Category Archives: middle grade

Author Interview – Sandy Stark-McGinnis

I met Sandy during the SCBWI Nevada 2012 Mentorship program, and we bonded instantly although at the time we were writing for different age groups. We became crit partners and I can honestly say that I believe Sandy’s Middle Grade … Continue reading

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Extraordinary Birds — Middle Grade Book Recommendation

Title:  Extraordinary Birds Author: Sandy Stark-McGinnis Publisher: Bloomsbury, April 30th, 2019 Ages: 8-12 Themes: birds, belonging, family, friendship, scars,foster homes, trauma, abandonment, hope, transgender Opening: At the third tier of branches, my heart starts to beat fast. Birds need a fast heartbeat. … Continue reading

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You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P – Middle Grade Book Recommendation

Title: YOU DON’T KNOW everything, JILLY P! Author: Alex Gino Publisher: Scholastic, March 2018 Ages: 9-12 Themes: LGBTQIA+, lesbians, bigotry, racism, deafness, online communities, families, micro-aggressions, white privilege, ableism, ASL, hearing loss, police brutality Opening:  The house smells of homemade tomato sauce when I get home … Continue reading

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