middle grade novels

Creepy Cryptids!

This week I have a special treat for all you tricksters – and a special guest. Christine Hayes, author of MOTHMAN’S CURSE, has written us a tantalizing guest post – and she’s attached a great giveaway of her own! Here’s Christine: There’s something irresistible about a mystery, and cryptids may be one of the most… Read more »

Karen Romano Young & HUNDRED PERCENT

I’m delighted to have a guest on the blog today – Karen Romano Young. Her debut middle grade HUNDRED PERCENT is out this week, and it’s getting wonderful buzz, including a Kirkus starred review! Here’s a bit about Karen: Karen Romano Young has dived to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean in a tiny submarine,… Read more »

My Summer 2016 Reading List: Middle Grade

What are you reading this summer? I’ve got a towering pile. Here’s a list of new books I’ve got on my long list of middle grade: In no particular order, the novels on my list are: Sara Pennypacker, PAX – actually, I just finished this novel and loved it. A boy, a fox, separated by war…. Read more »

Books for Winter 2016: Middle Grade

Are you searching for something new for your middle grade readers? Here are a few just out or upcoming books, in graphic format: A selection of middle grade books launching between 1/1/16 and 4/1/16 Here’s a list of the books by author and title: Crystal Allen, THE MAGNIFICENT MYA TIBBS – SPIRIT WEEK SHOWDOWN Balzer… Read more »

Nanci Turner Steveson SWING SIDEWAYS Cover!

Several years ago I had the absolute joy of meeting Nanci Turner Steveson at a Highlights workshop, where I was a TA. Nanci’s breathtaking novel captured me then, and now I’m pleased to reveal the cover for her debut middle grade, SWING SIDEWAYS, due out from HarperCollins on May 3, 2016. Watch for this one… Read more »

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… Read more »