10 Truths and a Dare is the companion to the cute 10 Blind Dates which I read and liked a couple of years ago. In this book, Sophie’s cousin Olivia is set to graduate in a week (after all the pre-graduation parties, of course) — as class salutatorian no less. That is until she discovers that flaking on her off-campus P.E (golf) means she doesn’t have enough credits to graduate. Desperate to fix things without letting her entire large close-knit family know, Olivia comes up with a plan to redo the class. But she has a few problems.
Can you guess why I love middle grade books with shy protagonists? Yes, because I was a shy kid. Shy, socially anxious, and introverted. So reading about other shy — not introverted necessarily — kids and watching them do wonderful things despite paralyzing shyness brings me a ridiculous amount of joy. It goes without saying that many of these books are my favorites ever. If you’ve got a shy kid in your life, feel free to hand them one of these books.
The Doll is a picture book based on true life events. When a family arrives as refugees from war-torn Vietnam. The family is understandable disoriented and the children cling to their mother at the airport. There, a little girl hands a doll to the youngest daughter. The small gift is welcoming, reassuring to the child and stays with her throughout her childhood and into adulthood. Eventually, she is able to hand that same doll to another child from a family of refugees at another airport.
Madi and her friends Jack and Aaron make a rescue at Lake Wild, saving two beaver kits, but they have a problem. Madi’s parents have said she cannot bring home any more strays. In fact, if she does, she’ll lose her trip to see acclaimed primatologist Jane Goodall. But neither Aaron nor Jack can take in the kits and their local shelter is full. Besides, the kids find that the kits’ parents have been shot dead. Madi takes them, hiding them in a shed on her parents’ property until she can figure out her next steps.
I’ve chosen books where animals are the main characters, not just books where animals feature. Most of these stories are narrated from the perspective of the animals. So if that’s your jam, you’ll love this list. You’ll find in this list middle-grade books about dogs, cats, mice, foxes, birds, and a few other interesting animals.
Ways to Grow Love is the second book in the Ryan Hart series. I loved the first book in the series and this book picks up soon after! It’s summer and Ryan’s mom is now heavily pregnant. It seems to Ryan that her unborn baby sister only stops her mom from doing all the fun stuff they used to do together. No more market for Ryan because her mom has to be on bed rest. Her mom can’t even come to the library with her to pick up books for the summer reading challenge and her grandma just rushes her and won’t let her pick as many books as she wants.