Review

Review: Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper

Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Publication date: July 12, 2016 Genres/topics: Middle grade contemporary (magical realism?) A feel-good middle grade debut with just a hint of magic about a girl who has a rare disorder that makes the words other people say about her appear on her body. Ever… Continue reading Review: Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper

Review

Classic Middle Grade: The View from Saturday by E.L. Koningsburg

I’ve been “studying” middle grade fiction, reading both recent releases as well as older, classic titles I didn’t read when I was younger. My first post on classic MG (and YA) was Madeleine L’Engle’s Austin Family series. The View from Saturday is the 1997 Newbery Medal winner by E.L. Koningsburg. Koninsburg was an established writer at the time, publishing… Continue reading Classic Middle Grade: The View from Saturday by E.L. Koningsburg

Discussion

Discussion: What counts as “mature” content?

Today’s discussion was sparked by a recent piece in Publisher’s Weekly, “Middle Grade Books Take on Mature Topics.” It’s a pretty good piece, describing this trend, its history, and its struggles. But the idea of “mature topics” gave me a pause, especially in this description: Though the YA category continues to explore darker and more difficult topics,… Continue reading Discussion: What counts as “mature” content?