New MG Release! Daybreak on Raven Island by Fleur Bradley

Congratulations to Fleur Bradley on the release of her latest middle grade novel, Daybreak on Raven Island, a wonderfully spooky book that is accessible to younger readers. Three seventh-grade students, Tori, Marvin, and Noah, are on a school field trip to a long abandoned prison island (inspired by Alcatraz). They're the first class to be allowed to tour the facility so you'd think they would be excited, but they have other things on their minds. Tori would [...]

By |2022-08-21T14:00:28-04:00August 23rd, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

MG Summer Reading: 5 Fun Cinderella Retellings

Who can resist a fun retelling of a classic fairytale? Having some knowledge of the backstory allows the reader to get invested in the story quickly. Today's guest post is a fairytale specialist—Leah Cypess is the author of the SISTERS EVER AFTER series and shares some of her favorite retellings of Cinderella. Leah Cypess: While writing GLASS SLIPPERS, I avoided reading other retellings of Cinderella. But now that GLASS SLIPPERS is out in the world, [...]

By |2022-07-13T16:02:00-04:00June 28th, 2022|Mo Reading, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Middle Grade Manuscript Wishlists You May Have Missed!

Are you pre-published authors keeping an eye on Twitter for the latest middle-grade #MSWL tweets? No worries; we've got you covered! Here are a few from the last few weeks. To learn more about Kelly and her wish list, click here. Sound like a fit for you? Learn more here. Got something weird and lovable? Click here! As usual, do your research, send the agent exactly what they are looking for in terms of pages, [...]

By |2022-06-20T12:04:18-04:00June 20th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

All About Book Trailers

A book trailer is an engaging marketing tool that brings your book to life in a unique visual experience. It's basically a 30-90 second video that explains the narrative arc of your story. Why have one? First, video is a popular way of marketing. People like quick entertainment and information. Video provides both. Second, they are easy to share. They can be shared from YouTube across multiple social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. When [...]

By |2022-03-16T10:45:15-04:00March 16th, 2022|Mo Learning, Mo Videos, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Graphic Novel Launch: WINGBEARER by Marjorie Liu & Teny Aida Issakhanian

Congratulations on the launch of the middle grade graphic novel, Wingbearer. The author, Marjorie Liu, is a best-selling novelist and comic book writer known for her work at Marvel, including Black Widow, Han Solo, Astonishing X-Men, and more. The story stars a female protagonist of color who finds strength in fighting for her friends and doing what's right. The artwork brings the story to life with amazing depth and color worthy of framing. Zuli is a [...]

By |2022-01-11T11:28:59-05:00March 1st, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mojo Books: The Mermaid Queen by Alane Adams

Happy Book Birthday to The Mermaid Queen, the fourth book in the Witches of Orkney series by Alane Adams. With the backdrop of Norse Mythology, returning characters, Abigail and Hugo, encounter more trouble at the Tarkana Witch Academy. Abigail has just helped restore peace in Orkney when she learns that Capricorn, the mermaid queen, has released the Midgard Serpent named Jormungand (love that name) from its underwater prison and is using its powers to threaten Odin to [...]

By |2021-10-13T14:45:04-04:00October 12th, 2021|Uncategorized|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: 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

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
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