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Middle-grade reading

November 11, 2019
Amy Phelps , MOV Parent

There are several new books for tweens/middle-grade readers to enjoy.

From the author of the Mr. Terupt series, Rob Buyea, comes "The Perfect Star" - the conclusion of the Perfect Score series.

Following kids at Lake View Middle School navigate real-world problems kids will relate to the characters. Gavin is dealing with football and family issues, Natalie enjoys being a morning news reporter, but it could cause her trouble, Trevor tries to patch things up with his best friend since they are on the outs, Randi doesn't like her mom's new boyfriend and is cultivating a bad attitude everywhere and Scott discovers he may be a secret weapon on the football field. As the kids continue on the school year, who will they be by the end of it?

For kids who may not want fantasy or action-adventure book, this is the realistic fiction story for them.

"The Perfect Star" is published by Delacorte Press. It is $16.99.

A girl wants to discover more about herself and her past in "The Other, Better Me" by Antony John, the critically acclaimed author of "Mascot."

Lola and her mom have always been just the two of them. But Lola wonders what her dad was like. When her teacher assigns a project of thinking about what their lives would be like if one big thing was different, Lola wonders what it would be like if she had a dad. Who would she be then? As she travels the road of self-discovery and looks into the past, how will her relationship with her mother change?

A story of family and changes, this is a touching story that will make many think.

"The Other, Better Me" is published by HarperCollins. It is $16.99.

A new fantasy graphic novel continues the "Estranged" series with "The Changeling King" by Ethan Aldridge.

The graphic novel with lovely watercolor paintings, follows the story of changeling Edmund Carter, who has recently assumed his role as Cinder, king of the World Below after years of pretending to be human. But not everyone is thrilled about Cinder's return. And Ed is adjusting to human life after living his in the World Below, finding that humans are quite nice, but missing his role as a knight in the Fay court. When a new threat emerges in the World Below, Cinder calls upon Ed and their sister, Alexis, to help. What adventure and danger will await them Below?

For those who loves fantasy, this is a great graphic novel that will entice many.

"The Changeling King" is published by HarperCollins. It is $21.99.

Amy Phelps is the book editor for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. Contact her at



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