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’

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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!

anonymous asked:

what's so bad about sarah j maas? (maybe you've already explained that somewhere before, but if so, i couldnt find it)

oh well i could rant for days but just to list off a few points, her work is overflowing with:

  • racism
  • white feminism
  • lack of representation
  • toxic masculinity 
  • weird gendering of stuff?? (”male smile”, “male promise”, etc.)
  • plagiarism (hoo boy… she’s plagiarized harry potter and fifty shades, among many others, and it’s painfully obvious, too… need i say more?)
  • colonialism and white superiority
  • reinforcing gender norms
  • homophobia/biphobia/transphobia/acephobia/general lgbt-phobia
  • a ridiculous amount of sex/erotic scenes and it’s not suitable for middle grade/young adult genre readers yet it’s advertised as these genres and young girls are encouraged to read them for some reason
  • her protagonists are mary sues
  • romanticism of abuse and trauma
  • romanticism of mental illness
  • she doesn’t revise/edit her books much
  • also just really unoriginal and mediocre writing ://
  • dude idk it’s like her books are outlets for her to explore her wild kinky sexual fantasies and dominant male fae fetish and also make money off of them
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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.

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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