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    Cover Reveal: GOOD DIFFERENT, by Meg Eden Kuyatt
    July 7, 2022 by
    Cover Reveal: GOOD DIFFERENT It’s cover reveal day at Mixed-Up Files, and we’re so excited! Today we get to reveal the cover for Meg Eden Kuyatt’s middle-grade debut: GOOD DIFFERENT. Here it is! Okay, okay, I’m just playing. That’s not exactly it …. and I PROMISE I really will show you in just a moment. t’s AMAZING and I’m chomping at the bit to share …. in just a minute or two. When we do a cover reveal here at Mixed-Up Files,  before we show you the art, we love the chance to hear from the...
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Oh MG! News

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    Kidlit Unites Against Book Banning More than 13,000 MG and YA authors and illustrators have signed a letter condemning the current wave of book banning. The letter, written by Newbery Honor author Christina Soontornvat,  calls on Congress, state leaders, and school boards to act now to protect students and their right to access a diverse selection of books. “This current wave of book suppression follows hard-won gains made by authors whose voices have long been underrepresented in publishing.” (From Soontornvat letter) Demonstrating the resonance of this message with children’s book creators, most of the thousands of signatures on this letter...
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STEM Tuesday
  • STEM Tuesday -- Fungi -- Book List
    STEM Tuesday — Fungi — Book List
    Fungi are all around us – in the yard, clinging to branches and tree trunks, and sometimes in the back of the fridge. Scientists are discovering new fungi every year … it’s a mushrooming field. Funky Fungi: 30 Activities for Exploring Molds, Mushrooms, Lichens, and More by Alisha Gabriel and...
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All About Middle Grade Books

  • Interview with Edgar® Award-Winner Christina Diaz Gonzalez
    Interview with Edgar® Award-Winner Christina Diaz Gonzalez
    June 20, 2022 by
    Today, I’m particularly excited to introduce Mixed-Up Files readers to Christina Diaz Gonzalez. I’ve known Christina for many years and have followed her amazing career. In April, Christina was the recipient of the prestigious Edgar® Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America, for her novel Concealed. She is the author...
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For Teachers / Homeschoolers

New Releases

For Writers

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    Placeholders in the First Draft
    July 6, 2022 by
    When I was in my early twenties a psychologist told me that I had dysthymia, which is low-grade depression occurring for at least two years. Kind of like a low-grade cold all of the time. Not big enough to really stop me, but never abating either. It was a relief...
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