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Esme Symes-Smith
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SIR CALLIE AND THE DRAGON'S ROOST by Esme Symes Smith

I was delighted to feature the first book in this series, Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston, earlier this year. I'm excited to report that its sequel, SIR CALLIE AND THE DRAGON'S ROOST, came out yesterday, November 7, 2023.   Thanks…
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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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DOGTOWN by Katherine Applegate and Gennifer Choldenko

I've interviewed both Katherine Applegate and Gennifer Choldenko before, and when I heard they had co-written a book, I couldn't wait to feature it. DOGTOWN is a new Middle Grade novel set to debut on September 19, 2023. Dogtown is a shelter…
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AFTERMATH by Emily Barth Isler

I first heard about Emily Barth Isler's Middle Grade book AFTERMATH in a Children's Lit newsletter I get from Sharon Levin, and I immediately fell in love with the premise. Emily also has a book coming out next year called The Color of Sound,…
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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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SECOND CHANCE SUMMER by Sarah Kapit

When I saw the premise of SECOND CHANCE SUMMER by Sarah Kapit, I couldn't wait to feature it! Not only does it have a summer theater camp as its background, it also has an extremely engaging voice. Libraries should definitely get this one on…
Esme Symes-Smith
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SIR CALLIE AND THE CHAMPIONS OF HELSTON by Esme Symes-Smith

I found out about Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston at a book event I went to a few months back. This is the first in this Middle Grade Fantasy series, and the next book, Sir Callie and the Dragon's Roost is set to come out this coming…
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JOY, TO THE WORLD by Lisa Bunker and Kai Shappley

I met Lisa Bunker at a local author event, and as soon as I heard about her books, I knew I had to feature them. She has three books coming out this year, and the first, JOY, TO THE WORLD, co-written by trans activist Kai Shappley, is set to…