Pizza My Heart follows young Maya Reynolds whose parents are moving from Brooklyn, New York to a small town in Pennsylvania to expand their soul pizza business, Soul Slice. Having grown up in Brooklyn, Maya is devastated to have to leave her best friend and life behind for the move. In the new town, she gets off on the wrong foot with her first pizza delivery customer, who ends up being the son of her parents’ new interior decorator. Add a love for art, a new art exhibition she wants to join but may be unable to, new friends, and a potential new crush — Maya’s life quickly gets interesting.
Besties Beth and Chanda need to find a way to earn some money. Beth wants to give her mom a spa day while Chanda needs money to adopt a new pet (and prove herself responsible to her parents who are constantly comparing her to her big sister). But when the two land a house-sitting gig, they end up breaking their employer’s prized possession. Can they fix the problem without losing their friendship and reputation?
Curating my list of best middle grade books of 2021 was much easier than last year, for some reason. I credit that to understanding what I like better and finally defining what makes a “best of the best” book for me. Of course, as with all “best of” lists, this is entirely subjective. For me, these stories are the most memorable, enjoyable, and/or thought-provoking middle grade books I read in 2021.
It’s that time of the year again where (this time) I share middle grade books to read in 2022! I’m thrilled to bring you this superb list of books that match my interests. On this list, you’ll find 100 books I have on my radar as a reader of contemporary, sci-fi, fantasy (but no magic), realistic middle grade fiction. If our interests align, then you’ll be rushing to add many of these picks to your TBR!
Chapter books about kids starting a business aren’t as abundant as their middle grade counterparts. But, they still exist! For this list, I’ve rounded up 8 chapter books for younger readers, filled with illustrations, and boasting shorter pages. All 8 of these books feature kids starting a business — pet-sitting, lemonade stands, baking cookies, or selling seaweed snacks at school — to earn money. If your kids are budding entrepreneurs, they just might find some inspiration in these stories.
The $150,000 Rugelach follows Jillian and Jack, two kids with opposing personalities and a shared love of food and cooking. JIllian’s mom died a year ago and her dad is working two jobs to keep them afloat after her mother’s restaurant closed. They’ve also had to move in with Jillian’s grandma, Rita. So when Jillian finds about a cooking competition hosted by major corporation CEO Phineas Farnsworth II, she thinks it’s a good opportunity to make money to help out the family. Jack is also hugely interested in the contest as Farnsworth is his role model. When the two kids are assigned as teammates, Jack’s loud attitude clashes with Jillian’s quieter personality, but even worse, the kids realize that Farnsworth has a more sinister plan for the contest than they could have imagined.