Summer 2017 New Releases for Ages 8 – 12 Years Old
Two Truths and a Lieby Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson, illustrated by Lisa K. Weber NONFICTION
This book is GENIUS! It’s an impressive dare really for kids to read and figure out what is true and what is a lie. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how the authors engage the readers brains in such a way! I can’t resist their dare. And I hope most kids wouldn’t be able to either. Again, it’s a genius premise, one that promises to cementing knowledge of real and false because no answers are given. Know that readers will not just be reading and thinking deeply, but they’ll also doing research while they’re immersed in the book… (Because one must know if a prehistoric dinosaur “Bambi” exists, if the slyrking will take over your picnic, or if doctors really can implant a stimoceiver in the brain to control your behavior.) Readers can’t just walk away without doing the research to find the truth. Oh, and I must tell you that the conversational tone in which this book is written makes it flow smoothly. That, plus the addition of many illustrations and photographs make this one hard-to-put down nonfiction middle grade book. Teachers, take note!! Two Truths and a Lie has moved to the top of my favorite nonfiction books for elementary and middle school children ages 8 – 12.
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams – Garcia REALISTIC
The Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff REALISTIC
When Winnie’s parents divorce, they become obsessed with dividing everything up equally and outdoing each other. So, to make it fair (3 days per parent), Winnie spends Wednesdays by herself in her own treehouse. She loves this break from her out of control with celebrations parents. When she learns she’s in danger of flunking fifth grade, she decides to stay in her treehouse until her parents stop the madness. And her friends join her with their own demands. This is a fun-filled, entertaining story with heart!
Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds SUPERHERO
Miles’ spidey sense is whacking out when he’s at school, especially in his history class. Add to that, he’s worried he will turn out like his criminal uncle. So, Miles, who is Puerto-Rican and African American, stops being Spider Man. Until he discovers a chilling plot of men named Chamberlain who work under the control of The Warden. Now, he must use all his skills to save the world from a racist threat. You’ll love the diversity, the two-parent family, and the complexity of Mile’s character.
Code Name Flood Edge of Extinction by Laura Martin (book 2) SCI FI
Supernormal Sleuthing Service: The Lost Legacy by Gwenda Bond and Christopher Rowe MYSTERY / FANTASY
The Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline K. Ogburn, illustrated by Rebecca Green FANTASY
Hero: Hurricane Rescue by Jennifer Li Shotz REALISTIC / ADVENTURE
You May Already Be a Winner by Ann Dee Ellis
Now that her dad is gone, Olivia can’t go to school because her mom wants her to stay home to take care of her little sister. Olivia does a good job, planning out their day carefully, but she wants to go back to school. Excellent writing paired with a sweet story of a struggling family combine to make a wonderful, heart-warming story.
The Summer of Bad Ideas by Keira Stewart REALISTIC
William Wenton and the Impossible Puzzle by Bobbie Peers FANTASY
William can’t help but solve the impossible puzzle — his brain just sees the answers to these things. But that puts him on the radar of the Institute, who the family’s been hiding from. William’s taken to the Institute which he learns his grandfather founded and there’s a dangerous man trying to find his grandfather’s work