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A biography panel

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On May 8, I'll be participating on a panel about writing for children about real people. Join Ann Bausum, Don Tate, Jan Pinborough and me for what promises to be an interesting evening.

Children's book panel poster

Interview with Crystal Chan and Book Giveaway

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Check out my interview with Crystal Chan over at From The Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors.

Comment and enter to win a UK version of her wonderful debut novel, Bird.

Productivity tips!!

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Write so fast your hands get blurry!

Check it out here, and add some tips of your own to the comments.
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I've been blogging over at From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors.
(I obviously haven't been blogging much over here.)
Today I posted a piece on the reboot of Seymour Simon's Einstein Anderson series.
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Head on over there and read it. (There's a giveaway, too!)

Sciency Fiction: The List!


I've been giving presentations on Sciency Fiction lately, and I've been asked to post a list of sciency fiction titles.
All titles are middle-grade, unless otherwise noted.
If the book is part of a series, only one book is mentioned, usually the first.

So here it is. I hope to keep it updated, and suggestions are welcome.

101 WAYS TO BUG YOUR TEACHER
by Lee Wardlaw


THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF MIKE by Kathryn Erskine

BIRD by Crystal Chan

BRENDAN BUCKLEY’S UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING IN IT by Sundee T. Frazier

BLUE
by Joyce Moyer Hostetter


DO THE MATH: SECRETS, LIES, AND ALGEBRA by Wendy Lichtman

EINSTEIN ANDERSON
series by Seymour Simon

ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN, BOY DETECTIVE by Donald J. Sobol

THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE by Jacqueline Kelly

EVERY SOUL A STAR by Wendy Mass

THE FREAK OBSERVER by Blythe Woolston (YA)

FEVER 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

THE GREEN GLASS SEA by Ellen Klages

HATCHET by Gary Paulsen

HOOT by Carl Hiassen

ISLAND STING by Bonnie Doerr

MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN by Jean Craighead George

NERD CAMP by Elissa Brent Weissman

NINJAS, PIRANHAS, AND GALILEO by Greg Leitich Smith

OPERATION REDWOOD by S. Terrell French

PHINEAS L. MACGUIRE ERUPTS! by Frances O’Roark Dowell

PROJECT MULBERRY by Linda Sue Park

THE REINVENTION OF EDISON THOMAS by Jacqueline Houtman

SAMANTHA HANSEN HAS ROCKS IN HER HEAD by Nancy Viau

THE WAY WE FALL by Megan Crewe (YA)

The Middle Grade Science Project

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If you like kidlit and you like science, The Middle Grade Science Project is for you. Elaine Vickers profiles middle-grade books with science content, and lists some ideas for books that might appeal to readers who like the profiled book. She also has links to websites with related science content, as well as a whole post a little later in the week with a science activity.

Last week she profiled The Reinvention of Edison Thomas and had a molecule-building activity with gumdrops. There's also an interview with the author (that would be me) and a giveaway.

If you want to enter the giveaway, do it soon. Entries must be submitted by December 5.

Over at From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors, I blogged about Sciency Fiction and I'm giving a set of up to 15 ARCs of The Reinvention of Edison Thomas to one lucky school or library.

Sheboygan, here I come!


Tomorrow I head up to Sheboygan, Wisconsin for the Third Annual Sheboygan Children's Book Festival. It'll be my first time attending, since I had scheduling conflicts the last few years.

I was in Sheboygan last year for the World Premiere of the stage production of The Reinvention of Edison Thomas.

This year, I'll be talking about Sciency Fiction, participating in some hands-on science, signing books, participating in an author panel with Ilsa J. Bick, Lisa Albert, Sarah Weeks, and Julie Halpern (moderated by Mitch Teich), and signing some more books

Here's my festival page. The complete schedule for the festival is here.

I hope to see you there!

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Jacqueline Houtman
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I'm a freelance science writer based in Madison, WI. I also write sciency fiction for kids. My award-winning debut novel, THE REINVENTION OF EDISON THOMAS, was published by Front Street/Boyds Mills Press in March 2010.

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