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HART & SOULS by Lisa Schmid

I've featured Lisa Schmid before, with her middle grade mystery Ollie Oxley and the Ghost. When I heard the premise of her newest book, HART & SOULS, it pretty much blew me out of the water. The book has an expected release of July 23, 2024…
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Girls Survive: Lena and the Burning of Greenwood: A Tulsa Race Massacre Survival Story by Nikki Shannon Smith

I last featured Nikki Shannon Smith back when her book The Amazing Life of Azalea Lane came out. She now has mulitple books, including a Middle Grade Historical Fiction book in Girls Survive series, called LENA AND THE BURNING OF GREENWOOD,…
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THE ONE AND ONLY RUBY by Katherine Applegate

I last interviewed Katherine Applegate about THE ONE AND ONLY BOB, the sequel to her Newbery Award-winning book THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN. I am thrilled to report that a main character in both books, Ruby the Elephant, now has her own story--THE…
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MY FINE FELLOW by Jennieke Cohen

I featured Jennieke Cohen's previous book back in 2020, and when I heard she had a new one, I had reach out to her again. MY FINE FELLOW offers a gender-flipped spin on My Fair Lady with some added delectable foods interspersed throughout:   Helena…
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THE RAVEN HEIR by Stephanie Burgis

As soon as I saw  THE RAVEN HEIR by Stephanie Burgis, I couldn't wait to feature it. I'm happy to report that the book is now released and out in the world:   Deep within an enchanted forest lies a castle where a set of triplets…

Release Feature: SPARROW RISING by Jessica Khoury

When I featured Jessica Khoury back in March, she mentioned that she had another MG Fantasy series coming out from Scholastic.  The first book in the series, SPARROW RISING, is finally here:   In the Clandoms, everyone is born with…
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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…
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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…

THE IRON RAVEN by Julie Kagawa

I've been familiar with Julie Kagawa's books for quite a few years, and when I heard about THE IRON RAVEN, the first in the new The Iron Fey: Ravenfall series, I absolutely had to feature it. It stars Puck, one of my favorite characters, and…
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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…