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Mo Happening: Super Puzzletastic Roundtable

On Friday, May 29th at 4:00 p.m. EDT, you can watch a Facebook live roundtable discussion hosted by Nora McFarland and Chris Grabenstein with guest authors Lauren Magaziner and Lamar Giles as they discuss Super Puzzletastic Mysteries: Short Stories for Young Sleuths from Mystery Writers of America. The authors will be discussing their methods for writing mysteries and what they enjoy about writing for middle grade readers. These twenty short mysteries are sure to test [...]

By |2020-05-26T14:04:00-04:00May 28th, 2020|Mo Happening|0 Comments

Newbery Medal Winners!

Every year about this time, the American Library Association (ALA.org) announces the winners of a their awards for literature for young people. Since we’re the Middle Grade Mojo, we consider the most important award the Newbery medal. The winner of the 2020 Newbery Medal is… Jerry Craft for “New Kid”. This is the first time a graphic novel has won! Jerry’s story about Jordan Banks, an artsy middle grader who wanted to go to an [...]

By |2020-04-22T12:38:05-04:00January 28th, 2020|Mo Happening|0 Comments

The Bertie – A Writing Contest for Middle Schoolers

Did you know that Mojo Member, Lisa Lewis Tyre, holds a writing contest for middle-school students? It's true! And the best part, besides the encouraging young people to write and the prize money, is that the Middle-Grade Mojo gets to judge! Here's the 411 - THE BERTIE A Short Story Contest for students ages 10 – 13* (*The contest will be split into two categories based on age - 10/11 and 12/13!) Entries accepted January [...]

By |2020-04-11T12:10:15-04:00January 18th, 2020|Mo Happening|0 Comments

Happy New Name, New Site, New Year!

Happy New Year! As you can see, we're celebrating in style with a new name and a new look. Why the change? Although we had a lot of fun with the Mafia theme over the past few years - it does have a certain "negative" connotation. Since we're all about encouragement here at MGM, we thought it was time for a glam-up. Who is ready for a fresh shot of Middle-Grade Mojo?? We're excited to [...]

By |2020-04-09T22:17:13-04:00January 1st, 2020|Mo Happening|2 Comments

Free Books for Summer Reading

         "Regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic level or previous achievement, children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer."                                                                     [...]

By |2020-04-09T22:19:23-04:00May 25th, 2018|Mo Happening|1 Comment

Mafia Reading Goals, 2017

Ask any author and they'll tell you the same thing - to be a good writer, you need to READ. Believe it or not, as much as the Mafia loves to read, we still have to be deliberate in making time for it. I polled the family to ask for their 2017 Reading Goals. Ours are below. Add yours in the comments and we'll check back in a few months to see where we are! [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:40:01-04:00January 5th, 2017|Mo Happening|0 Comments

MG News Alert: Mafia Member Wins Award!

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 [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:38:49-04:00September 19th, 2016|Mo Happening|0 Comments

SCBWI Conference Highlight: Mining Your Past

Guest Post by Lynn Coulter The regional SCBWI conferences are known for providing attendees with an opportunity to meet and learn from other amazing authors, agents, and editors. This year’s Southern Breeze SpringMingle lived up to the reputation. The writer’s intensive was led by the talented Meg Medina. Her session focused on how authors can tap into their own past to create strong characters and rich stories. The exercises were aimed at having each person dig [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:51:23-04:00May 8th, 2015|Mo Happening|0 Comments

The Business of Books – The Success Story of an Indie Bookstore

  FoxTale Book Shoppe is celebrating eight years in business and is often compared to the Shop Around the Corner from “You’ve Got Mail. The store is the brain child of three ladies, Ellen Ward, Karen Schwettman and Jackie Tanase. They’ve managed to develop a strategy for success in an increasingly competitive marketplace. I recently spoke with Ellen who provided some insight into the success of their shop in historic Woodstock, Georgia. Middle Grade Mafia: Each [...]

By |2020-04-09T22:06:32-04:00March 11th, 2015|Mo Happening, Mo Writing|0 Comments