Category Archives: Book Lists

WHAT TO READ?

I’m catching up with my stack of to be read books, which has me adding more. It’s a never ending stream of great middle grade books coming out this year. Many launch dates have already occurred, but many more are … Continue reading

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Five More for the Future

Earlier this year I added five anticipated MG novels to my sky high future read list. In just four months I’ve reduced that list to One for the Future as I zipped through the first four close to their release … Continue reading

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An Irish Aside

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I couldn’t resist putting on my green socks, sipping green tea, and revisiting my favorite upper MG book set in Ireland – CELTIC RUN by Sean Vogel (2012). Here’s the book jacket blurb: While in Ireland … Continue reading

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Did you hear the one about the…

I’ve received several emails this school year along the lines of… “My son is 12 and will only read funny books. He doesn’t want drama, deaths, or sad tales of homelessness… just pure laugh out loud funny. He’s not into … Continue reading

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The Path to Publishing: Become Famous First

There are a growing number of actors, talk show hosts, and anyone else who has had more than the standard 15 minutes of fame showing up as authors on the children’s bookshelf. I would guess their path is a lot … Continue reading

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MG BOOKS THAT WOULD MAKE A GOOD MOVIE

The annual Academy Awards are announced this Sunday evening. Like most years I’m woefully behind seeing only three of the best picture nominated films so far. I’ll still watch the award show, but I’m always more fascinated with the screenplay … Continue reading

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READING for WRITING

Read widely to become a better writer. That advice has never been a problem for me. I’m reading all the time. It’s when I’m focused on writing where reading becomes even more important.  I’ve written stories in a first person … Continue reading

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