Middle Grade Monday Review: Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

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Hey everyone!  I’ve moved Middle-Grade Monday over from our TBR and Beyond Facebook Group to the blog! Hopefully I can bring you lots of great reviews, topics and maybe even some author interviews!
I’ve been reading middle-grade for as long as I can remember and I strongly believe it’s not just for children, and I’m always trying to nudge adults into giving it try.  Middle-grade has been thriving for years and the stories out there are getting stronger, more diverse and more exciting all the time.  Hopefully, my weekly feature will be able to showcase that!

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Middle-Grade Monday: Spooky Books I Want to Read

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It’s almost Halloween time, so I think this week I’ll feature some spooky middle-grade novels that I really want to read.  I don’t just read darker books in October, it’s kind of an all year around thing for me and I think middle-grade has some of the best offerings for spooky novels.  Lots of atmosphere, great characters and cool adventures.  I can’t wait to dig into these!

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Middle Grade Monday: Review – Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire by John August

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Hey everyone!  We’ve moved Middle-Grade Monday over from our TBR and Beyond Facebook Group to the blog! Hopefully we can bring you lots of great reviews, topics and maybe even some author interviews!
I’m a massive middle-grade fan, and I’m always trying to get people to give it a shot! Hopefully these reviews will give you a better idea if you want to try out the books or not! That is the goal anyway!

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My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Middle-Grade Adventure/Fantasy
Pages: 336
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Published:  February 6th 2018

 

 

Arlo Finch thought becoming a Ranger meant learning wilderness skills, like camping and knots. But upon arriving in the tiny town of Pine Mountain, Colorado, Arlo soon learns there’s so much more. His new friends Indra and Wu teach him how to harness the wild magi seeping in from the mysterious Long Woods – a parallel realm of wonder and danger.  First he must master the basics, including snaplights, thunderclaps and identifying supernatural creatures. But Arlo Finch is no ordinary Ranger, and this is no ordinary time. A dark and ancient force is sending threats into the real world…our world. And whatever it is has its sights set on Arlo. – Synopsis by Goodreads

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I knew the second I saw the cover for this book that I was going to love it and I was right on the money for this one.  Adventure, Magic, Friendship and lots of chaotic fun!

Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire begins as Arlo and his family are moving from another state to move in with his uncle.  His mother has fallen on hard times financially and his father is only partly in the picture, which has been hard on everyone.  Arlo is not too excited about the move since he’s leaving everything he loves to go to the unknown but when he gets to his uncle’s house weird stuff starts happening almost immediately.   Arlo meets his uncle’s dog right off the bat, only issue is that his uncle’s dog has been dog a long time and Arlo seems to be the only one that can see him.  Let’s just say that is only the beginning of the weirdness that starts to befall our young Arlo.

Most of this book centers around Arlo joining the Rangers in his new town and the friends and adventures they go on.  It seems that they all know a little more than the adults when it comes to the town and the odd things that are going on there.  The Long Woods, where the Rangers spend a lot of their time is not quite what it seems and allows them to do some pretty cool stuff while inside.  That would all be well and dandy if it weren’t for the fact that someone or something seemed to be hunting them suddenly and they  have no clue why.  Arlo and his new friends have to work together to solve what is going on and make it back home safe and sound.

I love this book so much, it’s perfect for both children and adults alike – which are always my favorite middle grade novels.  The strong message of teamwork and friendship are prevalent in this one and it really shines through.  The kids really do care about each other and the acceptance they show each other is something we should strive for.  I also loved the Rangers aspect and that it’s not just boys in the group.  It’s completely co-ed which was fantastic to see and I loved hearing about the badges and watching them trying to earn them.  Honestly, this would make such a good movie – why hasn’t this happened? Get on it Netflix!

Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire is the first in the trilogy and I can’t wait to read the next book and see what comes next for this gang.  I would highly recommend this book for anyone that loves a good adventure with a little pinch of danger.

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Middle-Grade Monday – Review: Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

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Middle-Grade Monday – ARC Review: A Royal Guide to Monster Hunting

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Middle Grade Monday: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend

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Middle Grade Monday: The Changeling (Oddmire #1) by William Ritter ARC Review

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Middle Grade Monday Review: The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm #1) by Michael Buckley

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Middle Grade Monday: Review – Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co #1) by Anna James

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I’m a massive middle-grade fan, and I’m always trying to get people to give it a shot! Hopefully these reviews will give you a better idea if you want to try out the books or not! That is the goal anyway!

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My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Pages: 400
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: September 18th, 2018

 

 

 

A magical adventure to delight the imagination. A curl-up-on-the-sofa debut from a uniquely talented author.

Eleven year-old Tilly has lived above her grandparents’ bookshop ever since her mother disappeared shortly after she was born. Like the rest of her family, Tilly loves nothing more than to escape into the pages of her favourite stories.

One day Tilly realises that classic children’s characters are appearing in the shop through the magic of `book wandering’ – crossing over from the page into real life.

With the help of Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland. Tilly is determined to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago, so she bravely steps into the unknown, unsure of what adventure lies ahead and what dangers she may face. – synopsis from Goodreads

“Be brave, be curious, be kind.” 

Be still my middle-grade literary heart! Tilly and the Bookwanders is such a treasure of a book and what reader doesn’t look a book about books? I dare you to try and find out! Impossible!!

This was a book that was on one of my good friend’s Christmas wishlist. I had never heard of it, but when I ordered her the book, I might have ordered a second copy for myself and I have zero regrets after reading it. Tilly and The Bookwanders is such a sweet story about a young girl, named Tilly, that lives with her grandparents in a wonderful little family owned bookstore, called Pages & Co. Tilly spends most of her time nose-deep in children’s classics such as Anne of Green Gables, The Little Princess and Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland. The characters are precious to her and she’s isolated herself at school so badly that the characters in the books are really her only friends. Tilly also is quite lonely and doesn’t understand why her mother left her at a young age and what happened to her, her grandparents won’t give many details and they don’t seem to know what happened to her either. Turns out that one day while Tilly is reading one of her favorite classics, Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland just pops out of her story and from there the real adventures begin.

Tilly and the Bookwanders is a really positive and fun story. Tilly is intelligent, brave, flawed but most importantly she never gives up. Her friendship with another young boy, Oskar really develops into a genuine and fun friendship and I adored seeing them take adventures with different beloved book characters. I don’t want to go into detail about how or why Tilly is able to talk to this characters, you’ll find that out soon enough if you pick the book up.

One of the things that honestly caught me off guard about this one, was that there was a genuinely interesting mystery happening around her about her mother’s whereabouts and where that plot goes is actually such a great twist. I never saw it coming and I thought it was brilliant. There are a lot of family and friendship themes in this story and the grandparents may not be the most generous with giving details about their missing daughter (they are in a lot of pain themselves over it), but they are loving and supportive and doing their absolute best for Tilly. I really appreciate seeing different family units in middle-grade and I appreciate it even more when they are loving and involved, which these grandparents very much are.

Another thing I loved about this book was the setting – a lot of it takes place in a cozy, family owned bookstore. I mean you can imagine it so easy and it makes it that much easier to really get into the story and put yourself in Tilly’s space. The ending of this one does leave a lot of unanswered questions and a cliffhanger, but thankfully another book is coming to hopefully shed some light on all of that.

I highly recommend checking out this book. I’m a huge believer that there is no age on any category of book and this has lots to offer all ages. It would be a wonderful book to read as a family and I think children as young as six years old could enjoy this one, with a little help. Also, for the cover buy readers out there – not only is the cover adorable but the actual naked book is BEAUTIFUL. It has drawings all over it and I just love it.

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Middle Grade Monday: Futhermore by Tahereh Mafi

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Hey everyone!  We’ve moved Middle-Grade Monday over from our TBR and Beyond Facebook Group to the blog! Hopefully we can bring you lots of great reviews, topics and maybe even some author interviews!
I’m a massive middle-grade fan, and I’m always trying to get people to give it a shot! Hopefully these reviews will give you a better idea if you want to try out the books or not! That is the goal anyway!

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My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Pages: 406
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Published: August 30th, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

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