Saturday, December 30, 2023

Night Ride - book review #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 Night Ride

Recommended by Lydia 

The Night Ride by J. Anderson Coats, is a charming fiction novel about a girl named Sonnia, who loves horses, and hopes to buy one of the king's horses named Ricochet, but soon, Ricochet gets moved to a nearby racetrack to be one of the kings racing horses, and Sonnia decides to move with him. She soon finds out that all the kids are participating in an illegal race at night, and the winner gets a grand prize of a lot of money! Sonnia is sure she can't ride in the night ride, but soon her beloved Ricochet is put at risk, and she knows she must. This thrilling middle grade novel, will capture your heart with adventure, love, and surprising twists. 

I would recommend this book to fantasy readers because even though it is fiction, it has that fantastical feeling to it, but even if you prefer non-fiction, this has a lot of difficult situations that Sonnia has to deal with, and so much to learn about herself, and others. She said: "Just because you have good memories with someone, doesn't mean they're a good person", and that is an important lesson we can all learn from. In conclusion, I would give this book a 10/10 for the emotional roller coaster, and because you feel like you're there experiencing everything with Sonnia.

Click here for all of our #iLoveMG posts. What are your favorite middle grade books?

PS Have you seen J. Anderson Coats's newest book, A Season Most Unfair? My fifth graders from '21-22 got to give input on the cover and were DELIGHTED their top choice made the cut! 

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