Mining for Heart: Kristin Gray on Connecting to Characters

Today Kristin Gray shares her process of finding the heart in her middle grade novel and its irresistible main character, Vilonia Beebe.  Thank you, Beth, for having me on your blog. I’m delighted to be here. I adore stories with heart. Heart is more than sappy emotions or a feeling. It is enthusiasm, passion, resolve, … More Mining for Heart: Kristin Gray on Connecting to Characters

Some Writer!

Some Fridays, I share middle grade titles. Others, I share picture books. Today, I offer a special combo – a middle grade biography filled with pictures. Check it out! Title: Some Writer! The Story of E.B.White Written and Illustrated by: Melissa Sweet Hougton Miflin Harcourt, biography 2016, 176 pp. Suitable for ages: 7-10 Lexile: 1030 … More Some Writer!

From the Grave

Just released! Middle grade monster mayhem! Title: From the Grave Written by: Cynthia Reeg Release date October 18, 2016 Suitable for ages: 9-12 Juvenile fiction, fantasy, humor Themes/topics: belonging, tolerance, monsters Opening: Shocktober 13, Year of the Scrull Moanday morning, with all its determined drear, crept upon me with silent, somber feet. It settled heavy … More From the Grave

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

This week –  a middle grade favorite. And next week, I’ll be launching a monthly series from published authors entitled “Mining for Heart.” Stay tuned. Title: Pax Written by: Sara Pennypacker Illustrated by: Jon Klassen Balzer & Bray/Harper Collins, 2016, fiction, 288 pages Suitable for ages: 8-12 Lexile: 760 Themes/topics: nature, war, family, relationships, pets, grief Opening: … More Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

Heres a fascinating story for all those kids, young and old, who have loved Winnie-the-Pooh. Title: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear Written by:  Lindsay Mattick Illustrated by: Sophie Blackall Little, Brown and Company, 2015, nonfiction, 56 pages Suitable for ages: 3-6 (I would put it at 6-10) Lexile: AD590L … More Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear