Author Interview

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

An Interview with Author, Janae Marks

Today, we are thrilled to talk to Janae Marks from her desk in which she wrote From the Desk of Zoe Washington. We asked her about her writing journey and plans for the future. Janae has the mojo mic. Middle Grade Mojo: From the Desk of Zoe Washington, has been praised for handling the difficult topic of a parent being incarcerated. School Library Journal said it best. “A smart, necessary, and hopeful middle grade debut [...]

By |2020-06-24T16:18:32-04:00June 30th, 2020|Author Interview, Mo Reading|0 Comments

The Wonder of Wildflowers by Anna Staniszewski

We’re excited to feature Anna Staniszewski and her latest novel, The Wonder of Wildflowers in today’s Mo-books!   Middle Grade Mojo: Where did you get the inspiration for this story?The Wonder of Wildflowers is by far the most personal project I’ve worked on. It’s about a young girl who is an immigrant in a country that’s closed itself off from the rest of the world in order to protect its most valuable resource, a magical liquid called Amber. [...]

By |2020-05-05T16:08:59-04:00April 9th, 2020|Author Interview, Mo Reading|0 Comments

Josie Bloom and the Emergency of Life by Susan Hill Long

Just launched in January, Josie Booom and the Emergency of Life by Susan Hill Long, tackles tough topics in a hilarious and heart-warming story that will resonate with kids. We asked Josie about her writing journey. Middle Grade Mojo: It’s a scary feeling for anyone to have to care for an elder with dementia. I can’t imagine how scary it must be for kids, when an older adult is behaving in bizarre and unpredictable ways. [...]

By |2020-05-05T16:12:01-04:00April 7th, 2020|Author Interview, Mo Reading|0 Comments

The Queen Bee and Me by Gillian McDunn

We're excited to feature award winning author of Catepillar Summer, Gillian McDunn and her latest novel, The Queen Bee and Me in today's Mo-books! In this book, Gillian weaves together a nuanced story about friendship. She combines interesting facts about bees along with authentic voice and heart-warming characters. Middle Grade Mojo: What was your inspiration for the story? Are their many similarities to your own life?  Gillian McDunn: Friendships are so important! I would not be [...]

By |2020-05-05T16:14:48-04:00March 31st, 2020|Author Interview, Book Launch|0 Comments

Mo-Writing with Zanib Mian author of Planet Omar

Just released, Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet is the first graphic novel with a Muslim main character. The story captures Omar's zanny imagination and the funny family dynamics that everyone can relate to. We talked with author Zanib Mian about her unique concept and what inspired her to create it. Middle Grade Mojo: Beyond the description of children ages 8 to 12, who do you hope reads Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet? And, what would [...]

By |2020-02-06T14:45:01-05:00February 12th, 2020|Author Interview|0 Comments

The Writer’s Block: An Interview with Kamilla Benko

Last year, we had the privilege to interview Kamilla Benko, author of The Unicorn Quest series. We are happy to have Kamilla back on the blog in front of her upcoming release of the latest in the saga, THE UNICORN QUEST: SECRET IN THE STONE. She also has a wonderful news of another project, but you'll have to read on to get the scoop! Middle Grade Mafia: What's something you absolutely knew would be in [...]

By |2019-02-20T11:34:43-05:00February 24th, 2019|Author Interview|0 Comments

The Writer’s Block: An Interview with Jerry Craft

A few months ago, I was lucky enough to get a copy of New Kid by Jerry Craft. Before I had a chance to read it, my 11 year-old grabbed it and finished it quickly. He insisted I put the book at the top of my list and it didn’t disappoint. Craft does a great job balancing humor and deeper emotions while telling a very relateable story. The greatest thing is that Jerry agreed to an [...]

By |2019-02-04T21:16:21-05:00February 6th, 2019|Author Interview|0 Comments