In this interview, Jenn and I chat about her new book, writing about difficult topics (her previous book is about a boy whose father dies by suicide), middle school friendship drama, shadow boxes, and her love for bison. I know you’ll enjoy this interview as much as I did.
Thirteen-year-old Olivia is excited about going on a road trip back to California with her sister and their uncle and aunt. Their family moved to Tennessee from California three years ago, and the girls had buried a time capsule before their move. Olivia’s big sister Ruth is now 16 and clinically depressed. She has good and bad days and is on medication to manage her depression. Olivia feels responsible for Ruth’s happiness and has a plan to recover their time capsule, while doing a photo project during their trip to remind Ruth of good times and make her just a little happier. But she soon finds out that with mental illness, it’s not always so simple.
Reading Middle Grade is delighted to reveal the cover of Kathleen Jae’s Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery! Kathleen’s new middle grade novel is perfect for fans of animal stories and environmental activists. Below, she describes her inspiration for the story.
If you like YA and historical fiction, then you’ll enjoy these best YA historical fiction books! I was pleasantly surprised to discover that YA authors do write historical fiction. Sadly, I feel like it’s one of those genres that don’t get as much love as they should. I can understand why contemporary settings might appeal more, and looking at many of these YA historical fiction books, their covers do skew a bit darker, which might be a reason why they may not get picked up as often?
Anyway, I’ve rounded up 30 exceptional options, many of which are tied to historical events, but feature teens just like the teens in contemporary YA.
83 of the best middle-grade books by authors of Asian descent, including chapter books and graphic novels.
In Violet and the Pie of Life, 12-year-old Violet wishes that math could solve all her problems — and she does try to use her math. Unfortunately, her parents are fighting more and more. Her mom seems to nag constantly while her dad is the fun one who does things like buying them fried chicken for dinner. Eventually, after a heated argument one night, her father moves out and her mom won’t tell Violet where he’s gone.