The “Magic of Verse” in BLUE BIRDS

As a lover of historical fiction, I'm always on the hunt for excellent reads, and I'm thrilled that BLUE BIRDS, Caroline Starr Rose's second novel (following her highly acclaimed debut MAY B.), is available now! Here's a synopsis of BLUE BIRDS: "It’s 1587 and twelve-year-old Alis has made the long journey with her parents from England to help settle the New World, the land christened Virginia … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Anna Staniszewski On Wrapping Up a Series

Today on the blog I'm delighted to welcome my friend and fellow EMLA author Anna Staniszewski. Born in Poland and raised in the United States, Anna grew up loving stories in both Polish and English. When she’s not writing, Anna spends her time teaching, reading, and eating far too much chocolate. She is the author of the My Very UnFairy Tale Life series, the Dirt Diary series, and the forthcoming … [Read more...]

Interview: Stephanie Pitman and Her Debut HONORABLE DISGRACE

Today I'm delighted to introduce fellow Montana author Stephanie Pitman, and her debut YA novel HONORABLE DISGRACE, just out. It's a deeply personal account of a traumatic experience, which I believe is important to discuss. Like Laurie Halse Anderson's SPEAK and Jay Asher's THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, Pitman recounts the story of a girl experiencing rape and carrying the shadows of guilt and … [Read more...]

Darlene Beck Jacobson and Her Historical Fiction WHEELS OF CHANGE

Today on the blog I'm pleased to host an interview with Darlene Beck Jacobson, whose debut middle grade novel WHEELS OF CHANGE is an inventive look at a window of history as the car was making its debut. Here's just a bit of the great review Kirkus gave the novel: "Twelve-year-old Emily loves helping her father in his barn; she even dreams, in futility, of becoming a blacksmith like her … [Read more...]