Five in Five: Author

Five in Five with author Joyce Moyer Hostetter

TweetGuys, I’m really excited to have Joyce Moyer Hostetter here with me today. It’s been great getting to know her through our #MGGetsReal campaign in which we spotlight important books for middle grade kids dealing with tough issues in their own lives. Joyce is the author of 3 awesome books, Blue, Comfort, and the forthcoming… Continue reading Five in Five with author Joyce Moyer Hostetter

Five in Five: Educator

Five in Five with 6th grade ELA teacher Cheryl Mizerny

Tweet Hey there, Cheryl. It’s so great to have you join me here today and thanks for supporting our #MGGetsReal campaign—spotlighting books with tough topics for real kids. We love educators and appreciate all you do on a daily basis. Keep on rocking in that classroom of yours. Now let’s get started because I’m excited… Continue reading Five in Five with 6th grade ELA teacher Cheryl Mizerny

Five in Five: Author

Five in Five with Shannon Hitchock, author of Ruby Lee and Me

Tweet Hiya, Shannon! I’m so excited to have teamed up with you for the #MGGetsReal campaign—to highlight books with tough topics for “real” kids. I can’t express how important it is for people to be able to find themselves within the pages of a book, especially kids who can be so self-conscious during their pre-teen… Continue reading Five in Five with Shannon Hitchock, author of Ruby Lee and Me

Five in Five: Author

Five in Five with Kathleen Burkinshaw: author of The Last Cherry Blossom

Tweet Hey there, Kathleen! I’m so excited to have teamed up with you for the #MGGetsReal campaign—to highlight books with tough topics for “real” kids. I can’t express how important it is for people to be able to find themselves within the pages of a book, especially kids who can be so self-conscious during those… Continue reading Five in Five with Kathleen Burkinshaw: author of The Last Cherry Blossom

Thoughts about middle grade books

The thing about grief in middle-grade books…

TweetThe Thing about Loss and Middle School Kids… I initially wrote this as a post for the lovely girls over at Bookish Babes. They are fabulous; go visit them often! I’m reposting here as this topic came up in a discussion recently, and I was reminded of the important responsibility we, as middle-grade writers, have.  … Continue reading The thing about grief in middle-grade books…