Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun Author: Tolá Okogwu Publisher: McElderry Books Release Date: June 14, 2022 Author, journalist, and hair care educator Tolá Okogwu, shares the story of a young girl who learns that her Afro hair has psychokinetic powers, and travels to Nigeria to learn more about her origins in ONYEKA AND … More Middle Grade Spotlight: Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun by Tolá Okogwu
Novel: A Perfect Mistake Author: by Melanie Conklin Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Release Date: July 12, 2022 Target audience: Ages 8-12 ADHD and toxic masculinity are powerfully woven together in Melanie Conklin’s A PERFECT MISTAKE, a moving, voice-driven, and unputdownable middle grade mystery about friendship and responsibility. Conklin skillfully balances Max’s hope … More Middle Grade Spotlight: A Perfect Mistake by Melanie Conklin
Welcome back to the blog, Maria! It’s always such a pleasure to chat with you about your beautiful books. The title of this new book, Being a Dog: A Tail of Mindfulness really made me smile. How perfect! Anyone that knows about you understands your deep love of dogs and fans of your books will … More Q & A with Maria Gianferrari about her new book Being a Dog: A Tail of Mindfulness (plus a giveaway!)
About the Book: Title: ARU SHAH AND THE NECTAR OF IMMORTALITY (A Pandava Novel Book 5) Author: Roshani Chokshi Pub. Date: April 6, 2021 Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents the breathtaking conclusion to Roshani Chokshi’s New York Times best-selling Pandava quintet. Will the Sleeper gain immortality or be stopped once and for all? *”A deeply … More Middle Grade Spotlight & Excerpt: Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality by Roshani Chokshi…plus a giveaway!
About The Book: Title: KIARA FIGHTS BACK (Spyglass Sisterhood #3) Author: Marilyn Kaye Pub. Date: April 5, 2022 Publisher: Holiday House A secret bully and a chance to bring him to justice. Can Kiara and the Spyglass Sisterhood deliver? Kiara, traditionally a loner, doesn’t hesitate to say exactly what’s on her mind. But she’s found good friends … More Middle Grade Spotlight & Excerpt: Kiara Fights Back (Spyglass Sisterhood #3) by Marilyn Kaye…plus a giveaway!
About the Book: Title: LI NA IS MY NAME Author: Lisa Wee Pub. Date: March 31, 2022 Publisher: Dixi Books Publishing Do you get teased by others for being a weirdo, a geek, a nerd or a bookworm? Friends, families and neighbors around Li-Na felt it was affectionate to tease her for her not-so-girly hobbies and … More PB Spotlight: Li Na is My Name by Lisa Wee…plus a giveaway!
Title: Bobcat Prowling Author: Maria Gianferrari Illustrator: Bagram Ibatoulline Publisher: Roaring Brook Press Pub Date: March 22, 2022 A young bobcat searches a suburban landscape for a territory to call home. As the day breaks,feline eyes blink open,and yowls disrupt the still morning air. A young bobcat leaves tracks in the snow as he sets … More PB Spotlight: Bobcat Prowling by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline…plus a giveaway!
About The Book: Title: IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AND I’M IN MY BATHING SUIT Author: Justin A. Reynolds Pub. Date: April 5, 2022 Publisher: Scholastic Press Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org Twelve-year-old Eddie Gordon Holloway has concocted his most genius plan ever to avoid chores… especially the dreaded L-A-U-N-D-R-Y. If he can wear all the … More Middle Grade Spotlight & Excerpt: IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AND I’M IN MY BATHING SUIT by Justin A. Reynolds…plus a giveaway!
About The Book: Title: THE RUMOR GAME Author: Dhonielle Clayton & Sona Charaipotra Pub. Date: March 1, 2022 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion All it takes is one spark to start a blaze. At Foxham Prep, a posh private school for the children of DC’s elite, a single rumor has the power to ruin a life. Nobody knows that better … More YA Spotlight & Excerpt: The Rumor Game by Dhonielle Clayton & Sonia Charaipotra…plus a giveaway!
I am absolutely thrilled to feature a guest post today by Siobhán O’Brien Holmes, Developmental Editor of Middle Grade and YA Genre Fiction. Siobhán is a total rock star in my eyes! I had the good fortune of winning a full manuscript critique from her and **WOW!** it blew me away. Siobhán provided comprehensive, succinct, and … More Guest Post: Siobhán O’Brien Holmes, Developmental Editor of Middle Grade and YA Genre Fiction, discusses a common fear, what to do if you’re worried an editor will steal your work