It’s that time of year again. Our annual challenge. This is where I’ll be tracking my progress through middle grade books for the month of May. The goal: read a book a day. My strategy this year involves a mix of audio books, chapter books, and graphic novels. And something I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do: read a series straight through. (I’m looking at you, Junie B. Jones!)


CJs BookADayMay 2020

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Book Report 55

Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors is Bk4 in the seven-book series. I picked up my copy of Zita the Spacegirl at the thrift store … and immediately ordered the rest of the series online. Funny, exciting, and a solid favorite. And I’m always there for stories with Shakespeare allusions. The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet is about a girl whose parents live a few centuries behind the rest of the world and whose little sister is a genius who’s joining her in the eighth grade.

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Book Report 56

Anya’s Ghost is a graphic novel about a ghost with a mischievous streak who’s more dangerous than she lets on. Moo is a contemporary story in which two city-bred kids who are transplanted to a small town are hired by a neighbor lady to take care of her temperamental cow. And the series continues with Charlie Bone and the Time Twister. Nimmo is good at layering on new complexities. A solid MG series.

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Book Report 54

In Kenny & the Dragon, a boy makes a friend, then struggles to protect him from his friends and neighbors, who want to drive out the dragon (or worse). There’s a sequel coming out in 2020! Midnight for Charlie Bone is the first book in the Children of the Red King series, which I finished last year. Expect more Charlie Bone books (there are seven) in the weeks to come. And The Buccaneers’ Code is the final book in Carlson’s pirate-themed trilogy.

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