Monday, August 20, 2012

Meanwhile... Middle Grade!

Although most of our Luckies authors write YA, we have several middle grade authors in the mix. We're a small but spirited group, and we are so pleased to announce the beginning of a new feature, Meanwhile.... Middle Grade!

The third Monday of each month, coinciding with Marvelous Middle Grade Monday around the web, we'll have a post all about MG: we'll highlight new MG titles, answer MG questions, and interview agents or editors who work primarily with MG manuscripts. Is there a middle grade topic or question you'd like to see explored? Let us know!

To kick off our new series, we thought introductions would be in order. And as Lucky 13s, what better way to introduce ourselves than giving a 13-word synopsis of our books?


Caroline Carlson

MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT

Pirates duel on the High Seas with tinned beets and enchanted crochet hooks.

Harper Children's, Summer 2013

Website: http://carolinecarlsonbooks.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/carolinetc
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5407300.Caroline_Carlson


Kristen Kittscher

THE WIG IN THE WINDOW

Two seventh-graders suspect their school counselor is a fugitive -- and might be right!

June 2013 from Harper Children's



Elisabeth Dahl

GENIE WISHES

Class blogger Genie charts her fifth grade year--highs, lows, and hamster erasers.

April 2013 from Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS

Website: elisabethdahl.com 
Twitter: @ElisabethDahl
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13413994-genie-wishes


Laura Golden

EVERY DAY AFTER

Daddy left, but Lizzie’s not letting bankers or bratty newcomers take what remains.

Spring 2013, Delacorte Press/RHCB



Peggy Eddleman

THROUGH THE BOMB'S BREATH

Girl goes through deadly post-apocalyptic air to save her town from bandits.

Fall 2013, Random House

Website: peggyeddleman.blogspot.com/
Twitter: twitter.com/peggyeddleman
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13411048-through-the-bomb-s-breath


Kit Grindstaff

Evil rulers. Child abductions. Misery, Mist, murder. Only one girl can end it: THE FLAME IN THE MIST.

Delacorte Press, 4/9/13



Claire M. Caterer
THE KEY AND THE FLAME

Eleven-year-old Holly unlocks a mythical kingdom as well as the magic within herself.

April 2013 from Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster

Website: http://www.cmcaterer.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ClaireCaterer
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ClaireCaterer
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5778099.Claire_M_Caterer


Joe Lawlor

BULLY . COM

Online bullying sends falsely-accused Jun Li on a search for the truth

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, April 2013



Tim Federle

BETTER NATE THAN EVER

A small-town teen runs away to crash an audition for E.T.: The Musical

February 5, 2013, Simon & Schuster BFYR

Website: TimFederle.com
Twitter: twitter.com/TimFederle


Tara Sullivan

GOLDEN BOY

Human rights tragedy brought to light in a story of heartbreak and triumph. 

Summer 2013 from G.P. Putnam's Sons (Penguin)


Melanie Crowder

PARCHED

Drought. Girl, dogs, dowser boy hunt for water while brutal gang hunts them.

June 4, 2013 Harcourt Children's Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Website: melaniecrowder.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelanieCrowderAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelanieACrowder
Goodreads: goodreads.com/author/show/5446303.Melanie_Crowder
Preorder: amazon.com/Parched-Melanie-Crowder/dp/0547976518/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1344960071&sr=1-1


Karen Harrington

SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY

A young girl with a mentally ill mother struggles with her own identity.

July 16, 2013, Little, Brown BFYR

Website: Karenharringtonbooks.com
Twitter: twitter.com/Karenzwriter

Liesl Shurtliff

RUMP:THE TRUE STORY OF RUMPELSTILTSKIN

When a name is your destiny, Rump's destiny stinks. Spinning gold? Downright rotten!

April 9, 2013, Knopf / Random House

Website: writerropes.blogspot.com
Twitter: @LieslShurtliff
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LieslShurtliff


Tamera Will Wissinger

GONE FISHING

Boy discovers excitement – and difficulty – of fishing in this outdoor adventure verse novel.

March 5, 2013, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children




James Mattson

THE GLITTER TRAP

A girl accidentally injures a classmate’s fairy godmother and must take her place.

Summer 2013, Disney-Hyperion

website: www.braunermattson.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Braunermattson

Barbara Brauner

THE GLITTER TRAP

Our heroine Lacey becomes a reluctant fairy godmother; hilarity, hijinks and hocus-pocus ensue.

Summer 2013, Disney-Hyperion
Braunermattson

18 comments:

  1. Yay for middle grade! Looks like 2013 is going to be a great year. :)

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  2. "Pirates duel on the High Seas with tinned beets and enchanted crochet hooks" may be my favorite description of a book ever.

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  3. Such a smart idea! I look forward to hearing more tales of MG!

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  4. I am a huge fan of MG books and these sound amazing. I loved hearing about them in 13 words! It will be such fun to hear more about them. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

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  5. Ohhhh! So many wonderful MGs arriving!

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  6. Yay! So excited to see the MG authors getting some love. :)

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  7. I'm so happy to see this feature up and running. Hooray for our middle-grade-writing Luckies!

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  8. Yahoo! I love MG - can't wait to get my hands on these.

    Congrats and high 5's all 'round!

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  9. Thanks for the wonderful post, Peggy!

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  10. A banner year for middle grade -- warm congratulations to all!
    Aloha!

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  11. Wow- these look great. Congrats to all of you!

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  12. You guys are going to rock 2013! What a line up of books to read and share. Congrats to all of you!! And welcome to MMGM...sharin the love of mg is a wonderful thing.

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  13. Wow! Looks like lots of fun books for next year.

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  14. Loved seeing some of the MG books coming out next year. Can't wait to read them.

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  15. Thanks for this great list, and welcome to Meanwhile...Middle Grade. I love seeing attention brought to this particularly imaginative corner of the fiction world (can you tell I'm a MG author?). Look forward to reading many of these new works!

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