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Middle Grade March Wrap Up – Part 2

On Monday, I shared with you all three of the five books¬† I read during Middle Grade March. If you haven’t seen that post, consider checking it out. Let’s see what the last two reads ended up being for me, shall we?

No Fixed Address
by Susin Nielsen

If you are a Canadian, than Susin Nielsen is likely a household name you know, whether its from her DeGrassi writing days, or her large contribution to middle grade or young adult fiction in Canada. I’ve now read every single one of her middle grade books and I’m never disappointed. I think No Fixed Address might be my favourite book from her. It’s about Felix and his mother who are homeless, and they are trying to do everything that they can to survive in B.C. Felix has a love of trivia and wants to go onto a kids trivia show in hopes of winning money so he and his money can pay off the debts they owe others and start fresh. Oh my god, I ugly cried through this one. It’s sweet, but oh so sad, but also very hopeful. I yelled at the ending. Repeatedly, actually. Susin Nielsen knows how to punch her reader in the feelings and this book was no exception. 5/5 Stars

Nothing but Trouble
by Jacqueline Davies

This book started out a bit slow for me, but as I read on, I laughed quite a bit. Lena and Maggie are clever and cheeky! This book is about Latin, pranking, and what it means to grow up and create friendships. The writing in this book has such a great energy to it, and I would definitely recommend it as a great middle grade read for those who wants a more of a quirky and silly reading experience. 3.5/5 Stars

Thanks for reading! I hope next Middle Grade March sees me some more fantastic middle grade books to read and recommend.

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Middle Grade March Wrap-up – Part 1

Over the month of March, I decided to try and read a lot of middle grade. It was inspired by a lot of Booktubers who were doing similar, but also by the first book I finished in the month, All The Ways Home by Elise Chapman (which I keep hinting at and there will be a review closer to its release). Split into two posts, I thought it would be fun to share with you all the middle grade reads I checked out and some quick thoughts. I ended up reading six books, but will only be discussing five between the two posts.

The War I Finally Won
(The War That Saved My Life #2)
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

I ADORED the first book in this series, but if I am being honest, I don’t feel like Ada’s story necessarily needed a continuation. This sequel has Ada and her brother Jamie with a legal guardian while World War II rages on. This is a hard one to talk about if you’ve never read the first book (which I highly recommend you do), but this one was a surpisingly slow sequel where I feel like it took its sweet time to get to the story it truly wanted to tell. I gave the first book a five star when I read it, but this one wasn’t the same spark for me. 3.5/5 Stars

The Golden Door
(The Three Doors Trilogy #1)
by Emily Rodda

I wanted to love this book so badly and I had a hard time with it. It’s likely more me than the book because I’ve been in such a weird fantasy slump and just not picking up fantasy books that spark joy in me. This one is such an old school sword, sorcery and dragon story for a middle grade audience and its fabulous in that regard for making that old school genre accessible. I thought the plot was very D&D and the characters just didn’t excite me. However, having since read it, I have recommended it a lot at work, especially for reluctant male readers! But yeah, this sadly wasn’t a hit for me. 2.5/5 Stars

To Night Owl from Dogfish
by Holly Goldberg Sloan &  Meg Wolitzer

A friend of mine described To Night Owl from Dogfish as “The Gap Parent Trap” and it 100% is. This addictive little book about two girls going away to a sleepover camp while trying to keep their dads in a relationship so that they get to become sisters is both funny, heartbreaking, and just charming all around. Avery and Bett will make you grin from ear to ear that’s how wonderful this story was. I think about it a lot and how much fun I had reading it, or how much I thought Bett’s grandmother was just the absolute best grandmother in a book ever. This sweet contemporary book knocked my socks off and I hope more folks check it out. 5/5 Stars

That’s it for part one! I hope you stay tuned because on Friday, I’ll share the other two wonderful reads I checked out for Middle Grade March!