|It's a big week for middle grade titles, with several I've been looking forward to reading. This week we have:|
|Shadows of the Dark Crystal (J.M. Lee; illustrated by Brian Froud)|
This is an adaptation of the Jim Henson's classic film The Dark Crystal. At first, I had dismissed this title as fanfic and did not plan to include it on this list. But the publisher is Grosset & Dunlap, which is a reputable publishing company that puts out high-quality books for young readers (such as Winkler's Hank Zipster series and Nancy Krulick's Katie Kazoo series). So it's clearly more than fanfic, and I am excited to buy it for my school. And that front cover is gorgeous! High fantasy.
|The Distance to Home (Jenn Bishop)|
Quinnen, the star pitcher on her baseball team is devastated by her older sister's sudden death. She's not sure she can even play baseball anymore without her sister cheering her on. But when her family hosts a minor-league baseball player for the season, Quinnen finds some new friends who may be able to help her through her grief. Realistic fiction, grief, family, friendship.
|Darkstalker (Tui Sutherland)|
Okay, that is one gorgeous cover! Three dragons and a prophecy. One of the dragons is a prince who just found out he is animus. I can't tell much more from the description. It looks like this may have been previously released under a different title (The Dragonet Prophecy in 2012?) The descriptions sound different, but they are both first titles in the Wings of Fire series. Not sure. High fantasy, action.
|Mission Atomic (Sarwat Chadda)|
Book 4 in The 39 Clues: Doublecross series. This is another spin-off series that seems to be going on and on and on. Are kids still reading these? They keep coming out, but they are not nearly as popular in my library as the original 39 Clues series was seven years ago. Action, mystery, adventure.
|Brave Like My Brother (Marc Tyler Nobleman)|
Told via letters between two brothers during WWII. The older brother is a soldier in the war; the younger brother is the 10-year old recipient of the letters who looks up to his brother as a hero. Historical fiction, brothers.
|Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story (Nora Raleigh Baskin)|
It's not hard for me to remember the world before Sept 11, 2001. But for today's middle schoolers, the political aftermath of Sept. 11 has been with them their whole lives. So I love that this book may help today's students better connect with the time Before. Four middle schoolers' lives are about to intersect in the days leading up to and following September 11, 2001. I'm definitely ordering this one for my library. Realistic fiction, recent history.
|The Enemy Above (Michael P. Spradlin)|
Ukraine, WWII. Anton and his family are hiding from the Germans in a series of caves and underground tunnels. After a surprise attack, twelve-year old Anton decides to stop hiding and fight back against the Gestapo. Pair with The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pederson and the Churchill Club.
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