Sherry

About Sherry Ellis

Sherry Ellis is an award-winning author and professional musician who plays and teaches the violin, viola, and piano. When she is not writing or engaged in musical activities, she can be found doing household chores, hiking, or exploring the world. Ellis has previously published Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China, Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure, Don't Feed the Elephant, Ten Zany Birds, That Mama is a Grouch, and That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN. Ellis lives in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information about her work, she invites you to visit her website at www.sherryellis.org.

Mojo Picks: STEAM

Our Mojo picks this month feature STEAM books:  books that celebrate science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The Secret Notebook by Debbie DAurilieo:  Riley Green is a twelve-year-old student at an elite school in Washington DC. She loves inventing things and doing detective work. When her teacher's classroom gets ransacked, and a death message is left on the board, Riley has to put her super-sleuthing skills to work. Why was the inventor, Nikola Tesla's notebook [...]

By |2021-05-13T14:10:25-04:00May 13th, 2021|Mo Reading|0 Comments

Mojo Picks: Travel to Fantasy Worlds

This month our Mojo picks feature stories that travel to fantasy worlds. Unleash your inner child and check out these great reads:   Extraordinary Sam and the Adventurers' Guild by Kevin Springer:  Sam is an ordinary boy with an ordinary life. Or so he thinks. When he goes into an old barn and finds a hatbox, all that changes. He is transported into another place where he has to battle pirates, tribal warriors, spiders, and [...]

By |2021-04-06T18:04:00-04:00April 7th, 2021|Mo Reading|0 Comments

Mojo Picks: Biographies

Our March Mojo Picks are biographies. Here they are:   Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. This is an eye-opening narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington's runaway slave, who risked everything for freedom. -SE Buy               Undefeated by Steve Sheinkin. There are three stories in this book. There's the biography of one of America's greatest athletes, Jim Thorpe. There's the story of the Carlisle Indian School; another [...]

By |2021-03-09T08:21:57-05:00March 9th, 2021|Mo Reading, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mojo Picks: Books that Celebrate Equality

February celebrates Black History. In honor of this, we have selected books that celebrate equality. Here are our selections: The Stars Beneath our Feet by David Barclay Moore.  It’s Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and his mom aren’t celebrating. They’re still reeling from his older brother’s death in a gang-related shooting just a few months earlier. Then Lolly’s mother’s girlfriend brings him a gift that will change everything: two enormous bags filled [...]

By |2021-02-05T14:29:06-05:00February 5th, 2021|Mo Reading, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mojo Picks: Around the World

This month, we are featuring middle-grade books about different cultures and countries around the world. Here are our selections:   The Golden Orchard by Flora Ahn and performed by Kathleen Choe is a totally unique inter-generational time/travel for middle-grade readers that is full of Korean food and culture. It is hands down one of the best time-travel stories ever. LSB Buy Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure by Sherry Ellis: This second book in the Bubba [...]

By |2021-01-07T13:12:01-05:00January 7th, 2021|Mo Reading|0 Comments

Mojo Picks: Middle-Grade Holiday Stories

With the holidays quickly approaching, we decided to share our favorite middle-grade books that celebrate this festive season.  Greenglass House by Kate Milford: It's Christmas at Greenglass House, and the hilltop hotel is snowbound. In spite of the snow, some very strange guests arrive. Each has a secret connected to the house and is very dangerous. Full of mystery, it is a magical Christmas story. -SE Buy         Winterfrost by Michelle Houts: [...]

By |2020-12-02T13:45:28-05:00December 3rd, 2020|Mo Reading, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mojo Picks: Books that Inspire Gratitude and Kindness

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we decided to feature our favorite middle-grade books that inspire gratitude and kindness. Here's our list:   Hope in the Holler by Lisa Lewis Tyre:  Right before Wavie's mom died, she gave Waivie a list of instructions to help her move on. When Waivie is forced to live with her dastardly aunt in Conley Hollow, she finds beauty in the mountains and makes friends with friendly, kind-hearted souls. Together [...]

By |2020-11-04T10:26:45-05:00November 3rd, 2020|Mo Reading|0 Comments

The Benefits of a Critique Group and How to Find One

Writing is a solitary occupation. Many hours are spent listening to characters speak in your mind, choosing the right words, and analyzing everything that goes down on paper or a Word document. A critique group is a group of writers who can make the job a little less lonely and help you polish your manuscript. Being part of one provides a network of people who understand the world of a writer. Their experiences, knowledge, and [...]

By |2020-10-27T09:38:22-04:00October 27th, 2020|Mo Writing|0 Comments

Happy Book Birthday to Cinders and Sparrows by Stefan Bachmann

About the Book: When Zita Bridgeborn, a twelve-year-old orphan, receives a letter from a scarecrow informing her that she is the sole heir to Blackbird Castle, the residence of a prominent family of witches, her world is turned upside down. Little does she know of the treachery that awaits her behind the walls of the cursed castle. Will she prevent the evil Magdeboor from coming back from the dead and bringing more wretched souls with [...]

By |2020-10-13T07:52:41-04:00October 13th, 2020|Book Launch, Mo Reading|0 Comments

Ten Tips to Become a Better Writer

Most authors do not begin as excellent writers. It's a life-long process. Here are some tips to help you improve: Writing takes practice. To get in the habit of doing it, follow tips one and two: Find your writing space. Have a comfortable space without distractions that’s conducive to writing. Create a writing ritual. Set aside a specific time each day or week that is used only for writing.  Learn from others. Tips 3 through [...]

By |2020-09-02T08:05:28-04:00September 2nd, 2020|Mo Learning|0 Comments