While the pandemic has been long, my time to myself has been short. With four children learning in an apartment since January, we are all trying our best. Three are online and one, with special needs, does most of her learning with me. As the emerging independent reader in the family, we’ve read hundreds of picture books, early readers, and joke books together.

In addition to sometimes just counting the hours, counting loses and blessings too, I’ve still managed to read for myself. In addition to a number of non-fiction. typically history books, and some adult fiction, I’ve been reading Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction too. While, I would have loved to have had the chance to review each of these, that will have to wait.

For now, here’s my partial pandemic MG/YA list (part 1):

I Lived on Butterfly Hill  by Marjorie Agosin

All of Me by Chris Baron

The Peacock Detectives Carly Nugent

The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman

A Ceiling Made of Eggshells by Gail Carson Levine

All the Greys on Greene Street by Laura Tucker

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! by Sarah Kapit

Chloe Leiberman (Sometimes Wong) by Carrie Rosten

The Mozart Season by Virginia Euwer Wolff

Color Me In by Natasha Diaz

Rumble by Ellen Hopkins