Tweens

Amazing February Girls Round-Up

February was a month for middle-grade books about amazing girls that do amazing things! They save their families! They go to bat for their friends! They fight for survival! Let’s take a look at some stories your young patrons will love. A witch has come to Brye and she has kidnapped Hans, Greta’s little brother. Greta has to travel to the perilous city of Belladonna to rescue him. It’s going to be a difficult journey, but she’ll stop at nothing to get her brother back. Mabel’s baby sister is plucked from her crib Mabel must brave the jungles of The Forbidden City to get her back! Real and imaginary worlds are colliding in the world of Story. Tuesday sets off with her friends at the request of the Librarian to find the Gardener: the only person who can stop this catastrophe. BONUS MARCH GIRL: Soledad and her sister Ming moved…

Tweens

Middle Grade and Young Adult: Another Author Interview

Back in November, I did an interview with two authors who have written both middle grade and young adult books. It was fascinating to see their different and similar experiences in writing for two audiences.  Today, I’m interviewing Corey Ann Haydu, the YA writer of three books. Her first first middle-grade novel, Rules for Stealing Stars, is in stores today! Books: OCD Love Story (2013), Young Adult Life by Committee (2014), Young Adult Making Pretty (2015), Young Adult Rules for Stealing Stars (2015), Middle Grade ALLY: Are you in a different mindset when writing MG and YA? How do you think differently about your audience? Corey: I’ve found there’s a bit of a mysterious, lovely thing that happens in my brain when I’m writing MG. It opens up a new little pocket of imagination for me that has its own life and really took me by surprise. It’s reflexive– writing MG loosens up my mind…

Tweens

Middle Grade Check-In

Summer reading is in full swing at my library and my tweens are reading furiously. The middle grade (MG) is flying off the shelves!  Here are a few books that my kids cannot get enough of: How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg This one is a follow-up to How They Croaked, which was on the shortlist for the Mississippi Children’s Choice Award last year in the 6-8 category. My kids loved that one, and they must love this one because I haven’t seen hide nor hair of it since it came in. It’s about famous failures and includes stories about Amelia Earhart, Vincent Van Gogh, Ferdinand Magellan, and more. I managed to glance through it between circs and it is hilarious.   The Battle for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi The WondLa trilogy has been popular at my branch since the first book. This…