Middle Grade New Releases, Week of March 10, 2020

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to this middle grade book making its rounds through our reviewers! We only have one book to welcome this week, so we are treating you to two reviews. 


Thank you to @kidlitexchange for providing the review copy of this book. All opinions are our own.


DON’T CHECK OUT THIS BOOK! – by Kate Kliseimg_9809
March 10th 2020 ~ Algonquin Young Readers

Photo and Review by Susan ~ originally on Instagram ~ @redcanoereader

This story had me grinning from page one! It was full of fun, puns and fighting for what’s right. It’s all about a caring librarian who wants what’s best for her kids, even if it means going against the school board and the principal. She’s all about finding the most enticing book for her students; one that will lead them to staying up way way past their bedtime or one which enables them to research topics questioned by the school board president. (my kind of librarian!!) It’s also about some determined fifth grade sleuths, a caring and supportive school secretary (who actually runs the school, OF COURSE!) and the wacky school board president who is just a wee bit shady. 📚
I flew through this mystery, which is written in a series of letters, notes, texts and newspaper articles. It’s the perfect book for those kids who come into the library asking for a funny book or for the reluctant readers who aren’t really sure they’ll ever find a book they like. I’m certain almost anyone in grades 3+ will have a great time curling up with this story and being transported to the craziness of Appleton, Illinois, population of 83! Librarians you’ll want to pre-order now!


img_9808DON’T CHECK OUT THIS BOOK! – by Kate Klise
March 10th 2020 ~ Algonquin Young Readers

Photo and Review by Kate ~ originally on Instagram @kateteaching7and8

Appleton Elementary School is in danger of closing. Luckily, they’ve just hired a new librarian, Rita B. Danjerous, and her daughter, May B Danjerous, is the school’s 20th student, which means they can stay open. A new school board president, who also happens to be the only member of the board, has just been elected and institutes a mandatory uniform policy. The catch, uniforms may only be purchased from her store. The students of Appleton Elementary become instantly captivated by Rita B. Danjerous’s collection of books, especially the 5th grade class. Ms. Beprawpa, the school board president, doesn’t respond well to this and attempts to get Danjerous fired. The fifth grade class is on the case though. They’re following the money and trying to get to the core of what could be Appleton’s juiciest scandal ever.

OMG! This is the cutest book ever. I loved that the story is told through a series of letters, memos, notes, bills, emails, texts, and newspaper pages. It is an incredibly unique idea and helped to enhance the message of the book. I also love a book that is all about the power of books and encourages people to be readers. This book covers so much it’s amazing. It discusses the power of books, questioning authority, and abuse of power. One of my favorite things are the characters names. While some are simply puns related to their jobs, many of them also offer insight into character. This book was fun, light, and completely engaging. I found it to be a very a quick read. I believe my middle school students will absolutely love it.


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