Category Archives: middle grade

Asp of Ascension by B R Myers

Asp of Ascension clearly has roots in Nancy Drew – but updated for the modern middle schooler to include hunky love interests (in multiples) who fall for the way she smells, her eyes, her hair, etc. Which wouldn’t be a … Continue reading

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The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud

Sometimes, you find a series so great, you wonder why it isn’t the next Harry Potter. Because truly, The Lockwood series has all the things that made Harry Potter great: intricate plot and worldbuilding, intriguing characters, a fascinating story, and … Continue reading

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Impyrium by Henry H. Neff

Some books don’t resonate with a reader and unfortunately this one never really caught my interest. The writing is strong and there is good worldbuilding. But I also felt that I had read this story before; an amalgamation of dystopian … Continue reading

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Orange Planet 1 by Haruka Fukushima

There’s bland – and then there’s confusing, pointless, unrealistic, and boringly bland. This falls squarely into the latter category: a complete waste of time with an idiot protagonist, stupid boys, and plot-by-numbers harem romance. Perhaps 8 year old girls love … Continue reading

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The Transatlantic Conspiracy by G.D. Falksen

Somewhere in the translation of the concept into the story, an important spark ended up being lost. For although this is by no means a terrible book, it never really coalesced into a solid tale. Part steampunk, part historical, part … Continue reading

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School Judgement 1 by Enoki and Obata

I have to admit – I am having a hard time really getting into this manga. Perhaps it would read better if I was around 11 years old – then the silliness might be nice in a mind-numbing way. But … Continue reading

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Coding Games in Scratch by DK Publishing

Coding Games in Scratch is a beautifully presented, friendly, and very easy to use book designed to introduce kids to coding through creating their own games. The language used is Scratch and is easily available; kids also learn about basics … Continue reading

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