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: Books that Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

September is Hispanic Heritage Month. Our picks this month celebrate this rich culture. Enjoy!   Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina: A sometimes heartbreaking, but mostly heart-warming story about Merci as she weaves in and out of her school life and her home life, facing difficulties in both. It’s especially challenging for her to understand and accept the mental decline of her beloved grandfather, Lolo, due to Alzheimers. It [...]

By |2021-09-17T13:04:04-04:00September 17th, 2021|Mojo Picks|0 Comments

Mojo Picks: Prize Winners

This month's Mojo picks feature middle-grade prize-winning books. Enjoy! New Kid by Jerry Craft, was the winner of the 2020 Newberry Medal, which was the first time a graphic novel won. Jerry’s story is about Jordan Banks, an artsy middle grader who wanted to go to an art school. Instead, his parents enroll him in an expensive private school because he has been given a scholarship. Not only is he one of the “scholarship kids," but [...]

By |2021-08-15T19:41:20-04:00August 15th, 2021|Mojo Picks|0 Comments

Mojo Picks: Books that Celebrate America

Enjoy our July mojo picks—middle-grade books that celebrate America. Capture the Flag by Kate Messner:  Capture the Flag celebrates the American flag and is a fun mixture of fact and fiction. Anna, José, and Henry have never met, but they have more in common than they realize. Snowed in together at a chaotic Washington, DC, airport, they encounter a mysterious tattooed man, a flamboyant politician, and a rambunctious poodle named for an ancient king. Even [...]

By |2021-07-14T21:58:52-04:00July 15th, 2021|Mojo Picks, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mojo Picks: MG Historical Fiction

Enjoy this month's Mojo picks---middle-grade historical fiction. Chains (The Seeds of American Trilogy) by Laurie Halse Anderson: As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. [...]

By |2021-06-21T13:21:20-04:00June 21st, 2021|Mojo Picks|0 Comments

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
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