The Dire Days of Willowweep Manor #BookReview #bookworm #thediredaysofwillowweepmanor #graphicnovel @simonteen @shaenongarrity #youngadultbooks #yafantasy #gothic

Synopsis from Simon & Schuster: Nimona meets Paper Girls with a literary twist in this wickedly funny graphic novel about a teenager who is swept up in a strange new universe and must save it from an all-consuming evil in order to return home. One dark and stormy night, Haley sees a stranger drowning in … Continue reading The Dire Days of Willowweep Manor #BookReview #bookworm #thediredaysofwillowweepmanor #graphicnovel @simonteen @shaenongarrity #youngadultbooks #yafantasy #gothic

August 2021 Wrap Up & Blog Upgrade #readingwrapup #monthlywrapup #bookworm #books #bookreview

Hi Everyone! First off, I’m really excited to share with you that I have upgraded my blog! It’s now http://www.howusefulitis.com and no more additional wordings in it. My free space has been dwindling down and I have been considering an upgrade for awhile. Since the birth of my daughter, I no longer have the luxury … Continue reading August 2021 Wrap Up & Blog Upgrade #readingwrapup #monthlywrapup #bookworm #books #bookreview

The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh #BookReview #theboywhomadeeveryonelaugh @scholastic @helenrutteruk #mglit #middlegradebooks #bookworm

Synopsis from Scholastic: Billy Plimpton has a big dream: to become a famous comedian when he grows up. He already knows a lot of jokes, but thinks he has one big problem standing in his way: his stutter. At first, Billy thinks the best way to deal with this is to… never say a word. … Continue reading The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh #BookReview #theboywhomadeeveryonelaugh @scholastic @helenrutteruk #mglit #middlegradebooks #bookworm

Friends Forever #BookReview #friendsforever @mackidsbooks @haleshannon @01firstsecond #mglit #graphicnovel #memoir #bookworm

Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers: Following up their mega-bestselling Real Friends and Best Friends graphic memoirs, Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham are back with Friends Forever, a story about learning to love yourself exactly as you are. Shannon is in eighth grade, and life is more complicated than ever. Everything keeps changing, her classmates are starting … Continue reading Friends Forever #BookReview #friendsforever @mackidsbooks @haleshannon @01firstsecond #mglit #graphicnovel #memoir #bookworm

Book Series Giveaway! #bookgiveaway #giveaway #middlegradebooks #mglit #kidlit #graphicnovel #bookworm #memoir @mackidsbooks @01firstsecond

Hi Everyone! I’m currently hosting a book series giveaway on my Instagram account at @howusefulitis for this middle grade graphic novel series called Real Friends, Best Friends, and Friends Forever by Shannon Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham which was published by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and First Second. I loved reading Real Friends and … Continue reading Book Series Giveaway! #bookgiveaway #giveaway #middlegradebooks #mglit #kidlit #graphicnovel #bookworm #memoir @mackidsbooks @01firstsecond

July 2021 Wrap Up #readingwrapup #monthlywrapup #wrapup #bookreview #bookworm #picturebooks

Hi Everyone! The new month is almost ending and I’m doing a previous month’s wrap! Yeah, time really do fly past me by. I’m on a race to read more books because my unread TBR seems to grow longer and longer. I don’t want to miss out on all of the good reads! I have … Continue reading July 2021 Wrap Up #readingwrapup #monthlywrapup #wrapup #bookreview #bookworm #picturebooks

Mini Book Reviews #bookreview #bookworm #childrensbook #graphicnovel #theadventuresoftomsawyer #scarlethartmonsterhunter @01firstsecond

Disney’s Treasury of Children’s Classics was an excellent read! So many stories (22 stories to be exact) collected into one book. Took me many months to finish reading it for my daughter. Each story ended with how Disney made the story into an animated movie. It’s definitely cool to read about the animated movie making … Continue reading Mini Book Reviews #bookreview #bookworm #childrensbook #graphicnovel #theadventuresoftomsawyer #scarlethartmonsterhunter @01firstsecond

Long Distance #BookReview #middlegradefiction #middlegradebook #graphicnovels #bookworm @simonteen @heywhitney #longdistance

Synopsis from Simon & Schuster: From the creator of Fake Blood comes another exceptionally charming middle grade graphic novel about friendships both near and far, far away. Vega’s summer vacation is not going well. When her parents decide it’s time to pack up and leave her hometown of Portland, Oregon, behind for boring Seattle, Washington, … Continue reading Long Distance #BookReview #middlegradefiction #middlegradebook #graphicnovels #bookworm @simonteen @heywhitney #longdistance

Pizazz #BookReview #pizazz #middlegradebooks #middlegraderead #middlegradefiction #mglit #kidsbooks #bookworm @simonkids @sophyhenn

Synopsis from Simon & Schuster: Discover the annoying side of being a superhero from snarky, reluctant hero Pizazz in this hilarious and highly illustrated new series for young middle graders—perfect for fans of Dog Man and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Most people think superhero work is awesome and fulfilling. Pizazz knows better. Whenever she’s … Continue reading Pizazz #BookReview #pizazz #middlegradebooks #middlegraderead #middlegradefiction #mglit #kidsbooks #bookworm @simonkids @sophyhenn

March & April 2021 Wrap-Up #readingwrapup #monthlywrapup #bookworm #bookreview

Hi Everyone! The months just come by and gone so quickly! Turns out I didn’t get a chance to do a wrap up for March as I planned so this month I will have both months. It will be a long list of books like I have always wanted. I always admire how others could … Continue reading March & April 2021 Wrap-Up #readingwrapup #monthlywrapup #bookworm #bookreview

Last Gate of the Emperor #BookReview @scholastic #lastgateoftheemperor #middlegradebooks #mglit #sciencefiction #bookworm

Synopsis from Scholastic: Yared Heywat lives an isolated life in New Addis — a hardscrabble city with rundown tech, lots of rules, and not much to do. His worrywart Uncle Moti and bionic lioness Besa are his only family… and his only friends. Often in trouble for his thrill-seeking antics and smart mouth, those same … Continue reading Last Gate of the Emperor #BookReview @scholastic #lastgateoftheemperor #middlegradebooks #mglit #sciencefiction #bookworm

Rewild Your Life Challenge! Animal Watching Review! @mackidsbooks #outdoorschool #homeschool #bookworm @odddotbooks @jenpharrdavis @marykaycarson @jenswanbooks #mglit

Hi Everyone! This month I have a challenge to take on. Using a set of books called Outdoor School (pictured below), my family have attempted these challenges. I loved reading Animal Watching. Each chapter has a couple of pages of info, such as becoming an active observer, scouting for wildlife, how to be a birder, … Continue reading Rewild Your Life Challenge! Animal Watching Review! @mackidsbooks #outdoorschool #homeschool #bookworm @odddotbooks @jenpharrdavis @marykaycarson @jenswanbooks #mglit

Bad Nana: Older Not Wiser #BookReview #badnana @harper360 #middlegradebooks #mglit #bookworm #kidsbooks

Synopsis from HarperCollins: A wickedly funny new series for ages six and up from the creator of Where Bear?, Pass It On and the Pom Pom series, with colour illustrations throughout. Jeanie’s Grandma is BAD. Not bad like a vampire or a gangster or anything, more like . . . up to no good. Sometimes … Continue reading Bad Nana: Older Not Wiser #BookReview #badnana @harper360 #middlegradebooks #mglit #bookworm #kidsbooks

Outdoor School #Bookreview #outdoorschool #bookworm #mglit #middlegradebooks @jenpharrdavis @marykaycarson @jenswanbooks @odddotbooks @mackidsbooks

Hi Everyone! I'm here to announce that I'm part of the Super Influencer Team. There is a series of books Odd Dot Books from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group are coming out with called Outdoor School. We have been challenged with many outdoor activities using these books as guides. They are "interactive skill-building guides for exploring … Continue reading Outdoor School #Bookreview #outdoorschool #bookworm #mglit #middlegradebooks @jenpharrdavis @marykaycarson @jenswanbooks @odddotbooks @mackidsbooks

Pepper Page Saves the Universe Review @landryqwalker @mackidsbooks @01firstsecond #pepperpage #mglit #middlegradebooks

Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers: Landry Walker and Eric Jones' Pepper Page Saves the Universe is a middle-grade futuristic superhero story about a shy comic book girl-geek becoming her own superhero inspiration! The year is 2421. Awkward and shy, Pepper buries herself in the universe of the classic fictional superhero Supernova to avoid dealing with the … Continue reading Pepper Page Saves the Universe Review @landryqwalker @mackidsbooks @01firstsecond #pepperpage #mglit #middlegradebooks

Bloom #BookReview #bloom #mglit #middlegradebooks @skinnerwrites #bookworm @harper360

Synopsis from HarperCollins: A beautifully written, incredibly original and wickedly funny novel for readers of 10 and older – BLOOM is for everyone who has ever felt like they didn’t fit in, and for anyone who has ever wanted a little more colour and wildness in their lives… Sorrel Fallowfield is growing up – in … Continue reading Bloom #BookReview #bloom #mglit #middlegradebooks @skinnerwrites #bookworm @harper360

January 2021 Wrap Up #readingwrapup #monthlywrapup #wrapup #bookworm @fsgbooks @celadonbooks @torbooks

Hi Everyone! Hope you are doing well. We are a week into February already. I didn't plan on posting my reading wrap up so late but better late than never. So in January I read 5 books, where only one was from a TBR stack! I'm such a mood reader but I do want to … Continue reading January 2021 Wrap Up #readingwrapup #monthlywrapup #wrapup #bookworm @fsgbooks @celadonbooks @torbooks

Real Friends #BookReview #RealFriends @01firstsecond @mackidsbooks @haleshannon #mglit #memoir #bookworm

Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers: Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends—and why it's worth the journey. When best friends are not forever . . . Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever … Continue reading Real Friends #BookReview #RealFriends @01firstsecond @mackidsbooks @haleshannon #mglit #memoir #bookworm

The Wild Robot #BookReview #thewildrobot #middlegradebooks @littlebrownyr @itspeterbrown #bookworm

Synopsis from Hachette Book Group: Wall-E meets Hatchet in this New York Times bestselling illustrated middle grade novel from Caldecott Honor winner Peter Brown Can a robot survive in the wilderness? When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is all alone on a remote, wild island. She has … Continue reading The Wild Robot #BookReview #thewildrobot #middlegradebooks @littlebrownyr @itspeterbrown #bookworm

The Last Bear #BookReview @harpercollinsch #thelastbear @hgold_author #mglit #middlegrade #bookworm

Synopsis from HarperCollins: An instant classic with a bear-sized heart, Hannah Gold’s debut novel is a touching story of kindness, adventure, and forging your own path—perfect for fans of Pax and A Wolf Called Wander. There are no polar bears left on Bear Island. At least, that’s what April’s father tells her when his scientific … Continue reading The Last Bear #BookReview @harpercollinsch #thelastbear @hgold_author #mglit #middlegrade #bookworm

The Wild Path #BookReview #thewildpath #middlegradebooks #bookworm @littlebrownyr @sarahrbaughman

Synopsis from Hachette Book Group: The Line Tender meets The Secret Horses of Briar Hill in this hopeful, heartfelt story about one girl’s search for legendary horses and her quest to piece her family back together. Twelve-year-old Claire Barton doesn’t like the “flutter feeling” that fills her chest when she worries about the future, but … Continue reading The Wild Path #BookReview #thewildpath #middlegradebooks #bookworm @littlebrownyr @sarahrbaughman

Middle Grade Nonfiction Books Recs #middlegradelit #middlegradebooks #bookworm #mglit #nonfiction @hmhkids

Hi Everyone! Just got a request to recommend some favorite middle grade books. I'm always on the hunt for good ones because my son loves to read. Here are my favorite titles for nonfiction: Synopsis: From an Idea to Nike is a fully-illustrated look into how Nike stepped up its sneaker game to become the most popular … Continue reading Middle Grade Nonfiction Books Recs #middlegradelit #middlegradebooks #bookworm #mglit #nonfiction @hmhkids

Prince Caspian #BookReview @harperteen #princecaspian #bookworm #yafantasy #middlegradebooks

Synopsis from HarperCollins: Narnia . . . where animals talk . . . where trees walk . . . where a battle is about to begin. A prince denied his rightful throne gathers an army in a desperate attempt to rid his land of a false king. But in the end, it is a battle … Continue reading Prince Caspian #BookReview @harperteen #princecaspian #bookworm #yafantasy #middlegradebooks

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe #BookReview #thelionthewitchthewardrobe #yafantasy #middlegradebooks #bookworm @harperteen

Synopsis from HarperCollins: Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . … Continue reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe #BookReview #thelionthewitchthewardrobe #yafantasy #middlegradebooks #bookworm @harperteen

The Girl Who Drank the Moon #BookReview @kellybarnhill #thegirlwhodrankthemoon #bookworm #middlegradebooks #fantasybooks @algonquinyr

Synopsis from Algonquin: Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a … Continue reading The Girl Who Drank the Moon #BookReview @kellybarnhill #thegirlwhodrankthemoon #bookworm #middlegradebooks #fantasybooks @algonquinyr

Face the Music #BookReview @imprintreads @mackidsbooks @weisfeld @nicoleckear #facethemudic #thestartupsquad #bookworm #middlegradebooks

Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers: Harriet’s brothers are hoping to enter a local battle of the bands. Winning could get them on a reality TV show! But low funds have left them without even a working guitar. The Startup Squad jumps into action—and quickly pulls together a plan to sell T-shirts to raise money. The girls … Continue reading Face the Music #BookReview @imprintreads @mackidsbooks @weisfeld @nicoleckear #facethemudic #thestartupsquad #bookworm #middlegradebooks

May 2020 Wrap-Up with zest #wrapup #readingwrapup #monthlywrapup #bookworm

Hi Everyone! Hope you are doing well. I'm currently on vacation to Florida visiting family. Not so lucky because weather forecast to rain all day and all week. In May, I read a few excellent middle grade books. I started out with The Phantom Twin. From the same publisher, First Second, I found my library … Continue reading May 2020 Wrap-Up with zest #wrapup #readingwrapup #monthlywrapup #bookworm

Amelia Fang and the Unicorns of Glitteropolis #BookReview #ameliafang @lillustrator @delacortepress @penguinkids #middlegradebooks #bookworm

Synopsis from Penguin Random House: The second book in a hilarious heavily illustrated middle-grade series for reluctant readers starring a vampire girl, Amelia Fang. Welcome to the world of Nocturnia, where darkness reigns supreme, glitter is terrifying, and unicorns are the stuff of nightmares! Amelia Fang and her friends love their dark and gloomy world … Continue reading Amelia Fang and the Unicorns of Glitteropolis #BookReview #ameliafang @lillustrator @delacortepress @penguinkids #middlegradebooks #bookworm

Roller Girl #BookReview #rollergirl @penguinkids #middlegradebooks #bookworm

Synopsis from Penguin Random House: The Newbery Honor Award Winner and New York Times bestseller Roller Girl is a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby—perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile!  For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But … Continue reading Roller Girl #BookReview #rollergirl @penguinkids #middlegradebooks #bookworm

Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball #BookReview #ameliafang @delacortepress @lillustrator #middlegradebooks #bookworm #fantasybooks

Synopsis from Penguin Random House: A hilarious illustrated middle grade series for reluctant readers starring a vampire girl, Amelia Fang. Welcome to the world of Nocturnia, where darkness reigns supreme, glitter is terrifying, and unicorns are the stuff of nightmares! Amelia Fang would much rather hang out with her pet pumpkin Squashy and her friends … Continue reading Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball #BookReview #ameliafang @delacortepress @lillustrator #middlegradebooks #bookworm #fantasybooks