Books by Crystal Allen

MYA IN THE MIDDLE by Crystal Allen
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Allen lassoes another terrific tale for the Magnificent Mya Tibbs series. (Fiction. 8-10)"
This latest addition to Allen's series about a determined fourth-grader highlights Mya's struggles to keep her family and friends connected any way she can. Read full book review >
THE WALL OF FAME GAME by Crystal Allen
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"With a charming cast of characters that readers will be eager to follow, this is a welcome addition to what should become a long-running middle-grade series. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Following series opener Spirit Week Showdown (2016), the magnificent Mya Tibbs is back, and so is her competitive spirit! Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Nuanced depictions of friendship coupled with larger-than-life and fully three-dimensional characters make this delightful book at once thoughtful and a riot to read. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Allen deftly explores the evolving friendships of Mya Tibbs as she and her Spirit Week partner compete for VIP tickets to the Fall Festival. Read full book review >
THE LAURA LINE by Crystal Allen
Released: April 23, 2013

"Smartly rigged with history and graced with quick dialogue, the novel sails with Laura's snappy quips. Unfortunately, the story's emotional core sinks, leaving readers unsatisfied and adrift. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Modern sass combines with a historical twist, making an uneven blend of middle school melodrama and the bitter realities of slavery. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 22, 2011

"This stands out for its unusual setting and smooth integration of friendship and family concerns. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sucked into "business" with a crooked classmate, bowling fanatic Lamar Washington makes good money faking his skills, but when a disruptive prank reveals his new friend Billy's duplicity, he realizes how wrong it was to aim to be "the smoothest baddest dude" in Coffin, Ind. Read full book review >