Today we are hosting a not-to-be-missed Middle Grade Par-Tay.
Who is we?
We is me and Sherry from Does This Blog Make My Butt Look Big? (how cool is that blog name?)
Why are we celebrating all things Middle Grade today?
Well, aside from it being the coolest genre ev-ah, we hope to teach a little bit.
Middle Grade fiction is novel length work for children ages 8-13. Think: Island of the Blue Dolphins or Harry Potter or Fablehaven or City of Ember or Stargirl or Because of Winn Dixie or The Tale of Despereaux or The Giver .....
that's Middle Grade.
So, Sherry and I interviewed each other and you can enter to win one of FOUR super novels by commenting on both of our blogs today.
We are giving away
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (Newbery Award)
Each Little Bird That Sings by Deobrah Wiles (National Book Award)
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (a must read for every teen age girl!)
Eggs by Jerry Spinelli
All super reads that you are sure to enjoy.
Here's my interview w/ Sherry. When you're done here pop over to her blog see what I'm up to on the MG front.
Welcome to the party, Sherry. Tell us, what were some of your favorite books when you were a kid?
As a kid reading was and still is my greatest escape. I was/am an only child so books were always my best friends. I love middle grade books and must admit there is something enchanting about that age. One book I really loved was A Wrinkle in Time. I love all of the books in this series by Madeleine L’Engle. A wrinkle in Time starts off with the classic cliché “It was a dark and stormy night” sheer brilliance. I also really love Dicey’s Song from the Tillerman series by Cynthia Voigt. I guess you could say I am big fan of Newbery Honor winners. Some others include Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies…I was in advanced English and literature all throughout junior high and high school so my list is vast and far. Oh, and I love collections of short stories about ghost and horror.
Why do you write middle grade fiction?
I write middle grade because…it is the age that I never want to forget. It is time when the world seems so big and unconquered but yet, at the same time middle grade children feel they can do it all. It is a time of self discovery a perfect balance of innocence and young adulthood. I remember when I was at the age of 13, I said, as most do “Parents just don’t know how hard it is to be a kid.” And so often I think us, as adults forget…I promised myself that I would never forget what it was like to be a kid. I write middle grade to remember those time and maybe somehow through my novels I can help a child smile, laugh or understand that it is ok, things will get better.
Can you give us a brief summary of your middle grade novel?
Ahh, I have to laugh at this because I am a bit sporadic and have many WIPs, “No, I do not have commitment issues, I am just hyper. He he” Here is a summary of one of my fav. WIPs
Letters to Grandma “This is my most personal novel.”
Letters to Grandma takes place on the dirt roads of Texas, set in a time of the late seventies. Rock and roll and love power spread like wildflowers. Emily has been living on a farm just outside of the city limits with her grandmother. At a very young age Emily’s mother didn’t want her and grandma has been raising her ever since but two days before her thirteenth birthday tragedy strikes a little too close to home Emily’s world turns upside down. Not only is she ripped from her childhood home but now she has to move to the city to live with her alcoholic mother. Everything is different, new school, new home, and no more dirt roads. In an effort to deal Emily starts writing letters to grandma taking us on a journey through her changing life.
Thanks, Sherry! Hey party pals, remember to comment on both blogs to be entered in the drawing for one of the four middle grade novels we will be giving away. comments accepted through Tues night. Winners announced Wed am.
And, tell us, have you read any middle grade novels? Which are your favorites? What do you love most about those books? Which of you fun friends actually write middle grade? What are you working on?