Middle School

No Fixed Address

Seventh-grader Felix Knutsson and his mother, Astrid, find themselves living in a van after his grandmother dies and his mom has  mismanaged her inheritance (and her life in general). Astrid is not a good parent. She is mouthy, judgmental, a… Read More ›

Toaff’s Way

On the book jacket, we read, “Sometimes Toaff wondered if he was the only squirrel on the whole farm who had questions. He hoped he wasn’t.”  With that invitation, I delightfully read about the adventures and insights of a grey squirrel as… Read More ›

Love Double Dutch!

Brooklyn NY 7th-grader MaKayla is into Double Dutch, competition jump-roping with two ropes.  Just when her team qualifies to go to the national competition, her parents’ marriage threatens to fall apart and she is sent with her younger brother to… Read More ›

Rescue

Three days before the end of sixth grade, a new girl shows up in Joni’s class.  Chess (short for Francesca) is a California transplant to a farmstead near Joni’s in Vermont.  Joni hopes they can be friends.  Things start off… Read More ›

The Science of Breakable Things

Natalie’s botanist researcher mom has been shutting herself away in her bedroom since summer, and it is now approaching Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas–all the traditional family gathering times.  Her dad, a therapist, is trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy, cooking… Read More ›