Book Spotlight: The Bluest Sky by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Bluest Sky is a moving account of the plight of those leaving Cuba in the 1980s. Seen through the eyes of an 11-year-old boy, this was an intimate story of what life was like in Cuba at that time. I was really struck by the generational gap of…

Book Spotlight: Earth to Dad by Krista Van Dolzer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars Earth to Dad is a beautiful, moving story about an 11-year-old boy, Jameson, set in a future where the Earth is moving closer to the sun after a meteor brushes past Jupiter, creating a bad chain reaction. Now things are dangerously heating up on the Earth’s surface and the…

Book Spotlight: Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera

My rating: 5 of 5 stars Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls is spectacular and definitely a must-read for those who enjoy middle grade adventure. With a creative mixture of folklore and fantasy, Kaela Rivera creates an unforgettable world of criaturas and brujas, of darkness and fire and water. But it’s her main character,…

#PitchMe 2022

#PitchMe is a unique type of Twitter pitch contest created by author Krista Van Dolzer with the help of author Tara Shiroff. It involves four weeks of mentoring, opportunities to connect with other writers in your genre, and a pitch fest which will be reviewed by a group of agents and even editors. For the…

What is a Wishgiver or Aranea?

When I first started writing Maira and the Rainbow City (the working title for my upper middle grade fantasy), I knew I wanted my wish-giving creature to have some interesting qualities. Qualities which would affect how Maira experiences the world after she becomes one. In this fantasy world, the wish-giving creatures are called wishgivers or…

Marvelous Middle Grade

I have an ongoing debate with myself about which books I love reading more: middle grade or young adult. Because even though I adore young adult, middle grade books win me over again and again. Middle grade books tend to be primarily written for kids ages 8 to 12 but as with any genre, there…