We, in the Middle Grade Mafia, are proud members of Southern Breeze, the regional chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). We have the best SCBWI chapter in the world. (Hey, you want to brag about your chapter, write your own blog.) One reason Southern Breeze is …

When Lily’s blind dog Lucky runs off across the blueberry fields, Lily panics. She’s terrified that he’ll run into something and get hurt, like a car. But Lucky is saved by Salma Santiago and her peanut butter sandwich. Salma and her family are migrant farm workers who spend the summers …

Rosanne Parry’s latest book Turn of the Tide is an achievement of realistic fiction that’s received starred reviews. The book starts with the historical Tsunami in Japan and follows two cousins (one in Japan and the other in Oregon) as they dealt with the aftermath. The book is not only heart-warming, it’s an exciting adventure. We asked Rosanne about her …

Rodman Philbrick has written an adventure tale that is equal parts amusing, exciting, and frightening. 12-year-old Homer P. Figg is a consummate liar that doesn’t see the point of honesty when lying serves a better purpose. His 17-year old brother Harold has been conscripted into the Union Army in the …

Welcome to the Middle Grade Mafia Blog Party! (Insert confetti here.) We’re asking bloggers/writers to review a middle grade book and link to this post below. Why? Because we LOVE all things Middle Grade and want to share with the reading world some of our favorites. To get things started, …