Thursday, August 20, 2009

New middle grade fiction

I just finished two new middle grade books, by two of my favorite authors, each just as good as I was hoping. Andrew Clements and Peggy Gifford are almost always crowd pleasers and both of these will appeal to your kiddos and yourself!

In Extra Credit, readers meet Abby and Saheed, two typical kids with families, schooling, friends, and hobbies, but they live across the world from each other. Abby lives in Illinois and Saheed lives in Afghanistan. When an extra credit project brings the two kids together as pen pals, each has the ability to learn more about the other's culture, country, and families, and share in a bit of a secret as well.

Written by Andrew Clements, this one takes current events and realistic characters and blends them together in an entertaining novel. Boys will like this just as much as girls, which is one of my favorite things about Clements and his manner of producing novels. He is a go-to author for parents looking for realistic fiction for their boys and girls.

If you haven't yet picked up a Moxy Maxwell book, go do so now! These are just such fun books and author Peggy Gifford makes each one funny (or funnier) than the last. We're now on the third book featuring the lively and precocious, Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Practicing the Piano (But She Does Love Being in Recitals). Ah Moxy.

In this hilarious edition to the series, Moxy wants to do every BUT practice for her piano recital. She wants to make fur trim for the cape she's going to wear, try on her crown, practice singing just in case someone decides they want her to sing to really wow the crowd, you know, the usual. She gets into lots of trouble, has a starnge incident with dots on her sister's face, and of course, involves her best friend, Max, in all the antics.

Middle grade readers will really love Moxy, if they haven't met her all ready. She's fun, innocent in the way that she really doesn't know what she's doing is wacky, and so, so funny! If I've learned anything from these books, it's to never give children scissors!

Both of these books are great for that transitional stage between young readers and the middle grade reading level. Though they are chapter books, the content is perfect for younger kids reading above their age level. Nice choices for family or classroom ongoing read alouds.

To learn more or to purchase either book, click on the book covers above to link to Amazon.

Extra Credit
Andrew Clements
192 pages
Middle Grade
June 2009

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Practicing Piano (But She Does Love Being In Recitals)
Peggy Gifford
192 pages
Middle Grade
Schwartz & Wade
August 2009


3T said...

Grr, our copy of "Extra Credit" is taking forever to arrive, and we are so looking forward to reading it! Now even more so!


Staci said...

Clements is a staple on my middle school shelves. And I just added the Moxy Maxwell books this year.

Abby said...

*nods* I love me some Andrew Clements! I read Extra Credit last weekend and really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to the new Moxy Maxwell, too. Maybe I'll sneak into a bookstore this weekend and read that one.. mwa ha ha ... ;)

Amanda said...

3T, thanks for stopping should tell your budget makers that they need to give you more money, so you can get your copies from a quicker source. ;)

Staci, Clements is so great, the Moxy books are awesome, and I think the Clementine books fall into this category too.

Abby, you totally should go read it! I go read Entertainment Weekly every Saturday...

Linda said...

Oh, if only we all had more Moxy!