It's so genuine!
There's honesty and sadness and hope and humor!
Middle grade hits the sweet spot in growing up!
It's so . . . SPECIAL.
It's not that younger readers or kids don't share these same moments, but there's something about that age--6th grade in particular--where the training wheels come off and you are facing the world less as a child of your parents and more as an individual. It takes many years for that transformation to be fully complete, but the rush of hormones and middle school ushers it in with a bang.
That's why there will always be a special place in my heart for middle grade stories. They are some of my all time favorites: The Secret Garden, The BFG, Where the Red Fern Grows, Charlotte's Web, When You Reach Me, One for the Murphys, and SO many more.
As part of a 2016 debut author group called the Sweet Sixteens, I've had the privilege of reading many 2016 middle grade titles ahead of time, and honestly, I'm impressed. The middle grade fiction coming in 2016 offers such a range of story content and such a high level of writing craft that I'm beyond proud to share the debut shelf with these authors. I am grateful.
If you'd like to learn more about the upcoming 2016 middle grade debuts, we have a series of flyers that will introduce you to the titles. Here's the first one! Happy reading, everyone!