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Middle Grade Books

Q&A With Beth Vrabel About Her Novel "Pack of Dorks"

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 10.07.2014 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

In a starred review, Kirkus Review writes: "Lucy's perfectly feisty narration, the emotionally resonant situations and the importance of the topic all elevate this effort well above the pack." I spoke with Beth Vrabel about "Pack of Dorks."

Hook's Revenge: A New Twist on a Classic Tale

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 10.08.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Inspired by the classic tale of Peter Pan, the book follows 12-year-old Jocelyn, who dreams of becoming every bit the pirate as her infamous father, the legendary Captain Hook. So it's no surprise that Jocelyn springs into action after receiving a letter to avenge her father's death at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile.

8 Must-Read Young Adult Authors

Amy Yoelin | Posted 05.15.2014 | Teen
Amy Yoelin

Doesn't this title look familiar? A few months ago, I wrote the same article as you are (hopefully) about to read. After reviewing the list I made numerous times, I immediately regretted not adding other authors. Thus, Part 2.

Remembering Ruby Slippers

Bianca Turetsky | Posted 05.04.2014 | Books
Bianca Turetsky

Even though there may be more glamorous and magical worlds out there, there's nothing like the comfort of your own family and waking up in your childhood bed underneath a cozy familiar quilt.

Late Blooming: On Writing For Tweens

Bianca Turetsky | Posted 04.29.2014 | Books
Bianca Turetsky

At 34, I already feel like I've been dating my whole life. At 11, if you're lucky, you don't realize how long life is. How long you get to be an adult. How quickly childhood, which at the time seems interminable, becomes a memory. A really sweet dream.

The Book We Need To Stop Reading To Little Boys

Lynn Messina | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Lynn Messina

None of this misogyny rings true for a contemporary fourth-grade boy. Fourth-grade boys in 2013 know better. First-grade boys do. My own son knows that girls can do anything boys can do. It's not even a question.

New Chapter Books for Their Summer Reading List

Jordan B. Nielsen | Posted 08.12.2013 | Books
Jordan B. Nielsen

Check out this list for some fresher titles that are as absorbing and fun as they are smart and substantial, sure to make both kids and their teachers (and thereby, you!) happy.

Nanny Emma's Picks: The Best Books for Kids, Part II (ages 6-10)

Emma Jenner | Posted 04.27.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

There's something magical about going into a bookshop or library with a child who's just learning to read by herself. The sense of wonder is infectious, and you can almost see new ideas popping up as children excitedly survey the shelves and reach out to the books that call to them.

YA Mystery Author Debuts Middle Grade Series, Sleuth or Dare

Julie A. Carlson | Posted 07.02.2012 | Books
Julie A. Carlson

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys have never gone out of style, nor have mysteries for young people. In fact, a new mystery series by Kim Harrington called Sleuth or Dare debuts this week with the first novel, Partners in Crime.

There Are No Boy Books

Charles London | Posted 10.31.2011 | Books
Charles London

Reluctant readers, it seems, like fart jokes. They also seem to like gross food, nonstop action, and the occasional illustration. For those not in the business, the term "reluctant reader" tends to be a synonym for "boy."

Kids' Lit: Beyond Paper Books

Regina Brooks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Regina Brooks

Most of today's teens are online and that's where publishing has to go if they want to reach them. Why not take advantage of the rich storytelling opportunities that multimedia has to offer?