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So many books, so little time

I thought I’d try something a little different this week. Instead of my usual book review, I thought I’d highlight several books that are on my ever-growing, never-ending to-read list. 186 more words

Musings On Reading

MG Series Recommendation: The Books of Elsewhere by Jacqueline West

I had another YA book ready to review today, but I bumped it because I finished reading the final book in Jacqueline West’s The Books of Elsewhere series last week and I just have to gush about it. 668 more words


Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood is SO MUCH FUN - can we get a series?

Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood, by Varsha Bajaj, (2014, Albert Whitman & Co.) $16.99, ISBN: 978-0807563632

Recommended for ages 9-14

Abby Spencer has been raised by a single mom for all over 13 years, and it’s been fine – until a health scare sends her to her mom, asking questions about her dad. 252 more words

Tween Reads

Pitch Fiesta Update: 15 Writers Matched with Mentors to Prepare for the Event

We’re excited to provide an update on Latin@s in Kid Lit’s first Pitch Fiesta. The deadline for submissions was October 3. We received 21 entries and reduced that number to 15 viable contenders representing middle grade and young adult–realistic, science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, LGBTQ, and Southern Gothic. 458 more words

Latin@ Literature

Still trudging along


It’s been a while but I’m still here. Still writing. Still reading everything I can get my hands on.

After going back to the drawing board with my middle grade novel, I finally hit 100 pages today (approx. 325 more words

Creative Writing

Introduce middle graders to a young Harry Houdini with Magician's Fire

The Magician’s Fire, by Simon Nicholson, (October 2014, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky). $15.99, ISBN: 9781492603320

Recommended for ages 8-12

Young Harry Houdini was a shoeshine kid on the streets of New York long before he captivated audiences with his illusions – but he was always interested in magic. 347 more words


Mystery with a twist

Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff

Another good book, another video book review! For those who prefer to read their reviews, it’s also on Goodreads… 7 more words

Musings On Reading