Middle Grade New Releases, Week of October 2, 2018

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. All opinions are our own.

img_6830Dog Days in the City by Jodi Kendall
(October 2nd 2018 ~ HarperCollins)

Photo and Review by Kate ~ originally on Instagram @littleloudlibrary

Oh my goodness. This is the first middle grade book that has straight up made me cry in a long long time. It was on the top of my most anticipated MG list for this fall and it 100% lived up to my expectations as the sequel to my favorite of Fall 2017 – THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY. In that story, Josie (along with her many siblings and friends) were tasked with saving a pig in their urban Ohio home, and this time it’s a litter of SEVEN puppies abandoned at the clinic where Josie volunteers.
I adore everything about this book – everything. Fans of the first in the duo will rejoice when this releases on Oct 2, and new readers should start reading PIG now so they are ready for this one as soon as it drops! @jodi_kendall ~ please keep writing these books!

Door by JiHyeon Leeimg_6831

Photo and Review by Shan ~ originally on Instagram @shansalterwrites

From the moment your eyes take in the cover of this wordless picture book you will be enticed inside its magical pages. A boy finds a key and follows a flying bug through the human world to a door. Inside, he finds a new land and unique creatures. He plays, picnics, swings, climbs trees, and even attends a wedding with his new friends. And discovers that there are many doors and many unique communities still to be explored.

Language and appearance are not barriers to making friends here, everyone is welcoming and accepting. A perfect message for an exquisitely illustrated book. This is a work of art to keep forever.

img_6850The Reckless Club by Beth Vrabel
(October 2nd 2018 ~ Running Press Kids

Photo and Review by Susan originally on Instagram @redcanoereader


Do you fondly recall the movie, The Breakfast Club, from many years ago? If so, The Reckless Club, will bring those memories flooding back! In this version, the club consists of five unrelated almost high schoolers who are brought together on the last day of their summer vacation to atone for the serious mistakes they each made on their last day of middle school. ✨
Each chapter focuses on a different student and is told from their point of view. We learn about their backgrounds, about their strengths, about their weaknesses and about their feelings concerning their consequence. We quickly learn that all is not what it seems. Your heart will break a bit when you learn of Rex’s loneliness in the world, Ally, Lilith and Jason’s hunger for their parents respect and support and Wes’s yearning for his parents to reunite. ✨
What I liked most about this novel was the growth that each of the characters experienced due to this long, hard day of volunteering at a nursing home. I liked the empathy they gained for one another and for the residents. I liked that they came to the realization that the residents have much wisdom to offer to them. I liked the support they offered to one another after they learned about one another’s mistakes. And finally, I liked how, by the end of the day, that the kids could truly like and “see each other” … and decided “we’re going to change things, make them better, starting now.”

This is a book that needs to be added to middle school and public library collections when it is released October 2.

Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchutruby-and-olivia-sketch
(October 2nd 2018 ~ Owl Hollow Press)

Good Reads Summary:Twelve year old Matt Del Toro is the greenest greenhorn in his family’s centuries-old business: riding down and destroying wolf-like monsters, known as skinners. Now, with those creatures multiplying, both in number and ferocity, Matt must saddle up and match his father’s skills at monster whacking. Odds of doing that? Yeah, about a trillion to one. Because Matt’s father is the legendary Javier Del Toro—hunter, scholar, and a true caballero: a gentleman of the horse.

Luckily, Matt has twelve hundred pounds of backup in his best friend—El Cid, an Andalusian war stallion with the ability of human speech, more fighting savvy than a medieval knight, and a heart as big and steadfast as the Rocky Mountains.

Serious horse power.

Those skinners don’t stand a chance. 

Look for a review soon on #kidlitexchange!

38397799Flight of the Swans by Sarah McGuire
( October 1st 2018 ~ Carolrhoda Books)

Good Reads Summary: Based on the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale Six Swans, The Flight of Swans follows Ryn’s journey to save her family and their kingdom.

Princess Andaryn’s six older brothers have always been her protectors–until her father takes a new Queen, a frightening, mysterious woman who enchants the men in the royal family. When Ryn’s attempt to break the enchantment fails, she makes a bitter bargain: the Queen will spare her brothers’ lives if Ryn remains silent for six years.

Ryn thinks she freed her brothers, but she never thought the Queen would turn her brothers into swans. She never thought she’d have to discover the secret to undoing the Queen’s spell while eluding the Otherworldly forces that hunt her. And she never thought she’d have to do it alone, without speaking a single word.

As months as years go by, Ryn learns there is more to courage than speech . . . and that she is stronger than the Queen could have ever imagined. 

Look for a review soon on #kidlitexchange!

The Darkdeep by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs37542247
(October 2nd 2018 ~ Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

When a bullying incident sends twelve-year-old Nico Holland over the edge of a cliff into the icy waters of Still Cove, where no one ever goes, friends Tyler and Ella – and even ‘cool kid’ Opal -rush to his rescue… only to discover an island hidden in the swirling mists below.

Shrouded by dense trees and murky tides, the island appears uninhabited, although the kids can’t quite shake the feeling that something about it is off. Their suspicions grow when they stumble upon an abandoned houseboat with an array of curiosities inside: odd-looking weapons, unnerving portraits, maps to places they’ve never heard of, and a glass jar containing something completely unidentifiable.

As the group delves deeper into the unknown, their discoveries – and their lives -begin to intertwine in weird and creepy ways. Something ancient has awakened… and it knows their wishes and dreams – and their darkest, most terrible secrets. Do they have what it takes to face the shadowy things that lurk within their own hearts?

Look for a review soon on #kidlitexchange!


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