To the Super Happy Party Bears, everything is a good thing. Their entire attitude can be summed up in on word: YAY! They love doughnuts, dancing and above all else -- a good party. Not so for the rest of the animals living in the Grumpy Woods. They find the bears a bit hard to take. But these bears have a way of prevailing...
Solid chapter books can be challenging to find, and the SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS fit the bill, perfectly. Funny with a sweet and smart sense of humor, fast-paced, and chock-full of
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Next is THE BAD KID from debut author Sarah Lariviere. As a kid, I loved mysteries -- starting with Encyclopedia Brown, moving to From the Mixed Up Files, The Westing Game and so many more. I still can devour a good mystery in a sitting. Which explains in part, why I love this middle-grade mystery as much as I do -- THE BAD KID is a darn good mystery story. But add to that a truly marvelous main character, Claudeline Feng LeBarnardin -- who is as complex, funny, and interesting as character I've ever read, and I'm hooked. I think of this as a modern day Harriet the Spy!
Claudeline Feng LeBernardin learns what it really means to be bad in this colorful and hilarious mystery reminiscent of Harriet the Spy.
Claudeline Feng LeBernardin is very good at being bad. Her Grandpa Si was a real-life gangster, and Claude always thought she’d take over the family business when he was gone. Instead, Claude’s dad is in charge—and she’s sure he’s running things into the ground. She wants to step in, but her parents are keeping secrets and her partner in crime, Fingerless Brett, is suddenly on the straight and narrow.
THE BAD KID is getting marvelous review attention:
“A strong and steady unfurling of drama and action…brings the novel to a resounding finish. Sharp, fun, and optimistic, the novel will have readers rooting for Claude until the end.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Multiracial Claude heads up a diverse cast of well-formed characters, and the exploration of friendship and family relations is worthwhile. For readers looking for a tough-talking, independent heroine with detective aspirations, this debut is a treat.”— Booklist
“This is a story about choices and what it means to be good…The humor, quirky characters, and contemporary New York setting, combined with the gangster lore, make this ideal for middle grade readers who enjoy slightly naughty characters with hearts of gold.”– School Library Journal
“In her pursuit of the truth, Claude reclaims faltering relationships with family and friends and solves a darn good little mystery into the bargain…leads readers not only to a satisfying conclusion but also to musings on the relationship between fact and truth.” – Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Book
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Next we have the paperback publication of Lisa Lewis Tyre's mg novel, LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS! This is also a middle-grade mystery -- not kidding when I say I love mystery! -- set in a small southern town, where the past echoes here in the present.
Sheila Turnage meets Kate DiCamillo's Because of Winn-Dixie in this debut about a small town and a young girl who discovers some old family secrets.
Lou might be only twelve, but she’s never been one to take things sitting down. So when her Civil War-era house is about to be condemned, she’s determined to save it—either by getting it deemed a historic landmark or by finding the stash of gold rumored to be hidden nearby during the war. As Lou digs into the past, her eyes are opened when she finds that her ancestors ran the gamut of slave owners, renegades, thieves and abolitionists. Meanwhile, some incidents in her town show her that many Civil War era prejudices still survive and that the past can keep repeating itself if we let it. Digging into her past shows Lou that it’s never too late to fight injustice, and she starts to see the real value of understanding and exploring her roots.
LAST IN A LONG LINE was selected as a Middle Grade Buzz Panel at the 2015 BEA meeting, and received wonderful review attention:
"As the four children try to solve a Civil War mystery and find a cache of purportedly missing gold, they also confront a contemporary case of racism. Strong secondary characters, including Lou’s thrice-divorced flirtatious grandmother, help build the strong sense of small-town community. Tyre masterfully weaves historical details into Lou’s discoveries in ways that never feel facile, while deftly and satisfyingly resolving past and present puzzles." -- Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
“Louise Duncan Mayhew’s perspective in the 1860s is an intriguing contrast to Lou’s modern narration at the turn of the 21st century. . . . The story addresses injustice in plain language that is accessible to young readers who enjoy whodunits.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Tyre’s debut features characters that are believable in their naïveté and sense of invincibility. . . . Louise’s account of their summer adventures, with chapters headed by entries from a Civil War diary, should please middle-grade readers looking for a solid story with an intriguing historical connection.”—Booklist
“The characters are true to life. . . . In the midst of solving a Civil War–era mystery, Lou and her friends confront racism in their own time. Lou feels deeply and is single-minded in her pursuit of justice. A solid debut novel for middle graders who enjoy a blend of history and mystery.”—School Library Journal
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To all three of these lovely, amazing clients -- Marcie, Sarah and Lisa -- CONGRATULATIONS!