Middle-Grade Books for Christmas

The Perfect Middle-Grade Books for Christmas Giving We all understand how critically important reading proficiency is for our students. Choosing the right middle-grade books this holiday season is our first step in improving their reading habits. Reading will improve their vocabulary and broaden their worldview. This list of books is teacher and mom approved. Make […]

MG Book: The Dented Head of Joey Pigza

New MG Book Review: The Dented Head of Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos The Dented Head of Joey Pigza is not the first book Jack Gantos has written for the MG market. His previous books include “Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key,” a finalist for the National Book Award, and “Joey Pigza Loses Control,” a finalist for […]

Elle Burton Characterizations Are Born

How Were the Elle Burton Book Characters Developed? That’s an excellent question, and I’ve heard it from many people. Who are the characters in the Elle Burton book? Do I know any of them? I thought you might enjoy learning a bit more about how I created some of the characters. Yes, I loosely wove […]