Tag Archive for Middle Grade Fiction


The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

With The Jumbies, Baptiste offers an original, fairytale-like twist on the classic Haitian folktale “The Magic Orange Tree” with a brave female protagonist and lyrical prose that both young people and adult readers of MG literature will love, especially if they like their fairytales with a creepy atmosphere. And in the diverse case of characters, which is reflected in the beautifully creepy cover designed by Vivienne To, and it’s clear that this book’s time has come. Read more →


The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen

As with The False Prince and The Runaway King – the first two novels in the Ascendance Trilogy – The Shadow King is an explosively good novel for older MG and younger YA readers (10-14). Of course, I’m an adult reader, and I not only enjoyed the twists and turns of the first two books, but also felt that Nielsen does a great job of making the stakes even higher than they were before while still dishing out a decent number of humorous moments and a lot of heart. Read more →

Interview with Jennifer A. Nielsen, Author of The False Prince and The Runaway King

Jennifer A. Nielsen: Book 1, The False Prince, introduces the reader to Sage, a defiant orphan who is thrown into a twisted sort of contest where he must either learn to impersonate the missing prince of the kingdom or else be killed. Book 2, The Runaway King, continues Sage’s adventures in a race against time to save the kingdom from pirates, enemies within, and an old friend now out for revenge. Read more →