ages 9 – 12



                               

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the scavengersThe Scavengers is an imaginative novel for 9 – 12 year olds set in a dystopian future. If you aren’t a fan of Young Adult fiction, you might not be familiar with this genre of fiction, but it’s very popular (Think Divergent, The Hunger Games, etc). A dystopia is defined as “an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.” What makes this novel so unique is that it is geared to younger readers and from the perspective of a girl their age.

My 10-year-old son and I have been enjoying this book so much.

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5 Ways My Mom Helped Me Become a Writer {Friday’s Five}

Find out more about Guest Contributor author Mike Perry at his website Sneezing Cow. Stay tuned for Jennifer’s review and giveaway on Monday. If you turn to the very last printed page of my latest book, The Scavengers, you will find the following one-line acknowledgment: Mom, for teaching me to read and filling my world with books. Now then: Of course we thank our moms. I would thank Mom even if she had raised me on gas station beef sticks and poker. There are a million ways to be a good mom. But in my case, Mom’s attention to books and reading altered the course of my life to the very moment of my typing these words. I grew up baling hay and cleaning calf
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The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm

My 10-year-old son and I read The Fourteenth Goldfish aloud together. We often read books aloud, but it can be a slow-going process. The more we like them, the faster we finish, because one or both of us will say “Let’s read one more chapter” in spite of other interests and reading our own books. Sometimes it was him suggesting another chapter, other times it was me. We both equally enjoyed this book. Why? Sciencey stuff, in this case facts about scientists and researches (This won’t surprise fans of her Squish graphic novels) heartfelt family issues (which won’t surprise fans of her works such as Turtle in Paradise) such as adult parent/child relationships and a “broken” family (specifically I loved that in the divorced family
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Always, Abigal

Always, Abigail is one of those important stories for that demographic of girls who are entering middle school. That is a time that brings big changes, especially for girls. Some girls slide right into the make-up, boys, popularity mode, while others get left behind (or choose to stay behind). Abigail and her best friends AlliCam –yep, they only need one name– are set on ruling the 6th grade. They know the first step is to make the pom-pom squad. They practice all summer, and they buy just the right clothes. But the first day of 6th grade already turns out to be a bust when Abigail is put in one homeroom — the mean and old-fashioned Hawk-eye Hawkins — and AlliCam are together in another
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Star Wars: Jedi Academy series

I don’t know how I’ve missed Jeffrey Brown’s previous Star Wars books, Darth Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess, but when I saw Jedi Academy in the Scholastic catalog, I knew it was something my 6th grade Star Wars fanatic would like. Roan can’t wait to attend Pilot Academy Middle School and become a pilot like his older brother, father, and grandfather, and is crushed when he doesn’t get in.  Having accepted his fate at Tatooine Agriculture Academy, he’s surprised to receive acceptance to Jedi Academy, especially since he’s a little old to begin Jedi training. But it’s better than Plant School, so off he goes. Roan doesn’t know what to expect but makes friends quickly.  He also deals with bullies, his inability to use the force,
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The Time of the Fireflies #MMGM

Many kids like mysteries. The Time of the Fireflies by Kimberley Griffiths Little is a perfect middle grade novel that incorporates mystery, friendship, and even a little time travel. Larissa and her family have recently moved back to her mother’s hometown. Larissa was in an accident which left her with a big scar on her face. That hasn’t made it any easier for her to make friends. With her best friend Shelby Jayne out of town for the summer, she’s left to spend long days working in her family’s antique store (which doubles as their house), reading, and imaging. When one of the antique phones rings one day and a young girl tells Larissa that her family needs her help, that she must find the
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Nanny X

When their mother goes back to work as a lawyer, Ali and Jake aren’t thrilled. They’re less thrilled when they meet their new nanny that first morning in Madelyn Rosenberg’s latest offering Nanny X. She appears during breakfast and introduces herself only as Nanny X and somehow seems to know all sorts of things about them that they hadn’t even told their parents, like how Ali got into trouble at school the previous Friday for chewing gum. Lunch was a disaster with peanut butter and anchovy sandwiches, but things pick up after school when Nanny X agrees to take them to a rally to save their local park. While there, their friend Stinky is arrested for throwing a rock at the mayor even though they know he
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Bram Stoker’s Dracula: A Choose Your Path Book #Giveaway

Recently I received Greek Mythology’s Twelve Labors of Hercules: A Choose Your Path Book (Can You Survive?), which I read and reviewed over on 5 Minutes for Mom. The publisher was kind enough to send the rest of the set, and while deciding between “Dracula,” “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” and “Sherlock Holmes,” pretty much everyone in my family said I should read Bram Stoker’s Dracula as the next one to review. I’ve always been a fan of vampire stories, but have never read this classic novel, so it didn’t take much for me to agree. Like the other Choose Your Path books, “Dracula” starts out with you as the main character, beckoned by a classic book. You’re then suddenly in the story as the
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The Meaning of Maggie #MMGM

On the morning of Maggie’s 12th birthday, her dad won’t stop beeping. She’s sitting in his hospital room writing in her brand new journal that was a birthday gift meant to encourage her gift of writing and reflecting. She decides to tell the story of her 11th year, since it was such a big one. It was filled with the regular things like bickering with her older sister Tiffany, with whom she shares a room and spying on her oldest sister Layla when she’s getting in trouble, but there were also some big changes. Her mother went to work full time when her dad had to stop working. A cute new boy at school catches Maggie’s eye (and maybe he’s looking her way too?). Maggie
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Treasure Island, a Choose Your Path Can You Survive Book #Giveaway

The gold of Captain Flint is buried somewhere on Treasure Island, and only you have the map to find it. You and your friends set sail to gain riches beyond your wildest dreams, but when your crew reveal themselves as pirates, your island adventure becomes a dangerous struggle to survive. Do you have what it takes to locate the hidden treasure, or will Long John Silver and his pirates steal your wealth – and your life? Step into this adventure, and choose your path. But choose wisely, or else… I loved these kinds of books when I was a middle grade reader myself, so when I saw the Can You Survive? series that adapts classic works into this format, I was interested in checking them
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Hilda and the Black Hound #MMGM

Earlier this year, I was introduced to the Hildafolk series by Luke Pearson. My review of Hilda and the Troll emphasized my adoration of this spunky young character and the adventurous tone of the story in this complex comic book.  What I didn’t realize was that the series had continued with three additional books! Hilda and the Black Hound is the latest, and this fourth in the series has Hilda facing another adventure, of course, with just the amount of pluck and heart readers have come to expect from her. Since the first book in the series, Hilda and her mother have moved away from the Fjords and into the small city of Trolberg. It’s clear that Hilda still misses the wide expanse of the natural world, and
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TIME for Kids Big Book of When

Kids and their questions. It seems like my children can come out with questions I never would have thought to ask in a million years! I admire their curiosity, and I’m happy that they still see books as resources for finding answers. A new information book full of “801 Facts Kids Want to Know” has caught their attention, answering questions they’ve wondered and providing information to appeal to a wide variety of interests. TIME for Kids: Big Book of When is the kind of book that children will pull out again and again for entertainment (that is educational, too!). Sized like a traditional classroom textbook, this book is way more engaging than I remember any of my old school books to be. Vivid photographs and illustrative maps,
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