On Saturday, July 8, 2017, the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore discussed A Little Wicked with Kitty Felde on the Book Club for Kids podcast. The episode was broadcast LIVE on YouTube from the National Archives in Washington, DC. NPR special correspondent Susan Stamberg served as celebrity reader. What a thrill to hear her read from the pages of A Little Wicked!
The entire experience was amazing! My sincere thanks to the readers who took their jobs seriously, read thoroughly, and asked great questions.
Special thanks to Amber Kraft at the National Archives for dreaming up the two-day Write Stuff program and bringing it to life! Thank you also to all the staff, interns and volunteers who worked so hard on this event.
On July 18th, the FREE podcast will launch on the Book Club for Kids website. You can also find the 40+ episodes in the iTunes store, on Stitcher and on SoundCloud! Check them out!
Good news! There may be a minimum age for reading middle-grade but there’s no maximum age.
Why will you love middle-grade historical fiction?
- Well-crafted novels – Charming characters and captivating settings are needed for quality historical fiction. Literature has standards, no matter the target age.
- Loads of action – Children are in front of screen an average of 5-7 hours per day (stat from Medlineplus.gov). Authors use action to grab and hold a middle-grader’s attention.
- Surprises – Who doesn’t love a good plot twist? Authors use this writing tool to keep readers guessing.
- Heart-wrenching scenes – A terrible accident leaving a character devastated or an unexpected kind gesture from an unexpected source. Childhood can be intense and confusing. Fictional childhoods are no different.
- Informative details – Historical fiction writers at all levels are serious about historic details.
- Fast-paced plots – Middle-grade novels keep the stakes high. Try to keep up!
- Smaller word counts – Smaller word-count plus fast-paced action makes most middle-grade historical fiction a quick read.
Have a favorite middle-grade historical fiction novel? Please leave it in the comments.
Put Yourself on the A Little Wicked Reader Map! Follow these simple steps to add yourself!
- Click on the link to the map.
- If asked for a key, type in IREADIT! (no spaces) and click the “Unlock” button.
- In upper left of the page, hover over the “Additions” button.
- Choose Add Marker – Simple
- In the pop-up window add your FIRST NAME, NICKNAME, or simply put “Me!” No last names or anything with personal identification!
- In Location, type in the name of your town or city. Do not enter anything in the other boxes.
- Choose a color for your marker and hit Submit!
Thank you for reading A Little Wicked!
If you haven’t read it yet, ask about it at your local library!
A Little Wicked Guide – free PDF download
“…readers will learn a lot about resilience and Scottish identity.” – Publisher’s Weekly
Now that A Little Wicked is available in libraries across the country (and a little in Canada!), it’s a good time to repost the link to the FREE A Little Wicked Curriculum Guide written by Marcie Colleen. It is an excellent resource for homeschool families, librarians, book clubs, teachers and other educators.
Remember the multi-talented and effervescent Marcie Colleen has written many amazing curriculum guides for picture books as well as middle grade. Take a look!