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  • Interview with author Linda Williams Jackson
    Interview with author Linda Williams Jackson
    February 29, 2024 by
    As a huge fan of Linda Williams Jackson’s previous middle-grade novels (The Lucky Ones, Midnight without a Moon, A Sky Full of Stars), her latest book, Saving Jimmy, met—and exceeded—my expectations. With a flawed-but-endearing protagonist and a cast of memorable characters, both living and dead, the story won my heart from page one. But before we chat with Linda, first… Saving Jimmy: A Summary Life isn’t easy for 12-year-old Jimmy Lee Easton. People are constantly mistaking her for a boy, and her mama hovers over her like the Secret Service. Her great-aunt Millie constantly hounds...
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  • American Library Association 2024 Youth Media Awards
    American Library Association 2024 Youth Media Awards
    On January 22, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, digital media, video and audio books for children and young adults at its LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience conference in Baltimore. Among these awards are the Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King awards. Congratulations to the following winners and honorees!  Newbery Medal Each year, the John Newbery Medal is given to a book selected as the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. The 2024 medal went to Dave Eggers for The Eyes and the Impossible, the story of a free and fast dog named Johannes who runs daily...
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Booklists

  • Not (Always) the Lonely: Books About Only Children
    Not (Always) the Lonely: Books About Only Children
    February 21, 2024 by
    My friend Nicole—a fellow only child—recently sent me an article from The Atlantic entitled, “Why Are People Weird About Only Children?” Not surprisingly, the piece included the usual tropes associated with onlies: We’re spoiled, selfish, maladjusted weirdos who can’t get along with others or share our toys. We’re also bad...
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STEM Tuesday
  • This is your brain on Stereotypes
    STEM Tuesday — Brain/Psychology — Author Interview
    We are delighted to welcome Tanya Lloyd Kyi to the blog today. Tanya Kyi is the author of more than 30 books for children and young adults. She writes about science, pop-culture, and places where the two overlap. Tanya has worked in the past as a graphic designer, an editor,...
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All About Middle Grade Books

  • Interview with author Linda Williams Jackson
    Interview with author Linda Williams Jackson
    February 29, 2024 by
    As a huge fan of Linda Williams Jackson’s previous middle-grade novels (The Lucky Ones, Midnight without a Moon, A Sky Full of Stars), her latest book, Saving Jimmy, met—and exceeded—my expectations. With a flawed-but-endearing protagonist and a cast of memorable characters, both living and dead, the story won my heart...
    Read more

For Teachers / Homeschoolers

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    WNDMG Wednesday: Author Interview with Maleeha Siddiqui
    February 14, 2024 by
    WNDMG Wednesday: Author Interview with Maleeha Siddiqui I’m so excited to be able to introduce you to accomplished middle grade author Maleeha Siddiqui today. Maleeha’s newest book is ANY WAY YOU LOOK (Scholastic) and it launches on May 7, 2024. This book is a must have and a wonderful read,...
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New Releases

  • ANY WAY YOU LOOK cover
    WNDMG Wednesday: Author Interview with Maleeha Siddiqui
    February 14, 2024 by
    WNDMG Wednesday: Author Interview with Maleeha Siddiqui I’m so excited to be able to introduce you to accomplished middle grade author Maleeha Siddiqui today. Maleeha’s newest book is ANY WAY YOU LOOK (Scholastic) and it launches on May 7, 2024. This book is a must have and a wonderful read,...
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For Writers

  • Michaela Whatnall, Literary Agent
    Meet Literary Agent Michaela Whatnall
    February 28, 2024 by
    I’m excited to introduce you to literary agent Michaela Whatnall. You’re going to love getting to know them! Michaela Whatnall joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2019 in the agency’s West Coast office. They graduated from Emory University with a degree in English and linguistics, completed the Columbia Publishing Course,...
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