Cold Hearted by Serena Valentino

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Cold Hearted is the 8th book in the Villains series. This is such a fun series! I am huge fan of retellings, and I love it when they delve into the before and after of the original story. It’s so fun!

In Cold Hearted, we get to see what really happened in the evil stepmother’s story from Cinderella. This was great way to understand Lady Tremaine’s story. We get to go back in time and see what happened before Cinderella came into her life, and I loved it so much. This definitely skews to a younger reader, so it’s a quick, easy story, and it’s oh so fun!

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Awesome Dog 5000 vs. The Kitty-Cat Cyber Squad by Justin Dean

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Book Genre Block - "Middle Grade" with girl reading book
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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Awesome Dog 5000 vs. The Kitty-Cat Cyber Squad is the third book in the Awesome Dog 5000 series. This is a really fun book for a middle-grade reader! It’s full of adventure and lots of situations that will make readers laugh!

This is a graphic novel, so it has a mixture of text and illustrations to help tell the story. The illustrations are great, and are, truly, a lot of fun!

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Shoe Wars by Liz Pichon

Book Genre Block - "Middle Grade" with girl reading book
Book Cover with two shoes that have turned into monster faces

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story is full of fun, laughs, dogs, and an evil shoe villain…what more could a middle-grade reader ask for?

Told through a narrator that grabs your interest right from the start, this is a book that is hard to put down. It’s light-hearted, but still managed to hit on topics of importance. I really enjoyed that this is a chapter book, but had create illustrations throughout the pages to help support the story.

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Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd

Book Genre Block - "Middle Grade"

Rating: 5 out of 5.

As a child, I had allergies to every kind of animal, so my heart went out to Maggie in this book! It’s hard to be a kid and not be able to get a pet when you want one so bad!

I really enjoyed that this story hits on multiple situations that young readers deal with in every day life. There is friendship and fights, new siblings, and of course, our pet drama and allergies. In graphic novel format, this story flew by! This was a well-written, wonderful book, and readers will really connect with Maggie and her story!

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I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis

Book Genre Block - "Middle Grade"
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Rating: 5 out of 5.

If you have not yet discovered this fabulous historical fiction series for kids, then you are in for a treat! My son absolutely loves this series, and we excitedly await the release of new books!

I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 was originally written as book 9 in the I Survived series. This newly adapted version is in graphic novel format, which is really exciting. We own the original version of this book as well, and found that both formats are exciting, and a great way to tell an important story!

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What’s Inside a Flower? by Rachel Ignotofsky

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow! This was a pretty darn cool book! I know that sounds a little dramatic, but seriously, it’s awesome!

So, why do I like this little gem? It’s got amazing illustrations that are gorgeous, and beg to be looked at. Along with the beautiful artwork, the information provided in this book is great for not only children but adults as well!

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The Secrets We Keep by Nikki Lee Taylor

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story was a heartbreaking thriller creating such a wild ride of emotions from start to finish. I found this book a bit hard to read due to some content that I outline in my content warning section. It was, however, an excellent story that you won’t forget about.

The characters created in this story are really well developed. I thought that the author did a wonderful job of creating story arcs and personal growth, making me care about them. I liked that we really got to see different sides of the characters, offering some better insight into their actions.

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The Dragon Thief by Zetta Elliott

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What a fun fantasy story for middle-grade readers! I really enjoyed the 🐉dragon 😂. I haven’t read a ton of books with dragons in them, so I really liked this!

There are some great themes within the story that will resonate with many readers. Family is an important element throughout the story. I really enjoyed that the family we meet are close relatives as well as ones further along in the family tree. It’s nice to show that a family can consist of a variety of blood relatives as well as strong friends.

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Matriarch by Adam Wing

Rating: 5 out of 5.

First of all, how amazing is this cover? I just love how things are woven into her hair, just like the story weaves from one thing to the next. It’s wonderful!

This is a really quick story, so you can sit down, and just completely immerse yourself in it. I loved how the author’s words created this fluid story that entranced me! It’s the type of story that will whisk you away, and you won’t even realize the physical world around you.

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Power Divided by S. Behr

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I love a good dystopian story, and this book had that plus great characters and a mix of magic that had e totally entranced!

The magical powers that these characters have were exciting, and I loved learning about them. It’s a magical system that was easy to understand, which I always appreciate! The story begins with an accidental use of powers, and it gripped me from the first line!

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The Reading House Series by Marla Conn

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Books that will make my kids want to learn are amazing! This series fall into that group! My daughter is still working on learning to be comfortable with her letters. She can read, but she sometimes mixes up her d and b, and sometimes she just needs some extra encouragement. When we got this series, she was so excited to start it!

The red and blue boxes each have half the alphabet. There is a book for every letter, and each book is extremely easy for a child to read, making them feel empowered and encouraged as they complete a book!

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Ballet Orphans by Terez Mertes Rose

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Did you know I used to dance? I was in ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz, and clogging, which is a story for another day. Reading this book was like a walk down memory lane, and I loved it! Ballet Orphans is the prequel to the Ballet Theatre Chronicles. If you haven’t read the others, I think this is a great place to start the series without feeling like you have missed anything.

This story focuses on April, a soloist at the New York American Ballet Theatre. After some tragic events in her life, she takes the offer to start dancing with the West Coast Ballet Theatre. I loved that this story had the main character moving from one coast to the other. There was a wonderful feeling of a restart with April moving so far away and taking a chance to dance with a new company.

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