Stuff in the ‘Middle Grade’ Category

3 March, 2020

The Griffins of Castle Cary, Heather Shumaker

A charming, adventure-filled debut novel that’s perfect for fans of The Penderwicks series. Now available in paperback!

“The characters are well-rounded and lovable. The novel is fast-paced and easy to follow, with suspenseful scenes that are not too scary and laugh-out-loud funny scenes perfect for young readers who love adventure. Recommended.” — School Library Connection

Siblings Meg, Will, and Ariel Griffin are off on an adventure! They can’t wait to spend a week visiting their eccentric aunt and her giant, tongue-drooling Newfoundland dog in England. But when they finally arrive, they’re faced with a few local secrets that stir up more than a little trouble.

Add in some very peculiar lights, strange new friends, a police chase and some stampeding sheep, and the Griffin kids are in over their heads. Apparently, this town has a ghost problem and the three children must race to solve the mystery before the ghosts take something that doesn’t belong to them.
“This is a suitable spooky story for readers easing their way into the genre; it includes a few age-appropriate jump scares but relies more heavily on the description to create an eerie vibe. [T]he ghostly fun…keeps up the momentum all the way to the conclusion.” — BCCB

“Delightfully spooky! The Griffins of Castle Cary is a masterfully plotted ghost story that creates the perfect blend between heart and humor. Lovable siblings, persistant ghosts, and one ginormous dog will thrill readers late into the night. This book is charming and easy to love. A perfect read for families!” — Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, author of The Guardian Herd Series

“THE GRIFFINS OF CASTLE CARY is a rollicking mystery about the yearnings to be seen, and the love and empathy required to see. It kept me, like the Griffin children, guessing until the very end. I loved it.” — Jack Cheng, author of SEE YOU IN THE COSMOS, Golden Kite Award winner

“Nothing can stop the intrepid young Griffins. Secrets, danger, and plenty of humor abound in Shumaker’s clever debut.” — Gloria Whelan, National Book Award winner of HOMELESS BIRD

“Well-written, action-packed, and spooky!”   — Melissa Taylor, IMAGINATION SOUP


11 February, 2020

Women Win the Vote! 19 for the 19th Amendment, Nancy B. Kennedy

A bold new collection showcasing the trailblazing individuals who fought for women’s suffrage, honoring the Nineteenth Amendment’s centennial anniversary.

Women Win the Vote! maps the road to the Nineteenth Amendment through compact, readable biographies of nineteen women who helped pave the way. From early feminist activist Lucretia Mott to radical twentieth century suffragist Alice Paul, this vibrant collection profiles both iconic figures like Sojourner Truth and those who may be less well-known, like Mary Ann Shadd Cary.

Vividly illustrated with an eye-catching design, Women Win the Vote! celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment and the intrepid individuals who broke through barriers and upended tradition to empower future generations of women.

“An excellent snapshot view of suffragettes for older elementary and middle school students. Recommended purchase for all libraries.”  – School Library Journal 

“The rousing spirit of Kennedy’s writing and Dockrill’s poster-like photo collages shine.” – Publishers Weekly

“The minibiographies serve as succinct and interesting catalysts for readers to learn more about these and other women.” – Kirkus

“This accessible, well-sourced work is useful for browsing or as a supplemental resource for student research.”
– Booklist

1 October, 2019

Riders of the Realm #2: Through the Untamed Sky, Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Now out in paperback!

The second book in a thrilling fantasy adventure trilogy that SLJ called “perfect for fans of Erin Hunter’s Warriors series,” from Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, the author of the Guardian Herd series.

After winning the wild Pegasus mare named Echofrost in a contest, Rahkki Stormrunner is officially a rider in the Sky Guard army. Rahkki is terrified of heights though, and Echofrost doesn’t want to be tamed. But with Echofrost’s herd captured by the giants and a fierce battle on the horizon, the duo will have to conquer their fears if they want to fly with the army and free the herd.

Meanwhile, back in his village, Rahkki learns of a growing rebellion to overthrow Queen Lilliam. Unfortunately, she suspects Rahkki’s behind it, and she places him under intense watch.

As Rahkki and Echofrost escape to Mount Crim to save Storm Herd, Rahkki worries that the greatest danger may not come from the impending battle against the giants, but from within his own clan.


26 March, 2019

RIDERS OF THE REALM #2: THROUGH THE UNTAMED SKY, Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

The second book in a thrilling fantasy adventure trilogy that SLJ called “perfect for fans of Erin Hunter’s Warriors series,” from the author of the Guardian Herd series.

After winning the wild Pegasus mare named Echofrost in a contest, Rahkki Stormrunner is officially a rider in the Sky Guard army. Rahkki is terrified of heights though, and Echofrost doesn’t want to be tamed. But with Echofrost’s herd captured by the giants and a fierce battle on the horizon, the duo will have to conquer their fears if they want to fly with the army and free the herd.

Meanwhile, back in his village, Rahkki learns of a growing rebellion to overthrow Queen Lilliam. Unfortunately, she suspects Rahkki’s behind it, and she places him under intense watch.

As Rahkki and Echofrost escape to Mount Crim to save Storm Herd, Rahkki worries that the greatest danger may not come from the impending battle against the giants, but from within his own clan.


1 May, 2018

Across the Dark Water, Riders of the Realm Book #1, by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

A new and exciting fantasy novel—the first in a trilogy—from the imagination of Guardian Herd series author Jennifer Lynn Alvarez. Perfect for fans of Lisa McMann’s Going Wild, Brandon Mull’s Wild Born, or Erin Hunter’s Warriors series.

Deep in the jungles of the Realm, the Sandwen clan live amongst deadly spit dragons and hordes of warring giants. But with their winged battle horses, they manage to keep their people safe.

Twelve-year-old Rahkki is a stable groom for the Riders in the Sandwen army, taking care of his brother’s winged stallion. The Sandwens believe they have tamed all the wild pegasi in their land, and turned them into flying warhorses. But when a herd of wild steeds flies over their village, Rahkki and his clanmates are stunned.

Meanwhile, a small herd of pegasi have journeyed across a treacherous ocean to settle in a new, and free, land. Led by Echofrost and Hazelwind, the Storm Herd steeds are unaware of the Sandwens. But when the unthinkable happens, Echofrost and the rest of Storm Herd will have to come to trust the Sandwens, or both may not survive.


25 October, 2017

GHOST IN THE GRIFFINAGE by Heather Shumaker

Adult non-fiction author Heather Shumaker’s debut middle-grade novel GHOST IN THE GRIFFINAGE, about the mid-western Griffin siblings, Meg, Will & Ariel, and their trip to England to visit their Aunt Effie and Uncle Ben, a ginormous, lovable, and drooly Newfoundland dog.  Effie’s charming village has a bit of a ghost problem, which would be fine really (What little village doesn’t have a ghost problem? ) except that one of the ghosts has taken a liking to young Ariel. It takes a while for the siblings to realize that Ariel’s imaginary playmate isn’t so imaginary and that when this ghost says she wants to be friends, she means forever.  Grown-ups can’t see ghosts, so it’s up to Will and Meg to be clever and brave enough to work out the mystery of the ghost’s longings in time to save their sister.    (World/Simon & Schuster BFYR/Spring 2019).

 

 


17 August, 2017

Windborn (Guardian Herd #4) by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Now in paperback! 

For fans of the Warriors and the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series comes the action-packed fourth and final book in this first installment of the Guardian Herd series—with a never-before-seen short story that introduces readers to a whole new world.

After many moons of constant struggle, Star must face his toughest, deadliest challenge yet. Nightwing the Destroyer has captured all the pegasi of Anok, including Star’s friends. And when Star learns of Nightwing’s merciless plan for the captured herd, he knows the time has come to fight.

With his enemy Frostfire now as his only ally, Star searches Anok with Frostfire to track down Nightwing. And as a violent storm approaches, Star and Nightwing face off amid quaking lands, dangerous winds, and blazing fires, in a battle to end all battles—and one that will determine the fate of all the pegasi in Anok.


2 February, 2016

Where I Write: Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

My home office. Here I am signing my latest contract with Harper Collins!

This edition of  “Where I Write” is from Jennifer Alvarez author of the Guardian Herd Series from Harper Collins Childrens Books.  The third book of the series LANDFALL releases today!  And don’t miss the first two books STARFIRE and STORMBOUND.

 “I write a minimum of five days a week in my home office, but I do a lot of my thinking out on the horse trails. My current project is the Guardian Herd series, tween fantasy novels starring flying horses. The setting for each herd is based on a place I‘ve lived. The main character, Star, lives in Sun Herd’s territory, which resembles the wilds of Northern California where I live. Jack London called this area the most beautiful land in California, and I‘d have to agree. In fact, I‘ve ridden my horse right by his co
Jennifer Alvarez

My Mobile Office

ttage where he used to write. It’s often on these trail rides where I find my inspiration. I took this picture while riding my mare Maddie. See the hill we’re looking at? Well, I like to imagine my pegasi characters flying over this hill and landing at the lake for a drink of water. When I return to my desk at home, I‘m revived and ready to record the exciting things I‘ve imagined.” — Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

You can learn more about Jennifer on her Author Website: www.jenniferlynnalverez.com and follow Jen on Twitter @JenniferDiaries
You can check out all things Guardian Herd on the Official Series Website www.theguardianherd.com

5 October, 2014

Jennifer Lynn Alvarez hits the road with The Guardian Herd!

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Copperfield’s Bookstore in Santa Rosa, CA

Jennifer Lynn Alvarez is on tour in September/October with her new middle-grade series THE GUARDIAN HERD: STARFIRE, which released on 09/23/14. Jennifer is visiting elementary and middle schools around the country for two weeks, followed by a round of school visits with the HarperCollins “Class Acts” school tour.

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Circle View Elementary in Huntington Beach, CA

At her first in-store signing, THE GUARDIAN HERD: STARFIRE sold out in fifteen minutes! While it pained Jennifer to watch children leave empty-handed, she will be returning to the same store in October to sign more books. For more information about Jennifer and her new fantasy series for tweens, please visit her website.

 

 


23 September, 2014

The Guardian Herd: Starfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

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An action-packed debut novel in an exciting new tween fantasy series, perfect for fans of series like Warriors, Survivors, and Guardians of Ga’Hoole.Once every hundred years, a black foal is born, prophesized to either unite or destroy the five herds of flying horses that live in the land of Anok. This foal is fated to become the most powerful pegasus in all of Anok. Star is this black foal.Even though Star has malformed wings that make him unable to fly, the leaders of each herd will take no risks. They will execute Star on his first birthday. With the help of his friends, Star must escape the clutches of the powerful leaders. His epic journey of self-discovery turns into a battle between good and evil that will keep readers eagerly turning the pages.