I’m thrilled for two of my writer friends this week, both of whom announced news of upcoming books. Melissa Sarno‘s middle grade novel, Next to Nothing, will be published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in 2018. I’ve known Melissa’s work through her blog for awhile now and there’s a reason why her blog is one of my must-reads. She writes beautifully and I’m looking forward to reading her book.
I know Melissa through Beth Kephart, so I nearly did a double-take when the very next thing I read was Beth sharing her news that that she, too, has a new book deal. A two book deal, in fact. Wild Lines is also a middle grade story and also scheduled for a 2018 publication date. You all know how much of a fan I am of Beth’s books — and Beth herself.
All this felt kind of serendipitous. Two of my favorite writer friends, two middle grade books. And can we get a shout out for middle grade books in general? I believe they are so important to young readers as that impressionable age seems to be such a pivotal one, and I’m so glad that both Melissa and Beth are among the excellent writers adding their talents to this genre.
This is post #64 of 99 in my 99 Days of Summer Blogging project.