HOW TO BECOME A PLANET by Nicole Melleby

When I heard the title of this book during a writing conference panel, I immediately knew I had to feature it. HOW TO BECOME A PLANET by Nicole Melleby is not only a necessary addition to any library shelf, it captures the bifurcation that comes…
, ,

THANKS A LOT, UNIVERSE by Chad Lucas

Chad Lucas is definitely a middle grade author to watch. In THANKS A LOT, UNIVERSE, he effortlessly weaves together the tale of two boys--Brian and Ezra--in a way that is both heartwarming and meaningful. This is a necessary addition for all…
, ,

OVER THE WOODWARD WALL by A. Deborah Baker (a.k.a Seanan McGuire)

I've followed Seanan McGuire's books for a long time, including her October Daye series. When I heard about her new Middle Grade novel, OVER THE WOODWARD WALL, which she wrote as A. Deborah Baker, I contacted her for an updated interview:   Avery…
, ,

THE THIEVING COLLECTORS OF FINE CHILDREN'S BOOKS by Adam Perry

As soon as the cover and premise of  THE THIEVING COLLECTORS OF FINE CHILDREN'S BOOKS caught my eye over Twitter, I had to feature it. This Middle Grade adventure would be a great addition to any library collection.   Oliver Nelson…
,

THE MYSTWICK SCHOOL OF MUSICRAFT by Jessica Khoury

I first learned about THE MYSTWICK SCHOOL OF MUSICRAFT when I went to The Writers' Sanctuary Juniper Conference. This fantastic Middle Grade novel combines two of my favorite things: music and magic. Have a look:   Amelia Jones always…
,

THE KATE IN BETWEEN by Claire Swinarski

As soon as I learned about THE KATE IN BETWEEN by Claire Swinarski, I had to feature it, even though it doesn't come out until May 18th! Have a look:   Kate McAllister is desperate for a change. Something to hit refresh and erase…
, ,

MY NAME IS LAYLA by Reyna Marder Gentin

I'm always drawn to Middle Grade books with protagonists who deal with learning differences, and MY NAME IS LAYLA also offers an interesting peek into what it means to find self-acceptance. Have a look:   School will never be the…
,

TAKING UP SPACE by Alyson Gerber

I first got to know Alyson Gerber's books when I read FOCUSED, her Middle Grade book about a girl with ADHD. Her newest novel, TAKING UP SPACE, comes out in May:   Sarah loves basketball more than anything. Crushing it on the court…
, ,

THE THORNE CHRONICLES Duology by K. Eason

I discovered K. Eason's HOW RORY THORNE DESTROYED THE MULTIVERSE though a recommendation by one of my critique partners. The title was so engaging that I couldn't resist reaching out to K. Eason for an interview. I also found out that the second…
,

OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST by Michelle Schusterman

I first heard about OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST from one of my critique partners. It's a beautifully written Middle Grade book with a compelling narrative, and a lot of delightfully unexpected twists and turns. Have a look: This is the…