Middle Grade New Releases, Week of December 3, 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.


ALL THE COLORS OF MAGIC – by Valija Zinckimg_9256
December 3rd 2019 ~ Scholastic Inc.

Review and picture by Erika ~ originally on Instagram @learningonleightonlane

Penelope is a 10 year old girl with gray hair and the faint smell of smoke trails behind her wherever she goes. She lives a normal life with her mother and Granny Elizabeth. Well, aside from hearing things before they are said and the rain that falls on her birthday each year, that is not actually wet!

When Penelope discovers that her mom has been hiding her brilliant red hair with an ash paste, she discovers she is special. She can talk to the road, she really CAN hear things before they are said, and she can float—no—FLY!

When Penny finds out that her father, who she believed dead, is actually alive and is tormenting her mother with child support payments that dwindle to (literally) sand, Penny decides to put an end to it. She will go find him and tell him to stop!

What Penelope finds on this adventure is so much more: her true self, the support of friends, and one big surprise.

Kids will be drawn to this book because of the gorgeous cover art, but will stay for the zany adventures of a magical girl!


img_9257DON’T TELL THE NAZIS – by Marsha Forchunk Skrypuch
December 3rd 2019 ~ Scholastic Press

Review by Julie ~ originally on Instagram @jsmjsm456

In​ Don’t Tell the Nazis,​ Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch pens a heartbreaking story of a young girl who questions whether she is brave enough to make her Tato proud. Krystia’s experiences in war-torn Ukraine, while unfortunately not unique to war, are so tenderly shared through her actions and first-person narrative that the reader feels the intensity throughout the story. Skrypuch does a tremendous amount of research to get the story right, and she blends history with fiction beautifully to create a compelling piece that is appropriate for the mature MG reader. Told with compassion, Krystia makes sacrifices that no child her age should endure. Yet, at the end, you are left with hope: hope for the insurgents, hope that Krystia will make it safely to find her sister, Maria, and hope in the strength of humanity to overcome tyranny and hatred.


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