Middle Grade

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

The Writer’s Block – An Interview with Caroline Starr Rose

May B., the first novel by Caroline Starr Rose, garnered wonderful reviews and numerous awards. Her second novel, BLUE BIRDS, releases tomorrow and has already received great praise. “Composed in varying formats, the descriptive and finely crafted poems reveal the similarities the two girls share, from loved ones lost to hatred between the English and the Roanoke to a desire for peace… Fans of Karen Hesse and the author’s May B. (2012) will delight in this [...]

By |2015-03-09T14:21:37-04:00March 9th, 2015|Author Interview|1 Comment

Agent Query: 10 Questions with Susan Hawk of The Bent Agency

I was thrilled when the wonderful literary agent, and all around great person, Susan Hawk, from The Bent Agency agreed to do a MGM interview. I wasn’t surprised, however, because she’s MY agent and I knew already of her generous and awesome nature. Here’s a quick Ten Questions with Susan Hawk. Enjoy! Middle Grade Mafia: The number one questions has to be, “What are you looking for?” I found this on your website: In middle-grade and YA, I’m [...]

By |2016-03-07T13:43:34-05:00March 4th, 2015|Agent Interview|0 Comments

The Writer’s Block – An Interview with Laura Golden

As part of building community among the MG family, we here at Middle Grade Mafia will be interviewing authors so we can learn about their books and be inspired by their journey.  Our first author is Laura Golden, author of EVERY DAY AFTER. We hope you enjoy what she had to say, I know I did! Middle Grade Mafia: When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Laura Golden: Most authors say they knew [...]

By |2014-10-15T18:50:49-04:00September 3rd, 2014|Author Interview|0 Comments

Inside Look: Scholastic Book Fair Selection Process

When I was hired by Scholastic Book Fairs to be a field merchandiser, I was thrilled at the thought of employee discounts and summers off. What I hadn’t thought of was how valuable my new job would be to my writing career. I visit schools and help them with their book fair which has given me a new perspective of the book-selling business and the whole publishing process. From what I’ve learned, it all boils [...]

By |2020-04-09T22:07:01-04:00August 27th, 2014|Mo Writing|2 Comments

MG Book Review – Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin by @LieslShurtliff

Spoiler Alert… Rumplestiltskin wasn’t a bad guy after all.  Or at least in the twisted fairytale RUMP by Liesl Shurtliff. Shurtliff paints a picture where the “villain” ends up being a likable protagonist who is only guilty of having an unfortunate name. Rump sets off to uncover his full name, who names their kid Rump, and the destiny that comes with it. This is important because he lives in a world where people believe that a [...]

By |2014-10-04T12:15:43-04:00August 25th, 2014|Book Review|2 Comments

Welcome to the Family, the Middle Grade Mafia

The mission of the Middle Grade Mafia is to provide a refuge, a klatch, for established and aspiring middle grade authors. The purpose of the site is to share knowledge, inspire each other, and celebrate good news. Writing can be a lonely endeavor, but when you are part of a family, you are never alone. Please join in the conversation, share good news or recommend great books. Hopefully, all of you will get an offer you can't refuse (get published). :)

By |2020-04-09T21:40:57-04:00August 7th, 2014|Mo Happening|1 Comment