The House That Lou Built, by Mae Respicio: A Coming-of-Age Debut About a Big Dream of a Tiny House

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The House That Lou Built, by Mae Respicio: A Coming-of-Age Debut About a Big Dream of a Tiny House

Tiny homes have always fascinated me. One of the many reasons I fell in love with my husband is because he’s a woodworker who loves to make things....
Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth: An Interview with Author Sheila O’Connor About Penpals and Protests

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Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth: An Interview with Author Sheila O’Connor About Penpals and Protests

It’s the Vietnam War and one young girl is determined to save her brother from the draft. In Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth, a new historical novel by...
An Interview with A Possibility of Whales Author Karen Rivers About Unexpected Encounters

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An Interview with A Possibility of Whales Author Karen Rivers About Unexpected Encounters

Karen Rivers’ latest middle grade novel, A Possibility of Whales, is a story about a girl who—thanks to her friends, her famous dad, and a chance...
Rescue and Jessica: An Interview About a Life-Changing Friendship

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Rescue and Jessica: An Interview About a Life-Changing Friendship

One year after getting married, Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes decided to swing by the 2013 Boston Marathon to watch the runners before they crossed...
When Grandparents Raise the Kids: A Roundup of Books

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When Grandparents Raise the Kids: A Roundup of Books

Not long after I became a single mom, my father came to visit me in New York City and he must’ve noticed how much I was struggling because he offered...
Girl-Powered, Gripping Adventure: An Interview with The Mad Wolf’s Daughter Author Diane Magras

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Girl-Powered, Gripping Adventure: An Interview with The Mad Wolf’s Daughter Author Diane Magras

The Mad Wolf’s Daughter is a middle grade fantasy about a scrappy, strong, and fearless 12-year-old girl named Drest whose sheltered life upends when...
5 Middle Grade Novels Featuring Deceased or Absent Parents

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5 Middle Grade Novels Featuring Deceased or Absent Parents

Middle school is a time of such immense change, and if it happens to compounded by a traumatic experience—say, a parent dying or abandoning a child—the...
5 Picture Books that Ask Existential Questions

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5 Picture Books that Ask Existential Questions

Piglet “How do you spell love?” Pooh: “You don’t spell it, you feel it.” —Winnie The Pooh Young children never cease to astound me, the way...
An Interview with Crypt Quest/Space Battles: A Play-Your-Way Book Author Gabe Soria

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An Interview with Crypt Quest/Space Battles: A Play-Your-Way Book Author Gabe Soria

As someone who devoured Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books all through middle school—and also spent many hours playing video games—I was thrilled to get...
Facing Frederick Tells the Story of A Monumental American Man

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Facing Frederick Tells the Story of A Monumental American Man

As the mother of a biracial teen whom I raised as a single parent, I know little about her birth father’s ancestry, so when my daughter wanted to get...
5 Readalikes For Judy Blume Fans

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5 Readalikes For Judy Blume Fans

I got the chance to see Judy Blume for the first time in person at a recent book festival, and I was giddy. You’re looking at a diehard Judy Blume...
5 Funny Coming-of-Age Stories For Young Readers Who Love to Laugh

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5 Funny Coming-of-Age Stories For Young Readers Who Love to Laugh

Hearing my children laugh is the best sound in the world, and when they laugh while reading a story, it’s even more gratifying. Here are 5 hilarious...

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