Middle Grade New Releases, Week of November 27, 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.

First of all, here’s one we missed from earlier this month! Please forgive our mistake, and make sure
you look for this special book!

img_7216Everyday Magic for Kids: 30 Amazing Magic Tricks That You Can Do Anywhere by Justin Flom
(November 13th 2018  ~ Running Press Kids)

Review and Picture by Lauren ~ originally on Instagram @smilelines

I love that the magic tricks are totally doable! The tricks use ordinary objects with step-by-step instructions and illustrations. I love that there are 30 tricks! Justin gives tips on what to say to your audience when doing the tricks, too!
I actually hid this one from my older son so I can order a copy for his birthday! Magic themed gifts for the win!

Unconventional Warfare by Chris Lynch37822646
(November 27th 2018 ~ Scholastic Press)

Discover the secret missions behind America’s greatest conflicts.

Danny Manion has been fighting his entire life. Sometimes with his fists. Sometimes with his words. But when his actions finally land him in real trouble, he can’t fight the judge who offers him a choice: jail… or the army.

Turns out there’s a perfect place for him in the US military: the Studies and Observation Group (SOG), an elite volunteer-only task force comprised of US Air Force Commandos, Army Green Berets, Navy SEALS, and even a CIA agent or two. With the SOG’s focus on covert action and psychological warfare, Danny is guaranteed an unusual tour of duty, and a hugely dangerous one. Fortunately, the very same qualities that got him in trouble at home make him a natural-born commando in a secret war. Even if almost nobody knows he’s there.

National Book Award finalist Chris Lynch begins a new, explosive fiction series based on the real-life, top-secret history of US black ops.

Look for a review soon on #kidlitexchange!

37825373 (1)Gamer Army by Trent Reedy
(November 27th 2018 ~ Arthur A. Levine Books)

After Rogan Webber levels up yet again on his favorite video game, Laser Viper, the world-famous creator of the game invites him to join the five best players in the country for an exclusive tournament. The gamers are flown to the tech mogul’s headquarters, where they stay in luxury dorms and test out cutting edge virtual-reality gaming equipment, doing digital battle as powerful fighting robots. It’s the ultimate gaming experience.

But as the contest continues, the missions become harder, losing gamers are eliminated, and the remaining contestants face the growing suspicion that the game may not be what it seems. Why do the soldiers and robots they fight in Laser Viper act so weird? What’s behind the strange game glitches? And why does the game feel so…real?

Rogan and his gamer rivals must come together, summoning the collective power of their Gamer Army to discover the truth and make things right…in a dangerous world where video games have invaded reality.

Look for a review soon on #kidlitexchange!

Courageous: A Novel of Dunkirk by Yona Zeldis McDonoughimg_7217
(November 27th 2018 ~ Scholastic Press)

Review and Picture by Katie ~ originally on Instagram @texasreadergirl

“War leaves everyone crying, he realizes. There’s no way around it. Every single man, on either side of the fighting, is loved and cherished by people back home – wherever home happens to be. And the loss of life, anywhere, leaves a terrible hole in the hearts of all those people who are left behind.”
An action packed and poignant middle grade WW2 novel about a young boy who has experienced the tragic and lasting effects war can have on a family. Aiden’s oldest brother was killed at sea when a German U-boat torpedoed his navy ship, and now his middle brother is fighting abroad in France. Aiden’s once joyful home now bears the burden of loss and worry. It’s May 1940, and Aiden’s small fishing village on the coast of England has just learned that the German army has trapped British troops – including Aiden’s brother George – in Northern France. The Allies have come up with a plan to rescue the soldiers and bring them to safety back across the English Channel, and they’ll need every boat, big and small, they can find. Aiden’s parents refuse to go and forbid Aiden from making the trek himself – they cannot bear the thought of losing another child. But Aiden knows he must do everything in his power to help his brother and the other soldiers. Defying his parents, Aiden and his best friend Sally join Operation Dynamo to rescue the soldiers from Dunkirk. Will they survive the treacherous waters of the English Channel and the dangerous mission of transporting soldiers back home? Young readers will be riveted to these pages as they watch Aiden and Sally find the courage they have inside them to become the heroes this war needs.
This was a fantastic story, based on the true events of Operation Dynamo, though Aiden and his village are fictional. It’s an amazing feat of heroism, and McDonough captures the emotions of the situation perfectly. Middle grade readers will appreciate the emotional conflicts and will cheer for Aiden and Sally each step of the way. A great way to learn about this exciting and important piece of WW2 history.

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