[#MiddleGrade] The Monster Catchers by George Brewington @MacKidsBooks

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

🎶 If there’s something strange, in the neighborhood. Who you gonna call?! 🎶

As soon as I started reading, I got total Ghostbuster and Scooby Doo vibes. But instead of catching ghosts and solving mysteries, this is about a father-son duo chasing after monsters, goblins and dangerous faeries.Being an only child, I connected with Bailey and loved his character. He was smart, kind and brave.

This was such a fun and adventurous story! One that I could picture being turned into a graphic novel or illustrated series. I would highly recommend it for the classroom or if you enjoy middle grade. 🙂

Were you a fan of Scooby Doo or The Ghostbusters?Whether it’s a goblin in the garden or a fairy in the attic, Bailey Buckleby and his dad can rid your home of whatever monster is troubling you—for the right price. But when Bailey discovers that his dad has been lying—their pet troll Henry is actually a kidnapped baby sea giant—he begins to question the family business.Enter Axel Pazuzu, criminal mastermind, who will stop at nothing to make a buck. With everyone and everything he loves in peril, it’s up to Bailey to save his family and set things right in this funny, fantastical adventure.

[#MiddleGrade] Maybe A Mermaid by Josephine Cameron @MacKidsBooks @josephinewrites @fsgbooks

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

It doesn’t matter if you feel brave. It matters if you act brave.

Summer always gives me all beachy mermaid feels, and this was the perfect summer read.

Carrie is a single mom trying to make ends meet by selling bee cosmetics. With all the moving around, Anthoni hasn’t had a BFF since kindergarten and is hoping to meet her True Blue friend this summer at Thunder Lake.

During their stay at the magical Showboat Resort, Anthoni learns some hard truths about their current situation and friendship.

This was a fun and very well-written story with a touch of mermaid magic and a great cast of characters. I loved DJ and quirky Charlotte. The mother-daughter relationship gave me Lorelai and Rory vibes from Gilmore Girls.

I highly recommend this one for those who enjoy middle grade fiction. I think it sends a great message to young readers about friendship, having a positive attitude and never giving up, even when things go wrong.

**Thank you Macmillan Kids Books for my ARC **

Eleven-year-old Anthoni Gillis is not the kind of kid who believes in fairies, unicorns, or even the word “maybe.” She’s more of a comic-books girl. So when her mom brings her to Thunder Lake for a summer at the Showboat Resort, she doesn’t believe the local rumors about the Boulay Mermaid.

Anthoni has bigger fish to fry. She’s always wanted a True Blue Friend. But it’s been hard to find one, since for the past five years she’s been bouncing from town to town, helping her mother sell Beauty & the Bee cosmetic products to keep them both afloat. This summer will be different, though. Anthoni has a plan―a foolproof checklist for making lifelong friends! There won’t be any maybes this time.

But as she grows entangled in local gossip, and her mother stretches the truth, Anthoni must decide if she’ll “stick to the plan,” like always, or dive into a summer full of extraordinary possibilities.

[#MiddleGrade] The Startup Squad by Brian Weisfeld & Nicole C.Kear @MacKidsBooks @ImprintReads @thestartupsquad #GirlsMeanBusiness #KidLit

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

This was a fun read! Perfect for the classroom and suitable for grades 3-6. It brought me back to my Babysitters Club loving days.Theresa’s (aka Resa) classroom competition is a lemonade stand. The winning group will score VIP tickets to Adventure Central which include no line-ups to go on the rides. For once, Resa wants to beat Val (her nemesis). The only problem is, she is stuck with Harriet who she deems is unreliable, and the new girl Amelia, who’s a weirdo.It was a great book with a terrific message for young girls. One that will inspire entrepreneurship and the importance of team work.I only wish there were pictures! 😜

Who In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? By Rebecca Tinker #bookreview #middlegradebooks @RaincoastBooks @HMHKids

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

** Thank you Raincoast Books & HMH Kids for my copy **

Mischief could have been my middle name.

I have absolutely no shame when it comes to reading middle grade. It keeps me young!

I grew up playing the computer game and watching the show Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? back in the 80’s, so I was uber excited to receive a copy of this.

To be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect. I find middle grade books can be hit or miss, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one and loved very moment of it! It didn’t read like a middle grade book in my opinion, making it suitable for an adult who’s a kid at heart like myself! This certainly did the Carmen Sandiego I remember, justice!

I loved that “Player” was from Ontario, Canada! My neck of the woods! Woot woot!

I’ve only seen a couple of episodes on Netflix, but it seems to compliment each other well.

Whether you’ve had any previous knowledge of Carmen Sandiego or not, this is an adventurous tale for all to enjoy.


Based on the Netflix original series with a foreword by Gina Rodriguez. For decades, people have asked the question: Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? But just who is this infamous and elusive globe-trotting criminal?

A skilled thief on a mysterious mission, Carmen Sandiego is endlessly pursued by ACME and Interpol. But the woman in the red fedora is always one step ahead! In this novelization, based on the Netflix animated series, Carmen shares her own backstory for the first time ever. Now, it’s time to find out…. Who in the world is Carmen Sandiego.

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