Invisible Inkling, by Emily Jenkins,for MMGM

I know Halloween isn’t til next week, but on my new schedule I won’t be posting. So I hope you’ll all forgive me a slightly early Halloweenish post–starting with this very important PSA: Beware of jack-o-lanterns which develop an appetite for candy! You never know when they’ll sneak into your stash and eat all the […]

For MMGM: What Does the Perfect Middle Grade Novel Look Like?

One week ago I attended the SCBWI Carolinas conference, and had such a great time! It’s been a couple years since I’ve been able to drive down and participate in all three days, and it was great to have the time this year to see (almost) everyone I wanted to see and spend more time […]

Bjorn’s Gift, by Sandy Brehl, for MMGM

Several years ago I had the privilege of reading an ARC of Odin’s Promise, and am not ashamed to say that I gave the book one of my more gushing spotlights–which you can read here. At the time, Sandy had no concrete plans to write a sequel, but thankfully she’s done just that and has […]

The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan, for MMGM

I have to give a huge hug of thanks to my fellow MMGMers for nudging me to give Rick Riordan another try. I was underwhelmed by the first Percy Jackson book. Didn’t hate it, definitely saw its value on the MG shelf, but didn’t care for Percy’s voice and found the plot (or lack thereof) […]

Summer Break Hiatus!

I will be on a blogging break the remainder of the summer, aside from the occasional pop in for news or updates. My travels will almost span the continent, and include plenty of adventures in and out of books. 😀 I look forward to seeing you all in August! Have a beautiful, glorious summer, and […]

Odd and the Frost Giants, by Neil Gaiman, for MMGM

Before I get to my spotlight, I want to give a huge shout-out to all the great dads out there!  Sure, Father’s Day is over…but I think we can spot them one more day. 😉  And to that end, I’m going to share a snippet of a story I read on Neil Gaiman’s blog a billion […]

An Authorial Survival Guide to the Submission Roller Coaster

How do you do amusement parks?  Are you someone who dashes from one roller coaster to the next, or would you rather watch the stroller and bag while you munch your hot roasted almonds?  If you’re an author, you will find yourself repeatedly tossing aside your cotton candy and climbing on the submission roller coaster, […]

Neverseen, by our very own Shannon Messenger, for MMGM

I didn’t get spotlights in on the middle books, but if you want to see my thoughts on book one in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, you can see that spotlight here.  As for Neverseen, I pronounce it a smashing success! This is important to note, because some of the teen readers in […]

The turtle of Oman, by Naomi Shihab Nye

I’m pretty sure I picked this one up after hearing another MMGMer recommend it.  But, it’s been long enough that I can’t remember where it was I heard it!  If you see this post, please jump up and down and yell ‘Me, me, it was me!’ so I can thank you properly. 🙂 The turtle […]

Anya’s Ghost, by Vera Brosgol, for MMGM

Would you guys think me lacking in perception if I told you that I had no idea this was a graphic novel, til I opened it?  I picked it up at the library on a whim, because I liked the cover.  I may have flipped it over to glance at the back.  But, I suspect […]