Don’t Be Left Behind! Jump On The Mixed-Up Middle-Grade Skype Tour Bus!

The Mixed-Up Middle-Grade Skype tour bus is pulling out… you have until October 3… that’s next Monday… to enter. Who can enter? Any grownup with a class, club, troop or group of middle-grade kids who love books. We’ll pull our Skype tour bus into your home, library, classroom or any place else with an internet connection!

How do you enter? By leaving a comment here. Extra entries when you blog, tweet, or post on Facebook (but be sure to come back and leave another comment for each of your additional entries)

Can more than one person enter for one class, book club, troop, or group? Sure! Ask every parent in your child’s class to leave a comment! The more the merrier!!

What will you win? A full 45 minute Skype visit from one of the Mixed-Up Middle-Grade Skype Tour authors, plus a copy of that author’s book and assorted swag, if available.

When’s the drawing? October 3. Winners will be announced here at the Mixed-Up Files on October 4.

Any other questions? Look here.

And another thing…

There are two more authors on the bus today!

Welcome Erin Moulton!!! Can you tell us about your new middle-grade novel Flutter?

 FLUTTER, came out in May 2011. My second book, THE LANTERNLIGHT DREAMERS, will hit bookshelves in Summer 2012.  Both are MG novels and both have very quirky, yet resourceful characters, with big hearts, who manage to get themselves into trouble despite their best efforts. 

What do you like best about writing for middle grade readers?

I love the voice that pops into my head when I think of “middle grade people.” They can be funny, poetic, tangential.  They can spin you a metaphor as quickly as tell a crude joke.  Once this age begins talking in my head, there is no way to stop it! 

What was your favorite book when you were 8-12?

A Murder for Her Majesty by Beth Hilgartner.

I’ve never heard of that one but you have super taste… and I love FLUTTER so I’m going to check it out!  What makes your school visits special?

I have lots of experience on doing programming from my time working in after school care, so my lessons/visits are often a mix of Author Talk combined with information on creative writing or literary elements. I also am a firm believer in lots of visuals, questions and hands on projects to keep the kids engaged.  Maple candy is often involved if it lines up with school policy :J

OH! Hooray here comes Jen Blom! Jen how about telling us about your new book Possum Summer?

I’m an animal lover and I get to write about them! My debut title, POSSUM SUMMER, deals with a girl who’s trying to find her way between the little orphan possum she’s dying to save and her strict father who says no way. My second book, THE SPOTTED PONY (2013) is what happens when a girl visiting her father’s feedlot in Texas falls in love with the wrong horse!

What do you like best about writing for middle grade readers?

It’s the most magical time to be a reader. Anything is possible, and you’re learning about the world around you. I know that books shaped my outlook when I was growing up, and it’s so exciting to think that my books might do that for some other kid!

I totally agree! What was your favorite book when you were 8-12?

It changed daily but the ones I still re-read are RASCAL (North) SUMMER OF THE MONKEYS (Rawls) and WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS (Rawls)

What makes your school visits special?

The amount of energy and participation I get from the kids!

There you have it, folks! Two more amazing authors raring to meet your kids and their class, club, or group. All you have to do is ENTER.

Tami Lewis Brown, the author of THE MAP OF ME, and seven other middle-grade authors are ready to visit your group! Jump on the bus!

Tami Lewis Brown