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Class Act by Jerry Craft

As the follow-up to the award winning New  Kid, Class Act by author Jerry Craft is another must read. It delivers a powerful message for children (and adults) to absorb, especially in a time where there is a lot of attention being focused on social justice and equality. Craft is able to present the internal and external conversations that capture how different, and yet similar, we all are. Though this is a story focused on [...]

By |2020-09-21T15:05:54-04:00October 7th, 2020|Book Launch, Book Review, Mo Reading|0 Comments

Happy Book Birthday to The Mutant Mushroom Takeover by Summer Rachel Short

About the Book: Stranger Things meets The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl in this lightly spooky debut about Maggie, an aspiring young naturalist, and her YouTuber best friend, Nate, who use their smarts and science to solve the mystery behind a mutant fungus that’s threatening the town. Ever since Magnolia Stone’s scientist dad left Shady Pines to find a new job, Maggie’s been stuck in her gramma’s mobile home with her grumpy older brother, Ezra. Now she’s on a mission to [...]

By |2020-09-22T11:40:59-04:00September 22nd, 2020|Book Launch|0 Comments

Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd

There are flying horses need I say more? Over the Moon is another richly imagined Natalie Lloyd tale full of heart and magic. It reminds us that the future is not set. It is what you make of it. Twelve year-old Mallie lives in the town of Coal Top where the wealthy live in mansions and the rest work in the mine or slave as maids. It wasn’t always this way. There are stories of [...]

By |2020-04-22T12:47:45-04:00June 13th, 2019|Book Review, Mo Reading|0 Comments

Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse by K.J. Kruk

About the Book:  Who hasn't dreamed of going to the moon? That dream for eleven-year-old Leo Gray is about to come true—but he’s in for the surprise of his life!  In the year 2113, most people live in robotically maintained homes, ride around in self-flying cars, and wear ozone-resistant clothes. Most people that is; just not Leo Gray’s parents. They’re stuck in the past, and science know-it-all Leo is completely fed up with his beyond-embarrassing living arrangement with [...]

By |2020-04-22T12:49:05-04:00March 22nd, 2019|Book Launch|0 Comments

4-1-1 with Natalie Rompella

Author Natalie Rompella has a new middle-grade novel, COOKIE CUTTERS & SLED DOGS, we got the 4-1-1. (Four questions we ask every author, one Mafia's choice, and one photo.) FOUR What was the inspiration for this book? My love of sled dog racing. And baking. What is your writing process? (Do you write every day? A certain number of pages? etc…) I write almost 365 a year. It is rare I don’t write anything. For freelance [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:47:33-04:00December 20th, 2017|Author Interview|0 Comments

Making Your Setting a Power Player

We're excited to bring you a guest post by the fabulous Christina Farley! Christina is the author of the bestselling Gilded series and THE PRINCESS AND THE PAGE. Prior to that, she worked as an international teacher and at a top-secret job for Disney where she was known to scatter pixie dust before the sun rose. Take it away, Christina! The setting of your story is one of the power players in your novel. It [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:54:45-04:00December 18th, 2017|Mo Writing|0 Comments

4-1-1 With Kathryn Erskine

The Mafia 4-1-1 is where we ask authors the same 4 questions, an additional 1 specific to their book, and for 1 fun photo. Today we welcome Kathryn Erskine, the acclaimed author of many distinguished novels for young readers, including MOCKINGBIRD, winner of the National Book Award; THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF MIKE, an Amazon Best Book and ALA Notable Book; and QUAKING, an ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Her latest book, The Incredible [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:47:51-04:00December 11th, 2017|Author Interview|1 Comment

On Writing: Taking a Different Perspective on P.O.V

Our visiting author is Julie Leung, author of the Mice of the Round Table series. Her latest release, Voyage to Avalon, hit the shelves on October 3rd. Julie LEUNG was raised in the sleepy suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, though it may be more accurate to say she grew up in Oz and came of age in Middle-earth. She works in book publishing as a digital marketer. In her free time, she enjoys furtively sniffing books [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:55:06-04:00October 24th, 2017|Mo Writing|0 Comments

The Write Tip: The Upside of Falling Down with Sally Pla

Guest post by author Sally Pla One sunny day last spring, all deep blue sky and tweeting birds, I was happily walking to my son’s graduation picnic. I was falling behind my group, so I started jogging down the little hill. I pulled out my phone, to check the time, and thus distracted, stumbled into an eight-inch-deep hole in the sidewalk. My foot stuck in it, while the rest of me kept flying forward. I [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:59:33-04:00February 2nd, 2017|Mo Writing|1 Comment

MG Book Launch: Spy on History

About the Book Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring introduces an exciting interactive series for middle grade readers—Spy on History, where the reader gets to experience history in a whole new way. Meet Mary Bowser, an African American spy who was able to infiltrate the Confederate leadership at the highest level. Enigma Alberti dramatizes Mary Bowser’s suspenseful story—how she pretended to be illiterate, how she masterfully evaded detection, how she used her photographic [...]

By |2017-01-29T11:54:45-05:00February 1st, 2017|Book Launch|0 Comments