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

MG Book Review: The Someday Birds by Sally Pla

"My hands aren't really clean until I've washed them twelve times, one for each year of my life." From this first line, I knew I was hooked on The Someday Birds. Debut author, Sally Pla, does an amazing job of taking the reader in on an emotional road trip. Twelve year old Charlie is one of those characters that you can't help but root for. His idiosyncrasies are a part of his life, but his kind [...]

By |2017-01-25T15:57:39-05:00January 24th, 2017|Book Launch, Book Review|0 Comments

The Writer’s Block: An Interview with Erin Petti

Recently, we had the opportunity to review Erin Petti’s amazing middle-grade novel The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee (September 2016, Mighty Media Press). Today, we are honored to have her joining us on The Writer’s Block. Middle Grade Mafia: Can you tell us how you decided to become a writer and what your path to published author was like? Erin Petti: Thank you so much for having me on the blog! I’ve loved to write since I [...]

By |2016-10-30T18:27:19-04:00October 14th, 2016|Author Interview|0 Comments
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