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As a homeschooling veteran, I review middle-grade stories to help parents, librarians, and teachers choose good books.

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Alone by Megan E. Freeman, a review

Alone by Megan E. Freeman, a review

In Alone by Megan E Freeman, twelve-year-old Maddie meant to plan a secret sleepover with a smorgasbord of Twinkies, soda and frozen pizza. But her friends cancel and she sleeps by herself at her grandparents’ apartment. Then she wakes up to a new world–one with no other people in it.

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I Am David by Anne Holm, a review

I Am David by Anne Holm, a review

Anne Holm, a Danish journalist and author, wrote this novel in 1963 about a twelve-year-old boy who grew up in a concentration camp in Eastern Europe and remembers nothing else. David’s life and outlook are uniformly grim. He has never even smiled.Anne Holm, a Danish journalist and author, wrote this novel in 1963 about a twelve-year-old boy who grew up in a concentration camp in Eastern Europe and remembers nothing else. David’s life and outlook are uniformly grim. He has never even smiled.

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A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus, a review

A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus, a review

Kate Albus has penned a World War II story, A Place to Hang the Moon, that engages the reader magnificently. Three orphans lose their only relative, their wealthy, cold and distant grandmother. Then their lawyer and former housekeeper send them with other children to...

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Coo by Kaela Noel, a middle-grade book review

Coo by Kaela Noel, a middle-grade book review

Coo by Kaela Noel, a middle-grade tale, tells the story of a girl raised by pigeons. It's a sweet story; by the end of it, you too will want to learn pigeon-language. I guarantee you'll never see pigeons in quite the same way again. A flock of pigeons in New York...

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The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart, a book review

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart, a book review

A middle-grade book review: Twelve-year-old Coyote Sunrise and her dad, Rodeo, wander America in their retrofitted school bus, with no plans, no schedule. Well, there is one scheduled item–a weekly call to Coyote’s grandma. In a call to Coyote in Florida, Grandma casually tells her that the park down the street is going to be dug up for development in four days.

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Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk, a review

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk, a review

When her father is struck by a falling tree and lies in a coma, Ellie wants nothing more than to heal him. He’d taught her some of the woodsy healing arts, and she sets out to try them first on a seemingly stillborn puppy, then on her helpless father, and on an injured neighbor everyone thinks is a witch.

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Chirp by Kate Messner, a review

Chirp by Kate Messner, a review

Chirp by Kate Messner, published in 2020, tells the tale of Mia, a twelve year old former gymnast who’s just moved from Boston to Vermont. Her family moved there to support her grandmother, whose unpredictability makes everyone wonder what’s going to happen next. Gram’s business, raising crickets for people food, is languishing.

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