Saturday, January 16, 2021

From the Desk of Zoe Washington: Book Recommendation #iLoveMG

Welcome to #iLoveMG where I share middle grade books that my fifth graders recommend. (Please note that my fifth graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for fifth graders.) Or check out #3rdfor3rd for recommendations from when I taught third grade.

From the Desk of Zoe Washington

Recommended by Sadie


I read From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks. This is a realistic fiction book, so it is not a real event but it could happen. 

This book is about a girl named Zoe who has a love for baking. But she has never met her father because he’s in jail because of murder. He claimed he was innocent, but the judge didn’t listen. On her birthday, she got a letter from her father which had not happened before. Zoe had also gotten into a fight with her neighbor who she usually spends the summer with, which makes her pretty bored, but then she is allowed to work at her mom’s friend’s bakery for the summer. Zoe writes back to her dad and starts trying to figure out how to get him out of jail. 

I liked this book because the characters are adventurous and daring. There were many times where I couldn’t stop reading. Zoe was very determined to get her father out of jail and did many things that maybe did or could’ve gone wrong. If you like fiction or realistic fiction, you might like this book. Also, I finished it in 3 days, so if you like a longer read, this isn’t quite for you. 

My overall rating for this book is ⅘ stars. Janae Marks did a good job writing this book, and I hope someday there is a sequel. 
 
I'm sorry this is so long!

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

The Jumbies Book Recommendation #iLoveMG

Welcome to #iLoveMG where I share middle grade books that my fifth graders recommend. (Please note that my fifth graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for fifth graders.) Or check out #3rdfor3rd for recommendations from when I taught third grade.

The Jumbies Series

Recommended by Dashiell



The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste is a great book about the main character Corrine. Corrine has to go on an adventure... Corrine gets her friends and convinces them to help her out. 

Along the way, Corrine finds herself with a new adopted mother... Corrine is not so sure who this person is though, because she had just seen a strange lady in the streets of the market. Corrine is known on the island for selling the best oranges on the island! She grows her oranges at the small orange tree near her mother's headstone. 

Corrine's papa, Pierre, is not so sure either about this lady but none the less Pierre goes along with her.   

Overall, its a great story about a girl and her friends and their adventure to defeat the jumbies!!

The Jumbies is the first book of a trilogy, followed by Rise of the Jumbies and The Jumbie God's Revenge

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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Thieves of Weirdwood Book Recommendation #iLoveMG

Welcome to #iLoveMG where I share middle grade books that my fifth graders recommend. (Please note that my fifth graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for fifth graders.) Or check out #3rdfor3rd for recommendations from when I taught third grade.

The Thieves of Weirdwood

Recommended by RC




Ooooohhh I not sure how to start these things. Spoiler-free reviews are going to be tough to make.

 
Thieves of Weirdwood: if you like fantasy but also like clever fantasy because some things in this book come together in interesting ways, and by that I mean it tells you something, and according to everything else, it makes sense and it doesn't just appear without explanation. They usually explain things. which is good. 4.75 out of 5 stars. It isn't the absolute best book experience that I have ever read in my entire life, but it is definitely up there.

This is the first book in a series. Book two, The Ghosts of Weirdwood, comes out in April 2021.

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