Middle Grade Mondays: Mysterious Benedict Society Defines Difference in Upper and Lower Middle Grade Fiction

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart I had some trouble with this book, but I don’t want to mislead possible readers. I think it’s a charming book for younger readers, just not my cup of tea. One concern is that it reads like a younger middle grade novel, yet it’s quite a long book at almost 500 pages and the world-domination plan might be too much for them to wrap their heads around. I think the story could have been generously edited, primarily taking out superfluous explanations and numerous redundancies, and made a much tighter book. As it stands, I think the length of it might throw people off, expecting a more mature story. One good thing about reading this, though, is that it helps me to further define the difference...

More Book Trailers Are Us

I was thinking of doing a post collecting the best information on making and posting Book Trailers… but WHY when someone has already done it! Children’s author Darcy Pattison posted “The Best Info About Book Trailers” a few years ago, but I think most of the information still holds true and the links are good. Her links cover the how to and the why of book trailer creation, as well as links sites that feature trailers. Thanks, Darcy! While cruising through all the links I came across this lovely book trailer for Neil Gaiman’s Blueberry Girl. It made me want to run out and buy the book. So, I guess the trailer did its job. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH4lyJWa_84] While browsing through book trailers on YouTube, I noticed...