Category Archives: Middle Grades

Genghis Khan: 13th-Century Mongolian Tyrant by Enid A. Goldberg

Genghis Khan covers his life from his mother’s kidnapping by his father through his death. It explains how he took over so much of the world and how ruthless he was and how willing to stab his friends in the back. I am quite impressed with just how much information is packed into this relatively short book while still being easy for a middle grade age kid to understand it all. I highly recommend it to kids interested in Genghis Khan or studying him in school.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 106 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 29,324
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Adrian for Next School Year

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Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage by Julie Anne Grasso

Frankie Dupont is back and investigating who at the science fair stole Angus and Archie’s chip for their robot. Everyone has a motive, but Frankie must follow the clues to narrow down the suspects.

Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage is a cute book. My 9- and 11-year-old boys enjoyed it a lot. They had fun following the clues along with Frankie and guessing who the culprit could be. I highly recommend this book to kids!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 106
Pages Read in 2017: 29,073
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Reason I Chose It: Bedtime Story for the Boys

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Nightshade City by Hilary Wagner

Since the Bloody Coup, Killdeer and Billycan have ruled the Catacombs with an iron fist, but still rats are disappearing without a trace. After Clover is named as The Chosen One, her uncle Juniper must hurry up the plans to overthrow Killdeer and move the rats to the much more pleasant Nightshade City.

I have noticed that there seems to be some unspoken rule that graphic violence is not okay in books for kids unless the characters are animals. This book has some very graphic violence going on between the anthropomorphic rats. The chapters are also overly long with each chapter being 25-30 pages. This made the flow of the book awkward. My 9- and 11-year-old boys were happy when we finished the book, not because they enjoyed it, but because it was over, and said they did not want to finish the series. I don’t really recommend reading Nightshade City.

2 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 99
Pages Read in 2017: 27,935
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Reason I Chose It: Bedtime Story for the Boys

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Stories of Roland Told to the Children

Stories of Roland Told to the Children is the story of Charlemagne, Ganelon, and Roland told in a way that is easily accessible for middle grade children. There is a lot of violence and death since it’s all about battles. It’s a good choice for students learning about Charlemagne or the story of Roland.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 97 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 27,387
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Adrian for Next School Year

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Can It Really Rain Frogs? by Spencer Christian and Antonia Felix

Jam-packed with weather-related information (both typical and unusual), Can it Really Rain Frogs? is an excellent book for middle grade kids. It’s told in a fun, conversational format and includes several science experiments. I highly recommend it to kids who are interested in or studying weather.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 92(this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 26,164
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Fritz for Next School Year

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The Golden Symbol by Andrea Pearson

The Lorkon are coming for the final battle, but Jacob and his friends must first find the potion recipe hidden by Onyev long ago that will allow them to turn the Lorkon back into humans able to be killed. Once the recipe has been found, they must gather the ingredients and make the potion before the Lorkon arrive.

The Golden Symbol is the sixth and final book in the Kilenya series. It’s action packed and just as exciting as all the others. The writing is excellent and my 8- and 10-year-old sons and I all enjoyed it. Even though I knew how it would turn out, there were times I wasn’t sure the ending would be at all happy. I highly recommend this book and the whole Kilenya series to kids and adults. It makes an excellent family read aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 90
Pages Read in 2017: 24,950
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Reason I Chose It: Bedtime Story for the Boys

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Beowulf: A New Telling by Robert Nye

Beowulf: A New Telling covers most of the saga of Beowulf using easy to understand language. The story is interesting and well-written. I highly recommend it to middle grade age kids studying the middle ages.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 84
Pages Read in 2017: 23,379
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Cameron & Fritz for Next Year

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