The books I couldn’t put down.
The Vanquishers by Kalynn Bayron
Published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
A nice blend of humor and creepiness made me glad I broke my vow to never read another book about vampires.
Playing Through the Turnaround by Mylisa Larson
Published by Clarion Books
I do love a good band story, and this one has an empowering message and a great cast of characters with issues that many middle schoolers will relate to. Short chapters and multiple points of view made ut a quick and enjoyable read.
You Only Live Once, David Bravo by Mark Oshiro
Published by HarperCollins
Although this story addresses some serious topics, it is also a ton of fun: a narrator with a great self-deprecating sense of humor, a wisecracking talking dog, and a plot that adeptly handles the intricacies of time travel.
The Way I Say It by Nancy Tandon
Published by Charlesbridge
Rory deals with middle school, bullying, and speech therapy in this realistic and sympathetic debut novel.
A Song Called Home by Sara Zarr
Published by Balzer + Bray
A new home with a new stepfather, an absent father, a rebellious sister…Lou is coping with a lot of upheaval, and Sara Zarr tells her story with empathy and a lot of heart.