Benjamin Ellefson’s Blog

Thanks for stopping in to read my blog. I post book reviews of middle grade books that I’ve read recently. I also post updates on upcoming books. If you have a book that you’d love for me to read and post my honest opinion, please contact me.

Permy jumping from tree to tree in Permy and the Cyclops Baker
Book Review: Callie’s Magical Flight

Book Review: Callie’s Magical Flight

Rumors are stirring of the end of winter. This could lead to disaster throughout the kingdom. Worried by this, Callie wants to go up the mountain with her friends to ask the king. But she hasn’t learned how to fly yet. Then when she discovers the mysterious ice flower, she will need to overcome her fears to bring it to the king. This enchanting story will inspire young readers and warm their hearts.

Meet John Darryl Winston

Meet John Darryl Winston

John Darryl Winston is the award-winning author of the IA series. I absolutely love these books and highly recommend them to all young readers. He is a full-time teacher and coach who manages to write fantastic middle grade and young adult books in his spare time.

Meet Lexi Vega

Meet Lexi Vega

Living in a small village in Colombia, Lexi Vega is a girl with a vivid imagination. Her mind is perpetually swirling with fantastic visions of worlds with talking rabbits who wear clothes, giant games of chess where real knights in armor do battle, or worlds made entirely of candy.

Book Review: The Green Ember

Book Review: The Green Ember

Have you ever dreamed of running off on a wild adventure? Would you really be ready if it landed on your doorstep? Discover the exciting adventure of sword wielding rabbits and they battle against an alliance of wolves and predatory birds in The Green Ember. It the first epic tale in a brilliant series that will inspire young readers.

Ann Fights for Freedom: An Underground Railroad Survival Story

Ann Fights for Freedom: An Underground Railroad Survival Story

Growing up as a slave before the Civil War is an unbearable life. At least Ann is lucky enough to still live with both her parents and her siblings. But when they discover that their master is going to sell Ann and her little brother, they decide to flee into the Underground Railroad to keep their family together. Ann Fights for Freedom: An Underground Railroad Survival Story is an exciting, heart wrenching story that delves into an important part of American History. It is a must read for all young readers.

Fun Indie Reads

Fun Indie Reads

Bookstores and Amazon are usually dominated with the latest books from the big publishers. Everywhere you go or look, you often see the same handful of books. But most of the best books are independent books. These hidden gems are needles in a haystack that you need to learn how to find.

Otto wading in liquid color in The Great Sugar War