OUR SKYPE TOUR SWEETHEARTS – Wendy Shang and Jen Blom!

CALLING ALL MIDDLE-GRADE TEACHERS, LIBRARIANS, PARENTS AND BOOKLOVERS!! LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST TO WIN A SKYPE VISIT FROM FANTASTIC MIDDLE-GRADE AUTHOR JEN BLOM… but first…

The winter Mixed-Up Middle-Grade Skype Tour bus is off and running… and it will be pulling into STACEY’S school for a visit with Wendy Shang. Commenter Stacey please email the Mixed-Up Files at msfishby (at) fromthemixedupfiles (dot) com with your contact information!

What’s that I hear? The bus has taken off again, this time with wonderful middle-grade author Jen Blom on board. Hi Jen! Please tell us about you and your books.


I’m an animal lover and I get to write about them! My debut title, POSSUM SUMMER, deals with a girl who’s trying to find her way between the little orphan possum she’s dying to save and her strict father who says no way. My second book, BLUE APPALOOSA (2013) is what happens when a girl visiting her father’s feedlot in Texas falls in love with the wrong horse!

What do you like best about writing for middle grade readers?

It’s the most magical time to be a reader. Anything is possible, and you’re learning about the world around you. I know that books shaped my outlook when I was growing up, and it’s so exciting to think that my books might do that for some other kid!

What was your favorite book when you were 8-12?

It changed daily but the ones I still re-read are RASCAL (North) SUMMER OF THE MONKEYS (Rawls) and WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS (Rawls)

What makes your school visits special?

The amount of energy and participation I get from the kids!

Thanks Jen!

Would you like Jen to visit your school, library or book club???? You came to the right place. Leave a comment here for your chance to win. Pass it along on Facebook or Twitter for more chances– just be sure to come back and leave a comment telling us how you’ve spread the word. We’ll draw the lucky winner next Tuesday when we’ll present the next Mixed-Up Middle-Grade author for your Skyping pleasure! For all the scoop and frequently asked questions about the contest look HERE!

Tami Lewis Brown drives the Mixed-Up Middle-Grade Skype Tour bus when she’s not visiting schools, libraries, and scout troops to talk about her middle-grade books THE MAP OF ME and SOAR, ELINOR!

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