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The Drew Leclair Series by Katryn Bury

I met Katryn Bury at a recent author event and as soon as I learned of her Drew Leclair detective series, I knew I had to feature it. I mean, who doesn't love a good middle grade mystery?   In this modern take on Harriet the Spy ,…
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YOU OWE ME ONE, UNIVERSE by Chad Lucas

Back in 2021, I featured the first book in this middle grade series,  Thanks a Lot, Universe, and when learned about the sequel, YOU OWE ME ONE, UNIVERSE, which came out in 2023, I reached out to Chad Lucas for a follow-up interview. His next…
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MOMO ARASHIMA BREAKS THE MIRROR OF THE SUN by Misa Sugiura

Last year, when I featured the first in this series, Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind, I was already looking forward to the sequel. I'm excited to report that MOMO ARASHIMA BREAKS THE MIRROR OF THE SUN has an expected publication date…
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100-Word Stories: A Short Form for Expansive Writing by Kim Culbertson and Grant Faulkner

I've always been a fan of Kim Culbertson, and I was lucky to feature her books The Wonder of Us and The Possibility of Now. Her newest book, co-written with Grant Faulkner, explores the art of flash fiction and its benefits in helping writers…
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THE COLOR OF SOUND by Emily Barth Isler

I first heard about THE COLOR OF SOUND when I featured Emily Barth Isler's previous middle grade book, Aftermath, and I was so intrigued by the premise I couldn't wait to feature THE COLOR OF SOUND well before its expected publication date of…
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Other Kinds of Women: A Map of Black Widows in the Land of Air and other writings by Lydia Paar

I usually feature novelists on this blog, but I was so impressed by an article Lydia Paar wrote an article for the Huffington Post entitled, "I Told My Mom I Wanted To Get My Tubes Tied At Age 20. Her Response Changed My Life" that I thought…
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ALMOND, QUARTZ AND FINCH by Lisa Bunker

Earlier this year, I featured Joy, to the World, a book that Lisa Bunker co-wrote with Kai Shappley, and when I heard the premise of ALMOND, QUARTZ AND FINCH I couldn't wait to feature it as well. The book is out today, November 7, 2023.   The…
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HIDDEN TRUTHS by Elly Swartz

Elly Swartz is definitely a Middle Grade author to watch. I featured her book Dear Student, and she has published other novels as well. Her upcoming book, HIDDEN TRUTHS (10.31.23) has received starred reviews from School Library Journal and…
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THE RAVEN THRONE by Stephanie Burgis

I'm always delighted by Stephanie Burgis's writing as well as her engaging characters and whimsical world-building. When I featured the first book in this series, The Raven Heir, Stephanie mentioned she was penning a sequel, THE RAVEN THRONE.…
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OUT OF THE FIRES: A JOURNAL OF RESILIENCE AND RECOVERY AFTER DISASTER by Carrie Lara

I've featured Carrie Lara's picture books before, including Marvelous Maravilloso and The Heart of Mi Familia. Carrie's newest book, OUT OF THE FIRES: A JOURNAL OF RESILIENCE AND RECOVERY AFTER DISASTER, is very much needed. It not only helps…