Teen Librarian Toolbox
June 21, 2022 by Amanda MacGregor
Growing up with undiagnosed and untreated anxiety—let’s call it what it is, mental illness—was what led me to write the main character in my debut middle grade horror, The Clackity, as a young girl with anxiety
June 9, 2022 by Amanda MacGregor
Kids being brave, creating change, determined to make this world a better one: That’s really what my book is about. I like that all the lockdown despair ended up in such a hopeful place.
June 3, 2022 by Amanda MacGregor
It took eleven re-envisionings over six years, but now, holding the finished book in my hands, I know that what feels impossible often isn’t.
May 17, 2022 by Amanda MacGregor
I can't think of any book that really captures what it's like to deal with that anger inside of you and the fallout from it like this one does.
May 16, 2022 by Amanda MacGregor
Let's look at some exciting middle grade books coming out in the second half of 2022!
May 10, 2022 by Amanda MacGregor
In THE NATURAL GENIUS OF ANTS, Harvard Corson has a huge task in front of him and only a short summer to accomplish it—trying to get his doctor father to forgive himself for a very big mistake that cost a baby her life. Not only that, but Harvard also needs to keep an ant colony alive!
May 9, 2022 by Amanda MacGregor
I owe a lot of my knowledge and fascination with history to the passion with which Chinese culture honors its past and the skills of storytellers in passing this heritage to new generations, and I hope to bring some of this passion to a young Western audience.
May 6, 2022 by Amanda MacGregor
When I was in middle school, the word “nerd” was thrown around a lot, a word that then meant someone who was too much, who loved something too deeply. This passion was a delicate flame within me when I was 14, a little older than Elissa, the protagonist of my novel, We Are the Song.
May 2, 2022 by Amanda MacGregor
I like to think series books are the “Comfort Tacos” of the book world; they pull you in and swaddle you up in a world where you know you belong, know you feel comfortable, and where everything is just a little easier.
Good Comics for Kids
by Brigid Alverson
by Steven Engelfried
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