Trapped in Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe

@kidlitexchange #partner Thank you to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Trapped in Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe. When I was a kid I got lost in Estes Park Colorado at a campground so naturally exploring was the thing to do, only I didn’t find anything spooky, so when I saw this book was based in Estes Park I couldn’t wait to dive into it! Jayla Walters isn’t sure how to feel about her Dad’s job sending them to Colorado to stay in a hotel just before spring break begins and so soon after their mom left them. She puts on a brave face for her younger brother, Dion as they begin this unsure adventure. On their first night in the hotel Jayla and Dion realize something isn’t quite right. Someone, or something, or more than one somethings, visit their hotel room every night. They arrange a private tour of the haunted hotel after befriending the clerk and the janitor. Jayla has come up with the perfect solution to help set the spirit free or has she? Sometimes the things we think are the best, may iinly be the best solution to you. It’s important to consider everyone when you make a choice Jayla and Dion and their new friends find out. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Heat Is On by Charise Mericle Harper

@kidlitexchange #partner Thank you to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Next Junior Chef The Heat Is On by Charise Mericle Harper. Our three remaining contestants get ready to carry on week two of the competitive cooking/reality show. My hands het sweaty just thinking of the pressure these kids have put on themselves. 🀣 I loved the fire challenge in this one that was different. And these judges are really working everyone’s nerves even though they seem a little less “pushy” in this one than the last. The meals again are so descriptive you can almost taste them and the illustrations provided are such a cute touch. I was surprised at the elimination choice in this one I did not see that one coming at all. And now I must wait until July when The Winner Is will be released. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Next Junior Chef Lights, Camera, Cook by Charise Mericle Harper

@kidlitexchange #partner Thank you to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟The Next Junior Chef Lights, Camera, Cook by Charise Mericle Harper. While reading this book I felt I was watching an episode of Chopped only with middle schoolers as the competitors. This story is wonderfully descriptive about the meals prepared and even include tiny illustrations of the dishes provided. Rae, Oliver, Caroline and Tate brave their way through cooking challenges and criticizing chefs coming up with clever recipes for even the craziest ingredients. Each child learns in their own way that while competition is fun, sometimes winning at life is better than on tv. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Three Rules of Everyday Magic by Amanda Rawson Hill

@kidlitexchange #partner 🎸 Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The Three Rules of Everyday Magic by Amanda Rawson Hill. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This middle grade book deals with very deep, very real issues like depression, dementia, and personal family matters that come with all of those things. Kate struggles with change as old friends grow away, while new ones plant seeds she never even thought would grow all while her Grammy tries to explain bow the magic of life works even when we think it fails us. The bonds made in this book are complicated but strong. And in the end family is family no matter what. This story is heart breaking and heart warming in all the right places. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Boying Up by Mayim Bialik

@kidlitexchange #partner 😁 I recieved this book from #kidlitexchange to read in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Boying Up by Mayim Bialik. This book is written directly to a growing boy. All the changes that are happening or will happen to their bodies before, during, and after puberty. Mayim Bialik, whom most of us remember as Blossom or Amy from The Big Bang Theory, has used her PhD and background in neurosciences to write a book about how bodies, moods, likes and dislikes change as we grow up.Throughout the book she talks about both boys and girls (mostly boys) and the changes not just their body makes but their minds and moods too. It also touches on how important choices that boys make now can and will effect their future and future choices which is truly important for everyone. So boys (and girls) the world is yours for the taking so “boy up” and go get it. 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 πŸ› Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 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…

Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Tiny Infinities by J H Diehl

@kidlitexchange #partner β˜„Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book Tiny Infinities by J. H. Diehl. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 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 πŸ“½ Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 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. πŸ“½πŸ“½πŸ“½πŸ“½ 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 πŸ‘šThanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. πŸ‘šπŸ‘šπŸ‘šπŸ‘šChaotic Good by Whitney Gardner. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟This 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 🎧 Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 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! 🎧 Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com