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 […]

Mari’s Hope, by Sandy Brehl, for MMGM

I’m so grateful I got to be a part of Mari’s journey! My heart is full, here at the close of this series. From the very beginning, when I was fortunate enough to receive an arc of Odin’s Promise from Sandy, I was moved by the significance of these books. Within my soul something whispered […]

Penny from Heaven, by Jennifer L. Holm, for MMGM

As it happens, my September books have a WWII focus…which I suppose would make more sense in November, because of Veteran’s Day. However, today is also September 11th, which is a day of special import to me and I know to many others, and I think a good day to remember both the cost of […]

Happy Labor Day

I hope your labor day involves very little actual labor, and lots of sleeping, reading, or chillaxing in the sunshine. 🙂 I’ll be sharing MMGM posts both this coming Monday and the one after, and am super excited to get into the routine once again! Here’s hoping your summer was a-maz-ing!