Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Great Books for Middle Grade Readers from Scholastic!

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

 Did you know about one-third of U.S. children read books for fun 5-7 days a week; however, 41% of kids need help finding books to read for fun? How can you help? Why not give the gift of reading this holiday season?

Experts at Scholastic have provided a holiday gift guide checklist to find the perfect book for all ages (0-17) based on research on what kids want in books from the latest Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report: 6th Edition. This gift guide also features 8 titles from School Library Journal’s recently released “Best of 2017” books.

 Designed for parents, caregivers, family members and friends, the gift guide highlights:

·         The top five things kids want in books are: “a good story,” “books that make me laugh,” “explore pace I have never been,” “make think and feel” and “inspire me to do something good”
·         5 book picks for each age group including: ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-17.
·         Top titles include: Pig the Pug, Princess Truly, Harry Potter (Illustrated Edition) and more.

We were able to check out a few great books for middle grade readers and the kiddos loved them all!

Swing It, Sunny

Summer's over and it's time for Sunny Lewin to enter the strange and unfriendly hallways of... middle school. When her Gramps calls her from Florida to ask how she's doing, she always tells him she's fine. But the truth? Sunny is NOT having the best time. Not only is the whole middle school thing confusing... but life at home is confusing, too. Sunny misses her brother Dale, who's been sent to boarding school. But when Dale comes back, she STILL misses him... because he's changed. Luckily Sunny's got her best friend and a mysterious new neighbor on her side... because she is NOT going let all this confusion get her down. Instead, she's going to remain Sunny-side up!

 I Survived the American Revolution, 1776

British soldiers were everywhere. There was no escape. Nathaniel Fox never imagined he'd find himself in the middle of a blood-soaked battlefield, fighting for his life. He was only eleven years old! He'd barely paid attention to the troubles between America and England. How could he, while being worked to the bone by his cruel uncle, Uriah Storch? But when his uncle's rage forces him to flee the only home he knows, Nate is suddenly propelled toward a thrilling and dangerous journey into the heart of the Revolutionary War. He finds himself in New York City on the brink of what will be the biggest battle yet.

The Apprentice Witch

Arianwyn fluffs her witch’s assessment. Awarded the dull bronze disc of an apprentice – to the glee of her arch-rival, Gimma – she’s sent to protect the remote, dreary town of Lull. But her new life is far from boring. Turns out Gimma is the pompous mayor’s favourite niece – and worse, she opens a magical rift in the nearby forest. As Arianwyn struggles with her spells, it’s soon clear there’s much more than her pride at stake...

Me and Marvin Gardens

The first middle-grade novel from Printz Honor-winning author Amy Sarig (A. S.) King! Washington Post Best Book of the Year A New York Public Library Best Book for Kids A Texas Bluebonnet Master List selection Obe Devlin has problems. His family's farmland has been taken over by developers. His best friend Tommy has abandoned him. And he keeps getting nosebleeds, because of that thing he doesn't like to talk about. So Obe hangs out at the nearby creek, in the last wild patch left, picking up trash and looking for animal tracks. One day, he sees a creature that looks kind of like a large dog. And as he watches it, he realizes it eats plastic. Only plastic. Water bottles, shopping bags... No one has seen a creature like this before. The animal--Marvin Gardens--becomes Obe's best friend and biggest secret. But to keep him safe from the developers and Tommy and his friends, Obe must make a decision that might change everything.

Scholastic is our favorite place to find amazing deals on books that our kiddos are sure to devour!

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