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

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

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

4-1-1: An Interview with Author Jake Burt

I recently reviewed Jake Burt’s debut novel GREETINGS FROM WITNESS PROTECTION! I especially loved the blend of humor with the life-threatening suspense as 13-year-old Nicki Demere handles a professional hitman with the same sarcastic, streetwise way as she does the bullies at her middle school. I wanted to read more of Jake’s books so I checked out his website www.jburtbooks.com and learned that his second novel THE RIGHT HOOK OF DEVIN VELMA will be out on September 4th, 2018. [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:46:03-04:00July 25th, 2018|Author Interview|1 Comment

4-1-1 with Shelly Brown

Authors Shelly Brown and Chad Morris have a new middle-grade novel out called MUSTACHES FOR MADDIE and we got the 4-1-1 from Shelly! (Four questions we ask every author, one Mafia’s choice, and one photo.) FOUR Shelly, what was the inspiration for this book?  This book was inspired by the true story of our daughter who has an inexplicable love of mustaches, eats too many potatoes, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor in elementary school. We [...]

By |2020-04-09T22:20:08-04:00February 8th, 2018|Mo Reading|0 Comments

The Writer’s Block: An Interview with Kami Kinard

Kami Kinard’s The Boy Project: Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister was re-released in paperback in July 2016. Middle Grade Mafia is excited to talk to Kami about her publishing experience and learn more about Kara McAllister’s quest for a boyfriend.  Kami is graciously offering to give away a free copy of The Boy Project. Stay tuned to Middle Grade Mafia for contest details. Middle Grade Mafia: It’s been four years since we first saw The Boy Project. [...]

By |2016-10-30T18:27:52-04:00October 10th, 2016|Author Interview|10 Comments

The Writer’s Block – An Interview with Halley Bondy

Today’s interview is with Halley Bondy, author of Speak Up! A Guide to Having Your Say and Speaking Your Mind. The blurb: Middle school is a tough time for nearly everyone, but it can be especially hard on girls. Between social and cultural pressures, academic challenges, family dynamics, changing hormones, and a growing awareness of the world around them, middle school girls often end up feeling voiceless and powerless. They can struggle with speaking in class, [...]

By |2016-04-27T11:41:56-04:00April 18th, 2016|Author Interview|0 Comments
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