El Deafo, by Cece Bell, for MMGM

I have to give a shout-out of thanks to a little girl I’m close to, for giving me the nudge to read El Deafo. I think I’d come across it, but it wasn’t till I heard how much she loved it that I pulled it to the top of my TBR pile. You see, this […]

Among the Imposters, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, for MMGM

Happy MMGM, my friends! I’ve been so focused on all things romantic suspense–we’re exactly one week out from my Lily Black launch–that I feel I’ve been neglecting my middle grade side. And since I truly believe that in the center of my soul is a girl of some age between 11 and 14, curled up […]

Magic Below Stairs by Caroline Stevermer, for MMGM

Happy Snow Day! That’s our status, anyway. Everything whited over and cancelled yesterday and Saturday, and the roads just beginning to become navigable today. I hope you’re all staying warm, wherever you are! Stepping into the spotlight today we have Magic Below Stairs, by Caroline Stevermer. More on the author below, because you may not […]

Magical Animal Adoption Agency: Clovers Luck, by Kallie George, for MMGM

Happy MMGM, my friends! As I type this, we here in North Carolina have had minor freezes and threats of freezing rain, but no snow. That’s still quite cold enough for me, and it’s easy to see how a lovely (warm!) summer book like this one could be a hit for some young reader to […]

The Sun Trail (Warriors: Dawn of the Clan #1), by Erin Hunter, for MMGM

Happy December, folks! With Christmas and Hanukkah right around the corner, I think a lot of us are wondering what books kids will get really excited about unwrapping. I’m definitely seeing more requests for book recommendations on Facebook, and answering that question is one of my all time loves! The only down side is that I […]

Palace of Stone, by Shannon Hale, for MMGM

What does Palace of Stone have to do with Thanksgiving week? Well…I’m tempted to say absolutely nothing, but here are a couple things that come to mind, right off the top of my head: Gratitude that our presidents have limited terms, and that no matter how awful the choice in whomever gets voted in (notice […]

Full of Beans, by Jennifer Holm, for MMGM

I was fortunate enough to win my copy of Full of Beans from Joanne Fritz–many thanks, again!–and found this story to be delightful and satisfying in unexpected ways. Full of Beans is the tale of Beans Curry, who has big plans for himself and his friends that will see them comfortably through the lean times […]

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 […]