No Ordinary Sue by Hoang Chi Truong

I won this book in an author giveaway. Thank you @hoangchitruong for this book. All opinions are my own. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ No Ordinary Sue by Hoang Chi Truong. Sue was an ordinary pumpkin on an ordinary farm in California until one day she awoke in the middle of a 100 year flood of the Sacramento River. This timid pumpkin learns strength and courage through a few adventures of helping others. I enjoyed that at the end of the book there are discussion questions that involve natural disasters where the devastation and recovery can be discussed with children who have been in this situation. Since we live in Texas and just last summer experienced a 500 year flood of the Brazos River it was amazing we could relate to this story and discuss some of the fears and anxieties that Sue must have felt too. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

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

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with @diversebookclub for their middle grade April pick. All opinions are my own. ๐Ÿฑ Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Applegate has amazed me yet again with her writing. And although this book was printed before Wishtree it is truly a heart warming story too. It almost seem like she has put you right in the middle of these children’s thoughts and you want to fight for them. In Crenshaw, Jackson is old enough to understand his family doesn’t have much and sometimes they have nothing but he wraps it all up in himself until he can’t anymore. He realizes what’s going on and that it will effect school, friends, and his family and he thinks his parents are trying to hide things from him. ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฑ Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Go Read, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, 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

The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby

I checked out this book from the local library to read. Although I must give credit to Kathy @the_neverending_stack (Instagram) because it was her that posted it as her favorite cover and just look at it……its gorgeous. ๐Ÿ—ฝThe Shadow Cipher (Book 1) by Laura Ruby. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ This middle grade mystery keeps the pages turning with puzzles and adventures and you can’t help but to want to know what’s next. Set in NYC but a whole different SciFi level of NYC specifically Five Points. Tess and Theo (twins) and their new friend, Jaime, set out on a quest to solve a more than 150 cipher puzzle that may save their home. The lesson learned at the end is the most valuable thing either one will take away from it. 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

The Bad Mood and The Stick by Lemony Snicket

I borrowed this book from the local library to read with my daughter. All opinions are my own. ๐ŸฆThe Bad Mood and The Stick by Lemony Snicket with Art by Matthew Forsythe. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸOne day a stick and a bad mood follow people throughout town. It starts with a little girl named Curly because she didn’t get ice cream. Curly picks up the stick and the bad mood and the stick follow people throughout town. Leaving one person the bad mood gets replaced with happy. My daughter laughed out loud at the drawings and the words. I know others have found this offensive, but if you add a sense of humor into it, then it truly is a cute story ending in a wedding with the bad mood lurking in a corner. ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ๐ŸฆReview also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com