Boy Bites Bug by Rebecca Petruck

@kidlitexchange #partner ๐Ÿ› Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Boy Bites Bug by Rebecca Petruck. This is the perfect MG read for boys. With wrestling and bugs that would gross out most girls, middle grade boys would laugh out loud. Will struggles with restoring his reputation after eating a stink bug to distract from a racial comment that was made by his friend Darryl. The struggle continues when Will tries to become friends with Eloy. Eloy thinks Will is making or poking fun at him because of his race. Will struggles with so much in this book: friendships, racism, relationships, a big boy rep vs. A childish rep, and oh my the bugs…….just bugs everywhere…

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Tiny Infinities by J H Diehl

@kidlitexchange #partner โ˜„Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book Tiny Infinities by J. H. Diehl. All opinions are my own. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Alice’s messy world is fascinating, heartbreaking, and inspirational all in the same breath. Alice wants her family back, not just before her father left and her brothers too, but before the “accident” that keeps her mother barley able to function. In her rebellious fit she takes to living in a tent in the backyard until everything will reset itself. She wants her name on the Swim Team Record Books. She makes a new friend named Harriett who loves Science. Alice babysits for the neighbor, a little girl named Piper, who never says a word. Not one. Alice begins to heal while helping Piper too. A truly inspirational story with so many aspects and so many directions for middle grade entertainment. There’s babysitting, swimming, chronic illness, seperation/divorce, rebellious attitudes, and healing all tied up in this book. Amazing. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

@kidlitexchange #partner ๐Ÿ“ฝ Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke. Jane is an almost graduate from high school until something in her life so humiliating causes her to be expelled from school. But at her religious parents urging Jane makes a choice to enroll in local community college to finish. On her first interview there she grabs and fills out an application to be on a local reality tv show for a chance to win a car. A chance at a clean slate. But soon her minor “celebrity” bubble is busted and Jane must make choices of who she really is. This book is beautifully written the characters are written just shady enough you don’t trust them all but you will continue to root for their success or failure. ๐Ÿ“ฝ๐Ÿ“ฝ๐Ÿ“ฝ๐Ÿ“ฝ Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner

@kidlitexchange #partner ๐Ÿ‘šThanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ๐Ÿ‘š๐Ÿ‘š๐Ÿ‘š๐Ÿ‘šChaotic Good by Whitney Gardner. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸThis fun loving YA read is packed with comic books, dungeons and dragons, cosplay costumes, cyberbullies, and a heroine seamstress that fills her already chaotic life with sewing costumes. Cameron manages being a twin sister, almost a senior, a major family move takes her from her friends, and mean boys all with grace while stitching her way to what feels normal and happy. Sewing, sewing, sewing. It’s an awesome read for teen girls but fun for adults too! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Listen To Your Heart by Kasie West

@kidlitexhange #partner ๐ŸŽง Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Listen To Your Heart by Kasie West. Kate is not exactly Miss Popular at school but she is thrust into the role of podcast host by her teacher and begins giving advice on the school’s podcast show. One day an anonymous caller calls the show for advice on love and Kate is convinced it’s gorgeous Diego that has a crush on Alana, her best friend, but soon finds out giving advice is not as easy as it seems and following your own advice is even tougher. This book is filled with quirky teenage personalities and love so innocent and sweet you can’t help but smile. Friendship is tested, Bullies are talked down, and sometimes teens need to sort things out themselves. I always love a happy ending! ๐ŸŽง Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Flashlight Night by Matt Forrest Esenwine

@kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ๐Ÿ”ฆFlashlight Night by Matt Forrest Esenwine. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ A picture book with the adventure of imagination. 3 kids take their flashlight into the dark an discover objects that would look scary if not for the light shining them into awesome adventures on every page. A perfect read for little ones at bedtime. Because when the adventure is over falling asleep is what out tiny characters do. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Library Thing, Go Read, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

I Speak Peace by Kate Carroll and Illustrated by Rainer M Osinger

@kidlitexchange #partner โ˜ฎ Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. โ˜ฎ I Speak Peace by Kate Carroll and Illustrated by Rainer M Osinger. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸThis picture book encourages words not fists. It teaches that with peace and understanding a lot more of the world’s problems can be solved without violence. A wonderful read aloud with younger children. And the illustrations are colorful and bright to capture attention of early readers as well. The pledge and the song at the end of this book make a wonderful close. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Ozland by Wendy Spinale

@kidlitexchange #partner ๐Ÿ‘‘ Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ๐Ÿ‘‘ Ozland by Wendy Spinale ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Ozland is Book 3 of the Everland Series. This book is a wonderfully written fantasy about children that have suffered the unthinkable. From the loss of loved ones and the life they have known to the village they currently live being burnt to the ground, they have survived. They develop a plan to kill the Evil Queen and destroy a virus that has taken so much from them, but it will not be enough without a new King. But everything is left in the hands of Gail to save them all. The characters are very well developed and the novel itself is fantastically written. However not having read the first two books I couldn’t help but feel I need to go back and read those after finishing this one. My biggest issue with the book is it is recommended for ages 12 and up and the relationships these characters have developed or place themselves in is very grown up and intimate. While it is not a steamy romantic relationship I feel it’s just too much for younger middle school readers. ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘ Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

All Summer Long by Hope Larson

@kidlitexchange #partner ๐ŸŽธ Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. This graphic novel will release May 2018. All Summer Long written and illustrated by Hope Larson. All opinions are my own. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Bina’s summer has not started out the way she intended. Her best friend, Austin, will be at soccer camp, so she spends her first week bored watching tv. Her mom has to leave because her brother is adopting a baby. Then by weird circumstances she becomes friends with Austin’s sister who is much older and in all her spare time she spends practicing her guitar. But when Austin comes home from camp he is acting strange after ignoring her texts all summer and when his mom invites them to a rock concert Bina begins to find her way. These graphics tell a story of family, friendship, and finding yourself in that weird stage of life no one understands. ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽธ Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Not If I Save You First

@kidlitexchange #partner ๐Ÿฆ… Thanks to #kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Maddie And Logan are best friends, but not just any best friends. Logan is the President’s son and Maddie’s Dad is the secret service agent in charge of the President. Until one day he isn’t and then he moves Maddie to Alaska where there is no tv, no phone signal, and no internet and for 6 long years she writes Logan letters, never getting any response. One day, Logan shows up at the cabin in Alaska and suddenly he expects to be friends with her. She is so mad, so cold, and so frustrated with him she wants him dead. But suddenly he is taken and now she will have to save him before she can kill him. This YA read is full of action and keeps you engaged while you can almost feel the cold from the Alaskan winter coming right through the pages. Review also posted on Instagram @borensbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com