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    The Counter Clockwise Heart: Cover Reveal and Excerpt
    April 21, 2021 by
    The Counter Clockwise Heart Cover Reveal It’s always a great day when we get to reveal a brand new book cover … artwork means a book is one step closer to reaching readers. Today, we have an extra special treat: an excerpt from THE COUNTER CLOCKWISE HEART, by Brian Farrey, set to publish in February 2022 from Algonquin Books. But first, the moment we’ve all been waiting for (drum roll) … THE COUNTER CLOCKWISE HEART: The Counter Clockwise Heart Cover Artist Stunning, isn’t it? The cover artist is Rovina Cai, from Melbourne, Australia, who says,...
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Oh MG! News

  • Drop Everything and Read Day
    Drop Everything and Read
    Today is D.E.A.R. day– otherwise known as Drop Everything and Read. It’s a celebration of late author Beverly Cleary’s birthday; she would have been 105 today (April 12.) The reference comes from one of Cleary’s most beloved books, RAMONA QUIMBY, AGE 8. The day is designed to remind families to celebrate reading and to make it a priority in their lives. We at MUF are always happy to carve out at least 30 minutes today just to read!  And today, perhaps we’ll also have a cake and toast to Beverly Cleary and the wonderful legacy of literature she left us....
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Booklists

  • book cover Letters from Cuba
    Diversity in MG Lit #26 Moving and Migration April 2021
    April 14, 2021 by
    Moving is a watershed experience in a young person’s life whether it is across town or across the world. Here are six recently published or soon to be published diverse books about moving and migration. One of my favorite things about historical fiction is the window into seldom studied chapters...
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STEM Tuesday
  • STEM Tuesday -- The Living Seas-- Writing Tips & Resources
    STEM Tuesday — The Living Seas– Writing Tips & Resources
      Change Ah, the world of scientific understanding. It’s exciting. It’s fascinating. It’s ever-changing. And with that comes some challenges for the science writer. How’s a writer supposed to commit to providing the “truth” about a topic when the scientific understanding is likely to change in the future? And if...
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All About Middle Grade Books

  • The Most Perfect Interview with Author Tricia Springstubb
    The Most Perfect Interview with Author Tricia Springstubb
    April 19, 2021 by
    I’m very excited today to welcome author Tricia Springstubb to The Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors! We’re here to talk about her newest middle-grade novel The Most Perfect Thing in the Universe. Before we get started, let’s take a look at the book. Eleven-year-old Loah Londonderry is definitely a homebody....
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For Teachers / Homeschoolers

  • book cover Letters from Cuba
    Diversity in MG Lit #26 Moving and Migration April 2021
    April 14, 2021 by
    Moving is a watershed experience in a young person’s life whether it is across town or across the world. Here are six recently published or soon to be published diverse books about moving and migration. One of my favorite things about historical fiction is the window into seldom studied chapters...
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New Releases

  • Interview with Lisa Fipps, Debut Author of Starfish
    Interview with Lisa Fipps, Debut Author of Starfish
    March 19, 2021 by
    People are buzzing about Lisa Fipps and her debut novel, STARFISH! For good reason, it’s bound to be a classic. This poignant novel in free verse has already earned numerous starred reviews and a Junior Library Guild Gold Selection. Wow! And she is just getting started. I met Lisa via Twitter...
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For Writers

  • Writing Advice From MG Women Authors
    March 29, 2021 by
    To celebrate Women’s History Month, I put out a call for writing advice from women middle-grade authors. Here are their wonderful tips: “Write your truth! There’s a reader out there who needs it.” —Mae Respicio, ANY DAY WITH YOU “All the talent in the world will not get you over...
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