My Most Anticipated 2021 Middle Grade Books

There are quite a few middle grade books coming out that sound good.  I had to cut some from my list so I would only share 10.

These are in no particular order.  Some are sequels and may contain spoilers from earlier books in the descriptions.

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Goodreads Monday 1/25/21

 

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners.  All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.

It’s getting hard to remember which ones I’ve done already, so I’m sorry if you see a book pop up on these more than once.  It will happen.  Probably a lot.

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Review of City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda (earc)

 

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City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents CITY OF THE PLAGUE GOD, an adventure based on ancient Mesopotamian mythology written by Sarwat Chadda, author of the Ash Mistry series. Characters from the Epic of Gilgamesh populate this high-stakes contemporary adventure in which all of Manhattan is threatened by the ancient god of plagues.

Thirteen-year-old Sik wants a simple life going to school and helping at his parents’ deli in the evenings. But all that is blown to smithereens when Nergal comes looking for him, thinking that Sik holds the secret to eternal life.Turns out Sik is immortal but doesn’t know it, and that’s about to get him and the entire city into deep, deep trouble.

Sik’s not in this alone. He’s got Belet, the adopted daughter of Ishtar, the goddess of love and war, on his side, and a former hero named Gilgamesh, who has taken up gardening in Central Park. Now all they have to do is retrieve the Flower of Immortality to save Manhattan from being wiped out by disease. To succeed, they’ll have to conquer sly demons, treacherous gods, and their own darkest nightmares.

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Review of The Witches of Willow Cove by Josh Roberts (ebook)

 

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The Witches of Willow Cove by Josh Roberts

It’s not easy being a teenage witch. Seventh grader Abby Shepherd is just getting the hang of it when weird stuff starts happening all around her hometown of Willow Cove. Green slime bubbling to life in science class. Giant snakes slithering around the middle school gym. Her best friend suddenly keeping secrets and telling lies.

Things only begin to make sense when a stranger named Miss Winters reveals that Abby isn’t the only young witch in town—and that Willow Cove is home to a secret past that connects them all. Miss Winters, herself a witch, even offers to teach Abby and the others everything she knows about witchcraft.

But as Abby learns more about Miss Winters’ past, she begins to suspect her new mentor is keeping secrets of her own. Can Abby trust her, or does Miss Winters have something wicked planned for the young witches of Willow Cove?

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Loretta Little Looks Back by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney (promo post)

 

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Loretta Little Looks Back by Andrea Davis Pinkney illustrated by Brian Pinkney

From bestselling and award-winning husband and wife team Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney, comes an innovative, beautifully illustrated novel that delivers a front-row seat to the dramatic events that led to African Americans earning the right to vote.

“Right here, I’m sharing the honest-to-goodness.” -Loretta

“I’m gon’ reach back, and tell how it all went. I’m gon’ speak on it. My way.” -Roly

“I got more nerve than a bad tooth. But there’s nothing bad about being bold.” -Aggie B.

Loretta, Roly, and Aggie B., members of the Little family, each present the vivid story of their young lives, spanning three generations. Their separate stories – beginning in a cotton field in 1927 and ending at the presidential election of 1968 — come together to create one unforgettable journey.

Through an evocative mix of fictional first-person narratives, spoken-word poems, folk myths, gospel rhythms and blues influences, Loretta Little Looks Back weaves an immersive tapestry that illuminates the dignity of sharecroppers in the rural South. Inspired by storytelling’s oral tradition, stirring vignettes are presented in a series of theatrical monologues that paint a gripping, multidimensional portrait of America’s struggle for civil rights as seen through the eyes of the children who lived it. The novel’s unique format invites us to walk in their shoes. Each encounters an unexpected mystical gift, passed down from one family member to the next, that ignites their experience what it means to reach for freedom.

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TBR and Beyond’s October Challenge “All Hallow’s Eve”

 

I love October and the events never disappoint me.  TBR and Beyond is doing a team challenge for October.  I’m hoping to read some mystery/thrillers.  Maybe horror, too? 

 

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Promo for The Beast of Bites by Coyote Peterson

 

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The Beast of Bites by Coyote Peterson

ABOUT BRAVE WILDERNESS

Our vision is to revolutionize how people learn about and interact with the natural world, while inspiring the conservation of our planet for current and future generations, by becoming the epicenter of animal and adventure-based entertainment. To that end, we will use innovative technology to create family-friendly products and attractions to maximize our audiences’ appreciation of nature. Now more than ever it is important to shine light on some of the most amazing and at-risk species on the planet and how we can all be better advocates of our environment and its inhabitants.

 

We want to teach our audience stewardship for the natural world by sharing our love and passion for wildlife and everything that is the great outdoors. However, doing so will often require our team to explore delicate environments and encounter species living a fragile existence. To achieve this goal, while ensuring the least disturbance, we are dedicated to:

  • Safety for ourselves and our animal co-stars as a top priority at all times.
  • Putting as little stress as possible on any animal filmed, and never doing any harm.
  • Leaving no trace in the environments which we visit.
  • Respect the peoples and cultures around the globe that welcome us into their homes to learn and be inspired.
  • Being an agent of positivity and awareness for all of nature and fellow human beings.
  • Presenting content that is scientifically sound and driven by our passion to educate.
  • Leaving a small impact with our footprints but a lasting impression with our creativity.

When mistakes are made, we will correct them to our utmost ability as respect and care for the natural world remains a top priority.

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Blog Tour for Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron (promo/blitz)

 

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour/blitz for Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron.  This tour is being hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours.

 

Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Publishing Date: September 22, 2020

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