Middle Grade Fiction

While this site mostly reviews YA novels, every once in a while a Middle Grade book will find its way into my collection as well. In this category, you can see what I think about some of the MG fiction that I get my hands on, and you might begin considering yourself a Middle Grade fiction lover too!

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Some fantasy novels take 50 pages for the world and the characters that the author has created to charm you. With Nielsen’s The False Prince, however, it took exactly three sentences for me to be hooked on Sage’s voice, and admittedly laughing out loud at the situation in which I first met him. I don’t guarantee many things, but when it comes to this middle grade novel, I do guarantee that you will, too. Read more →

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

One of the things that I loved most about this novel is the metaphorical bread crumbs that Hazel leaves throughout the story from her reading experiences. Whereas adults often discuss bringing the interpretative framework of their readings to each new text they approach, Ursu suggests that a creative child, like Hazel, would use her reading as a way to interpret both her own world and that of the alternate one she enters to find Jack. Read more →

Spooky Days: The Familiars Halloween Blog Tour

Are you familiar yet with The Familiars ? While most of the time I highlight YA fiction on my site, I occasionally make an exception for a middle grade novel that I absolutely love, and Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson‘s collaboration certainly makes the cut. For those of you who missed the review I posted when it was first… Read more →

The Familiars

Buy The Familiars Special $10.99 (Regular price: $16.99) Publisher: Harper Format: Hardcover Reviewer: Melissa on September 9, 2010 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars When a clever alley cat named Aldwyn hides in an unusual pet store, he thinks that he’s escaped from present danger. He’s even willing to play along, pretending to be magical, when Jack, a young wizard-in-training,… Read more →