Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

15766776Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: April 9th, 2013
Publisher: Yearling
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fairy Tale Retellings, Adventure, Magic, Destiny, Family


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In a magic kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone’s joke. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she’s right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse.

To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen. The odds are against him, but with courage and friendship—and a cheeky sense of humor—he just might triumph in the end. Continue reading

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Because of Mr. Terupt – Rob Buyea

7783920Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: October 12th, 2010
Publisher: Delacorte BFYR
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fiction, School Life, Friendship


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It’s the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There’s . . . Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who’s having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school.

Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn’t let them get away with much . . . until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything—and everyone.   Continue reading

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne

the boyThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: 2006
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: MG/YA, Historical Fiction, Holocaust, Friendship, Family


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If you start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy named Bruno. (Though this isn’t a book for nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence.

Fences like this exist all over the world. We hope you never have to encounter one. Continue reading

The Magic Misfits – Neil Patrick Harris

magic misfitsThe Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
First Published: November 21st, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Magicians, Friendship, Adventure


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When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything and everything they can get their sticky fingers on.

After a fateful encounter with the local purveyor of illusion, Dante Vernon, Carter teams up with five other like-minded kids. Together, using both teamwork and magic, they’ll set out to save the town of Mineral Wells from Bosso’s villainous clutches. These six Magic Misfits will soon discover adventure, friendship, and their own self-worth in this delightful new series. Continue reading

Cucumber Quest: The Doughtnut Kingdom

cucuCucumber Quest: The Doughnut Kingdom by Gigi D.G.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
First Published: October 10th, 2017
Publisher: First Second Books
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Adventure, Friendship


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The seven kingdoms of Dreamside need a legendary hero. Instead, they’ll have to settle for Cucumber, a nerdy magician who just wants to go to school. As destiny would have it, he and his way more heroic sister, Almond, must now seek the Dream Sword, the only weapon powerful enough to defeat Queen Cordelia’s Nightmare Knight. Continue reading

Wishtree – Katherine Applegate

wishtreeWishtree by Katherine Applegate

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
First Published: September 26th, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Animals, Friendship, Love, Family, Acceptance


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Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood “wishtree”—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this “wishtree” watches over the neighborhood.

You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever. Continue reading

My Brigadista Year – Katherine Paterson

my brigadista yearMy Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: October 10th, 2017
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Historical Fiction, Cuba


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In an engrossing historical novel, the Newbery Medal-winning author of Bridge to Terabithia follows a young Cuban teenager as she volunteers for Fidel Castro’s national literacy campaign and travels into the impoverished countryside to teach others how to read. Continue reading