Midnight on Strange Street
AVERY MILLER is looking for a fresh start, away from all the bomb sirens and talk of war in Los Angeles. She expects to find a haven in Callaway, Texas, where the cool new substance “glow” was first discovered. What she doesn’t count on is making friends with glowboard skaters Dani, Bastian, and Lola, aka the Sardines. . . . DANI HIRSCH, captain of the Sardines, knows for a fact they’re the best glowboarding team in Texas—if only they could prove it. Nothing will distract Dani from leading the team to victory at this summer’s big race. Not even food explosions in the school cafeteria, or a mysterious midnight message, or secretive government workers in Callaway. . . .BASTIAN GIL is sick of the bullies who tease him for being a Sardine, for being different. Sure, he and his twin sister, Lola, can share thoughts. That’s just twin telepathy, though—nothing too weird, right? But when Bastian finds he can do even stranger things, he starts to wonder if maybe he really is different from the other kids at school. . . .LOLA GIL wants life to go back to normal, to a time before big glowboard races and government investigations. But the more the Sardines discover about themselves—like how they can share thoughts and move objects with their minds—the more Lola begins to fear there was never anything normal about her. . . .When the Sardines receive an ominous, otherworldly message, they must decide if they’ll use their newfound powers to stop an impending disaster—one that could have more to do with the war, their bullies, and glowboarding than they can possibly imagine.

Midnight on Strange Street Details

TitleMidnight on Strange Street
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Mystery

Midnight on Strange Street Review

  • Jan farnworth
    January 1, 1970
    The tag line on this book is Action-Packed and full of heart. Fans of Stranger Things will love this story. I never watched stranger things but i pretty sure that is spot on. This is the story of friendship, betrayal and forgiveness. A strange blue light has visited this small town and 5 friends have gained special powers. One friend leaves and continues to allow others to bully his friends.Each character in this story has their own uniqueness they bring to the table. You have a character in The tag line on this book is Action-Packed and full of heart. Fans of Stranger Things will love this story. I never watched stranger things but i pretty sure that is spot on. This is the story of friendship, betrayal and forgiveness. A strange blue light has visited this small town and 5 friends have gained special powers. One friend leaves and continues to allow others to bully his friends.
Each character in this story has their own uniqueness they bring to the table. You have a character in here that will pretty much appeal to just about any one who reads. It has adorable book references which i felt are totally spot on. They also take a sport that lots of kids aspiring to be a part of. Skate boarding only in this story they are on glo boards which can float.
The descriptions of the races is spot on and i really felt like i was part of the whole race. The encounters with bullies hits home i sure for just about anyone who dealt with them and the dynamics with not so great parents as well. Their just about something in here that everyone can identify with. It a great story and though it sits at 400 pages i don't think that it feels like it that long. It reads at a great pace and the mystery around the powers and why the kids have them is very intriguing. This is a must read middle grade.
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  • Mai
    January 1, 1970
    This book may be targeted toward middle school aged people, but as a full fledged adult, I DEVOURED this book!! It had allll the things. Cool premise, amazing and complex characters, beautiful writing and just the perfect ending. Although, I hope it’s not the end of our time with the Sardines!
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  • Gail Nall
    January 1, 1970
    I was so happy to get an ARC of this book! Full of mystery, adventure, spooky aliens, and heartwarming friendship, this is a book I think kids will absolutely love. It's told from the POV of each of the four main characters, all of which are wonderfully written and relatable. I highly recommend this, especially for kids who might not be the biggest readers.
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    ARC Provided by Young Adult Books CentralThe town of Callaway, Texas, is a refuge from the global war that is going on and affecting Los Angeles. Avery has moved there because it was where her mother grew up, and when her parents divorced, her father was too busy with everything to spend any time with her. She is enjoying her new home, which is on Cedar Street, with other kids. She, along with twins Bastian and Lola and Dani Hirsch, have formed a Glowboard team called the Sardines. Glow is ARC Provided by Young Adult Books CentralThe town of Callaway, Texas, is a refuge from the global war that is going on and affecting Los Angeles. Avery has moved there because it was where her mother grew up, and when her parents divorced, her father was too busy with everything to spend any time with her. She is enjoying her new home, which is on Cedar Street, with other kids. She, along with twins Bastian and Lola and Dani Hirsch, have formed a Glowboard team called the Sardines. Glow is something that was found in Callaway, and is a much sought after commodity with a variety of powers, including the power to make hoverboards. All four children have some sort of powers that seem tied to the Glow. Another former friend, Zander, used to Glowboard with them, but is now riding with the Grackles and the evil Mitchell Jensen, whose father has a Glowboard factory. When the children start getting messages from alien beings, telling them to meet at a particular time, they are worried, especially since the twins' brother, Nando, is working for the government and won't tell them many details. With the big Glow in the Park race coming up, the Sardines are concentrating on winning. This is especially important to Dani, whose high powered parents don't consider it a sport and would rather she swim instead. They make her a deal that she can continue to Glowboard if the Sardines win. The Sardines continue to practice, and also hone their abilities to read each other's minds and "tether" to each other while racing. They are warned to stay away from the race, and are being followed by shady operatives. Will they be able to win the race and keep things in Callaway on an even keel?This is an action-packed speculative fiction book with a very realistic setting. The Global War is always on the horizon, especially since Avery's father and Nando are more involved in it, but it hasn't quite reached Callaway yet. The Glow, and its effects on the area and the children, is an interesting topic, and I would like to know more about how it is involved in the war. Certainly the best way to use it is to create hoverboards with the ability to race at lightning speeds.There is a subplot with the evil Jensens that adds a frisson of danger, and we, as readers, can see the actions of the people stalking the teens, even though they are unaware. Readers who enjoyed Savage's The Truth About Martians, Winick's Hilo series, Haddix's Children of Exile or O'Donnell's Space Rocks will find this futuristic adventure to be a winner. I really wanted to know more about the Global War and how the Glow was discovered. For something so powerful, it seemed vastly underutilized. There was a fair amount of backstory that felt like it was missing.
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  • BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
    January 1, 1970
    What I Loved:The friendships in this book were wonderful and made me really connect to the characters. I loved that it had 4 main characters and their point of view was shown throughout the book. Their friendship was heartwarming and made Midnight on Strange Street so wonderful.How I Felt:Although this book is targeted towards middle-grade readers, it’s a really fun read for an adult that loves sci-fi as well!The Writing: Written from the POV of four main characters, I was concerned that this What I Loved:The friendships in this book were wonderful and made me really connect to the characters. I loved that it had 4 main characters and their point of view was shown throughout the book. Their friendship was heartwarming and made Midnight on Strange Street so wonderful.How I Felt:Although this book is targeted towards middle-grade readers, it’s a really fun read for an adult that loves sci-fi as well!The Writing: Written from the POV of four main characters, I was concerned that this would become confusing and difficult to follow, but it didn’t! The writing was done so well and made the story flow seamlessly.The Characters: The four main characters were so wonderful. They had complexity and depth making them relatable and enjoyable. I loved that they each had a special power related to their glowboards. This was a special twist that was fun to learn about.The Plot: Avery, Dani, Lola, and Bastian are all glowboarders in their small Texas town. Glowboarding is a new style of skateboarding where the boards are powered by this mysterious substance, Glow. While the book is really focused on the glowboarding events, there is a bigger, global war, that is brewing. I believe that there could be a book 2 where this would be expanded on, but we will see!Overall, this was a fun story with a great science-fiction aspect for middle-grade readers. At 400 pages, it’s an investment for a young child to read, however, I flew through the pages and found that the size of the book, was not a deterrent and didn’t feel like 400 pages.To Read or Not To Read:This is a good book for young readers that enjoy reading chapter books. If you enjoy getting to know characters and books about friendship and a sporting event, Midnight on Strange Street is perfect.I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest, unbiased review voluntarily.All of my reviews can be found at: https://shejustlovesbooks.com/
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  • Elisquared
    January 1, 1970
    Action, mystery, and strange incidents surround four young friends trying to not only figure out who they are, but what the heck is happening in their small town, and what does "glow" have to do with it?I loved this book. I think it is great book for middle grade kids. It focuses on friendship, independence, individuality, and success, all while a huge mystery is happening. So the action is there for readers who like fast-paced, suspenseful builds, but also quieter, more reflective moments are Action, mystery, and strange incidents surround four young friends trying to not only figure out who they are, but what the heck is happening in their small town, and what does "glow" have to do with it?I loved this book. I think it is great book for middle grade kids. It focuses on friendship, independence, individuality, and success, all while a huge mystery is happening. So the action is there for readers who like fast-paced, suspenseful builds, but also quieter, more reflective moments are there for the quieter reader. Avery, Dani, Lola, and Bastian are such great characters to follow. They all are different from each other, but connected through glowboarding, a new type of skateboarding using "Component G" or "glow". Glow is a mysterious substance found in their small town in Texas, and eventually all over the world, that can be used to power small machines. Glowboarding is what is on the characters mind 24/7, but they also find out that glow itself may be leading to bigger things happening around, and to, them.I don't want to give more away than that because everything builds to the end of the book, and the final glowboarding event that the kids have been practicing for. The ending lends itself to a sequel, where we may find out about what exactly is happening on a larger scale, as you are really focused on the small town in this story.While it is not plot heavy as far as learning more about the "Global War" that is alluded too, it is a fun, fast-paced book, that gives the ultimate lesson of learning who you are, and finding a group of friend that accepts that.
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  • Lenoire
    January 1, 1970
    The Sardines is a group of teenagers who live near each other and love glowboarding together. Avery Miller recently moved into the neighborhood after her parents' divorce. She is looking for a fresh start from the bomb sirens and talk of the war in Los Angeles. Dani Hirsch is the leader of the Sardines. She knows that their team is the best at glowboarding but, they are just yet to prove it. She is focused on the team winning the big race in the summer and nothing will distract her.Bastian Gil The Sardines is a group of teenagers who live near each other and love glowboarding together. Avery Miller recently moved into the neighborhood after her parents' divorce. She is looking for a fresh start from the bomb sirens and talk of the war in Los Angeles. Dani Hirsch is the leader of the Sardines. She knows that their team is the best at glowboarding but, they are just yet to prove it. She is focused on the team winning the big race in the summer and nothing will distract her.Bastian Gil is tired of being bullied because he is different. He and his twin sister, Lola can share thoughts but, he feels that is normal. Lola wants everyone to have fun and just glowboard for fun. She doesn't like it when the team fights. As the Sardines prepare for their big race, they start to realize that they have magical powers that make them different from everyone else. As they start to grasp their abilities, they soon realize nothing will be the same again.I thought the novel had an interesting premise but, I was disappointed in the delivery. I felt like the novel was very predictable and was detailed without adding anything to the story. I wished more time was spent talking about each of the children and if other people received special powers. For example, why were they picked and how did they get it? Overall, it would be an entertaining read for people who like kids with superpowers finding themselves but, I was expecting more mystery and surprises.
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