Are you a Middle Grade fan going to ALA Annual in Las Vegas this year? Here are the list of middle grade authors I’d want to queue up for if I had the opportunity:
- Jon Scieszka – He’ll be there promoting his new Frank Einstein book, the beginning of a middle grade science series about a 10 year old boy genius who likes to invent, Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor.
- Joan Bauer – She will be promoting her newest middle grade, Tell Me, about twelve year old Anna, who is spending time with her grandmother when she notices another girl her age who seems to be in trouble. I love all of her books; they are very popular at school.
- Jarrett Krosoczka – Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle is the latest in Krosoczka’s Lunch Lady series of graphic novels for the upper elementary set. I’d love to have these for the school collection, they are hilarious.
- Jennifer Holm – She’ll be there with her newest middle grade novel, The Fourteenth Goldfish, which features Ellie, an eleven year old girl who suspects the her newest classmate is actually her grandfather (a scientist obsessed with the secrets of youth.)
- Holly Black – HOLLY BLACK, OMG!!!!!!!! She’ll be there to sign Doll Bones. You’d be a fool not to go meet her. OMG!!!! Wish I were going. *sobs*
- Tim Federle – He’ll be there with Five, Six, Seven Nate (sequel to the Stonewall Award Honor Book Better Nate Than Ever.)
- Deborah Wiles – She’ll be there to promote her Sixties Trilogy, which so far includes Countdown and Revolution.
- Jacqueline Woodson – With her autobiographical work Brown Girl Dreaming, Woodson opens up a window onto early events that contributed to her inspired writing talent. Like Holly Black, a MUST MEET. She’s completely amazing (I met her about 15 years ago.)
- Vince Vawter – He will be there with his Newbery Award Honor Book Paperboy.
- Tom Angleberger – The Origami Yoda author will be there with his newest novel The Quickwick Papers: Poop Fountain.
- Avi – How could you not? Will be there to promote the American Revolution story based on actual events, Sophia’s War.
- Rita Williams Garcia – With P.S. Be Eleven, the amazing author has a sequel that more than meets expectations raised by the first, One Crazy Summer.
- Cynthia Kadohata – The Newbery Medal winning author be there to promote her newest novel, Half a World Away.
- Merrie Haskell – She will be there with her Schneider Family Book Award Winner, Handbook for Dragon Slayers.
- Christopher Paul Curtis – The multiple award winning author will be there to promote his Elijah of Buxton. He is well worth the wait.
- Raina Telgemeier – she’ll be there promoting the brilliant middle grades graphic novel Smile and the upcoming Sisters.
Pseudonymous Bosch – He will be there to promote his interactive Write This Book and The Name of this Book is Secret.
And those are just the Middle Grade authors! All of you going to ALA this year are a lucky bunch.