Here’s my bingo card for Middle Grade Carousel’s Reading Bingo challenge.
In all, I finished eight middle grade books that fit the descriptions on the bingo card. And yes, I got my bingo!
How Does It Work?
Pick your challenge, grab a book, and fill in the squares. Try and get 5 in a row, or attempt to fill in the whole sheet if you’re a speedy reader.
- Because this is a Middle Grade Carousel challenge, all of the books on your Bingo board should be MG reads. Find out more about Middle Grade books here.
- Each square needs to be filled with a unique book. You cannot use the same title more than once, even if it fits multiple themes. Choose wisely!
- You should only be filling in your Bingo board with books you’ve read during this month.
Here are my results… (The * means that’s the book that got me my Bingo!)
*A Book About Basketball
Basketball (or Something Like It) // by Nora Raleigh Baskin
MG, Contemporary (2007)
Honestly, I found this book a tad confusing. It’s told through four different POVs, and I was forever getting them mixed up. Which kid is this again?? By the end, I think I had it figured out.
The one thing that did bother me was the foul language. I don’t mind it if it’s for a reason. (The Great Gilly Hopkins? Yes. I would even argue that it worked in Front Desk.) But you don’t normally see this in a middle-grade novel. So, it felt out of place. And again, there really was no real reason to include it. [2.5 stars]
*A Rabbit on the Cover
El Deafo // by Cece Bell
MG Graphic Novel, Near-Historical (2014)
I loved this story! 🙂 I’m not always crazy about graphic novels since I usually want more words. But I thought this whole book worked beautifully as is.
I loved that Cece Bell told her story with rabbits as the characters. I loved learning about the subject matter. I loved Rabbit-Cece. I loved how she took the challenge handed her and didn’t let it stop her.
I loved this book! (Can you tell?) [5 stars]
*Pick Your Prompt / A Sequel
Copyboy // by Vince Vawter
Upper MG, Historical (2018)
I was pretty excited when I saw this among the new books at the library. I wasn’t even it existed! And I wasn’t disappointed. While I don’t think it’s quite as good as its predecessor, it’s still a good book. 🙂 [4 stars]
*A Book About a Curse
Enchanted // by Gail Carson Levine
MG, Fairy Tale (1997)
Having recently read Ogre Enchanted, I wanted to go back to the original book. I really enjoyed my re-read. And yes, it still holds up after all these years. THIS is Gail Carson Levine’s masterpiece. There’s a reason why it got a Newbery Honor. [5 stars]
*Author’s First Name is Ben
Zita the Spacegirl // by Ben Hatke
MG, Graphic Novel, Sci-fi (2011)
This book is about Zita and her friend Joseph who gets sucked into another world. Zita quickly follows him… because it’s all her fault. She meets up with a ragtag band of misfits and they all go on the quest.
I generally liked this book. But this is the type of graphic novel that reminds me how much I love words. And I miss words when they’re, well… missing. I didn’t really resonate with the end of the book. Won’t spoil it, but I kind of understand WHY he did it. [3 stars]
Other MG Books I Finished this Month…
- Blue Cover // The Benefits of Being an Octopus // by Ann Braden
- A Book from the Library // Number the Stars // by Lois Lowry
- ‘Lion’ in the Title // The Mystery of the Missing Lion // by Alexander McCall Smith
March Bingo: Complete! Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you thought of them.
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