have been like for children who found school challenging. She set the story in Western Kansas and gave her main character what we now know of as dyslexia. Read more at her website, not only about this book and all it's recognition, but about Caroline and her other books.

Discoveries and Escapes

rooftoppers.jpgRooftoppers (Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013) by Katherine Rundell is a very fun read, although twelve-year-old Sophie has a very big problem. The National Childcare Agency says Charles, the bachelor who rescued her from the sea when she was one and floating in a cello case, can't be allowed to keep raising her. What will Sophie do without her beloved Charles? The two escape to Paris to search for her Sophie's long lost mother. On this adventure, when Sophie goes on the roof of her hotel, she makes some unusual friends.

A mix of historical and fantasy, the book is winning awards. Rooftoppers is the winner of the 2014 Blue Peter Book Award and the 2014 Waterstones Children's Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal.

You can read about the author here or follow her on twitter here. She has another book out, Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, that I need to check out.

A Wow Adventure

ice-dogs-225.jpgIce Dogs (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2014) by Terry Lynn Johnson puts you right there with 14-year-old dogsledder Victoria Secord and her team of dogs. You'll feel cold and hungry with her and her companion in this realistic story of how easy it is to be in danger in winter in the Alaskan bush. And, you'll find yourself worrying about several of the dogs as well as the two teens. The book makes me think of Gary Paulsen's survival stories, except this time with a girl main character!

Look at all the recognition this books is garnering:


  • A Junior Library Guild Selection

  • American Booksellers Association (ABA) Best Children's Books of 2014

  • A Scholastic Book Fairs Selection 2014

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids 2014

Ms. Johnson was a musher herself, so knows what life is like with sled dogs. Plus, she's still involved in outdoor adventures and you can read about them on her blog. Read more about Terry on her website.


Dangerous Adventure

badger knight
Badger Knight (Scholastic Press, 2014) by Kathryn Erskin may be historical since it is sent in England 1346, but it definitely isn't boring. I found the book hard to put down as I experienced life with the main character.

13-year-old Adrian isn't content to be small and sickly--he's going to be an archer. And help in the war against the Scots, or at least become an apprentice bowyer to his father. But no one--not his father or his friend Hugh and especially Good Aunt--think he's much use beyond collecting goose feathers to fletch arrows. The village bullies call him Badger since he puts dirt under his eyes to dim the brightness of his white face when shooting arrows. Adrian claims the name Badger himself when he goes to help his friend Hugh in the war.

This book is a 2014 Junior Library Guild Selection--you won't want to miss reading it! And isn't the cover gorgeous?

Adrian isn't the only traveler--so's Kathryn. See her bio!

I have a review of another of Kathryn's books here: Mockingbird.


An Eggstraordinary Story

undertheegg.jpgUnder the Egg (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2014 ) by Laura Marx Fitzgerald in an extraordinary story. Theo, now that her grandfather Jack is gone, is in charge of their 200-year-old family home and her eccentric mother. When dying, Jack told her to look "under the egg" and she's afraid what she's found is not only going to ruin his reputation, but that she'll find out he's not who she thought he was.

I love the first two lines:
"It was the find of the century.
Or so I thought at the time."

And I love Theo. As a parent I want to take her under my wing. In my kid mind, I want to be her friend. She's interesting, smart, and brave.

This mystery has page turning chapter endings, villains, and the fun of a hunt. It's also a winner of the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association BEST MIDDLE GRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR!

Take a look at Laura Marx Fitzgerald's About Me on her website. It made me smile.

The author is also on twitter: @marxfitzy


MG Adventure in Verse

Discoveries and Escapes

A Wow Adventure

Dangerous Adventure

An Eggstraordinary Story

MG Mystery

A Boy and an Elephant

Secrets!

Hilariously Creepy

Moving Story

Cute Grandma Story

A Spooky Story just in time for Halloween

Heartbreaker

The amazing Laini Taylor

Eye-opening Historical

Anything But Typical

Historical MG in Verse

Amazing Historical

The Problemsolver Has His Own Problems

Love a Winner

Fascinating problem

Whose life?

Lovely Picture Book

Another time and now

Just love this kid!

Victorian fantasy

A book with heart

Really good story

One Strong Girl!

Distinct voices

Great first line

Very Very Good!

Very Interesting

Real or not real?

Funny pet story

A Dog Detective

Delightfully Dangerous

Something a bit different

Fearful stuff

What a sweet winner!

A 2011 Golden Kite Winner and Newbery Honor!

Unputdownable Fantasy

Shortlisted?

It Takes a Thief

Facts just slip into your mind

Humor, Attitude and Murder!

"Strange, adj, extraordinary, remarkable, singular"

Book Felt SO Real

Great First Line

Book 1 - glad more is coming

Newbery honor book

Great opening scene

You thought you had it tough?

Unforgettable

Character Growth

This book sticks with you! And offers hope.

Got voice?

2009 Newbery Winner

Fantasy to Love