Category: Middle Grade/ Teens/ YA

Blog takeover: Happy #YA Book Birthday to RED HOOD by Elana K. Arnold

It’s a Blog Takeover by my favorite teen writer, Victoria Krol, who has questions for another fav of mine, Elana K. Arnold. Win-win! Are you excited as I am? Check out these starred reviews for RED HOOD: “In the wake of her Printz Honor–winning Damsel, Arnold blazes a new and equally powerful trail through toxic masculinity. Read,… Read more »

Happy Book Birthday to Jennifer Longo’s new YA, WHAT I CARRY

It’s here–Jennifer Longo’s new #YA, WHAT I CARRY (Random House Books* January 21st, 2020) In celebration, I’ve asked Jen a few questions about her book and her process. (See below.) People, I can’t say enough about this wonderful, much-needed novel which seamlessly combines themes of #fostercare, #adoption, and John Muir! But don’t take my word for… Read more »

Ernesto Cisneros’ MG Debut Efrén Divided is a Must-Read

I’m so thrilled to interview author, Ernesto Cisneros, about his debut must-read, Efrén Divided. (Harper Collins) This own-voices novel will be released in six months (March 31, 2020) and the reviews are already buzzing: Let’s see what Ernesto has to say… Q1 Which of these quotes from Efrén Divided best describes your writing process? “I… Read more »

3 Questions and a #YA Giveaway: THE ONE THING by debut author Marci Lyn Curtis

That YA novel you can’t put down? The one you wish you had written? The one that couldn’t possibly be by a debut YA author because Curtis seamlessly combines genuine imperfectly-passionate characters, best-made soccer plans, that guy with the guitar, and a spark of magic you’d expect from Sarah Dessen or Stephanie Perkins? I received… Read more »

Writing Non-Fiction: 5 reasons why author Connie Goldsmith is da bomb…literally.

Meet CONNIE GOLDSMITH: AWARD WINNING AUTHOR of fourteen books (15th, 16th, and 17th in progress!) former Assistant RA of SCBWI CA North/Central Children’s Book reviewer –of over 700 books for regional parenting publications as well as the New York Journal of Books– —> Anyone thinking of writing non-fiction for kids can learn a lot from… Read more »