Category Archives: Middle Grade Books

The Highlights Foundation Magic

Visiting Highlights Foundation for the first time is much like entering an enchanted forest, the leaves dripping with writing magic. Three nonfiction story ideas were born in my little cabin in the woods. Several familiar Illinois and VCFA writer names … Continue reading

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Sample Illustrations

Where has Jennifer been for the past two months? Attached to my new digital drawing pad. It’s become a third limb. After only three hours of online webinars on how to use Manga Studio 5, I’ve reached below average functionality … Continue reading

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Stories for All

This week Shannon and Dean Hale released the second book in their Princess in Black Series: Perfect Princess Party. Nicole and I devoured it on release day. It’s an early reader chapter book with hilarious illustrations by LeUyen Pham. Love … Continue reading

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Busy Reading

Sorry, Jen cannot blog today because her nose is buried in this awesome new middle grade series. You should check it out.  Yes, this is shameless advertising.  No, I did not write this book, but I am mentioned in the … Continue reading

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Summer Beach Reads

It’s been a crazy spring in our household, with four big events occurring at the same time: Girl Scout Bridging! Daughter Birthday Week!  Wait, didn’t this used to be a one day event? Last Day of School! Sister Bridal Shower! … Continue reading

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Babies Can’t Learn To Read

Shocking announcement from The Atlantic this week: Babies Can’t Learn To Read! A surprising number of parents are still convinced their baby can read if given the proper stimulus.  These parents would do anything, and pay any cost, to help … Continue reading

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Rainbow Loom vs Moldy Cheese

If you’re the parent of an elementary school child, and you haven’t heard of the Rainbow Loom, you must be living under a rock.  Or in a bubble.  Possibly residing in outer space.  Even boys are crazy about this friendship … Continue reading

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Local Find: Wonderland Books & Toys

I’m ashamed to admit I had no idea there was an independent children’s book store still thriving in my neighborhood.  I’d resigned myself to the fact that Barnes and Noble was the only show in town.  At least they have … Continue reading

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Palace of Stone has Finally Arrived!

Ladies and gentlemen, the day has finally arrived: Palace of Stone!  Sequel to Princess Academy.  Which won the Newbery Honor.  Squeeeee! You can bet I’ll be running out to buy my copy as soon as I’m done typing, and I … Continue reading

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Save the Bookstores 2012

Public Event · By Kelly Sonnack June 16 Your local bookstore Click here for Facebook Link We had a great response with the Save the Bookstore event last year, so let’s do it again! Bookstores still need our help, so … Continue reading

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