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Adventures Through Awkwardness: September!

Man, I'm SUPER behind for September's post. I'm sorry about that!
Life, you know?
Of course you do!

Anyway, we are chugging right along through the end of the year here! CRAY. 

For September's Adventures Through Awkwardness Middle Grade Challenge, we're going with a very popular and recurring theme in Middle Grade: MAGIC.

Of course, you could go traditional magic with magicians, but I like to think a bit outside of the box when I think of magic, okay? Okay!

Here are a few choices to help get you started as you think about what Middle Grade book to read this month as part of the challenge! A reminder that you do not have to pick any of these - this is just to get the ball rolling or to make a recommendation if you have no idea where to start. 

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle | Goodreads

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract".

Meg's father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?

Spirit's Key by Edith Cohn | Goodreads

By now, twelve-year-old Spirit Holden should have inherited the family gift: the ability to see the future. But when she holds a house key in her hand like her dad does to read its owner's destiny, she can’t see anything. Maybe it’s because she can't get over the loss of her beloved dog, Sky, who died mysteriously. Sky was Spirit’s loyal companion, one of the wild dogs that the local islanders believe possess dangerous spirits. As more dogs start dying and people become sick, too, almost everyone is convinced that these dogs and their spirits are to blame—except for Spirit. Then Sky's ghost appears, and Spirit is shaken. But his help may be the key to unlocking her new power and finding the cause of the mysterious illness before it's too late.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke | Goodreads

Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

Characters from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy. Meggie has had her father to herself since her mother went away when she was young. Mo taught her to read when she was five, and the two share a mutual love of books. He can "read" characters out of books. When she was three, he read aloud from a book called Inkheart and released characters into the real world. At the same time, Meggie's mother disappeared into the story. This "story within a story" will delight not just fantasy fans, but all readers who like an exciting plot with larger-than-life characters.

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd | Goodreads

Introducing an extraordinary new voice---a magical debut that will make your skin tingle, your eyes glisten . . .and your heart sing.

Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart.

But when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck's about to change. A "word collector," Felicity sees words everywhere---shining above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog's floppy ears---but Midnight Gulch is the first place she's ever seen the word "home." And then there's Jonah, a mysterious, spiky-haired do-gooder who shimmers with words Felicity's never seen before, words that make Felicity's heart beat a little faster.

Felicity wants to stay in Midnight Gulch more than anything, but first, she'll need to figure out how to bring back the magic, breaking the spell that's been cast over the town . . . and her mother's broken heart.

After you've read and reviewed ANY Middle Grade Book that involves magic, be sure to enter the contest below! Since I'm late in posting, I'll extend it a week! It is a pretty great prize, so get on that Middle Grade game, yo!

Keep it awkward, y'all! 
(love you, Ten!)

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 love the Spirit's Key necklace! Also the book...wonderful.

    1. Also FOR ENTRIES and what not, I DID review Spirit's Key at Tor.com: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/09/all-dogs-go-to-heaven-spirits-key-by-edith-cohn

      And also reviewed The Book of Three which is WONDERFUL and CLASSIC if you haven't read it:


  2. I just finished The Problem Child (Sisters Grimm Book 3) by Michael Buckley. I started out reading The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Book 1) to my kindergartener at bedtime but the chapters were kind of long so we'll wait a couple of years and he can read them on his own.
    Anyway, I liked the writing style and there were enough unanswered questions to keep me reading the next two books.
    The storylines are fun and full of magic. Buckley gives new spins on a myriad of fairy-tale characters. I don't have any MG-aged kids at home yet, but this hasn't stopped me from reading these books.

    1. One of my favorite things about Middle Grade reads is the writing style, so I feel you there!

  3. I cannot believe I have been forgetting to link up my reviews for this challenge. Terrible.


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