Middle Grade Monday: Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead

Middle Grade Mondays happen… well, every Monday. See what others have posted this week on Shannon Messenger’s blog. ~     ~     ~ You don’t need me to sing the praises of this NY Times bestseller by Newbery winner Rebecca Stead. But I’m going to anyway because it caught me off guard. from GoodReads: Georges (the s is silent) has a lot going on. He’s having trouble with some boys at school, his dad lost his job and so his mum has started working all the time – and they had to sell their house and move into an apartment. But moving into the apartment block does bring one good thing – Safer, an unusual boy who lives on the top floor. He runs a spy club, and is determined to teach Georges everything he knows. Their current...

Middle Grade Mondays: Advice for Male Middle Grade Authors?

(NOTE: we are in syndication for the next several weeks here at The Accidental Novelist because life is so full of awesome right now that Danika is really, really preoccupied. She will definitely respond to comments, though. And has for some reason started writing in 3rd person.) reposted from Sept 2011 Here’s something interesting I hadn’t thought about until recently. How do male middle grade authors cultivate a young female audience without running up against the “creep factor”? It might sound funny, but in this day and age, we are quite protective of our young ladies when it comes to interacting with adult males. When I was at the SCBWI conference, a debut male author asked an agent how he could cultivate an online social fanbase of...