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Hi. I'm all caught up and need some new MGs to read. Please feel free to recommend your own book, if it fits!

Here's what I like:
- humour
- animals
- great voice
- fantasy, SF
- historical
- fantastic writing/ unusual style
- diverse, multi-cultural is great

Here's what I don't like:
- fatal diseases
- anything medical/hospitals, etc. (I really need to escape from all that stuff.)
- sports
- religion (I did like The Inquisitor's Tale, maybe because it was done with humour; but nothing preachy, please)
- anything depressing

An example of a recent book I loved is Voyage of the Dogs by Greg van Eeekhaut. (SF, animals, some humour)

#1 - March 25, 2019, 12:15 PM
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I just finished a delightful MG book Trouble at the Scriptorium by Anne E. Johnson. It's not new but the author used to be a member here. Medieval mystery.
#2 - March 25, 2019, 12:43 PM
BOUND (Bodach Books, 2018)
TEN EASTER EGGS (Scholastic, 2015)
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Stacy McAnulty’s The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl is fantastic.
#3 - March 25, 2019, 01:18 PM
Vehicle Dreams Series-RPKids '16 -'18
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Rainy Day Picnic-Read Your Story '18
The Sparrow and The Trees- Arbordale '15

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The "Spy School" series by Stuart Gibbs is very popular with the students at my local middle school.  Actually, Gibbs' FunJungle series would probably be more appealing to you if you like animals.
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Thanks! I'm making a list...  :stars3
#5 - March 25, 2019, 09:47 PM
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I've ordered these, as well as the latest MG from Cynthia Lord, Because of the Rabbit. I always like her novels! Also I'm buying Jinx a fantasy by Sage Blackwood and Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly. Sage and Lynne are people I follow on Twitter who seem nice.

Thanks for the suggestions!
#6 - March 28, 2019, 10:27 AM
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Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary Schmidt. Reviews have been mixed but I really REALLY enjoyed it (and know I would have when I was the age of the target market as well). A butler comes to visit...

I also liked:
The Friendship War, by Alexander Clements (mis-named IMO; I'd bet a grande chai latte that the original title was The Button War) but the MC is absolutely wonderful).
Better You than Me, by Jessica Brody, wherein two tweens--a movie star and a fan--switch bodies.
A Handful of Stars, by Cynthia Lord. Classic Cynthia Lord. She is one of my idols. Involves a dog, but *spoiler alert* dog does NOT die!

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Thanks, Anne. These sound great. I read A Handful of Stars as soon as it came out, and I loved it. I'll check the summary of Pay Attention, Carter Jones on Goodreads and Amazon. Gary Schmidt has written one of my absolute favourites, The Wednesday Wars, and one of my biggest disappointments, Okay for Now (surprise fatal disease plotline).
#8 - March 28, 2019, 09:39 PM
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How to Bee by Bren MacDibble (who has been on these boards) has the best voice ever!!! Great story too. Highly recommended.
#9 - March 31, 2019, 06:53 PM
I've Got Eyes! - Amicus Ink

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I've just enjoyed Jo Knowles' latest: Where the Heart Is. It's pretty light even though a few heavy themes are introduced. My own Roller Boy might fit your taste, unless you consider spinning around on a roller-skating rink to fall under sports.   ::-) Oh, and another I recently enjoyed (not new) is Grace Lin's Where the Mountain Meets the Moon--loved the audio version!
#10 - April 01, 2019, 02:31 PM
ROLLER BOY (Fitzroy Books, 2018)
AMY'S CHOICE (Luminis Books, 2014)
CALL ME AMY (Luminis Books, 2013)
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My favorite book I read last year was THE DRAGON WITH THE CHOCOLATE HEART by Stephanie Burgis. It’s funny, it’s heartfelt, and its comentary on human nature is spot on. I also really loved Emily Whitman’s THE TURNING about a half-selkie boy who needs a skin so he can join his true family—or so he thinks. Gorgeous, poetic prose in an action/survival/friendship story.
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Thanks for these suggestions! I've enjoyed some of Jo Knowle's books, so I'll check out Where The Heart Is. Marcia, I loved Call Me Amy, but I'm going to pass on your new sportsy book. It does have a great cover, by the way. (I mean it; I hate sports and sports books. I end up skimming over anything about sports. My loss, I'm sure...) HD Westlund, The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart and The Turning sound like my kind of thing.  :stars3
#12 - April 04, 2019, 01:05 PM
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I just remembered an oldie but a goodie: The Cat  Who Came in Off the Roof by Annie Schmidt--a quickie review here: https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com/2018/10/reading_30.html
#13 - April 04, 2019, 05:04 PM
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Ooo, thanks, Vijaya! That sounds great! I have a soft spot for The Netherlands, too.  :cat
#14 - April 05, 2019, 09:03 AM
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I just read & enjoyed Kate Messner's Breakout - not depressing but definitely thought provoking & an interesting format.

Mostly I read graphic novels... do you like GN's? Surfside Girls by Kim Dwinell was very refreshing & I enjoyed Hope Larson's All Summer Long, and Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner is different/interesting too.
#15 - April 05, 2019, 11:41 AM
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Here's a series about ten years old: Vordak the Incomprehensible. (Funny.) And more recently, Spy School.
#16 - April 07, 2019, 05:37 PM
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Wonderful, Debbie. :goldstar
#17 - April 07, 2019, 07:10 PM
THE VOICE OF THUNDER, WiDo Publishing
THERE'S A TURKEY AT THE DOOR, Hometown520

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Thanks, Debbie!
#18 - April 07, 2019, 09:54 PM
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Afraid you'll have to thank my son. He has a lot more time to read than I do. It just took me this long to catch him and ask what he thought.
#19 - April 08, 2019, 06:17 PM
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