The Sweetest Sound, by Sherri Winston, for MMGM

This lovely contemporary middle grade by the talented Sherri Winston was another one of my ‘browsing the library’ wins, for which I give grateful thanks to my wonderful librarians! The Sweetest Sound is the heart-song story of young Cadence, who is so well known for being painfully shy that the whole town calls her Mouse. As […]

Prisoner of ice and snow, by Ruth Lauren, for MMGM

I felt a bit like a sucker for punishment in picking this book, because our area has already had more snow than usual and set records for how cold it’s been. Of course, that’s cold by standards that wouldn’t even make a Canadian’s radar, but we in the south are feeling ready for spring weather! […]

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson, for MMGM

Today for my spotlight I have Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson. And truly, I hardly even know where to begin. I finished the book some time ago (weeks? months?) but have been having a hard time articulating my thoughts without getting choked up. So, I’ll start by saying this was a beautiful, rich story […]

Fortunately, the Milk, by Neil Gaiman, for MMGM

Yay for being back! I don’t realize how much I miss these posts until I have a longerish break, and then come back. I love talking middle grade books and hearing all your thoughts on the books you’re reading! My goals this year are pretty simple, and include stuff like: eat more pumpkin pie. This […]

The Art of the Swap, interview with Kristine Asselin, and giveaway winners announced!

This post will be a bit shorter than I’d like, because I sprained my hand/wrist this past week and am still wearing a brace. I’ve made seven typos just typing this. XD So first up, so many congratulations to Kathy D and Richard M, our winners of The Art of the Swap and Hatter Madigan! […]

The Unicorn in the Barn, an interview with author Jackie Ogburn, and my Holiday GIVEAWAY!

I am delighted to be able to share with you today both my holiday giveaway and an interview with The Unicorn in the Barn author Jackie Ogburn! Jackie was one of my first friends/mentors within the kidlit world, and I adore the wonder and rich imagery of her picture books. When I heard she was […]

Goddess Girls: Persephone and Athena, by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

This delightful series has been one I’ve enjoyed for quite some time, so I was surprised on checking to find that I’ve never spotlighted any of the Goddess Girl books. I did do an interview with Joan just shy of two years ago. You can find that here–and I loved that I got this chance to look […]

DragonMasters One and Two, by Tracey West

Happy Halloween Eve! I hope you all aren’t tired of these highly readable younger middle grades! Once I began reading them, I was too blown away by the quality of my favorites to skimp my spotlight. So, here we have a pair of fanciful tales just in time for Halloween, the Dragon Masters! First in the series […]

Cupcake Diaries: Emma on Thin Icing, by Coco Simon

As was the case with Charlie’s adventures–highlighted in my last MMGM–I picked up Emma on Thin Icing for research, because I wanted to better acquaint myself with what was happening at the younger end of the middle grade spectrum. I was surprised to find myself really enjoying the story on a personal level! In this story, […]

Charlie Small Adventures: Gorilla City, by Charlie Small

I wasn’t expecting myself to like this slim little book, though I was determined to read it. My nephews are growing and needing new books, and I’m also writing toward a younger audience in my latest book, so I’m making a thorough study of these younger middle grades. The problem was it seemed this one […]