Tag Archives: Middle Grade Diversity

ZACK DELACRUZ UPSTAGED

Zack Delacruz returns in this series set in San Antonio. It began with ME AND MY BIG MOUTH in 2015 and JUST MY LUCK the following year. This time around sixth grade continues to be a challenge for Zack and … Continue reading

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ANOTHER D FOR DEEDEE

DeeDee is a fourth grader with a growing list of problems. The family trailer burned to the ground and now they’re living in a crowded apartment. Her father disappeared at Thanksgiving. She fears he’s returned to Mexico and will never … Continue reading

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AMINA’S VOICE

Happy Marvelous Middle Grade Monday! In just two days the Cybil’s awards will be announced. I was honored to be on the five member judging panel for Middle Grade Fiction. I’ve now read all seven nominees. Last year I reviewed … Continue reading

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FELIX Yz for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

I try to keep a pulse on what agents, editors, and book publishers are looking for in new stories. Reading their blogs, web pages, and tweets can often give me insights (See Manuscript Wish List). Specifically in MG, here is … Continue reading

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LUCKY BROKEN GIRL for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

I’ve read more books about diverse characters and their stories of immigration this year than I had the previous four years combined. And that’s a good thing. This story is unique in that it is based on an experience the … Continue reading

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THE EPIC FAIL of ARTURO ZAMORA for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

The importance of family is vividly portrayed as Arturo tells the story of life in a Cuban-American community. Seventh grade thirteen year old boys have changing interests and Arturo is having a tough time with his sudden infatuation with Carmen, … Continue reading

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THE ONLY ROAD for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

The topics of border walls and immigration have flooded newscasts and social media this past year. Opinions are  strong. THE ONLY ROAD delves into the issue from the other side of the border–actually two borders. It’s about a family making … Continue reading

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