Meet 6 Middle Grade Authors & HUGE 6 Book GIVEAWAY!

Meet 6 Middle Grade Authors & HUGE 7 Book GIVEAWAY!

It was fun to meet six KidLit authors and learn more about their newest books at Trident Booksellers and Café on Newbery Street in Back Bay, Boston. Despite having an office in Back Bay, I had never been to this book store before! It’s great with two good sized cafés.

Middle Grade Authors Describe & Read from Their Books

The KidLit middle grade panel had a nice mix of books. They featured mystery, fantasy, science fiction, foodie fiction, and one story co-written by seven different authors: Rachele Alpine, Ronni Arno, Alison Cherry, Stephane Faris, Gail Nall, Jen Malone, and Dee Romito.

Trident Booksellers and Cafe

I video taped each author (and the moderator) as they described and then read from their book (or book jacket).

Middle Grade Authors Describe & Read from Their Books

Middle Grade Authors Describe & Read from Their Books


Tara Dairman, author of The Great Hibernation

Debbi Michiko Florence, author of Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen (book 1) and Jasmine Toguchi, Super Sleuth (book 2)

Katie Slivensky, author of The Countdown Conspiracy

Jen Malone, coauthor of Best. Night. Ever.: A Story Told from Seven Points of View

Ammi-Joan Paquette, author of Princess Juniper of Torr

The panel will be moderated by Dana Alison Levy (author of the Family Fletcher series and This Would Make a Good Story Someday).

HUGE Middle Grade 7 Book Giveaway!

Thank you to all these authors for donating their books. I am giving away 6 books including one audiobook to 5 winners. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter below. Please leave a comment with your first, second and third choice. I can only ship to U.S. mailing addresses.

  • The Great Hibernation by Tara Dairman
  • Audiobook of This Would Make A Good Story Someday by Dana Alison Levy
  • A pair of paperbacks:  Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen and Jasmine Toguchi Super Sleuth by Debbi Michiko Florence
  • Best. Night. Ever. edited by Jen Malone
  • Princess Juniper of Torr (first book in the trilogy) by Ammi-Joan Paquette
  • The Countdown Conspiracy by Katie Slivensky

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Meet 6 Middle Grade Authors & HUGE 6 Book GIVEAWAY!

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. John Smith

    My top 3 choices would be:

    1. “This Would Make A Good Story Someday” audiobook.
    2. “The Great Hibernation.”
    3. “Best. Night. Ever.”

    “What are your or your kids’ favorite middle grade books? OR Have you read any books by the authors in this post?” None of us have read any of the books in this post–alas!

  2. Beth T.

    My very favorite middle school author was Jean Little. I wish her books would be reissued. “Look Through My Window” is an incredibly sensitive, insightful book, and she wrote many others that were equally lovely, beginning with “Love, Anna”. If you’re ever in a second-hand shop, head straight for the children’s section and look for Jean Little.

  3. Wow–what a night & what a giveaway, Mia!!

    Since I already own the Jasmine Toguchi books, I would have to say these books in this order:

    1. The Great Hibernation
    2. Princess Juniper
    3. The Countdown Conspiracy 🙂

  4. Jennifer Oliger

    My students love all the graphic novels by Raina Telgemeier like Ghosts, Sisters, and Smile..

  5. Kathy

    My daughter is just starting to read books at this level and I’m looking forward to reading some of the Ramona books with her (if this is considered middle grade) as well as Ivy & Bean. My choices would be the two Jasmine Toguchi paperbacks and The Great Hibernation, but these all look great and it’s fun to learn about titles that are new to me!

  6. Oooh, they all sound good, but I’d have to go with:

    1. The Jasmine Toguchi books
    2. Best. Night. Ever.
    3. Princess Juniper

    I just saw the first Jasmine Toguchi book in my kids’ Scholastic book order thingy this morning! Very excited for it!

  7. Lisa Maucione

    A few of my favorite middle grade books recently are: The Losers Club, Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, & Things That Surprise You. I’ve read Jasmine Toguchi and love it!

  8. I’m surprised that I haven’t read any of these! Time to fix it, for sure.

    My kids love the Harry Potter series. Sixth Grade Ninja is also very popular here recently.
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  9. Tough choices! These all look and sound quite wonderful.
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  10. Ahh, how to choose my top 3…since I love fantasy, scifi or unreal things happening:
    1. The Great Hibernation
    2. Princess Juniper
    3. The Countdown Conspiracy

    My nine year old can be a reluctant reader sometimes, but he loves The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and Hardy Boys books and Wonder. I love fantasy, he mostly loves realistic contemporary.

  11. Steph

    We read a lot of middle grade fiction. Some of my favorites are The Mysterious Benedict Society, Harry Potter, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland, Tumble & Blue, The Witch’s Boy…and many more. 🙂
    1. The Great Hibernation
    2. Best. Night. Ever.
    3. The Countdown Conspiracy

  12. Alyssa Annico

    I have not read any of the books by these authors, but I would love the opportunity to start!

    1. Jasmine Toguchi
    2. The Great Hibernation
    3. Best. Night. Ever.

  13. Beth T.

    The Great Hibernation
    The Countdown Conspiracy

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