Middle Grade New Releases, Week of October 16, 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_6854Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
(October 16th 2018 ~ HarperCollins)

Photo and Review by Julie ~ originally on Instagram @mrsoslibrary

My Rating: 5/5

Summary: In Orge Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine transports us back to the land of Kyrria and the Kingdom of Frell, where many years ago we met Ella. Fairy Lucinca is still bestowing awful gifts in the name of happy endings. This time she turns Evie, who is 15 and a well-knownhealer, into an ogre because she declines a marriage proposal from her good friend Warwick, also known as Wormy. She has 62 days to accept the proposal or she will remain an ogre forever. The problem, of course is that humans don’t like ogres because they stink and eat people. How will a young man like her enough, let alone love her enough to propose?

Told in first person, as her other fairytale retellings are, Levine’s vivid story moves along at a perfect pace. The descriptions are unappetizing and downright gross at times, but readers will love the story nonetheless.

(October 16th 2018 ~ Wendy Lamb Books)

Photo and Review by Laura ~ originally on Instagram @librarianmsg

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for THE SEASON OF STYX MALONE by @keklamagoon

I dare you not to fall in love with this charming coming of age story about friendship and rebellion. Caleb and older brother/best friend Bobby Gene are determined not to be ordinary anymore and are drawn like moths to a flame to Styx, who in comparison is worldly and knowledgeable as a foster kid who has experienced a lot of hardship, but also lived all over. The three black adolescents have one summer adventure after another, some of them bordering on illegal, but eventually Styx’s secrets catch up to them. .
This is a quick, thrilling read with emotions that run deep. Shout out for the strong parental figures in this one, as well — Caleb and Bobby Gene’s parents come across as strict but loving and understanding.

img_6887Something Rotten  by Heather L. Montgomery
(October 16th 2018 ~ Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

Photo and Review by Shannon ~ originally on Instagram @campbrariantn

I met the author Heather L. Motgomery at a @tasltn event a few summers ago. Her love of science and nature is contagious and I could sit and listen to her all day. I didn’t want her session to end. Her books come across the same way she does in person. She is fascinated by science and she helps her readers and audience feel the same way.

The roadkill subject matter is sure to draw in your readers, especially boys. Heather finds a way to weave facts into her stories about the scientists who study and help the animals killed or injured when crossing the road. Although I found this #arc a little footnote heavy I am hoping that when I purchase the book for my school library she and the publisher will have found a way to lesson that number. There are some great facts in there, but some seemed to be personal opinion, which could have been woven into the main text, or definitions, which might be better off highlighted and given a separate glossary in the back.

I think readers of all ages could benefit from this book. There is a universal message about doing our part to help the planet and the animals that inhabit it too. I learned about some simple things I can do while driving to help protect animals, especially as urbanization creeps it’s way closer to where I live.

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