Calliope (Callie), her brother Jax, and her parents have moved across the pond to Scotland after they inherited a castle from an older woman whose small cottage they lived in as university students. Callie is hoping for a fresh start after a falling out with her friends back in the States. However, she quickly realizes that fresh starts aren’t automatic, even when you move countries.
Who doesn’t love middle grade books about libraries? I didn’t grow up with too many great libraries open to me, but just reading about a place housing books gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. In these tween books set in libraries, the library plays a major role for the protagonist. It’s either a safe haven, a place where a lot of the story takes place, or the story itself. If you love books and libraries, this list is for you.
Kate Albus’s debut middle-grade book, A Place to Hang the Moon follows three orphaned kids in England during the WWII evacuation. Orphans William, Edmund, and Anna (aged 12, 11, and 9) are evacuated after their (not nice) grandmother dies. The kids are instructed not to disclose how well off their family is until they’re placed with a new family that feels like a forever family.