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Middle Grade Monday | 07/27/15 | Fictional BFFs

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Middle Grade Monday is a weekly meme started by Jordan’s Jewels where you find a local market and search for magic beans… nope. That’s not right. Let’s try again. Middle Grade Monday is a weekly list where you share your love of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches…. No! No! No! One More time: Middle Grade Monday is a special event, hosted every Tuesday by Jordan’s Jewels, where you pretend to fight ancient warriors of death in your backyard. Oh I give up. There is no way of making this sound interesting. Middle Grade Monday is a weekly meme stared by Jordan’s Jewels where you follow a weekly topic to discuss middle grade fiction. If you would be interested in discussing wizards, evil fairy-godmothers, unusual names for pens or Greek gods, please check it out!

Hey Gems, this Monday we are chatting about fictional characters we would love to be friends with. I won’t keep you here reading an introduction because, hey, that’s what friends do!

171520735) Sleeping Beauty: The One Who Took A Really Long Nap by Wendy Mass

Princess Rose is a great character to read about but I loved her unusual friendship with Sarah. Princess Rose’s Lady In Waiting was a fun light character I snatched ahold of. When I closed the book I didn’t want to let go of her optimism. Sarah is a true friend. Rose is lucky to have her!

The girl’s been asleep for a hundred years. The boy’s got issues of his own. There are two sides to every story….

It’s not easy being Princess Rose. Especially when a fairy curses you and you find yourself avoiding all sharp objects . . . and then end up pricking your finger anyway, causing you to slumber for a hundred years or so.

And it’s not easy being The Prince. Especially when your mother has some ogre blood and tends to chow down at the most unfortunate moments. A walk in the woods would help, you think. Until you find a certain hidden castle . . . and a certain sleeping princess. Happily ever after? Not until the prince helps the princess awaken . . . and brings her home to Mother.

Journey back to the days when fairy tales were true with this fun and fresh spin on a timeless tale!

3022344) The English Roses by Madonna

Charlotte is a little moody but by far my favorite English Rose! I would love to be friends with this entire group but I feel Charlotte wouldn’t judge me when I drank coffee at afternoon tea.

The English Roses is a story of rivalry and friendship among schoolgirls in contemporary London. Four little girls—Nicole, Amy, Charlotte, and Grace—are eleven years old and the very best of friends. They have sleepovers, picnics and ice-skating parties that exclude Binah, a beautiful girl whose seemingly perfect life makes them “green with envy.” However, when a feisty, pumpernickel-loving fairy godmother takes them on a magical journey, they learn to their great surprise that Binah’s life is not nearly as enviable as it had seemed. The English Roses is an inspiring story about the importance of compassion and the rewards of friendship.

180537863) The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale

I haven’t finished this book yet but from what I’ve read Raven is a noble character I would love to have by my side. She fights for the good of humanity.

At Ever After High, an enchanting boarding school, the children of fairytale legends prepare themselves to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charmings and Evil Queens…whether they want to or not. Each year on Legacy Day, students sign the Storybook of Legends to seal their scripted fates. For generations, the Village of Book End has whispered that refusing to sign means The End-both for a story and for a life.

As the daughter of the Evil Queen, Raven Queen’s destiny is to follow in her mother’s wicked footsteps, but evil is so not Raven’s style. She’s starting to wonder, what if she rewrote her own story? The royal Apple White, daughter of the Fairest of Them All, has a happy ever after planned for herself, but it depends upon Raven feeding her a poison apple in their future.

What if Raven doesn’t sign the Storybook of Legends? It could mean a happily never after for them both.

73273262) Half Upon A Time by James Riley

One of my favorite characters from this series is May’s Fairy… but, choosing a human, I chose May. She is a character who throws herself into everything she does. I love her personality, her sarcasm and, most importantly, her stubbornness. You can only smile around May.

Life’s no fairy tale for Jack. After all, his father’s been missing ever since that incident with the beanstalk and the giant, and his grandfather keeps pushing him to get out and find a princess to rescue. Who’d want to rescue a snobby, entitled princess anyway? Especially one that falls out of the sky wearing a shirt that says “Punk Princess,” and still denies she’s royalty. In fact, May doesn’t even believe in magic. Yeah, what’s that about? May does need help though–a huntsman is chasing her, her grandmother has been kidnapped, and Jack thinks it’s all because of the Wicked Queen . . . mostly because May’s grandmother might just be the long-lost Snow White. Jack and May’s thrillingly hilarious adventure combines all the classic stories—fractured as a broken magic mirror—into the first of an epic new series of novels for the ages.

82887301) The Defense of Thaddeus A. Ledbetter by John Gosselink

Thaddeus is laugh out loud hilarious, wise beyond his years, and crazy about the law. I loved reading about his adventure through his quirky thoughts and doodles. If I could be best friends with him I know there would never be a dull moment!

Designed like a case file, chock-full of notes, journal entries, letters, e-mails, illustrations, and more, The Defense of Thaddeus A. Ledbetter is a hilarious middle-grade novel that argues why Thaddeus should be released from his in-school suspension and explains the unbelievable circumstances that led to his punishment. Like Adrian Mole and the Great Brain, Thaddeus is a too-smart-for-his-own-good hero. Soon readers will be chanting, “Free Thaddeus!”

Thanks for reading. If you would like to join in on this week’s discussion please leave the link to your blogpost (NOT your blog’s homepage with) with my assistant; Mr. Link Gately. He requires you check in with him in the late afternoon as he has family visiting and most likely has a migraine.



4 thoughts on “Middle Grade Monday | 07/27/15 | Fictional BFFs

  1. I’ve never read any of these books before >.< But I've been wanting to read a Shannon Hale book and I might pick this one up. And The Defense of Thaddeus A. Ledbetter sounds pretty good too 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Asma,
      Thaddeus is hilarious. It’s impossible to be sad when reading him. 🙂

      If you lean more towards the Young Adult genre; Hale has a book title Dangerous. My sister enjoyed it. But her Middle Grade Fiction is glorious!


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  2. Jordan, I’m totally getting the vibe you like fairytale retellings, which I’m pretty sure I didn’t know before. Or maybe I just hadn’t seen it all in one post before, so didn’t really think about it. I LOVE THEM TOO LET US START A CLUB. I haven’t read any of these, although I believe I have Ever After High on my tbr after your previous recommendation. The cover reminds me of… Monster High. Not sure how I feel about that.

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    1. Romi,
      YES! A club!! We will need t-shirts and fancy mugs. I do love fairy tale retellings. They are a fresh look on stories I grew up hearing. I was never interested in Monster High so I am unable to compare the two series but the covers do look a lot alike.



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