Author Interview

MG Book Launch: THE STARS OF WHISTLING RIDGE by Cindy Baldwin

THE STARS OF WHISTLING RIDGE launches today June 15! It’s a heart-warming fantasy that’s perfect for fans of Corey Ann Haydu and Natalie Lloyd. I asked Cindy about her writing adventure. What was your inspiration for writing this story?  There were a couple of things that inspired The Stars of Whistling Ridge. The first (hilariously enough!) was my phone's autocorrect feature. A few years ago, I was trying to Google [...]

By |2021-05-20T08:56:16-04:00June 15th, 2021|Author Interview, Book Launch, Mo Reading|0 Comments

MG Book Launch: CLIQUE HERE by Anna Staniszewski

CLIQUE HERE launches today from Scholastic with rave reviews! It’s about a girl who uses science to become popular at her new middle school to avoid being bullied. I asked Anna about her writing adventure. What was your inspiration for writing?  I was very shy and awkward when I was in middle school, and I spent a lot of time wishing I had a magic formula that would make me [...]

By |2021-05-20T08:55:34-04:00June 1st, 2021|Author Interview, Book Launch, Mo Reading|0 Comments

NEW MG Book: Thornwood by Leah Cypess

Recently released, Thornwood by Leah Cypess has received rave reviews! It's a fun, mysterious, and touching twist on the classic story of Sleeping Beauty. The middle-grade voice and characters are authentic and the dialog is spot on. I really enjoyed this book and asked Leah a little about her writing journey. What was your inspiration for *Thornwood*? Thornwood had two main inspirations. The first was the main character, Briony, whose voice just popped into my head [...]

By |2021-05-18T08:19:12-04:00May 19th, 2021|Author Interview, Book Launch, Mo Reading|0 Comments

MG Book Launch: Nightingale by Deva Fagan

Recently released, Nightingale by Deva Fagan, has launched with rave reviews! It's a middle grade fantasy with many layers, including a diverse group of friends, fighting for social equality, and being one's own hero in a way that is enlightening and inspiring. I asked Deva about her own writing adventure. What was your favorite part about writing the book? One of the things I do often when building a fantasy world is to start with something [...]

By |2021-05-12T08:59:58-04:00May 13th, 2021|Author Interview, Book Launch, Mo Reading|0 Comments

NEW MG Book: River Magic by Ellen Booraem

Congratulations to Ellen Booraem and her recently released middle-grade novel, River Magic. This book is a wonderful mix of real-life challenges, friendship, adventure, and a little bit of magic thrown in. I asked Ellen about her own writing adventure.   BUY HERE What was your inspiration for River Magic? I volunteer as a middle-school writing coach in my local elementary school. Several years ago a couple of seventh graders wrote companion stories about dragons. [...]

By |2021-05-07T07:50:11-04:00May 11th, 2021|Author Interview, Book Launch|1 Comment

Interview with Erin Entrada Kelly about her newest book!

Erin Entrada Kelly was recently awarded a Newbery Honor for We Dream of Space and she won the Newberry Medal in 2018 with Hello, Universe. Middle Grade Mojo was honored to get to chat with her new early middle grade novel Maybe, Maybe, Marisol Rainey which released on May 4th. Middle Grade Mojo: In Maybe, Maybe, Marisol Rainey we meet the wonderfully imaginative, yet fearful, 8-year-old Marisol. You have said Marisol is a lot like [...]

By |2021-04-27T16:52:18-04:00May 6th, 2021|Author Interview, Mo Writing|0 Comments

Interview with Aileen Weintraub, author of We Got Game

We’re so excited to talk to Aileen Weintraub, the author of more than 50 books for children. Her newest book, We Got Game: 35 Female Athletes Who Changed the World releases on May 4th. Middle Grade Mojo: You’ve written many other nonfiction books for kids with a wide range of topics from rocks and minerals to a knock-knock joke book to a book about the band Kiss. Why did you decide you wanted to write [...]

By |2021-04-27T10:17:54-04:00April 27th, 2021|Author Interview, Mo Writing|0 Comments

Mo Reading: The Magic in Changing Your Stars by Leah Henderson

I'm so excited to interview Leah Henderson about her middle-grade novel, The Magic in Changing Your Stars, a story about a boy named, Ailey Benjamin Lane, who wants to be a star in the school production of The Wiz. But when he messes up the audition, he's ready to give-up dancing altogether. Then his grandfather tells him a secret story about his youth and where he can find his special tap shoes. Ailey puts on the shoes [...]

By |2020-12-17T08:43:48-05:00December 17th, 2020|Author Interview, Book Review, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Eleanor, Alice and the Roosevelt Ghosts by Dianne Salerni

Happy book birthday to Dianne Salerni and her new supernatural middle-grade novel, Eleanor, Alice and the Roosevelt Ghosts! We asked Dianne about her latest novel. Middle Grade Mojo: I love the description of your middle-grade novel as putting “a supernatural spin on alternate history"? What inspired you to create this alternate universe for 13-year-old Eleanor Roosevelt? Dianne Salerni: The alternate universe came first. I had an idea for an alternate reality where ghosts were real and so [...]

By |2020-09-01T08:22:38-04:00September 1st, 2020|Author Interview, Book Launch|0 Comments

An Interview with Author Christine Virnig

MGM is excited about a new humorous non-fiction book Dung for Dinner that is coming on July 21, 2020. We asked Christine Virnig about her inspiration for this tasteless topic and for her favorite poop jokes. Middle Grade Mojo: You’re a pediatric allergist (physician specializing in allergies and asthma in children). That seems like it would be a full-time career. What inspired you to become a children’s book author as well? Christine Virnig: I’ve actually [...]

By |2020-07-16T12:07:21-04:00July 16th, 2020|Author Interview, Mo Reading|0 Comments