February 27, 2024

Final Video Game

In Craig Speakes’s science fiction novel, a 13-year-old boy must save humanity by stopping a powerful AI figure gone rogue.

Razer, an evil trickster from a popular video game, has infiltrated the world’s vital infrastructure: disabling communication systems, closing banks, and interrupting power. Dressed in a black cape and white skull mask, Razer starts appearing […]


January 23, 2024

The Rise of The Legends

In Jake Zortman’s middle-grade novel, a school club deals with a drone that travels from the future to modern times.

Mikaela Kadono dreads the first day of school. Her father continually follows his dreams and schemes from place to place, so Mikaela knows the tensions of being the new kid in school. This time, her […]


December 25, 2023

Martha May McKenzie and the Magic Cake Big Mistake!

In Brian Starr’s middle-grade book, an unconventional witch tries to use her magic to lift her family’s spirits as they deal with an unexpected death.

Within her mass of curly hair, Martha May McKenzie pulls out magical and non-magical objects and performs other astonishing tricks. One day after bewitching a boy to eat more vegetables, […]


December 18, 2023

The Griffin’s Egg

Cole Poindexter’s epic children’s tale of monsters, magic, fantasy and friendship begins when the young protagonist at the center of this odyssey to a faraway realm spots an anxious goblin in the West Virginia woods.

Phoebe, the daughter of naturalists on a trip to release a screech owl back into the wild, has lost her […]


November 7, 2023

Reaper’s Destiny

In Sebastian Porta’s middle-grade story, a 13-year-old mermaid with magical abilities is threatened by a powerful, cruel king.

Stella lives with her mermaid grandmother and attends a school of magic with other enchanted beings, including wizards, werewolves, elves, and witches. One fellow student, Trixie, taunts others and mercilessly bullies Stella.

One day, Stella and a […]


October 3, 2023

Eudora Space Kid: Winter Storm Eudora

In Book Five of David Horn’s Eudora Space Kid series, third-grader Eudora’s recalculation of pi leads to trouble. And that’s just the start.

Eudora, a math, science and engineering whiz, lives on the spaceship Athena, part of the science and defense force for the Planetary Republic. One day, she decides to change the formula for […]


August 8, 2023

Don’t Call Me That! My Name is Michael

In MaryAnn Butterfield’s middle-grade book, 12-year old Michael Kim struggles to cope with a bullying classmate.

Fellow student Chuck continually bullies Michael, derisively calling him “Chung King.” The latter gives Michael’s mom a chuckle: the Kims are Korean, not Chinese. “I was laughing because he’s teasing you with a Chinese name,” she explains to Michael […]


June 20, 2023

Baseball Buddies: Building a Team

A boy is named captain of his baseball team and learns to navigate a variety of personalities and problems in the children’s chapter book Baseball Buddies: Building a Team.

Luis, 11, is joining a new baseball team in a new town. Most everyone seems nice enough. But when Luis is named team captain, he faces […]


June 20, 2023

Freckles Finds a Forever Home

Freckles Find a Forever Home is a sweet, short children’s picture book about a bunny adopted by a loving family.

Freckles begins life on a bunny farm in Houston, “stuffed in cages” with many other bunnies. Then a young woman brings him home as a present to her mother for Mother’s Day. There he gets […]


May 30, 2023

Eudora Space Kid: The Greatest Matchmaker in Space!, Book 4

In Book 4 of David Horn’s delightful Eudora Space Kid series, third-grader Eudora orchestrates a double date to help the captain of the ship ask out her school teacher.

In the cafeteria of the space ship AstroLiner Athena, Eudora spots Captain Jax looking despondent and joins him, hoping to cheer him up. The captain reveals […]


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