Back to School- Books for 2nd-4th Graders!

More and more areas are starting school earlier- or, in some places, going year-round, but in my neck of the woods, the end of August is still the time parents rejoice. Children moan. Teachers hope for well behaved kids (and parents).

Back to school.

I sure hope kids are still encouraged to read, even in this day of technology. Whether the favorable eco-friendly Kindle or Tablet, or the beautiful smell of a paperback, in all it’s paper glory- Books are books and reading remains one of the best daily relaxing escapes from our real world.

Here are some new releases (2018) that are recommended for 2nd – 4th graders:

  1.  Mega Bat, By Anna Humphrey:    A sweet and hilarious chapter book about a boy and a bat, two unlikely friends who bond over loneliness, jellyrolls and Darth Vader.
    Is it a ghost? A creaky floorboard?  Or…is it MegaBat
  2. Young Whit and the Traitor’s Treasure, By Phil Lollar and Dave Arnold: This Odyssey book series explores the history of the much-loved character John Avery Whittaker. The series introduces newcomers to the larger world of Odyssey. For readers who are already Odyssey-philes, the novels provide the history of the franchise’s most important character.

  3. The Day you Begin, By Jacqueline Woodson:  National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.


Check them out and tell me how you like them!

What other books do you recommend for the middle grade ages?

Do you have favorites that you remember?


What’s new in middle grade fiction?


Truth is, I don’t know.

I’ve been supo-busy.  (I also like to make up my own phrases- if you don’t know me, I thought I would offer that disclaimer.)

‘Saving Tuma’ has been out for ten months- and the sequel is JUST now getting ready for publishing. I’m behind schedule. But that’s okay, because it was my schedule.

I enjoyed writing the characters through this book so much, I am anxiously ready to begin book 3, with the hopes that it will only take a few months. Or, at least less than ten.

Book 2 brings a little more excitement & danger to the trio as Cara disappears and Wendy and Daniel embark on a adventure to find her. Don’t worry- the Tumans play a central role, and favorite characters like Koda, Fanny and Zuzu return.

Enough about that. For now.  😉

I want to hear from you.

  1. Are there are GREAT middle grade fiction books that you just LOVE?  I’m a fan of characterization. I want awesome characters. 

      2.  I’m growing my reader team.  If you are interested in being a beta reader or if you are a blogger interested in a copy of either book, email me. 


Journey to Tuma: Coming Soon

With the first book of this series off in the hands of an editor, I’m getting pretty excited for it’s release!  (And I guess I better get a writin’ on book #2!)

Our goal date for publication is mid-December, and all indicators point to this as a realistic date. Cover is almost complete as well. The clock is ticking.

An overview of Journey to Tuma:

Being an eleven year old isn’t all fun and games anymore. There are lives to be saved.

Seeing a light shining through the woods on her family’s property, Wendy grabs her explorer’s backpack and takes off to see where it is coming from.  Once in the woods, Wendy trips and loses consciousness.  When she awakes, she finds herself in an unfamiliar place and face to face with Koda, a creature unlike anything Wendy has ever seen.  Though initially frightened, she develops a friendship with Koda and comes to love his world, known as Tuma. After learning that Koda and his people are in danger, Wendy enlists her friends help, and they set out to save the land of Tuma.

Many obstacles face the trio as they learn that Wendy’s father, and his development company, are the reason for Tuma’s environmental dilemma, thus leaving Wendy with some tough, grown up decisions to make.

Follow along for release specials along the way! Journey to Tuma will make a great gift for a young reader,  in the 8-12 year old range. If you know of a classroom that would be interested in a couple donated books, please contact me at

You may also be interested in checking our the Short Story Contest. <——Click Here.



To answer your questions…

Happy Saturday y’all!

I received a couple of questions regarding the short story contest, so I thought I’d clarify here.

  1.  What is the criteria for judging?   ~ Judges will be basing their scores off of:  Plot/Content, Characterization, Spelling/Grammar and the following of guidelines. Each category is worth five points.
  2. Are there any plot specific guidelines?  ~ Not really. As long as the character is between 8-14 and there is reference of a holiday, you are free to write whatever you want!

If you do have other questions~ please let me know at

Now, get writing 🙂