Tag: middle grade

Aug 01
{Review} Death’s Academy by Michael Bast @michaelbast

{Review} Death’s Academy by Michael Bast @michaelbast

Death’s Academy is a middle grade book that is just so much fun. I don’t read many middle grade books for my blog, but every once in a while one comes my way that I just can’t let slip by me. And Death’s Academy looked like some magical fun. And it was all that and more. Death’s Academy is a school for “hoodies” aka reapers and “halos” aka angels. Midnight or Night for short is a reaper, who is scared of not passing his entrance exam to get into school. It doesn’t help matters that his dad is famous for something- and not in a good way, and Night has no idea what it even is. I loved Night and his awesome tech savvy friend, Mal. The two of them made a great team. The world that Michael Bast created in Death’s Academy will appeal to readers young and old alike. It was hilarious to see some of his references and drawings in the book. The reaper families each had… Read more »

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Dec 07

Awesome Contest/Opportunity for Aspiring Authors!

Hey guys, I just found out about this super sweet contest and I COULD NOT wait to share it with all of you. I know, I know- “Michelle you have a final tomorrow morning at 8 am. Shouldn’t you be studying?!” Yes, I should but I had to let you know about this opportunity. Check it out and good luck! I would love it if a Book Briefs winner won 🙂——————————————————————-Essay Contest for Aspiring Writers of YA/middle grade fiction.  ______________________________ Win a literary agent or acclaimed author’s feedback on your unpublished manuscript for young adult or middle grade readers.  This rare opportunity is being offered to the six winners of an essay contest recently announced by the literacy charity Book Wish Foundation.  See http://bookwish.org/contest for full details. You could win a manuscript critique from: Laura Langlie, literary agent for Meg Cabot Nancy Gallt, literary agent for Jeanne DuPrau Brenda Bowen, literary agent and editor of Karen Hesse’s Newbery Medal winner Out of the Dust Ann M. Martin, winner of the Newbery Honor for A… Read more »

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Sep 10
Review- Wisdom’s Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Review- Wisdom’s Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Wisdom’s Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock Hardcover, 314 pages Expected publication: September 12th 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children Age Group: Middle Grade, Middle Grade/YA crossover Source: NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads) Princess Wisdom, known as Dizzy, longs for a life of adventure far beyond the staid old kingdom of Montagne.Tips, a soldier, longs to keep his true life secret from his family.Fortitude, an orphaned maid, longs only for Tips.These three passionate souls might just attain their dreams while preserving Montagne from certain destruction, if only they can tolerate each other long enough to come up with a plan. Tough to save the world when you can’t even be in the same room together.Magic, cunning, and one very special cat join forces in this hilarious, extraordinary tale by the author of Dairy Queen and Princess Ben. An incredibly creative tale told with diaries, memoirs, encyclopedia entries, letters, biographies, even a stage play, all woven together into a grand adventure. This book was not for me. It was confusing and I just could not get into… Read more »

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Aug 30
Review- Gypsy Knights by Two Brother Metz

Review- Gypsy Knights by Two Brother Metz

Gypsy Knights by Two Brothers Metz Kindle Edition Published May 19th 2011 by LoudCloud Publishing  Age Group: YA/Middle Grade crossover Source: Publisher Buy this Book: Amazon Summary (from Goodreads) Fourteen-year-old Durriken Brishen has lost his parents, his grandfather, and though he doesn’t know it, his Gypsy culture’s dangerous gift. Taken in and raised on the rails by the first woman to pilot a freight train, Durriken has one remaining connection to his Romani roots: a small wooden box that hangs from the hammer loop of his overalls. The last gift he received from his grandfather, the box contains the world’s first chess set. But a piece is missing: the Red Queen. According to Durriken’s family lore, the complete set awakens the power of Tărie, a mercurial gift that confers unique abilities on each new Master. When a suspicious fire erupts in the Chicago rail yard, Durriken’s escape produces an uneasy alliance, though not without its silver lining. Dilia is a few inches taller, several degrees cleverer, and oh yes –… Read more »

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Jul 29
Review and GIVEAWAY- Tower of Parlen Min by Matt Xell Blog Tour

Review and GIVEAWAY- Tower of Parlen Min by Matt Xell Blog Tour

Tower of Parlen Min (The Narrow Escapes of Ves Asirin) by Matt Xell Published July 23rd 2010 by Xell, Matt Age Group: Middle Grade/YA Source: Author  Buy this Book: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3 Summary (from Goodreads) Ves Asirin wins a trip to the Tower of Parlen Min. There, with 19 other children, he competes in the Sword Challenge; a series of puzzles and tasks, for $12 million. As fantastic and glorious as the tower seems to be, Ves finds that it keeps a dark and secret history that he has been connected to for over 150 years, a secret that will define his destiny … if he can escape ‘The shadow’. ——————————————————– My Review:               T his book was really exciting. It was such a cool storyline, and it was so long it really felt like a true adventure. A TON goes on in this story, and at times it feels like the book is never ending. This really helped me relate to… Read more »

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Jun 12
Review- WANTED:HERO Prelude to a Hero

Review- WANTED:HERO Prelude to a Hero

WANTED:HERO Prelude to a Hero (Chronicles of a Hero) by Jaime Buckley Kindle Edition Published May 27th 2011 by On The Fly Publications  Age Group: Middle Grade/YA Source: Author summary (from Goodreads) Wendell is a young man who learns what his potential is while on a strange, enchanted world with a funny old wizard and ugly troll to mentor and guide him. Prelude to a Hero, the debut book about how Wendell came to be the one expected to save an entire world. . . by accident.   ——————————————————————— My Review: This book is a quick read. It is a nice, short introduction for what seems to be a very promising series! I will admit that at some points early on in the story I was as confused as Wendell (the main character) appeared. But it worked well to show the mystery surrounding the alien land. I loved the narrator of the story. He was funny and philosophical all at the same time. He would interject thoughts and facts at… Read more »

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