Book Launch: The Boy, The Boat and the Beast by Samantha M. Clark

Congratulations to Samantha Clark on her gripping debut novel, The Boy, The Boat and the Beast (2018, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster). This is a one-of-a-kind story that skillfully keeps the reader emotionally invested all the way through to the unexpected ending. I asked Samantha about her writing journey. Middle Grade Mafia: Where did you find inspiration for this brave book, The Boy, The Boat and Beast? Samantha Clark: I’m so glad you think this book is [...]

By |2018-06-19T08:23:37-04:00June 26th, 2018|Author Interview, Book Launch|1 Comment

Book Launch: The House That Lou Built by Mae Respicio Koerner

Congratulations to Mae Respicio Koerner on her debut novel, The House that Lou Built, a warm middle grade book perfect for summer reading. What kid wouldn't like a tiny house all their own to escape their hectic family life. Even better, ambitious #stronggirl, Lou is determined to build it herself. We asked Mae about her writing journey.  Middle Grade Mafia: Where did you find inspiration for The House That Lou Built and the diverse cast of characters? I knew [...]

By |2018-06-01T15:07:09-04:00June 14th, 2018|Author Interview, Book Launch|0 Comments

Book Launch: The Memory of Forgotten Things by Kat Zhang

Congratulations to Kat Zhang on her latest middle grade novel, The Memory of Forgotten Things. Like many middle grade books, the story starts off with a parent dying, but she explores the topic in such an uplifting way. The characters unique situation ignites the reader's curiosity and Kat Zhang masterfully keeps this going throughout the book and she tops it off with a satisfying ending. I won't give any more away because it's a must read.   [...]

By |2018-05-14T08:58:43-04:00May 15th, 2018|Book Launch|1 Comment

Book Launch: Boy Bites Bug by Rebecca Petruck

Congratulations to mafia friend, Rebecca Petruck, on the launch of her new middle grade novel, Boy Bites Bug. There is no doubt Rebecca totally gets middle grade characters, voice and humor. We asked her about her writing journey. Middle Grade Mafia: What was the inspiration for Boy Bites Bug? National Geographic wrote an article about a United Nations report urging people to eat bugs, then suggested “8 popular bugs to try.” I’ve always liked insects (except for [...]

By |2020-04-09T22:19:36-04:00May 8th, 2018|Book Launch, Mo Reading|3 Comments

Book Launch: Lou Lou and Pea and the Bicentennial Bonanza by Jill Diamond

Happy book birthday to Jill Diamond for her latest middle grade novel, Lou Lou and Pea and the Bicentennial Bonanza. We asked Jill about her path to publishing. Middle Grade Mafia: Where did you find inspiration for Lou Lou and Pea and the Bicentennial Bonanza and the diverse cast of characters? Jill Diamond: Lou Lou and Pea's community of El Corazón is based on the Mission District in San Francisco. I have lived in or near the [...]

By |2020-04-09T22:19:51-04:00April 24th, 2018|Book Launch, Mo Reading|1 Comment

Book Launch: Every Shiny Thing by Laurie Morrison and Cordelia Jensen

Happy book birthday to Laurie Morrison and Cordelia Jensen on their middle grade novel, Every Shiny Thing.  Their book, written from two perspectives, half in verse and half in prose, has already received wonderful reviews. We asked them about their writing journey. Middle Grade Mafia: Where did you find inspiration for Every Shiny Thing? We both drew inspiration from our work with kids. After working as a counselor for many years, Cordelia was inspired by kids’ [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:46:35-04:00April 17th, 2018|Book Launch|1 Comment

Book Launch: The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet

Happy book birthday to Anne Nesbet and her middle grade historical fiction, The Orphan Band of Springdale (Candlewick, 2018). We asked Anne about her writing journey. Middle Grade Mafia: What was the inspiration for The Orphan Band of Springdale? Anne Nesbet: My mother's extended family all come from a small town in rural Maine, and we would go back there in the summer and camp on the farm. And whenever we drove down one particular [...]

By |2018-04-10T08:43:19-04:00April 10th, 2018|Author Interview, Book Launch|1 Comment

MG Book Launch: Legends of the Lost Causes by Brad McMelland & Louis Sylvester

Legends of the Lost Causes marks the thrilling start to an action-packed middle grade series by debut authors Brad McLelland and Louis Sylvester. A band of orphan avengers. A cursed stone. A horde of zombie outlaws. This is Keech Blackwood’s new life after Bad Whiskey Nelson descends upon the Home for Lost Causes and burns it to the ground. With his home destroyed and his family lost, Keech will have to use the lessons he [...]

By |2018-02-13T14:05:19-05:00February 20th, 2018|Book Launch|0 Comments

4-1-1 about Lisa Lewis Tyre’s Book Launch

Happy book birthday to Middle Grade Mafia member, Lisa Lewis Tyre. Her second novel, Hope in the Holler, has already received outstanding reviews. “Wavie has a delightfully memorable first-person voice that includes pithy observations. . . . She’s so engaged with the people around her that her perceptions breathe full life into a range of characters. . . . A moving and richly engaging tale of despair and redemption.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review. MGM: What was the [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:47:26-04:00January 9th, 2018|Book Launch|0 Comments

Happy Book Birthday- Oddity by Sarah Cannon!

We love Book Birthdays here at the Mafia. Having your book on sale is sometimes surreal, often nerve-wracking and always exciting! We are celebrating in style, eating cake and throwing punchbowls, because today is the official release of ODDITY, by Sarah Cannon! The Book: That cover is giving me life! Are those zombie rabbits?? Right away I want to know more and I can imagine a lot of kids loving this. The Blurb:  Join a tough [...]

By |2017-11-27T16:13:04-05:00November 28th, 2017|Book Launch|2 Comments
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