Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

THE MAP TO EVERYWHERE, by Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis

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The story: First, there’s Marrill. Her mom is sick–really sick–and Marrill is completely bummed that the family’s adventure-filled life is coming to an end. That is, until a pirate ship pulls up in the parking lot of an Arizona strip mall, and Marrill is sucked into an adventure that’s out of this world. Literally. Then there’s Fin: the boy that time (and everyone else) forgot. Unless he’s standing right in front of you, you won’t remember he was there-which is great if you’re looking to pull off a daring heist, but tough if you’re looking for a family. When Fin’s and Marrill’s strange adventures intersect, they team up to look for a map and a key that will either bring them everything they’re dreaming of…or bring the end of the world. Fifty-fifty chance of either.

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: Here’s another fun fantasy featuring a boy and girl buddy team working together to get what they want (see also James Riley’s Story Thieves). It’s a fast-moving adventure story with lots of sly jokes for careful readers.  Any fantasy fan will like this one!

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