There are three things that the Middle Grade Mafia loves – books, authors, and celebrations! Today we’re celebrating a member of the Mafia Family – Lisa Lewis Tyre!


Lisa’s debut book, LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS, was selected by the Georgia Center of the Book as a Book All Young Georgians Should Read.

The Georgia Center for the Book is the state affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The lists are compiled annually from nominations received throughout the year by the writers, educators, librarians, media representatives, and individuals who comprise the Georgia Center for the Book Advisory Council.


The GA Center for the Book  announced the winners at a ceremony in historic

Decatur, GA where Lisa was presented with this beautiful  award.


If you haven’t purchased REBELS yet, or if you are looking for a perfect gift for a lover of great MG fiction, now is a perfect time. It just came out in paperback! Click here to buy now!

From Amazon:

Sheila Turnage meets Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn-Dixie in this debut about a small town and a young girl who discovers some old family secrets.

Lou might be only twelve, but she’s never been one to take things sitting down. So when her Civil War-era house is about to be condemned, she’s determined to save it—either by getting it deemed a historic landmark or by finding the stash of gold rumored to be hidden nearby during the war. As Lou digs into the past, her eyes are opened when she finds that her ancestors ran the gamut of slave owners, renegades, thieves and abolitionists. Meanwhile, some incidents in her town show her that many Civil War era prejudices still survive and that the past can keep repeating itself if we let it. Digging into her past shows Lou that it’s never too late to fight injustice, and she starts to see the real value of understanding and exploring her roots.

Join the Mafia Family in sending a big CONGRATULATIONS to Lisa!

To see the complete GA Center for the Book list of selections, click here.

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