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  • Shine by Chris and JJ Grabenstein
    Interview with Chris & J.J. Grabenstein, co-authors of SHINE!
    December 13, 2019 by
    Today at MUF we’re talking with Chris & J.J. Grabenstein, co-authors of the middle-grade novel, SHINE! (Random House Children’s Books), which James Patterson says is, “Inspirational, commonsensical, and a whole lot of fun.” We got the writing partners — and life partners! — to tell us about their new book, how they work together, and what’s next for them.   Mixed-Up Files: J.J., we understand the idea behind SHINE! was yours. Can you talk about what sparked the idea? What made this the story you decided had to get written? J.J.: I guess living in...
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Middle Grade Authors

Oh MG! News

  • MUF Author Makes End of Year List
    MUF Author Makes End of Year List
    Congratulations to Mixed-Up Files contributor Rosanne Parry, whose book A WOLF CALLED WANDER has landed on one of the coveted end-of-year best-of lists. To see the School Library Journal list of top middle-grade books, click here: Way to go Rosanne! Confetti showers to you!...
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  • Shine by Chris and JJ Grabenstein
    Interview with Chris & J.J. Grabenstein, co-authors of SHINE!
    December 13, 2019 by
    Today at MUF we’re talking with Chris & J.J. Grabenstein, co-authors of the middle-grade novel, SHINE! (Random House Children’s Books), which James Patterson says is, “Inspirational, commonsensical, and a whole lot of fun.” We got the writing partners — and life partners! — to tell us about their new book,...
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All About Middle Grade Books

  • Shine by Chris and JJ Grabenstein
    Interview with Chris & J.J. Grabenstein, co-authors of SHINE!
    December 13, 2019 by
    Today at MUF we’re talking with Chris & J.J. Grabenstein, co-authors of the middle-grade novel, SHINE! (Random House Children’s Books), which James Patterson says is, “Inspirational, commonsensical, and a whole lot of fun.” We got the writing partners — and life partners! — to tell us about their new book,...
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For Teachers / Homeschoolers

  • Shine by Chris and JJ Grabenstein
    Interview with Chris & J.J. Grabenstein, co-authors of SHINE!
    December 13, 2019 by
    Today at MUF we’re talking with Chris & J.J. Grabenstein, co-authors of the middle-grade novel, SHINE! (Random House Children’s Books), which James Patterson says is, “Inspirational, commonsensical, and a whole lot of fun.” We got the writing partners — and life partners! — to tell us about their new book,...
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New Releases

  • Shine by Chris and JJ Grabenstein
    Interview with Chris & J.J. Grabenstein, co-authors of SHINE!
    December 13, 2019 by
    Today at MUF we’re talking with Chris & J.J. Grabenstein, co-authors of the middle-grade novel, SHINE! (Random House Children’s Books), which James Patterson says is, “Inspirational, commonsensical, and a whole lot of fun.” We got the writing partners — and life partners! — to tell us about their new book,...
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For Writers

  • Cynthia Leitich Smith of the new HarperCollins imprint, Heartdrum
    Cynthia Leitich Smith of the new HarperCollins imprint, Heartdrum
    December 6, 2019 by
    The latest diversity in children’s book data released by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows the publishing slice for American Indians/First Nations books stayed relatively flat. This percentage increased only slightly from the 2015 data (0.9%) to 1% reported in 2018. The excellent infographic,...
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