What’s New in Middle Grade? More Good Books I’m Reading…June 2019
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Elements of Genius: Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray by Jess Keating
ADVENTURE — STEM
Also on these lists: 4th Grade Books in a Series, STEM Middle Grade Books
The Ghost Network: Activate by I.I. Davidson
Jack and his friend are hackers who get taken to a top-secret tech school where dangerous secrets are hidden behind the STEM school facade. Not only are the kids in danger but there also seems to be a computer implanted inside their brains telling them what to do! The story intrigued me from the get-go but after about the middle, the action was so fast-paced and suspenseful, I was totally hooked.
The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles, illustrated by Dapo Adeola
ADVENTURE / MAGICAL REALISM/ FUNNY
If you’re a fan of wild and wacky stories, this is the book for you. Cousins Otto and Sheed accidentally stop time, freezing all the people in the town. Mostly. Because a sinister Mr. Flux on a gigantic beast can move about as can all the people related to time like A.M. and P.M.and Father Time. Throw in some unexpected plot twists and excellent writing and it adds up to a delightful adventure that just proves you should be careful what you wish for…
How High the Moon by Karyn Parsons
Maximillian Fly by Angie Sage
FANTASY — DYSTOPIAN
Oddmire Changeling by William Ritter
Redemption and family merge with magical creatures of good and not-so-good forces. Twin brothers, one of who is a changeling but doesn’t know, venture into the dangerous swamp to the goblin horde to finish the magic so they won’t die. Their devoted mother follows and fights for their future just as much or more than they do. I really like that there are two strong mothers in this story and the loyal bond of two not-related-by-blood brothers, plus it’s a great adventure that keeps you guessing!
Dear Justice League by Michael Northrop
SUPERHERO (GRAPHIC NOVEL)
Each chapter is a letter from kids to each DC superhero plus a related short story. It will be entertaining fun for fans of the DC heroes.