The Matchstick Castle by Keir Graff

The Matchstick Castle by Keir Graff

In Keir Graff’s delightful and creative middle grade adventure, a boy named Brian hopes to have an exciting summer playing soccer with his pals.  However, his scientist dad must fly away for a once in a lifetime chance to work in Antarctica, and sends him to stay with his uptight uncle, aunt, and cousin Nora in Boring, […]


The War that Saved My Life by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley

Cruel and neglectful are the kindest things to say about these two English children’s mother. When they are evacuated to the countryside to avoid the Blitz, they are immigrants in a new, strange land. Understated, sad and triumphant, this is an important book for adults and children.


Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo’s effortless prose and endearing young characters shouldering heartbreak make this a beautiful book for both middle grade readers and adults. It slides along so quickly and cleanly with so much humor and good cheer, you don’ t realize at first how much you are hurting for Raymie and her friends. This is the […]


The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems

The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems

A wonderful collaboration between Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi, the story of Diva the small dog who lives in a Parisian apartment and Flea, the large cat who fancies himself a flaneur, an urban explorer. Great for the kids who are just getting into chapter books, but delightful for anyone, especially those headed to Paris […]


Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami

Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami

A fun and very timely story about a girl in an apartment complex in a town in India. Yasmin loves getting free books from Book Uncle who shares his private library with the people of the city by means of a stall on the street near her apartment. When the town bureaucracy shuts down Book […]



The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Peter Brown took 2 1/2 years to complete this book, making his middle grade debut. It is devilishly difficult to infuse a short simple book with deep resonance, harder still if the genre is science fiction. Perfect for as young as 1st or 2nd grade, the chapters are short and the sentences simple and the […]