We recently reviewed the wonderfully quirky mystery Nooks and Crannies and are excited to have the author with us today. Please welcome Jessica Lawson. Middle Grade Mafia: Can you tell us how you decided to become a writer and what your path to published author was like? Jessica Lawson: Back …

Arthur Whipple has a big problem. He’s extraordinarily ordinary. This just won’t do when you are a Whipple. The Whipple family has broken more world records than any other family on earth. For every child who ever dreamed of being in the Guinness Book of World Records comes a hilarious …

Congratulations you’ve written a book! You are ready to dip your toe into the ocean called submission. STOP. Whether you’ve made one or hundreds of revisions to your query letter or manuscript, take a moment and read this book. I love the way Carolyn Howard-Johnson describes one of the biggest …

Lauren Oliver has joined forces with the mysterious collector H.C. Chester (who reportedly is her father Harold Schechter) to bring us an exciting new series that tells the adventures of four crime-solving orphans who live in the Dumfrey’s Museum of Freaks, Oddities and Wonders. Welcome to New York City in …

I must confess I love books with just a touch of magic mixed cleverly with heart, a positive message and adventure. To use a food analogy I like my stories sweet, but not too sweet. I want pumpkin pie. Margaret and the Moth Tree is just right, for the holidays …

Move over middle- grade graphic novel. Make room for something new. Take the best of picture book art, mix in an original layout, add equal bits comic, Victorian tale, suspense and horror, and wrap it all up with humor, and what do you get? You get a quirky middle-grade adventure …

Some children are destined for adventure. It’s in their blood! Meet Archer B. Helmsley, grandson of world explorers. He lives in his grandparents’ house that is full of oddities and treasures they have collected on their travels. He has everything he needs to spark his imagination and launch him on …

He’s big, likes to surf, take bubble baths and do back-flips, and oh yes, he’s an imaginary cat. He’s also Jackson’s imaginary friend. But the word imaginary doesn’t do him justice, because he’s the most reliable thing in Jackson’s life. He comes when Jackson needs him most. When Jackson was …