Mini review Monday: mint middle grade!

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all well!

I’m stopping by your timelines today to share 4 books that I read and loved this year that I can’t wait to take to school and share with the rest of KS2!

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Rainbow Grey: Eye of the Storm – Laura Ellen Anderson

Ray is getting used to life as Rainbow Grey – she now has ALL the magical weather powers at her fingertips, although she hasn’t quite mastered them yet! When all of the cloud creatures start disappearing – including Ray’s own beloved cloud cat, Nim – Ray and her friends have a mystery to solve. Ray is sure that the person to blame is Tornadia Twist – Ray’s sworn enemy and the worst Rogue the world has ever seen. Can Ray stop Tornadia before she creates the ultimate storm, destroying the magical Weatherlands and Earth FOREVER?

It was so lovely being back with Ray and her friends! When things start going wrong and an old evil lurks, it’s up to Ray to help. She has to use all that she knows she is and the love surrounding her to help. I loved this: just so full of light and hope. Ray is such a lush character and the illustrations are just incredible! I think I could read Laura’s books all day – they bring me such joy! I can’t wait for the next one of these – I hope it comes out soon!

The Secret Sunshine Project – Benjamin Dean

Bea’s family are happy. Like, really happy. Like, kind of gross but also cute happy. So when they visit London Pride together and have the ultimate day out, Bea doesn’t think her family could possibly get any happier. But a year later, a grey cloud is following Bea’s family around. Dad has passed away, and without him around they have no choice but to pack their bags and move to the countryside to live with Gran. With Bea’s big sister, Riley, taking the news hard, Bea will do anything to cheer her up. So with the help of new friends, The Secret Sunshine Project is formed – Bea’s plan to bring Pride to the countryside and a smile back to Riley’s face. There’s just one teeny tiny problem – the village mayor. A grumpy old woman who’s on a mission to rain on Bea’s parade . . .

Man, this was beautiful. I cried at least 3 times. From crying at the first chapter, to being shocked at reveals and chuckling away, this had me from the get go. A gorgeous story filled with pride, family, friendship and a message of acceptance. This is so full of colour and joy. Bea is the bravest and kindest main character and the world needs more of her.

The Offline Diaries – Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené

Ade is about to start at a new school. She is NOT happy with her stepdad for making them move here. Shanice has been at the school for a year already. Since her mum died, she’s been living with her dad and annoying older brother, spending most of her time outside school in her dad’s hair salon. When Ade and Shanice meet in the salon, and spot each other’s diaries, an instant friendship is formed, and they start to chat online… but offline is a whole other story!

This is a brilliant story of new friendships, popularity and the importance of kindness. Being the new girl around town is never fun, especially when you’re having to battle with a family situation you’re not the most pleased with. Making friends and keeping them is hard! There’s loads of stories about social media and young girls and I think my Y6s are gonna really love this! We’ve all been there – making mistakes and having to fix them!

Sade and the Shadow Beasts – Rachel Faturoti

Twelve-year-old Sadé has been escaping to an imaginary world ever since her mum passed away – with its candy-floss lilac sky, she goes on endless adventures atop her purple-winged bird, Nix. But soon she discovers that frightening shadow beasts live here too and they are seeping into the real world. Luckily, when her sister signs her up to an anonymous grief counselling group, Sadé finds her anxiety gets better. But then she’s asked to perform spoken word in the talent show. The beasts won’t let her get on stage: Tiger appears with her long sharp claws, Lion with his piercing blue eyes, and Fox stands on his giant hind legs. Will Sadé find the courage to say what she needs to – can she banish the shadow beasts for good?

Gosh, this is just gorgeous. So much about this to just relish in – an incredibly portrayal of grief; a brilliant group of friends; a positive portrayal of how school can help; a gorgeous family; an incredible main character; the importance of finding your voice. Sade’s beasts and her stages of grief were incredibly characterised. I loved the honouring of her mam. The end made me totally well up. This just, yeah, incredible.

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A massive thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed these reviews!

Have you read any of these books?
What have you been reading recently?

And that’s it for now! Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books!

S x

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