Ourintrepid Middle Grade Fiction category chair, Karen Yingling, is today's featured reviewer. She blogs at Ms. Yingling Reads, where she reviews books for middle school students (both MG and YA), particularly boys. Her reviews are helpfully divided into adventure, fantasy, historical, humor, and sports. Fun Fact: she's got a great list of websites about boy books, if you're looking for reads that appeal to the guys in your life.
Middle Grade Fiction nominee Caddy's World by Hilary McKay is one of the books she reviewed recently in a post titled "Dysfunctional English Families," which made me giggle. It's the latest in the Casson Family books, which include Saffy's Angel and Indigo's Star, and it's a prequel. In her review, Ms. Yingling says:
The new covers are rather attractive and might reignite interest in this
older series (the first book came out in 2001), and long time readers
who like problem novels will find the back story of favorite characters
Click here to read the full review, as well as a review of Cybils nominee My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher.