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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.

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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.
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.
Suggested age ranges are in parentheses.
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.


THE 14 FIBS OF GREGORY K. by Gregory Pincus (8-12)

101 WAYS TO BUG YOUR TEACHER by Lee Wardlaw (10-13)

THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF MIKE by Kathryn Erskine (9+)

BIRD by Crystal Chan (9-13)

BRENDAN BUCKLEY’S UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING IN IT by Sundee T. Frazier (9-13)

BLUE by Joyce Moyer Hostetter (9+)

THE CASE OF THE MISSING MOONSTONE by Jordan Stratford (8-12)

CHASING SECRETS by Gennifer Choldenko (9-12)

CHARLIE’S RAVEN by Jean Craighead George (9-12)

CHICKEN BOY by Frances O’Roark Dowell (10-13)

DILLON DILLON by Kate Banks (9-12)

DO THE MATH: SECRETS, LIES, AND ALGEBRA by Wendy Lichtman (9-13)

THE EARTH DRAGON AWAKES: THE SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE OF 1906 by Laurence Yep (8-10)

EINSTEIN ANDERSON series by Seymour Simon (8-11)

ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN, BOY DETECTIVE by Donald J. Sobol (9-13)

THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE by Jacqueline Kelly (9-13)

EVERY SOUL A STAR by Wendy Mass (9-13)

THE FREAK OBSERVER by Blythe Woolston (14+)

FEVER 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson (9+)

THE GREEN GLASS SEA by Ellen Klages (9+)

HATCHET by Gary Paulsen (9+)

HOOT by Carl Hiassen (9+)

ISLAND STING by Bonnie Doerr (12+)

JACKIE’S WILD SEATTLE by Will Hobbs (10-13)

JAKE DRAKE, KNOW-IT-ALL by Andrew Clements (7-9)

JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA by Eva Ibbotson (10-13)

JUDY MOODY SAVES THE WORLD! by Megan McDonald (7-9)

LEON AND THE CHAMPION CHIP by Allen Kurzweil (8-11)

MARTY MCGUIRE DIGS WORMS by Kate Messner (6-9)

THE MEANING OF MAGGIE by Megan Jean Sovern (10-13)

MIND GAMES by Jeanne Marie Grunwell (10-13)

MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN by Jean Craighead George (9-13)

MY YEAR OF EPIC ROCK by Andrea Pyros (9-14)

NERD CAMP by Elissa Brent Weissman (9-13)

NICK AND TESLA’S ROBOT ARMY RAMPAGE by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith (9-12)

NIGHT OF THE TWISTERS by Ivy Ruckman (9-11)

NIM’S ISLAND by Wendy Orr (8-12)

NINJAS, PIRANHAS, AND GALILEO by Greg Leitich Smith (9-13)

OPERATION REDWOOD by S. Terrell French (9-13)

OUT OF THE DEEP by Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson (9-12)

OWEN FOOTE, MIGHTY SCIENTIST by Stephanie Greene (7-9)

PHINEAS L. MACGUIRE ERUPTS! by Frances O’Roark Dowell (9-13)

THE POPULARITY PAPERS: RESEARCH FOR THE SOCIAL IMPROVEMENT AND GENERAL BETTERMENT OF LYDIA GOLDBLATT AND JULIE GRAHAM-CHANG by Amy Ignatow (9-13)

PROJECT MULBERRY by Linda Sue Park (9-13)

THE RED BLAZER GIRLS by Michael D. Beil (10-13)

REGARDING THE SINK: WHERE, OH WHERE, DID THE WATERS GO? by Kate Klise (9-11)

THE REINVENTION OF EDISON THOMAS by Jacqueline Houtman (9-13)

SAMANTHA HANSEN HAS ROCKS IN HER HEAD by Nancy Viau (9-13)

THE SAME STUFF AS STARS by Katherine Paterson (10-13)

SAVING THE PLANET AND STUFF: A NOVEL by Gaul Gauthier (13-15)

SECRET CODERS by Gene Luen Yang (8-12)

STRANDED by Ben Mikaelsen (10-13)

THE VOLCANO DISASTER by Peg Kehret (9-11)

THE WAY WE FALL by Megan Crewe (12+)

WING NUT by Mary Jane Auch (9-12)

The Middle Grade Science Project

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!
It's Random Acts of Publicity Week!

It's also the first week of school and kind of hectic, so I'm just going to post cover images of some of my favorite middle-grade sciency fiction books. I'm working on some talks and blog posts on the subject, so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out these titles if you love science (and even if you're on the fence about it).

The Green Glass SeaThe Evolution of Calpurnia TateBrendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in ItMy Side of the Mountain
Ninjas, Piranhas, and GalileoPhineas L. MacGuire...Erupts! (From the Highly Scientific Notebooks of Phineas L. MacGuire Series #1)Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective (Encyclopedia Brown Series #1)Every Soul A Star

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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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