Middle Grade New Releases, March 12, 2019

Happy book birthday 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_7731YOUNG CAPTAIN NEMO ~ by Jason Henderson   

Photo and Review by ~ Erika originally on Instagram @learningonleightonlane

Gabriel Nemo, a descendant of the original Captain Nemo, is captain of his own submarine, Obscure. Gabe attends a STEM school in Santa Marta, California, while his parents remain at Nemotech headquarters somewhere on the ocean floor. With the help of two classmates, Gabe dodges school activities to attend to missions and sea-based rescues.

When his sister, Nerissa, tells him of a strange sea creature that is inhabiting the shells of sunken aircraft, ships, and submarines, Gabe and his friends are off on the adventure of a lifetime.

This book was full of page-turning adventure, Easter eggs, and conservation lessons. I know some children who will eat up the story and be hungry for more. Good thing, too, as it seems as if the author is planning for sequels. The book would pair well with non-fiction texts about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and marine biology.

I’ll definitely be adding a copy to my classroom library.

MOSTLY THE HONEST TRUTH – by Jody J. Little img_7730

Photo and Review by Jordan ~ originally on Instagram @askadams

I absolutely devoured this book. Coming from a family very similar to this, I can attest to the authenticity of Jane’s thoughts and feelings. The weight of Jane’s situation is something that no kid should have to go through, but has to all the time just the same. Too many kids have unhealthy relationships with alcoholic parents and they never get the chance to see the light. But Jane’s story offers hope. Hope that there are others out there like you. Hope that things can change. Hope that you don’t have to be alone in your struggles and that sometimes it’s best to tell the honest truth instead of the half truths that never give the full story. I’m so happy that Jane’s story ended on the hopeful note that it did. I have to admit, I was a little worried with what Jane’s honest truth was going to be and I was very relieved that I was wrong. I wholeheartedly recommend this book being bought for all middle school libraries. Little knocks it out of the park with this one! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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