Book Review: Smile

Synopsis "Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Drama

Synopsis "Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she can't really sing. Instead she's the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she,... Continue Reading →

Book Review: New Kid

Synopsis "Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Sheets

Synopsis In Sheets by Breanna Thummler, teenager Marjorie Blatt feels invisible in her small town. She has few friends, and spends her spare time running her family's laundromat in place of her father who is still mourning the loss of their mother. She meets Wendell, a ghost-boy who is having a hard time transitioning into... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Invisible Emmie

Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson is a middle grade graphic novel that tells the story of two girls: shy, quiet Emmie, and outgoing, social Katie. Emmie is having the absolute worst day of her seventh-grade life, while Katie is breezing through middle school like it's the easiest thing in the world. Why is Emmie struggling... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Anya’s Ghost

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol is one of my favorite graphic novels so far. I loved the illustrations and learned while reading that I really am partial to the black-and-white style of art in graphic novels. Color illustrations are wonderful of course, but the grayscale somehow adds to the story, especially one as surprisingly dark... Continue Reading →

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