Children's Lit Middle Grade Reads Weekly Reviews

Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie- MG Fiction Review

Title: Scritch Scratch
Author: Lindsay Currie
Publisher: SourceBooks for Young Readers
Publishing Date: September 1, 2020
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Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this e-ARC

Scritch Scratch had me on the edge of my seat for the entirety of this story! I couldn’t put this down. I was asked to be on Lindsay’s street team for this novel and I have enjoyed getting to know her while helping her get the word out about this story. when I finally sat down to read it I couldn’t have been more impressed. Horror is not an easy genre to write for kids. You can’t make it too scary or it becomes too much, but you don’t want it to come off as too silly either. Kids like to be thrilled and scared sometimes! I know this will be recommended in my library to my students who love a good thrill!

The characters in Scritch Scratch are so relatable so I know students in grades 4-8 will be able to relate to them as well. There is a good blend of frightening scenes with realistic friendships, sibling relationships, and relationships with parents.

I would recommend this to fans of Goosebumps and Mary Downing Hahn books.

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Closer to Nowhere by Ellen Hopkins – Review

Thank you to Penguin Classroom for providing me with an ARC to read and review.

Closer to Nowhere follows Ellen Hopkins writing patterns to a T in her debut middle grade novel. Like her YA novels and adult novels, this books is about the hard topics and is a novel written in verse. This story is told side by side by the two main characters: a boy who is grieving the loss of his mother, has PTSD, was homeless for a time, and his father is in prison for violence and drugs. He is living with his cousin and aunt, his cousin is perfect in each in every way: the popular girl, a perfectionist, but now she is dealing with the separation of her parents and trying to figure out how to deal with her not so perfect cousin living in her home.

Like most Ellen Hopkins’ books, I got completely sucked into this story and the characters. I love the way their stories are told side by side. This book has humor in it despite the hard topics it covers. This is considered middle grade which often includes upper elementary school, but I highly recommend that this book be used in middle schools or early high schools. The topics are important, but may be harder to explain to younger students. 

Out in October 2020 – Add to GoodReadsPreOrder Here