Review: George by Alex Gino

George by Alex Gino Publisher: Scholastic Publication Date: August 25, 2015 Genre: children’s/low middle grade, contemporary, LGBT BE WHO YOU ARE. When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl. George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then herContinue reading “Review: George by Alex Gino”

Discussion: What counts as “mature” content?

Today’s discussion was sparked by a recent piece in Publisher’s Weekly, “Middle Grade Books Take on Mature Topics.” It’s a pretty good piece, describing this trend, its history, and its struggles. But the idea of “mature topics” gave me a pause, especially in this description: Though the YA category continues to explore darker and more difficult topics,Continue reading “Discussion: What counts as “mature” content?”

Review: Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand Published: May 17, 2016 by Simon & Schuster THINGS FINLEY HART DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT • Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.) • Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer. • Never having met said grandparents. • Her blueContinue reading “Review: Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand”

Classic Middle Grade and YA: The Austin Family Chronicles (Books 1, 2, and 4) by Madeleine L’Engle

One of my major reading goals this year is to read more middle grade fiction, both classic and contemporary. I’m currently writing a manuscript that fits into this category and would like to explore some beloved stories I missed when I was younger, as well as read from the current market.

Waiting on Wednesday: Some Kind of Happiness by Clare Legrand

This might not be a feature I’ll do every week, but there are a lot of books I’m excited about that haven’t been released yet. Today’s pick is Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand, which comes out on Tuesday! I’ve got it preordered and I can’t wait to dive into it when it arrives.Continue reading “Waiting on Wednesday: Some Kind of Happiness by Clare Legrand”

Currently Reading and Updates 5/9/2016

Happy Monday! I thought this seemed like a good day of the week for a currently reading and other updates post. Right now, I’m sort of reading two books, one audio and one print, though not too avidly as this is my last full week of school and I have a lot of exams. TheContinue reading “Currently Reading and Updates 5/9/2016”