Happy book birthday to Rebecca Donnelly for her debut middle grade novel, How to Stage a Catastrophe. The title alone makes you want to read this book and it delivers with a fun, unique story. The book is written somewhat like a play and the main character talks directly to the reader through a bit of …

Mibs (short for Mississippi Beaumont) is about to turn thirteen, which is when she finally gets her unique magical power . . . a secret family savvy. This special savvy comes on suddenly and initially is difficult to control. It can even be dangerous. Mibs excitement about her upcoming birthday is cut short when a tragic incident …

Todays featured author, Carmella Van Vleet is the author of both fiction and nonfiction for middle grade including co-authoring TO THE STARS! (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2016) with astronaut Kathy Sullivan. Her most recent release is called AVIATION: COOL WOMEN WHO FLY (Nomad Press, 2016). I asked Carmella about her success with writing nonfiction for middle grade readers. …

Spooky stories have become more popular among middle grade readers. It’s a way for them to use their own ghostly imaginations without all the gory details shown in the movies. Here is a list of the Mafia’s favorite spine-chilling MG stories just in time for Halloween. Doll Bones by Holly Black Took: A Ghost Story …

Congratulations to award-winning children’s author Monika Schroder on the launch of her heartfelt novel, Be Light Like a Bird.  After the sudden death of her father, Wren not only has to deal with her own grief she must witness the strange way her mother is grieving. Wren’s mother decides they need to move and Wren …

Extraordinary Sam & The Adventurer’s Guild is a fun, action-packed novel that’s a great summertime read for middle graders. We caught up with Kevin and asked him about his enthusiasm for adventure stories. Middle Grade Mafia: Have you found that the book is most popular with a certain group of readers? Kevin Springer: …

Lisa Lewis Tyre’s debut middle grade novel Last in a Long Line of Rebels launched in September, 2015 with starred reviews. I asked her about her launch experience as well as what happens after the launch. MGM: So, now that you’ve experienced the book launch, was there anything unexpected or would do differently for your …