Young Adult

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

I LOVE this book! My mom read it and recommended it to me. My language arts teacher this year also enjoyed reading this book and lent her copy to a few of her other students. It’s not a kids’ book, but it is a good read for higher level middle school readers. Flavia de Luce is an eleven-year-old girl who…

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Middle Grade

The Mysterious Benedict Society

I absolutely LOVE this book! The Mysterious Benedict Society is a series by Trenton Lee Stewart. I would recommend this book for kids ages 9 and up, for some tricky dialogue and a vast vocabulary used. An ad comes up in the paper, catching many people’s eye. “Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” Dozens of children take…

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Elementary Level, Middle Grade

The Time of the Fireflies

Here is a classic time-travel mystery- with a twist. The Time of the Fireflies by Kimberley Griffiths Little is part of a series, but it doesn’t matter which order you read them in. In the book, Larissa starts getting creepy phone calls on a disconnected old phone in her family’s antique shop. I immediately thought: “GHOSTS?!” But I’m not telling…

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Middle Grade

Lockwood and Co. – The Screaming Staircase

The Lockwood and Co. series is another favorite of mine. The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud, is the first book in the series. Lucy Carlyle is a young agent, one of the many children in London with psychic abilities. In Britain, a Problem has arisen. Ghosts everywhere have been rising, and people have been getting hurt and dying of ghost-touch.…

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