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 Toolkit: The Rewrite Formula

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King Of all the writing books I’ve read, Stephen King’s is my favorite. Just as the title says, it’s part memoir and part craft. Being the master storyteller that he is, King interweaves his personal journey from high school newspaper editor to best-selling author. He shares his experiences as a way to give wannabe writers insight into what the writing life is like including his rejections [...]

By |2020-04-09T22:09:37-04:00July 11th, 2016|Mo Writing|0 Comments

MG Book Review: The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan

In drought-stricken Mali, it’s common for boys to leave their homes to look for work across the border in the Ivory Coast. For the families, it meant less mouths to feed. For the boys, it means a better chance to eat and hopefully make money to send home. When Amadou and his little brother Seydou meet a man promising work, they jump at the chance, not realizing they were getting sold into modern-day slavery at [...]

By |2016-04-14T15:28:50-04:00April 20th, 2016|Book Review|0 Comments

MG Book Review: Of Enemies and Endings by Shelby Bach

Balancing being a writer and stay-at-home dad during the summer has one drawback... reduced reading time! But as the saying goes...good things come to those who wait. In this case, the good this was OF ENEMIES AND ENDINGS by Shelby Bach. The four-part series follows Rory from learning that she has been invited to attend an "Ever After" after school program to the satisfying conclusion where the sword-wielding heroine gets to have take part in [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:18:35-04:00June 26th, 2015|Book Review|0 Comments

The Mafia’s Summer Reading List

With the end of school around the corner, the members of the Middle Grade Mafia started thinking about our summer reading list. Here are the MG books we are excited to read next: NIGHTBORN by Lou Anders OF ENEMIES & ENDINGS (THE EVER AFTERS BOOK 4) by Shelby Bach THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH by Ali Benjamin THE DOLDRUMS by Nicholas Gannon GEORGE by Alex Gino THE LEAGUE OF BEASTLY DREADFULS by Holly Grant SKINK - NO SURRENDER by [...]

By |2020-04-09T22:14:29-04:00May 13th, 2015|Mo Reading|2 Comments

The Writer’s Block: An Interview with Jennifer Holm

As we continue to expand the Middle Grade Mafia community, we have been able to meet some of the amazingly talented authors. This week is no different as I had the opportunity to connect with Jennifer Holm, author of the recent release THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH. She is a two-time Newberry Honor winner and has worked with her brother on the BABYMOUSE and SQUISH graphic novels. I am honored to bring to Jennifer Holm... Middle Grade Mafia: It is always fun to [...]

By |2014-10-28T14:16:33-04:00October 29th, 2014|Author Interview|1 Comment

Illustrator Illuminations: Brian Biggs

In the effort to introduce the wonderful artist behind the great MG covers, Brian Biggs took the time to answer a few of our questions. You may have seen Brian’s amazing work on such MG books as the ROSCOE RILEY RULES series and the FRANK EINSTEIN books (you’re actually getting a sneak peek of the new book cover prior to its release!). Now to the questions… Middle Grade Mafia: When you get hired to illustrate cover and/or [...]

By |2014-10-14T17:33:13-04:00October 17th, 2014|Illustrator Interview|0 Comments

The Writer’s Block – An Interview with Christopher Healy

As a writer/reader of Mid-Grade books, and the father of a Mid-Grade reluctant reader, it is refreshing to come across a book that is smart, witty and keeps readers wanting more. Almost two years ago, I came across Christopher Healy and his wonderful fractured fairy tale world of Prince Charmings – The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. Together, my son and I enjoyed the series so much that we would push bedtime back a [...]

By |2014-10-05T01:36:44-04:00October 1st, 2014|Author Interview|2 Comments

MG Review – The Time of the Fireflies by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Reading THE TIME OF THE FIREFLIES by Kimberly Griffiths Little is like eating comfort food. Think brownies just out of the oven. It’s a wonderful mix of favorite middle grade fiction themes: a curse, time travel and coming of age all wrapped up in mystery flavored by its setting: Louisiana. I was hooked from the beginning, when twelve-year old Larissa answers an old telephone ringing in her family’s antique shop. It isn’t plugged in! The [...]

By |2014-10-05T01:36:37-04:00September 29th, 2014|Book Review|0 Comments
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