Middle Grade New Releases, Week of March 31, 2020

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to these middle grade books making their rounds through our reviewers! 


img_9985THE DERBY DAREDEVILS: KENZIE KICKSTARTS A TEAMby Kit Rosewater
Published March 24th 2020 ~ Amulet Books

Photo and Review by Natasha ~ originally on Instagram @knittinglibrarian

In this middle grade chapter book, Kenzie, a fifth grader, and her best friend Shelly have dreams of becoming famous roller derby players. Kenzie’s mom does roller derby and Kenzie and Shelly spend a lot of time at the skating rink with her practicing their Dynamic Duo moves. When an opportunity to join a Junior Derby League comes up, the girls jump at the chance. There is only one problem, they need to try out with a team so they need three more members. As they work to find more roller derby players, Kenzie struggles with the changes that are happening. Will the new people they are meeting change her friendship with Shelly? As her coach Mambo Rambo says, “Change happens no matter what, you can’t control that. The thing is how you pivot and skate forward.” As I read this book, I enjoyed learning how roller derby is played. I also liked how Kenzie dealt with the changes happening, found her strength, made new friends, and learned to go with the flow and “skate forward”. There was great diversity as well as LGBTQ representation – Kenzilla’s dad is transgender and Kenzilla has feelings for her neighbor Bree. I recommend this book for students who enjoy sports stories about girls who have drive and ambition.


NINA SONI: SISTER FIXER – by Kashmira Sheth 52529236._SX318_SY475_
April 1st 2020 ~ Peachtree Publishing Company

Good Reads Summary: The second title in a humorous series featuring a charming, distractible Indian-American girl and her family and friends.
A long rainy stretch during spring break has Nina restless and hungry for a new project and aggravated with little sister Kavita’s embarrassing behavior. A fresh pile of dirt just delivered to the neighbor’s house for a landscaping project ends up being too tempting to resist. Can Nina fix Kavita and create something amazing at the same time? With her sister’s help, Nina launches a grand engineering project–with unexpected consequences.
Readers are sure to relate to author Kashmira Sheth’s endearing Nina Soni and her slightly scatter-brained efforts to manage her life with lists, definitions, and real-life math problems.

Watch for a Review Soon!


51z35SYDt9L._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_THE SLUG QUEEN CHRONICLES – by S.O Thomas
Available now!

Publisher summary: Twelve-year-old Cricket Kane hates cats. They bite, they scratch, and they make her sneeze. So when a disheveled black cat shows up with insults and an urgent message, of course she wants nothing to do with him. When her sweet baby brother and everyone else she cares about turn against her one by one, Cricket knows something has gone horribly wrong. But the only one who believes her is a cat no one else can see.

Cricket must find a way to believe the unbelievable if there’s any hope of saving the people she loves most. Can she summon the courage before it’s too late?

Find out now in this middle-grade fantasy for fans of Nevermoor and The Land of Stories!

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