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 […]

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) […]

The End of the Alligator Days

Hello, dear friends! How was your summer? Mine was lovely–all that I hoped it could be, and soo restorative! I am energized and enthused and ready for the writing and editing projects of the fall. Plus the fun of faires and festivals, pumpkin days and crisp leaves raining from a clear blue sky. I love […]

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 […]