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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…
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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…
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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…
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THE SERPENT'S CURSE: Book 3 in the LAST MAGICIAN series by Lisa Maxwell

When THE LAST MAGICIAN by Lisa Maxwell came out in 2017, I was excited to feature it. And then came THE DEVIL'S THIEF. I'm thrilled to announce that the third book in the series, THE SERPENT'S CURSE, came out yesterday!   Stop the…
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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…
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THE VANISHED QUEEN by Lisbeth Campbell

I first heard about Lisbeth Campbell's THE VANISHED QUEEN from a critique partner, and the premise took my breath away. Have a look:     When a country is held in thrall to a vicious, despotic king, it’s up to one woman…
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THE BONE MAKER by Sarah Beth Durst

Sarah Beth Durst cranks out books at such a quick rate it blows my mind. I was lucky to feature her Queen of Renthia series and her Middle Grade book, The Girl Who Could Not Dream. Her newest novel, THE BONE MAKER, came out on March 9, 2021:   Twenty-five…
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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…
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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…
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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…