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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Classic Retellings!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is on books that are all about classic retellings!  These are stories that have been inspired by books that are considered to be classics that have been written in the past and are now used as inspiration for newer books.  Some follow the storylines pretty consistently while others completely turn the story on its head with role reversals, different points of view, settings, or even introducing elements such as science fiction and fantasy.  Some of them may be from classic titles that you have heard of before while others may be compl...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Adoption & Foster Families!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is on books that are all about adoption and foster families!!  Let’s face it, love ‘em or hate ‘em, where would we be without our families?  One of the things I love is that there is such diversity throughout the collection and when it comes to books that feature families and family life, you might read a story that features a family that may be different from your own or maybe you will get to read about family that is just like the one you love to be a part of.  The titles this week take a look at families that are created through ad...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight---The 1920's!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is all about the 1920s!!!  Our titles this week are all based in or about that decade known as the Roaring ‘20s in which we were between two world wars and everyone thought life was good, but it was a time of crime, intrigue, and going against the grain.  We have a great mixture of fiction (complete with drama and friendship) and nonfiction (which will make you look at everything different from now on) and they will not disappoint!    These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youthhistorical...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Detective Stories!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is taking a look at Detective Stories!!!  Now, these stories do not have to be your traditional Sherlock Holmes type stories for them to be considered “detective”.  Instead, these stories are ones that our main characters are trying to solve and figure something out; for some it may be a murder or a dead body but for others it could be something from their past or even a trying to figure out if bigfoot really does exist.  You will be trying to solve right along with the leads and become a detective yourself!  These books and more...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Thrillers & Suspense!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is on books that are filled with suspense and thrills!! Sometimes I think these are the scariest types of books because you have no idea what is going to happen next and your brain prepares for the worst as you turn the page, not knowing what is going to be there waiting for you.  If you are looking for a read that is going to keep you on the edge of your seat then you have come to the right place!  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youththriller as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check bac...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Medieval Times!!!

Our Middle Grade book spotlight this week is focused on books that are going to take us back in time to the land of knights and castles, jousting matches and a disease that could kill you within hours of infection--we are going back to Medieval Times!!!  All of our titles this week take place during the framework considered to be Medieval Times or the Middle Ages so we are talking the years 500-1500; this is when kings ruled the lands, there was constant fighting and battling, and King Arthur kind of took over the tales of the time.  We have some great nonfiction, interactive adve...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Orange & Black Covers!!!

Our Middle Grade book spotlight this week is focused on books that have Orange and Black covers to help get us in the Halloween spirit!!!   Let’s be real here for a minute because we all judge and choose a book on the front cover (most of the time) even though we are told not to do so, but that can honestly lead us to read some books that we would not have picked up otherwise.  Since we are choosing these books based on their front covers, then we have an amazing selection that are all completely different from realistic to humor, fantasy, adventure and some nonfiction!  Thes...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--'21-'22 VRC Middle Grade Nominees

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is all about books that have been nominated for the Virginia Reader’s Choice (VRC) Middle School award for the 2021-2022 school year!!  The VRC award was started back in the 1980s with the goal being that students across the state choosing what they thought the best book of the year is instead of adults.  Every year, there are 10 middle grade books nominated for the award by a committee; readers then have a few months to read as many of the 10 as they can and then they will cast their vote for which one they think is the best.  The bo...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Hispanic Heritage Month Authors!!!

With it being Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th-October 15th), our middle grade book spotlight this week is on books that are authored by Latino and Latina authors!!!  These books are amazing and so many of these authors have written more than just the titles that are being featured--so if you like this one there are others you can read as well.  We have some stand alones and other titles are the beginning of a series.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youthhispanicheritage as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check bac...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Diaries & Journals!!!

Our Middle Grade book spotlight this week is all about books that are written in a diary/journal format.  While many of us are very familiar with Diary of a Wimpy Kid, it was not the first to have a book written as a journal nor is it the only one out there.  We are taking a look at some amazing historical, realistic, and humorous titles that are delivered as though they were written in a diary or journal by the main character which can be a fun way to read a book.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youthdiarystories as well as...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Colorful Covers!!!

Our Middle Grade book spotlight this week is focused on books that have some amazing Colorful Covers!!!  Let’s be real here for a minute because we all judge and choose a book on the front cover (most of the time) even though we are told not to do so, but that can honestly lead us to read some books that we would not have picked up otherwise.  Since we are choosing these books based on their front covers, then we have an amazing selection that are all completely different from realistic to humor, fantasy, horror and even some award winners!  These books and more can be foun...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--September 11th

Our Middle Grade book spotlight this week is focused on  books that examine the events of September 11, 2001.  As we approach the 20th anniversary of that fateful Tuesday, it is a date that should be remembered and examined as everything changed at home and abroad by the end of that day.  Books are an amazing way of not only reflecting but also learning about that day and the events that took place as many of you may not be old enough to remember what happened and is just a mention or a blip in your history class or textbook; for those of us who were alive and knew what was h...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Graphic Novels!!!

Our Middle Grade book spotlight this week is focused on graphic novels!!!  Graphic novels are incredibly visual stories that can feature pretty much anything fiction and nonfiction.  Done in the style of comic books, there is a huge variety of choices; literally something for everyone so even if you have never read one before, you will definitely be able to find something.  For our talk this week, we have a great selection of nonfiction, fantasy, historical, humor, and realistic to get you started.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the sea...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--On the Ocean!!!

Our Middle Grade book spotlight this week is focused on books that take place in or on the ocean leading to some pretty epic adventures!  When something takes place on the open water, it leads to scenarios that are filled with danger and choices which could lead to life or death given the limited options.  We have a great selection of titles this week, ranging from historical, adventure, realistic, and nonfiction.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youthseaadventure as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--New Books Pt. 5!!!

Our Middle Grade book spotlight this week is focused on  books that have recently been added to our collection meaning they are new!!!!  New books are the best; they have a new book smell and there is just something about being one of the first people to read it.  There is a great mix of fantasy, realistic, adventure, and graphic novels this week; there is literally something for everyone!  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #2021youthnewbooks as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new Middle Grade bo...

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