The IN be-TWEEN | #CYBILS2023 Reviews 01.10.24

Wednesday. That day in the middle between weekends!! See where we’re going here?

The perfect day to share books for tweens, aka the middle-grade audience. The weekly collection will include selections from the Middle-Grade Fiction, Middle-Grade Nonfiction, Elementary/Middle-Grade Graphic Novel, and Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction, and Poetry categories.

Book summaries from Goodreads. Click the book cover to view the full summary and add the book to your TBR shelves.


Mark @ Goodreads – The book is set in 1948 and the events and language reflect that time in history. The plot lacks any high drama or tension which may not appeal to some readers. The book tells a nostalgic tale of middle-grade kids trying to enjoy their summer while helping Uncle Spiro through his challenges. The simple story is easy to follow and the blend of humor adds to its appeal. Overall, I recommend you give this book a shot.


Tiffany @ Goodreads – I’ve always been fascinated by waste- where does it go? how can we cut down on it? what more could we do to have a positive impact on the environment without completely changing everything in our lives? Often people think “out of sight, out of mind” but the issue of trash and waste doesn’t just go away when we toss it into the trash can. Written in a way that middle and high schoolers could easily understand the history of waste and ways they could help change things for the better. Recycling, reducing and reusing are just some of the ways we can make the world a better place for us all.


Anne @ Goodreads – Throughout history humans have destroyed other cultures. I am not surprised that Judean Date Palm Trees were destroyed, but I am happy to know that something has survived. The hope and the work that has lived to bring back these trees is incredible. I will share this with many readers.


Kristen @ Goodreads – Such a beautiful book about how stories and books really do change us as a person. I loved how this story unfolded and how books and stories were there at every turn. I love how her family was there for her, even her older brother and her had a decent relationship. I loved all the characters and really fell for the magic of this story.

Amy @ Goodreads – “Charming” is the perfect word for this book. There are lovable characters, strong themes, abounding literary references, and intriguing magic.


Cindy on behalf of Kiss the Book, review by Lisa LibrarianGood Different is a beautifully written novel in verse, I highlighted so many passages! Selah has a kind and perceptive English teacher, a best friend who doesn’t understand, and a grandfather who knows just what she’s going through. I loved that she found ways to express herself that felt safer than talking. I would hope schools today are quicker to identify neurodiversity in kids than Selah’s was, she only needed a few simple accommodations. Includes an author’s note as well as resources for autistic folks, a list of books by autistic authors, and helpful resources for educators.

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction AddictionGood Different is a poignant novel in verse about a girl who learns to advocate for herself and finally let go of her quest to be “normal.” Seeing the world through Selah’s eyes will be enlightening for a lot of kids but will also feel eerily familiar to many neurodivergent readers; the first-person verse is particularly effective at showing us how Selah feels when the world gets overwhelming. It’s an eye-opening portrayal of neurodivergence that will help kids see that there is beauty in our differences.