I haven’t been reading as much this summer as I have in the past, but in looking back at the spring, I can see that it’s still been a wonderful year for middle grade books. As a recap, here are some faves of the first half or so of 2016. (My previous “reviews” are linked to the titles — sometimes I end up writing less about the actual book than you might expect for a “book review.”)
Raymie Nightingale – Kate DiCamillo
It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel – Firoozeh Dumas
The Seventh Wish – Kate Messner
Poison is Not Polite – Robin Stevens
Maybe a Fox – Kathi Appelt with Allison McGhee
The Wild Robot – Peter Brown
How can it already be the beginning of August? I’ll start volunteering at my neighborhood elementary school again soon, switching out fifth grade for kindergarten but staying with the library and third grade. Before you know it, a new crop of 9th graders will be showing up after school at the library. I’ll find out some of my favorite story time kids have headed to kindergarten, and we’ll start seeing more adults who have headed back to college but need help with research projects. Time just flies along, but fortunately, there are more good books still in the stack. Next? Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.