Thursday, May 20, 2021

Middle Grade Mini Review

Hi reader friends.  Last week, I read some really cute middle grade graphic novels.  Naturally, I had to share them with you in case you have kiddos around that might be interested in them. Here are three mini reviews for the books!

Title: Forget Me Nat
Author: Maria Scrivan
Format: Paperback
Rating: 3 Stars 

Companion to the New York Times bestseller Nat Enough!

It's called a crush for a reason...For the first time in her life, Natalie feels confident. Her talents are being recognized, she has supportive friends, and she's spending a ton of time with her crush, Derek! But when Derek tells Natalie that he just wants to be friends, Natalie's self-confidence quickly changes to self-doubt. As she tries to recover from her broken heart, Natalie casts aside her talents and even her friends. With no one to turn to, Natalie will have to pull herself out of this mess on her own.

I loved this adorable book and everything it had to teach it's MC.  The book follows Nat, a young girl experiencing her first crush and heartbreak.

The characters in this book were all great.  Knowing kids in the middle school age range, I can say honestly I feel like these characters are relatable.  I think young kids will look at this and see them in Nat and her friends.  

I think the author did a great job with character growth in this book as well.  She showed Nat having that experience of heartbreak when her crush says he just wants to be friends.  Nat uses that as a chance to learn more about herself and why it's important not to lose yourself and let go of things that are important just because you have a crush.

The artwork was great, and fit in with the words in the book and the feelings of the characters throughout the story.  

Overall, this is definitely any kids in middle school would love, especially if they have had an experience like Nat's.

Title: Sanity and Tallulah Field Trip
Author: Molly Brooks 
Format: Paperback
Rating: 3 stars 

Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are on a field trip to mining planet Apis and its moons. They can't wait to see their first sunset, hang out with their friends, and learn all about the special resource produced there. But when an accident separates them from the rest of the group, they'll have to crash land on the planet alone. As they try to find their way back to their classmates, the girls discover that there's more to the shadowy FootHold Corporation than meets the eye. With the planet set to self-destruct and vicious space pirates on their tail, these best friends will have to stretch their problem-solving skills to the limit in order to solve the mystery and get everyone home safe--before the planet literally explodes.

Funny dialogue, planets, great artwork, and space collide in this wonderful graphic novel from author and Illustrator Molly Brooks.  This is the second book about Sanity and Tallulah.

I have yet to read the first book in this series, but if it's anything like Field Trip, I'll read it with pleasure.  This book had well written dialogue and great artwork throughout. I loved the characters, especially our two MC's Sanity and Tallulah.  They were definitely giving off some mischievous vibes in the beginning, but they were great and so funny. 

I loved that this book took place in outer space.  The kids live on a spaceship, and have made plans to visit a planet just to see what it's like.  Lots of things go wrong, and lots of great lessons are learned.  The novel was believable in the environment it was set it.  What happened in the book fit perfectly with where it was taking place. 

This is definitely another cute book that any kid in the middle grades would love to read (Especially if they love space.)

Title: Ghosts
Author: Raina Telgemeir
Format: Paperback
Rating: 3 stars 


Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake - and her own. 


This book was the perfect blend of sweet and spooky. It wasn't too scary to freak out younger kids, it just had some ghosts that were part of Dio de los muertos.  

Catrina and her family move to a climate that will help Cat's sister Maya feel better.  Cool air is good for her because of her cystic fibrosis.  When they move, they discover their new home has ghosts around, mostly because the city Bahia de la Luna is filled with citizens who are Latino who celebrate dio de los muertos. 

This gives Cat and Maya a chance to learn about this celebration and about the people who live in their new community.  They meet a young guy who runs a museum in town, and through a turn of fate they become friends with him.  

The way this book shows the relationship between Cat and Maya is awesome.  It shows that even though Cat gets angry and frustrated with her sister, she'd do anything to protect Maya.  This book also does a great job of exploring the way that moving can impact kids. 

This book gets a solid A+ for the way it handles emotions in young children, sickness, new friendships, and other hard topics for kids.  

This is another great book that I truly believe any middle grade reader will like. 

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