middle grade readers

Readers may remember Emma Donoghue for her blockbuster novel Room, about a happy little boy growing up in horrifying conditions. Where Room was darkness pierced with light, Donoghue’s latest is pretty much all light. The Lotterys Plus One, for young readers, is about a big, boisterous, diverse family that starts with two sets of same sex couples deciding to have children. The family grows to include seven kids, and that “plus one” of the title turns out to be the addition that tips the family over the edge.

Donoghue says she got the idea for the book at a dinner party. “My hostess said to me, ‘How come there aren’t good books for middle grade that feature kids with two mothers?’ You know, ‘Write me one, Emma,’ she said. And then I thought, while I’m at it, let’s make it really big — you know, go big or go home.”

Emma Donoghue Helps Kids Deal With Dementia (And Still Has Fun) In 'The Lotterys’


So, the trailer for Wonder by R.J. Palacio came out two days ago and I’m ashamed I missed it. I LOVED this book. It’s so incredibly important for people to read. 

I hope you enjoy and let me know if you’ve read the book!

Happy viewing!


11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.

anonymous asked:

That's so exciting you're working more on your original fic! Would you mind sharing what it's about or the genre? Your fic is wonderful and I can only imagine how amazing an original piece of yours will be 😊 thank you for sharing all that you have and I hope you and your family have a great weekend!!!

Wow. Thank you so much. :)  The target audience for this book is middle grade readers (grades 4-8), although I hope and think it will be readable by everyone. (Think of books such as Echo and Wonder , not that I’m ranking my writing up there with these incredible authors and their masterpieces, but they should help identify the basic audience I’m trying to reach. Btw…if you haven’t read the above-mentioned books, you need to–regardless of your age. They’re brilliant!)

My story is set in the Appalachian mountains during the 1980′s–where and when I grew up. The protagonist is an eleven year old girl, so in many ways, I’m revisiting my roots with this tale. She and her best friend are up in the mountains one morning when she falls into an old, abandoned mine. While stuck there, she makes a discovery that will change her life and challenge everything she thinks she knows. 

I don’t want to reveal any more than that at this point, but that’s the premise in a nutshell. I’ll try to post updates as I progress for any of you who are interested. Again–thank you for your support. I’m hoping to reach page 50 by the end of the weekend. (currently on p. 42) All good vibes are welcome!

Ashley’s Amish Adventures: An Outsider Living With the Amish, Book 1

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“Her adventure into the Amish community felt like an intimate behind-the-scenes tour.”-Marie Schaeller, bestselling author
“This book takes the reader into some homes, a church service and a ‘singing’…Highly recommended.”–USN Chief, Ret..VT Town, -Amazon Top 500 Reviewer 
Now includes even more photos! 

Ever wondered what it would be like to live in an Amish community? Now you can experience what it would be like in this 100% true story for middle grade readers, young adults, and adults!

Join bestselling author Ashley Emma as she travels to the Amish community of Unity, Maine and stays with three Amish families for a total of a week a half over the span of both books in this series. This unique journal’s rare photos literally show you the places you are reading about–even what inside Amish homes look like. Come along on the fascinating journey as twenty-year-old Ashley learns everything she can about the Amish as she rides in buggies, shells buckets of peanuts, attends Amish church services, helps make 100 quarts of applesauce, learns Amish customs, and teaches in the schoolhouse. Most of all, she makes lasting friendships with the Amish which make the characters in her novels so realistic.

What does a day in the life of an Amish person look like? If you’ve ever been curious about the Amish way of life, this book will not just tell you, it will show you what it means to be Amish. Join Ashley on this amazing Amish adventure and experience the Amish way of life for yourself! 

Note: Depending on what type of Kindle you have, the photos may be black and white instead of color.
Book 2, Ashley’s Amish Adventure: Attending an Amish Wedding, is now available!
Please visit ashleyemmaauthor.com to download 3 free eBooks, including a sample of this book!

“An intriguing and riveting read! This book gives readers a very rare peek into life in an Amish community. The author personally immersed herself into the Amish life, in order to authentically portray their passion for contentment, simplicity, and faith as the setting for an adventure of a lifetime… The author has a way of drawing a reader into every scene… The characters she introduces us to are so real and relatable, despite the fact that they live such distinct lives from what would be considered main stream modern America! There is a sense of envy that causes an inevitable reflection on what we consider to be necessary and essential in our daily lives. It was a refreshing read!”
-Tracy Lee, author and pastor

“I LOVE these Amish books by Ashley Emma. They not only grab your interest and keep you reading, they give you a feel like you know a few Amish people and care about them. This is the most powerful step to understanding a culture different from your own… There is also a homespun gentleness and honesty about the spiritual side of these differences. If everyone acted like this, Christianity would have a better world view and there would be less hatred…”
-Chris McKay Pierce, author of Customer Service can be Murder

“Reading about her in-depth, genuine curiosity and appreciation for the people she met on her adventure into the Amish community felt like an intimate behind-the-scenes tour.”
-Marie Schaeller, bestselling author of Breaking the Chains of Silence

“If you are looking for insight into the REALITY of daily life in an Old Order Amish settlement then this published, personal journal is for you…
I have been around the people of the Unity Settlement for about a year now and can absolutely state that this journal has captured the flavor of the Unity Settlement and its people as well as their hospitality… This journal is a nice tool for those researching the reality of the Amish lifestyle. People who find this journal interesting may want to look into the life and works of Elmo Stoll, the deceased father of the Stoll brothers of Unity, Maine.”
-Pls1721, Amazon Customer

My newest CREEPS book comes out a week from today, just in time for October!  I’ve always like fall-centric spooky kid stories, and I’m glad to have gotten to do one.  I hope you’ll pick it up for yourself or a kid in your life.  And the other Creeps books are available, too, of course!

Here’s what some fancy reviewin’ folks have said about the series:

“Schweizer has created a story with just enough icky, spooky action for middle-grade readers who want horror stories but don’t want them too scary…The mixed-gender, multicultural team guarantees that this series opener will appeal to a broad range of readers." Booklist

"An excellent complement to his prose, Schweizer’s cleanly paneled art is bright and busy, ever ready with a gag that helps blend the ghastly with the goofy, making his gang’s antics reminiscent of Scooby Doo…Silly fun with a smattering of science." Kirkus Reviews

"A wide range of readers will tear through this well-written and zanily-drawn book, and they will be eager to see what wild adventures the four friends will have in the next volume." School Library Journal

Book Gifts for Middle Grade Readers: for the readers in your life in that 8 to 12 range, we have a list of wondrous and wild reads that might even tear them away from their devices — for a couple minutes, anyway…

(For all our Holiday 2014 gift guides, click here!)