Tag Archives: middle grade fiction

A perfect podcast for publishing

Have you ever committed to a regular writing practice, perhaps pulled together an essay or the first few chapters of a novel that felt pretty polished, but then wondered, “How on earth do I get this thing published?” When I … Continue reading

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Black Girl Protagonists

Congratulations and kudos to fifth-grade reader  Marley Dias for exceeding her goal of  collecting 1,000 books with black girl protagonists to donate to her school in New Jersey and to the parish in Jamaica where her mom grew up. “I … Continue reading

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Nyerere is Back!

Tanzanians recently elected a new president, John Magufuli, and people are excited. Magufuli grew up herding cattle for his poor family, and he seems bent on putting a stop to corrupt spending. Right after he was sworn in, Magufuli slashed … Continue reading

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Lists, lists and hopefully more lists…

A Girl Called Problem was among 25 middle-grade novels honored to find itself on the New York Public Library’s Children’s Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2013 list. Here’s a picture of the saintly librarians who do such a … Continue reading

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Betsy Bird’s Picks for 2013

Wondering what to recommend next to a young reader (or to an older reader who loves children’s books as much as I do)? Look no further. Here’s the famous New York Public Library’s Youth Materials Collections Specialist, Betsy Bird’s, list. … Continue reading

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Skype Chat with Friends Select School

Friends Select Middle School in Philadelphia adopted A Girl Called Problem as their core summer reader. I had the good fortune to chat with students over Skype this last week. We talked about the book, living in Tanzania, and my … Continue reading

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