MORE 'MIDDLE-GRADE' POSTS
Esther Keller looks at five graphic novels about navigating the highs and lows of middle school.
Though I read these volumes out of order, I really enjoyed the stories. This series is quite different than my “normal” reading, but I’m always thrilled when I can enjoy a title that will be a perfect fit for the boys who come to the library. (And girls too… But this will be an easy sell to the boys.)
I’ve been reading such a Hodge Podge of books. There’s no rhyme or reason to what I’m reading. There are review copies coming to my doorstep that interest me and books arriving in new shipments and books I hear about finally available at the library. So here’s a few random titles…
I heard Colby Sharp call The New Kid the best graphic novel (so far) of 2019. And I agree.
'Positively Izzy' follows up 'Invisible Emmie' with a story that is less about the mores of middle school than about the awkward relationships between parents and children at that age.
'Pandora's Legacy' puts a new spin on the legend of Pandora's box and sets it in modern times, making this a good pick for fans of Rick Riordan's 'The Lightning Thief.'
“Give a kid a cardboard box….” You’ll often hear parents quip that their child was more interested in the box rather than the new toy. And I know when my groceries are delivered in cardboard boxes, my kids beg me to keep it around. It becomes a house, a bus, and anything their imagination allows. Chad Sell and his many collaborators use this concept to create a rich story about a group of neighborhood kids that allows their imagination and ours to soar.
The sequel to Witch Boy is an even stronger and more nuanced story.
Though I was never an avid fantasy reader growing up, I was well versed enough in fairy tales and mythology to know the basics about changelings: Fairies disguise their own child as human and exchange it for a human child. Why? Estranged tackles that question and offers a powerful statement on what makes a family […]
In late June, the conversation in the I.S. 278 Library (aside from… is your library account clear? And what will you read over the summer?) surrounded summer plans. The plans varied. Some kids had vacation plans with family or summer camp. Others though said they were just hanging out, much like Bina in Hope Larson’s […]