American contemporary, Award Winners, Bullying, friendship stories, middle grade, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive LGBT characters

Middle Grade Monday: The Thing About Jellyfish

Multiple people, including author Carrie Mac, Danielle at Bookish Notions and Michelle from Mabel's Fables told me that this would be a book I would love. They were correct. This National Book Award nominated title falls under one of my favourite categories, Poignant Coming of Age Story, and is particularly adept at detailing not only… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: The Thing About Jellyfish

American contemporary, friendship stories, Funny Books, Graphic Novel, middle grade, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Summer Reads

Middle Grade Monday: Sunny Side Up

With that bright blue cover, bouncy font and beach-y theme, Sunny Side Up¬†looks like a typical summer read. But looks can be deceiving. Sunny Side Up is a moving story about coming to terms with difficult secrets disguised as a typical¬†summer read. So-called 'typical' elements include a summer spent away from home, steamy days spent… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Sunny Side Up

American contemporary, Books for Everyone, friendship stories, Funny Books, middle grade, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Readalouds, Realistic contemporary, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Summer Reads, Uncategorized

Middle Grade Monday: The Fourteenth Goldfish

This is one of those deceiving middle grade novels that seems straight forward and charming but is so deeply layered that the minute you try to examine it you are left with the conclusion that Jenni Holm is a genius and mere mortals should not try to dissect her work. Ellie does not know what… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: The Fourteenth Goldfish