Tag: middle grade

Webcomics Wednesday: Kay D.’s Oddity Woods

Webcomics Wednesday: Kay D.’s Oddity Woods

We’re in the midst of our Spotlight on Middle Grade fiction, and I can’t think of a better time to showcase a webcomic about a tween detective embarking on a spooky adventure. This week’s Webcomics Wednesday pick, Oddity Woods, opens on chase though an eerie forest, which, for all its pink and purple shadowing, still exudes a […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Diana Nock’s Wonderlust

Webcomics Wednesday: Diana Nock’s Wonderlust

Dear readers, I have a confession to make: I’ve been holding out on you. For about a year now, I’ve had my eye on a comic with my favorite things: a smart-alecky protagonist, spooky atmosphere, a tiny touch of magic, and seriously amazing art (from the cinematic panel compositions to the precise, architectural backgrounds, to the […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Phoenix

This week’s trailer opens like an episode of The Twilight Zone: ethereal mist slowly trickles over a black screen as a hushed narrator describes Lucky’s strange dream-ventures into space. The background jingles intensify as the constellations brighten, and Lucky—drawn like a two-toned comic character—reaches for a white-hot star. Suddenly, he awakes in his corporeal form, his bedsheet […]

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Reviews of the Week: Ransom Riggs, T.C. Boyle, and more!

Reviews of the Week: Ransom Riggs, T.C. Boyle, and more!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from August 15 through August 19 below so that you can revisit the week’s best books.   Tales of the Peculiar, by Ransom Riggs Fans of Riggs’ Miss Peregrine series […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Misadventures of Max Crumbly

Author the bestselling Dork Diaries, Rachel Renee Russell has created another upbeat series about the awkwardness of  being an outcast in middle school, beginning with The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Locker Hero (Aladdin). In the trailer, an enthusiastic narrator describes Max’s greatest dreams (becoming a superhero) and embarrassments (getting stuffed in his locker). Over a notebook paper background, a free […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Sea Change

For this week’s BTT, we’re taking a look at Sea Change (TOON), a middle-grade novel written and illustrated by Frank Viva. Eliot resents his parents for sending him to Nova Scotia for summer break. Although he barely tolerates his uncle’s rural lifestyle, he enjoys hanging with the local kids—especially Mary Beth. The child narrator in the trailer reinforces the novel’s diary-like tone, and […]

Publishing U: Competing with Television

Publishing U: Competing with Television

In the age of technology, some writers feel children’s literature has been overlooked in favor of digital entertainment. Tracey Hecht, author of the forthcoming book, The Nocturnals (Booklist reviewer Kathleen McBroom called it “humorous and well developed”) discusses the approach she and a team of writers took to write a middle-grade novel that could entrance even the most tech-savy […]

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Reaching Young Readers through Music and Drama: A Conversation with Mary Pope Osborne

Reaching Young Readers through Music and Drama: A Conversation with Mary Pope Osborne

Last week, the musical adaptation of Mary Pope Osborne’s The Magic Tree House: A Good Night for Ghosts (retitled, A Night in New Orleans) opened in Chicago to an audience of hundreds of Chicago Public School second-graders. You can read our review of the production here. We thought this was a great opportunity to ask […]

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Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House Comes to Life

Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House Comes to Life

Chicago Public School second-graders witness a theatrical version of the much-loved children’s series. Last Friday, 500 second-grade Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students crowded into the auditorium of the Broadway Playhouse in Water Tower Place to see a special, preview performance of Mary Pope Osborne’s recently adapted, The Magic Tree House #42: A Good Night for Ghosts. […]

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Webcomics Wednesday: Aliza Layne’s Demon Street
By December 9, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: Aliza Layne’s Demon Street

Sometimes a webcomic offers a fascinating glimpse into the creative process. An artist might start a webcomic one way, then veer off wildly in a different direction, or gradually hone his or her process. There’s a lot of room for exploration, and that in particular is a great segue into introducing Aliza Layne’s all-ages fantasy adventure […]