Review: Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

Everybody missed the bus that fell from the sky, because they were so wrapped up in their middle school walks home. This is an interconnected short story collection that follows different kids from 10 different blocks. There are best friends, loners, worriers, kids facing fears, kids dealing with issues way beyond middle school life. Jason … Continue reading Review: Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

Middle Grade Review: The Third Mushroom by Jennifer L. Holm

Ellie's grandpa Melvin is a world-renowned scientist . . . in the body of a fourteen-year-old boy. His feet stink, and he eats everything in the refrigerator--and Ellie is so happy to have him around. Grandpa may not exactly fit in at middle school, but he certainly keeps things interesting. When he and Ellie team … Continue reading Middle Grade Review: The Third Mushroom by Jennifer L. Holm

Middle Grade Review: Greenglass House by Kate Milford

A rambling old inn, a strange map, an attic packed with treasures, squabbling guests, theft, friendship, and an unusual haunting mark this smart middle grade mystery in the tradition of the Mysterious Benedict Society books and Blue Balliet's Chasing Vermeer series. It's wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler's inn is always quiet during this … Continue reading Middle Grade Review: Greenglass House by Kate Milford