Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Ally's been able to fool a lot of smart people. She's made it all the way to 5th grade without anyone (her mother, her brother, her teachers, her classmates) figuring out that she can't read. But Ally has a new teacher, and Mr. Daniels not only sees that Ally doesn't know how to read, but he just might know how to help her.


The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver

I really wanted to like this story, and I'm sorry to say that I was sorely disappointed. The summary of this book sounds wonderful. It's an adventure story, Liza is the only one who can save her brother, she gets to explore a dangerous, fantastical world that she's only heard of from her babysitter. Everything about this book sounds like it should be so good. Which is why it made me so sad that it just wasn't a compelling story.

What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World by Henry Clark

"The sofa wasn't there on Monday but it was there on Tuesday." River, Freak, and Fiona discover a rare zucchini-coloured crayon in the sofa that mysteriously appeared at their bus-stop, and it quickly puts them in the centre of a dastardly plot to take over the world. Because of course it does.


A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always By The Ocean! by Kir Fox and M. Shelley Coates

I absolutely love bizarre middle grade novels. Most of the time they do such a fantastic job of capturing the wild imagination of a ten-year old child. And A Friendly Town definitely checks off all of the bizarre boxes.


Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

All superheroes have an origin story, and Ulysses is no different. The poor squirrel never saw the vacuum coming. Fortunately for him, Flora Belle Buckman is well versed in superhero lore, and is the perfect person to save him and assist him as he is born anew.


Delightful Secrets of the Nutcracker by Julian Adair

You may be familiar with the traditional story of The Nutcracker, but I doubt you've heard how the Nutcracker Prince got trapped in his wooden form. Read the legend of "The Hard Nut" and experience this story like you haven't before.


Jelly Bean Summer by Joyce Magnin

Joyce's family is driving her crazy - especially considering she has to share a room with her sister who thinks she sees UFOs and loves her guinea pig more than she loves Joyce. Or anything, for that matter. But it's ok because Joyce has come up with the perfect solution: she's moving to the roof.


Middle Grade Hidden Gems

Every Tuesday the lovely people over at The Broke and the Bookish post a different bookish theme. This week, they want us to reveal our favourite hidden gems. I thought I'd share some middle grade stories that don't get enough hype! I feel like middle grade books in general don't get enough hype - probably …

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Brightwood by Tania Unsworth

This is a book that, had I read it as a child, I think that I would have found it delightful, imagination-inspiring, and just scary enough. As an adult, I found it a little disturbing.


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

I know that everyone was so worried that I had stopped making those videos where I recap my feelings upon re-reading the Harry Potter series. Fear not! I have continued - with The Order of the Phoenix.