[#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.

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[#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! 😜

[#MiddleGradeBooks] The Humiliations Of Pipi McGee by Beth Vrabel @RP_Kids #Netgalley

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was a silly and entertaining read, with some laugh out loud moments. It kind of reminded me of Diary of a wimpy kid.

Middle grade can be pretty brutal and kids aren’t always nice, especially when something embarrassing happens!

I found Pipi to be a relatable character and liked that she had a blended family, which is pretty common these days.

Kudos to the author for writing such diverse characters and backgrounds without shoving it down your throat or making it feel forced.

The pacing was a tad slow at times, but overall it was an enjoyable read. I particularly liked the drawing of bacon with boobies! 😜

The first eight years of Penelope McGee’s education have been a curriculum in humiliation. Now she is on a quest for redemption, and a little bit of revenge.
From her kindergarten self-portrait as a bacon with boobs, to fourth grade when she peed her pants in the library thanks to a stuck zipper to seventh grade where…well, she doesn’t talk about seventh grade. Ever.
After hearing the guidance counselor lecturing them on how high school will be a clean slate for everyone, Pipi–fearing that her eight humiliations will follow her into the halls of Northbrook High School–decides to use her last year in middle school to right the wrongs of her early education and save other innocents from the same picked-on, laughed-at fate. Pipi McGee is seeking redemption, but she’ll take revenge, too.

Bad Kitty: Kitten Trouble by Nick Bruel @MacKidsBooks @nickbruel #BadKitty

Genre: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Remember the Looney Tunes with Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner? This book totally reminded me of that, with Kitty always scheming & up to no good.

I love reading comics! The comic section in the Sunday’s paper was something I always looked forward to as a child.

Now that I have a 6 year old who has the same love for graphic novels as I do, this was perfect. Bad Kitty is geared to a younger/middle grade audience since it teaches empathy and sharing, but is still fun and comical for any parent or cat lover to read.

Even though my younger ones don’t have the attention span for chapter books, they still enjoyed looking at the pictures to see what was happening.

**Thank you Macmillian Children’s Publishing & Roaring Brook Press for my copy**

ADD IT TO YOUR TBR: Goodreads

Do you like comics/graphic novels??

Book Jar Pick: Wonder by R.J Palacio #wonder #middlegradebooks

I wanted to try something different. The last month was an epic fail in terms of sticking to my TBR choices. But I like to be positive! After all, it’s almost a new year which calls for a new plan!

I’ve decided to start a book jar to help me choose my next read..

Genre: Middle Grade

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

Kinder than is necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.

Mr. Tushman

The words that come to mind when describing this book is: Inspiring & emotional.

This book broke my heart in so many ways, but in a good way! You can’t help but love Auggie. ❤

The Characters..

This story has multiple POV’s, but is mainly told through August’s eyes. I loved reading what was going through some of the characters’ minds and their feelings towards Auggie.

I really hated Julian. I seriously wanted to beat the crap outta him! His parents pissed me off too! It was the prime example of how fake and awful people can be.

Aside from Auggie, I loved Summer.  She didn’t care what people thought and her intentions were genuine (a rare trait).

I highly recommend reading this one if you haven’t already!

ADD IT TO YOUR TBR: Goodreads

Have you read it? Seen the movie?  What did you think?

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