Kids BookCase Club October 2019 Subscription Box Review + 50% Off Coupon! – PRE TEEN

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BookCase.Club now has a subscription for children of all ages – the Kids BookCase Club! Starting at $9.99 each month, you’ll get a monthly shipment of handpicked books that you and your kids will surely love. Each BCCKids case comes with three handpicked children’s books, chosen to ignite the imagination and inspire creativity.

You can customize the subscription depending on your child’s gender and age range. Available age categories are newborn to 2 years old, 2 to 4 years old, 5 to 6 years old, 7-8 years old, and pre-teen.

This is the review of the pre-teen box!

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The books were wrapped with Bookcase Club tissue paper.

The books arrived in perfect condition.

Everything in my box!

Totally Middle School by Betsy Groban ($13.19)

From literary masterminds Lois Lowry, Gary D. Schmidt, Linda Sue Park, Katherine Paterson, Karen Cushman, Gregory Maguire, and more comes a timeless and inspirational anthology about the sometimes-challenging, always-rewarding coming-of-age years: middle school.

With eleven short stories told in text messages, emails, formal letters, stories in verse, and even a mini graphic novel, Totally Middle School tackles a range of important subjects, from peer pressure, family issues, and cultural barriers to the unexpected saving grace of music, art, friendship, and reading.

Brimming with heart and humor, these poignant stories from bestselling and award-winning authors shine a light on the moments when everything is thrilling and terrifying at the same time–in a way it will never be again.

Those lockers on the cover totally remind us of middle school!

It’s a collection of short stories, told creatively in different forms. This book is a great read for anyone looking for something easy to consume since you can just read one story at a time.

Each story tackles issues, relationships, and situations that are easily relatable for pre-teens. Aside from various life lessons, the prose is also rich with vocabulary words for middle-schoolers!

The Last Gargoyle by Paul Durham ($12.99)

Fans of Jonathan Auxier’s The Night Gardener and Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book will tremble with delight for this haunting tale about a lonely gargoyle who isn’t alone at all.

Penhallow is the last of his kind. The stone gargoyle–he’d prefer you call him a grotesque–fearlessly protects his Boston building from the spirits who haunt the night. But even he is outmatched when Hetty, his newest ward, nearly falls victim to the Boneless King, the ruler of the underworld.

Then there’s Viola, the mysterious girl who keeps turning up at the most unlikely times. In a world where nightmares come to life, Viola could be just the ally Penhallow needs. But can he trust her when every shadow hides another secret? Can he afford not to?

It’s a fantasy and paranormal novel, the perfect read for Halloween.

It could get a bit dark in some parts though, as there are themes of death and loneliness. It’s probably more suited for older kids.

Still, the characters are well fleshed out and the author’s writing style is witty and engaging. It’s also a great read if you’re a fan of Neil Gaiman and looking for something similar!

Just Under The Clouds by Melissa Sarno ($13.57)

Can you still have a home if you don’t have a house? In the spirit of The Truth About Jellyfish and Fish in a Tree comes a stunning debut about a family struggling to find something lasting when everything feels so fleeting.

Always think in threes and you’ll never fall, Cora’s father told her when she was a little girl. Two feet, one hand. Two hands, one foot. That was all Cora needed to know to climb the trees of Brooklyn.

But now Cora is a middle schooler, a big sister, and homeless. Her mother is trying to hold the family together after her father’s death, and Cora must look after her sister, Adare, who’s just different, their mother insists. Quick to smile, Adare hates wearing shoes, rarely speaks, and appears untroubled by the question Cora can’t help but ask: How will she find a place to call home?

After their room at the shelter is ransacked, Cora’s mother looks to an old friend for help, and Cora finally finds what she has been looking for: Ailanthus altissima, the “tree of heaven,” which can grow in even the worst conditions. It sets her on a path to discover a deeper truth about where she really belongs.

Just Under the Clouds will take root in your heart and blossom long after you’ve turned the last page.

The back cover features an excerpt from the story!

The synopsis is printed on the dust jacket’s inner flap.

This story is all about home, family, and even nature. The situations and characters are pretty much realistic, and we loved how the author managed to turn it sweet and heartwarming.

The main character is a strong and smart girl, and there’s so much to learn from her!

No more need to struggle in finding the best pre-teen reads for your kids because BookCase Club ships them right to your door! We love the variety of this month’s selection, because it included a short story collection, a Halloween read, and a contemporary novel. It’s hard to pick a favorite because each of them offers unique stories and valuable lessons for middle graders. My kids loved everything and we’re looking forward to discovering more potential favorites through this subscription!

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