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Middle-grade books for kids

September 16, 2019
Amy Phelps , MOV Parent

There are two new books for middle-grade readers that bring adventure and fantasy to life!

First is a story about characters just waiting for a book in "Saving Fable" by Scott Reintgen.

Indira Story has been long awaiting her chance of becoming well known. And she has just been chosen to go to Fable and study at Protagonist Preparatory. All of her dreams are finely coming true. But then things go awry and she ends up as a side-character. Who wants to be just a side character? But Indira believes something else is going on and someone is trying to stop her rise to main character - perhaps an anttagonist? With the help of some friends, Indira goes on an adventure of her own to try to help all of Fable.

With a funny meta story, kids will be learning about books and writing with lovable main (and side) characters!

"Saving Fable" is published by Crown Books for Young Readers. It is $16.99 and is for ages 8-12.

From New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Max Brallier and illustrations by Douglas Holgate comes the next adventure in the "The Last Kids on Earth" series, "The Midnight Blade."

Coming to Netflix as an animated series this fall, the latest in this series of monsters and zombies and the kids that must stop them follows Jack as he discovers his baseball bat's otherworldly powers. Between his training and fighting glowing creatures, he doesn't have time to notice his friend, Dirk, acting strangely around the undead, and that gives plenty of time for a new villain to arise. Can the kids save themselves from all of the monsters lurking?

The book is set to be released Sept. 17, the same day the Netflix series will be released, with a voice cast of Mark Hamill, Rosario Dawson, Catherine O'Hara, Keith David, Bruce Campbell, Garland Whitt, Montse Hernadez and Charles Demers, with Nick Wolfhard as Jack.

Kids who love monster movies will get a kick out of this action series.

"The Midnight Blade" is published by Viking Books for Young Readers. It is $13.99 and for ages 8-12.

Amy Phelps is the book editor for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. You can contact her at



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