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The Girl and the Witch’s Garden by Erin Bowman

The Secret Garden meets Miss Peregrine’s Home of Peculiar Children in this exciting new middle grade adventure where a girl helps a witch find a potion for immortality hoping to save her father. When Piper’s father gets sick, she's sent to live with her grandmother in a house townsfolk say is home to a witch who steals children. Her grandmother is not there. Instead, she finds her mother, who abandoned her when she was a [...]

By |2021-02-05T13:49:31-05:00February 11th, 2021|Book Review|0 Comments

Rainbow Revolutionaries by Sarah Prager

Alan L. Hart (1890-1962) was a leader in the field of medicine. He pioneered the use of the new x-ray technology to diagnose tuberculosis which was the number cause of death at the beginning of the 20th century. His innovative test meant tuberculosis could be diagnosed early enough to save patients’ lives. The death rate dropped dramatically after his method became standard. Alan was also the first person in the United States to have gender [...]

By |2020-05-08T10:35:14-04:00May 19th, 2020|Book Review, Mo Reading|0 Comments

Happy Book Birthday! BUBBA AND SQUIRT’S BIG DIG TO CHINA by Sherry Ellis

It's here, it's here, it's finally here! Happy Book Birthday to BUBBA AND SQUIRT'S BIG DIG TO CHINA by Sherry Ellis. We're super excited about this book release because Sherry is in our critique group and we've seen first hand how talented she is! The Blurb:  You can't dig a hole to China! Squirt doesn't believe Bubba can dig a hole to China. But when the hole swallows them, the kids find themselves in Xi'an, China, [...]

By |2018-09-04T10:03:12-04:00September 4th, 2018|Book Launch|0 Comments

MG Reader Interview – Kailey Harmon

We have a very special guest with us on the Mafia blog today. Kailey Harmon won 1st Place in the 10/11-year-old category of The Bertie short-story contest! An avid reader and a great writer, we were thrilled when she agreed to be interviewed. Welcome, Kailey! M: What is the first book you remember reading?  KH: The first book I remember reading? Well, it was a while ago, but I think it was my Veggie Tales [...]

By |2017-12-01T11:55:34-05:00December 4th, 2017|MG Reader Interview|1 Comment

MG Book Review – Open If You Dare by Dana Middleton

I enjoyed Dana Middleton's debut book, THE INFINITY YEAR OF AVALON JAMES, so I was very interested when I heard she had another book publishing soon. The second I read the blurb on the back of OPEN IF YOU DARE, I was hooked! Like Birdie Adams didn't have enough problems this summer. But Birdie's Birdie. And if a long-buried box has "Open if you dare" written on its lid, then Birdie and her best friends, Ally [...]

By |2017-09-12T11:18:28-04:00August 18th, 2017|Book Review|2 Comments

MG Book Review: Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullen

Growing up, I remember seeing books featuring girl lead characters who enjoyed brushing horses or babysitting. In the time of strong female characters such as Wonder Woman, it is perfect to have a story of a girl who is up for a little danger and intrigue. MRS. SMITH'S SPY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS (Aladdin) by Beth McMullen is a fast-paced adventure with a great balance of humor and heart. The main character, Abigail, is sent off [...]

By |2017-07-07T15:47:32-04:00July 7th, 2017|Book Launch, Book Review|0 Comments

Mafia Reading Goals, 2017

Ask any author and they'll tell you the same thing - to be a good writer, you need to READ. Believe it or not, as much as the Mafia loves to read, we still have to be deliberate in making time for it. I polled the family to ask for their 2017 Reading Goals. Ours are below. Add yours in the comments and we'll check back in a few months to see where we are! [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:40:01-04:00January 5th, 2017|Mo Happening|0 Comments

MG Book Review: The Doll’s Eye by Marina Cohen

I recently had the chance to interview the talented Marina Cohen. You can find that interview here on the blog. This is the review of her upcoming book The Doll’s Eye that will be published in February of 2017. Pre-order your copy now. There is something seriously strange about the house Hadley has just moved into. It’s old and crumbling but has a dollhouse in perfect condition complete with a family of dolls! Twelve-year-old Hadley [...]

By |2016-11-29T13:16:44-05:00November 30th, 2016|Book Review|0 Comments

MG Book Review: MOO by Sharon Creech

During a recent trip to the bookstore, I perused the young reader shelves, looking for something different. The cover of Sharon Creech's MOO: A Novel stopped me in my tracks. There was a beauty in its simplicity and I had to pick it up. I read the jacket cover and immediately knew this was the book I needed. In the time where the news has been filled with war, politics, and conflict, MOO provides a quiet [...]

By |2016-11-29T13:18:01-05:00November 28th, 2016|Book Review|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