1 Minute Reviews · Middle Grade

The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell | 1 Minute Reviews

Have you been looking for something magical? An adventure to another world that mirrors our own? The Crooked Sixpence, Book 1 of the new Uncommoners series, stands as one of my favourite middle grade novels of last year. Now is a great time to start, with book 2 coming along in June! When her home is… Continue reading The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Middle Grade · YA

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin | 1 Minute Reviews

The Thing About Jellyfish is an impressive middle grade book about coping with the death of a friend, growing up and growing apart, and an obsession with jellyfish. When Suzy’s best friend drowns, she decides that it is jellyfish to blame, and sets out on a mission to prove to everyone that it was the… Continue reading The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Middle Grade

Bird by Crystal Chan | 1 Minute Reviews

Despite being for 9-12 age group, Bird is a complex, blunt, aching description of a family trying to hold together after the death of a child. John, or Bird, dies long before the novel begins but is so tangible and present in the lives of Jewel and her family. Jewel and her new friend (also… Continue reading Bird by Crystal Chan | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Middle Grade · YA

A Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave | 1 Minute Reviews

Note: In America this book is known as The Cartographer’s Daughter. A Girl of Ink and Stars is a great adventure and a future classic. Isabella is a budding cartographer whose skills are required when one girl is murdered and another runs away, lost in the island’s Forgotten Territories. But who killed the girl, why are… Continue reading A Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Autism · books · Middle Grade · YA

How to Look for a Lost Dog by Ann M. Martin | 1 Minute Reviews

Note: This book carries the title Rain Reign in the USA.  I knew that I was going to love a book about an autistic girl written by the author of the Baby-Sitter’s Club, but I did not expect how much it would creep into my heart. Rose loves homophones and prime numbers and her dog… Continue reading How to Look for a Lost Dog by Ann M. Martin | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · books · Middle Grade · YA

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager | 1 Minute Reviews

Hour of the Bees blends a Mexican-American family’s experience of dementia with an estranged grandparent, and the possibility of magic. When Carol’s grandfather is found to have dementia, the whole family moves to his rural home to begin packing up his life ready to move into the care home. In the intense drought, Carol is… Continue reading Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager | 1 Minute Reviews