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Adventures Through Awkwardness: July!

Hosted by Amy @ Tripping Over Books
and Lisa @ Lisa is Busy Nerding

YOU GUYS! We're over halfway through 2014!
Which means we're over halfway through the ADVENTURES THROUGH AWKWARDNESS challenge!

So now is as good of a time as any to focus on those classic Middle Grade reads, yeah? 

This month's pick: Classic Middle Grade
A reminder that you do NOT have to choose any of these books listed. They just give you a jump start in case you need some ideas! 
Feel free to join in on this challenge any time! 
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame {Summary from Goodreads}
Meet little Mole, willful Ratty, Badger the perennial bachelor, and petulant Toad. In the almost one hundred years since their first appearance in 1908, they've become emblematic archetypes of eccentricity, folly, and friendship. And their misadventures-in gypsy caravans, stolen sports cars, and their Wild Wood-continue to capture readers' imaginations and warm their hearts long after they grow up. Begun as a series of letters from Kenneth Grahame to his son, The Wind in the Willows is a timeless tale of animal cunning and human camaraderie. This Penguin Classics edition features an appendix of the letters in which Grahame first related the exploits of Toad.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman {Summary from Goodreads}
After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family . . .
Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson {Summary from Goodreads}
Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.
That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits. Then one morning a terrible tragedy occurs. Only when Jess is able to come to grips with this tragedy does he finally understand the strength and courage Leslie has given him.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling {Summary from Goodreads}
Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in ten years.
But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him... if Harry can survive the encounter.

After you've read and reviewed a Classic Middle Grade book this month, be sure to enter to win this month's prize!

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Keep it awkward, y'all!

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. I JUST READ THE FIRST AND SECOND HP BOOKS AGAIN. I actually listened and read them so yay for this. And I'm a Gaiman fangirl forever and massive fan of The Graveyard Book, in all formats, forever and always. My heart just sped a little at seeing the cover, in fact. So much love.


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