Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

December 18th, 2015 by

roller girl_victoria jamiesonSubmitted by emily, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

roller girl is a book about girls astrid and nicole that are fiting

El Deafo by Cece Bell

November 3rd, 2015 by

El Deafo Cece Bell
Submitted by Jadyn, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is AMAZING!!!! This book is about a girl that is deaf and all she wants is a best friend. Read to find out if she finally gets what she wants. This author is a great author.

El Deafo by Cece Bell

October 1st, 2015 by

El Deafo Cece Bell
Submitted by Paige, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is a grafic novel about Cece Bell and how she lost her hearing & had to wear a hearingade & Cece had to wear a special hearingade to school. I loved this book you should read this book. I totaly recamend it.

El Deafo by Cece Bell

September 29th, 2015 by

El Deafo Cece Bell
Submitted by Kyleigh, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

I loved this book it was one of my favorites. It’s about a girl that is hard hearing and learns how to get through all the challenges in life. You should read it!

El Deafo by Cece Bell

September 28th, 2015 by

El Deafo Cece Bell
Submitted by brenna, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

i loved it it is so inspiring

Awkward: Book Review

August 2nd, 2015 by

Awkward_Svetlana-Chmakova_coverIt’s happened to all of us. You’re reading a book when suddenly you feel like the scene on the pages has been lifted from your own life — so much so that you suspiciously look around for hidden cameras… What is this sorcery that the author has done to just GET you? That’s how I felt when I read Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova!

As Kidsmomo readers know, I’m OLD. Like, waaaaaaaaaa….aaaaa…..aaaaayyyyy out of middle school. But despite this, I totally felt like Awkward was an excellent representation of middle school: classes (yuck), clubs (yay!), and everything in between.

The official description for Awkward:

Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don’t get noticed by the mean kids.

Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them.

On her first day at her new school, Penelope — Peppi — Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she’s already broken the first rule, and the mean kids start calling her the “nerder girlfriend.” How does she handle this crisis? By shoving poor Jaime and running away!

Falling back on rule two and surrounding herself with new friends in the art club, Peppi still can’t help feeling ashamed about the way she treated Jaime. Things are already awkward enough between the two, but to make matters worse, he’s a member of her own club’s archrivals — the science club! And when the two clubs go to war, Peppi realizes that sometimes you have to break the rules to survive middle school!

I read Awkward in one sitting, and I think once you pick it up, you might too. Both the writing and drawings are really funny and clever — I felt like I was part of the art club when I was reading about Peppi’s experience. In addition to the main story, it was also fun to look at what’s going on in the background of some panels. It’s not just Peppi’s story — each one of her classmates and teachers is interesting!

Peppi’s dilemna — not whether she should apologize for shoving Jaime, but how to do it without embarrassing him — is so relatable. After all, haven’t we all panicked and done something we regret? When Jaime is assigned as her science tutor, Peppi is finally given the opportunity to make amends. But if she’s in the art club and he’s in the science club, can they be friends? Or are will they follow the so-called “rules” and stay “enemies” forever?

Check out this excerpt from Awkward:

Still not convinced you should read this book? If you like ANY of the following, you’ll probably like Awkward.


Still not convinced? Here’s a final sacrifice to you, dear readers, as a plea to read this awesome book:

Nancy’s Top 3 AWKWARD Middle School Moments

  • Seagulls pooped on me at lunchtime not once, not twice, but THREE times! Those seagulls had it out for me.
  • In art class, I spilled a huge cup of bright orange paint on my dress and didn’t notice the stain (until someone pointed it out) for three class periods.
  • Gym. First. Class. Period. Smelly. ‘Nuff said.

If you’ve read Awkward, let me know what you think in the comments below or send in a review!

— Nancy

icon_nancyNancy laughed while sipping her tea while reading this book. It dribbled all over her shirt. Awkward.

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El Deafo by Cece Bell

June 19th, 2015 by

El Deafo Cece Bell
Submitted by Nancy, Age 13 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This action packed graphic novel is amazing.

El Deafo by Cece Bell

January 22nd, 2015 by

El Deafo Cece BellSubmitted by Samuel, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This is an AMAZING autobiography of a deaf child! I think this should win the newbery medal this year!

The Funnies Aren’t Just For Sundays Anymore

February 20th, 2014 by

Graphic novels are ALL THE RAGE right now!

I don’t know why I shouted ALL THE RAGE. But they are ALL THE RAGE! Here are a few — okay, a lot — of graphic novels and comic books that you should check out!

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The Popular Kids

You’ve probably read one, two, or all of these series. You probably see them everywhere, so it’s a good thing that these series are great!

The Indie Favorites

You might have heard of these, or maybe not. Maybe some of your classmates have read them and are super smug about how great they are. Don’t let those hipsters win; pick up one of these books today!

The Adaptations

The best stories are always retold! They had amazing past lives, and now these books have been reincarnated with illustrations and speech bubbles. One day they’ll have an identity crisis and there might be a graphic novel vs. original novel showdown, but for now… you decide which edition is better!


You might not have grown up with these, but certainly did (because I’m way older than you). But that shouldn’t stop you from reading these classics — some of the authors are still writing and illustrating, and the others are still just as hilarious as they were in 12 B.C.

Just kidding. I’m not that old.

So… How’d I do on this super duper whooper long list — did I miss anything? Leave a comment below if you think a comic book or graphic novel is missing from this list!

— Nancy

icon_nancyNancy’s favorite book/series from this blog post is Foxtrot. Wait, no. Robot Dreams. Hm, scratch that — Dear Dumb Diary. Origami Yoda? Oh, Calvin and Hobbes, for sure… but Jedi Academy is so good… AHHHH DON’T MAKE HER CHOOSE! SHE LOVES THEM ALLLLLLLL!




Babymouse Series by Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm

April 5th, 2010 by

Babymouse: Queen of the World! Series by Jennifer and Matthew Holm

Babymouse #1: Queen of the World!

Submitted by Elizabeth, Age almost 10 from New Hampshire

Rating: ★★★★★

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Babymouse wears a pink heart dress and loves to eat pink cupcakes. She has a baby brother named Squeak and her best friend is Wilson Weasel. Babymouse gets pushed around by a mean cat named Felicia Furrypaws at school. Babymouse gets into all kinds of trouble and Wilson always helps her out. Unlike Babymouse he does everything right. My favorite book is Babymouse Burns Rubber. Have a squeaky day!

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