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

NEWT’S EMERALD, by Garth Nix


The story: When Truthful’s family emerald, complete with magical powers, is stolen, the proper young lady goes into disguise to go on the hunt for it. Imagine her surprise to find not just adventure–Attacks! Tsunamis! Being stuffed in a barrel with an insufferable major!–but romance as she figures out what’s REALLY proper for a young lady to do, and what’s not. (Hint: being stuffed in that barrel with the handsome but aggravating Major Harnett is definitely NOT.)

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: There’s romance and adventure aplenty in this charming historical novel–plus an unexpected dose of magic that makes everything more fun!


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