I always love winter break reading. I either catch up on the last of the year's books or I read ahead to the upcoming books of the next year. Some years I do a combination of both but it is always one of my favorite reading times of the year.
This year I read some amazing books that are due out in 2016. All are MUST READS for sure! I feel lucky to have started my 2016 with these books. They all tugged at my heart in very different ways and all are perfect for middle grade readers.
This book, illustrated by Jon Klassen is one that I could not put down. It is the story of a boy and his pet fox. It is a dog story and the story of a boy's journey and a story of loss and friendship. It is the best of all of these things.
This book was sent to me by the author (who lives in Ohio--lucky us!). What an amazing story of grief and healing. Told in a story that reminded me a bit of Coraline, meeting Charlie and his sister Imogen as they work through their grief is an incredible read. The way the author puts the issues into a fantasy world is incredible and is perfect for middle grade readers.
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
Due to be released January 5, 2016
Inge Maria is a character who will stay with me for a very long time. She has recently lost her mother and moves in with her grandmother who she does not know well. She moves into a rather dull town but brings life to the town and brightens the lives of so many. A great story with a great feisty character.