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  • We Need Diverse MG
    WNDMG Wednesday – Author Shing Yin Khor
    August 4, 2021 by
    WNDMG Author Interview with Shing Yin Khor Featured in today’s WNDMG Wednesday, a WNDMG author interview with Shing Yin Khor about their graphic novel, THE LEGEND OF AUNTIE PO. (Penguin Random House, June 2021) About THE LEGEND OF AUNTIE PO Part historical fiction, part magical realism, and 100 percent adventure. Thirteen-year-old Mei reimagines the myths of Paul Bunyan as starring a Chinese heroine while she works in a Sierra Nevada logging camp in 1885. Aware of the racial tumult in the years after the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act, Mei tries to remain blissfully...
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  • June is PRIDE month
    Happy PRIDE Month
    June is PRIDE month, and we at Mixed-Up Files look forward to celebrating and amplifying voices from our friends and family in the LGBTQ + community. As always, books are a great way to create conversation and open up spaces for learning and community. Pride Booklists To start with, here’s an excellent book list. Newer Titles from 2020-2021 THANKS A LOT, UNIVERSE (Abrans Books 2021), by Chad Lucas; ((Read Chad’s guest post on our series We Need Diverse MG here.)) KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES (Scholastic 2020), by Kacen Callender Twelve-year-old Kingston James is sure his brother Khalid has turned into...
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  • New Releases: July 2021
    New Releases: July 2021
    July 2, 2021 by
    Like Fourth of July fireworks, this month is exploding with a colorful array of offerings for middle-grade readers. From social justice to sports, goats to ghouls, and fantasy to food, there’s something for everyone. We want to congratulate two of our Mixed-Up Files members, who have new releases in July....
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STEM Tuesday
  • STEM Tuesday -- Fun with Physics-- Book List
    STEM Tuesday — Fun with Physics– Book List
    We use physics every day and yet, the subject of physics might seem intimidating to adults and young readers. These books find ways of bringing this big subject into delectable bites.  Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson with Gregory Mone Tyson brings his bestselling fundamentals...
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  • Interview with Jess Rinker and Giveaway
    Interview with Jess Rinker and Giveaway
    July 5, 2021 by
    Our guest today is Jess Rinker, author of the middle-grade novels Out of Time: Lost on the Titanic, The Dare Sisters, and The Dare Sisters: Shipwrecked (coming this September). Jess has also written picture book biographies on feminist Gloria Steinem and Brenda Berkman, one of the first female firefighters for...
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New Releases

  • August Middle-Grade Releases
    August Middle-Grade Releases
    August 2, 2021 by
    Joy. Adventure. Mythology. Science. Sports. August brings these topics and more to middle-grade readers. What an exciting collection, brought to you by amazing authors! Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood by Kwame Mbalia Delacorte Press, August 3 Celebrate the joys of Black boyhood with stories from seventeen bestselling,...
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For Writers

  • Agent Spotlight: Ashley Herring Blake
    Agent Spotlight: Ashley Herring Blake
    July 30, 2021 by
    Today I’m thrilled to interview the amazing and energetic Ashley Herring Blake. You may remember reading about her here previously when she talked about being an author of middle-grade novels. Recently, Ashley became an agent at the Rees Literary Agency, and I was delighted to speak to her about her...
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