Category Archives: Middle Grade

Monday Book Review: Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy by Susan Vaught

Every year I try to read the Edgar Award nominees for juvenile and young adult fiction before the winners are announced. Due to time constraints with the doctorate program, I completely failed this year. However, I did manage to read … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: The Sign of The Carved Cross by Lisa Hendey

The Sign of the Carved Cross is the second book in the Chime Travelers series. I suppose I really should have read the first book in the series before diving into book 2, but luckily, Lisa Hendey fills in enough … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal for Seven Riddles to Nowhere!

I’m so excited to share with you the cover for Seven Riddles to Nowhere! What do you think? Tell me in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts. 7 riddles. 1 fortune. Way too many competitors. All seventh … Continue reading

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Behind-the-scenes of one of my settings!

Last weekend, I went out and did some photo shoots of some of the Chicagoland locations used in my upcoming middle grade mystery Seven Riddles to Nowhere. In this video, I take you behind the scenes of the Chicago suburban … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

A couple years ago, I posted one of my Monday Book Reviews on Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. The book first came to my attention because it was reviewed in a newsletter by a bookseller who had (in that same issue) … Continue reading

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Win a FREE author visit to your classroom!

To celebrate Angelhood winning a 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Award, I’m giving away one free author visit to a classroom in the Chicago area. Details and entry form are here. But hurry! Contest is only open until November 15, 2015! … Continue reading

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8 Books to Engage Your Middle School Student this School Year

As an author and middle school English teacher, I get a lot of requests from parents about what books I might recommend to their children. Since the school I teach at started early this year, I’ve already been listening to … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

One of my favorite things to read is a middle grade mystery with puzzles that the reader can play along with, and Chris Grabenstein delivers just such a treat in his Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. (And seeing how I’ve … Continue reading

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Spin Cycle: Summer Reading List

This week on the Spin Cycle, Ginny Marie is asking for our summer reading lists. Here are a few things on my Kindle app that I’m hoping to get read this summer.   1. Capturing Today by Jess Evander–I read … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: Saving Kabul Corner by N.H. Senzai

Here’s the second in my reviews of juvenile mysteries for these year’s Edgar nominees! Title: Saving Kabul Corner Author: N.H. Senzai Genre: mystery Age group: middle grade Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Ariana is a bit perturbed that her perfect cousin Laila, who … Continue reading

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