Happy release week to these middle grade books making their rounds through our reviewers!
Thank you to @kidlitexchange for providing the review copies of these books.
You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World by Caroline Paul
(Bloomsbury Children’s Books ~ May 15, 2018)
Review by Lauren ~ Originally on Instagram @thesmilelines
What are you passionate about? This book is filled with ways kids can change the world. There are steps laid out and ideas to use in order to make these changes happen.
✨Along with the steps there is a ‘workbook’ section to give kids a chance to think things through. The book includes stories of children who have made a big difference by following many of these steps.
✨I recommend this book in middle grade classrooms. I can absolutely see those wheels turning as kids read this guide on changing the world!
The Memory of Forgotten Things by Kat Zhang
(Aladdin ~ May 15, 2018)
Goodreads Summary: One of the happiest memories twelve-year-old Sophia Wallace has is of her tenth birthday. Her mother made her a cake that year—and not a cake from a box-mix, but from scratch. She remembers the way the frosting tasted, the way the pink sugar roses dissolved on her tongue.
This memory, and a scant few others like it, is all Sophia has of her mother, so she keeps them close. She keeps them secret, too. Because as paltry as these memories are, she shouldn’t have them at all.
The truth is, Sophia Wallace’s mother died when she was six years old. But that isn’t how she remembers it. Not always.
Sophia has never told anyone about her unusual memories—snapshots of a past that never happened. But everything changes when Sophia gets assigned a school research project on solar eclipses. She becomes convinced that the upcoming solar eclipse will grant her the opportunity to make her alternate life come true, to enter a world where her mother never died.
With the help of two misfit boys, she must figure out a way to bring her mother back to her—before the opportunity is lost forever.
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