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From the mixed-up files of · 13h ago

Celebrating Cousins!

It’s National Cousins Day! And to celebrate, I executed a not-so-scientific search of middle-grade books that highlight relationships between cousins. What I found was that many such books a...
From the mixed-up files of · 3d ago

Summer Reads = Summer Fun!

Summer is a time when I feel energized and creative, basking in the longer daylight hours and a different kind of vibe, even though I work at home and the actual calendar doesn’t change that...
From the mixed-up files of · 5d ago

Writing Quest Stories

My fascination for quest stories began when I was in middle school.  At the time, our bespectacled young boy named Harry Potter wasn’t born yet. However, because I lived in India, I had the ...
From the mixed-up files of · 1w ago

What does getting a Starred review from Kirkus mean?

I was enjoying an evening of golf and dinner with my husband and friends. I left my phone at home. When we got home to walk our lovable two-year-old Labrador (who has the incredible literary...
From the mixed-up files of · 1W ago

Start with a Bang–Or Not: Story Openings

“Begin with a bang!” Is the advice I’ve heard as a writer over and over from the very beginning.      “Kids attention spans are short.”     “Grab them from the very first line and don’t let ...
From the mixed-up files of · 1W ago

A Wonder Women Summer

This will always be the summer of Wonder Woman. Finally, a superhero with box office clout who just happens to be…female. I left the theater buzzing with the thrill but also with my fingers ...
From the mixed-up files of · 2W ago

Happy Clerihew Day!

What is a Clerihew, you ask? It’s a comical poem made of four lines – two couplets and a specific rhyming scheme, aabb. It was created by Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956) at the age of 16...
From the mixed-up files of · 2W ago

Diversify Your Summer Reading

Here’s a Summer Reading Challenge from your book-loving friends at The Mixed-Up Files: Diversify Your Reading! Something about the way the modern world works has a tendency to create silos o...
From the mixed-up files of · 2W ago

Video Conferencing: Authors at Your Fingertips

You’ve just finished reading a fantastic book with your class. The kids are engaged and the story is the topic of conversation. Go beyond the traditional project or book report and transport...
From the mixed-up files of · 3W ago

July New Releases

July is simply exploding with sparkly new books! As a budding “tangler,” I’m especially excited about TANGLES by Abby Huff, and of course, I can’t wait to dive into Mrs. Smith’s Spy School f...