Meet The Magic of Melwick Orchard Author Rebecca Caprara

By Libby Stille, Associate Publicist

Rebecca Caprara’s debut middle-grade novel, The Magic of Melwick Orchard, centers on 12-year-old Isa, whose family fractures after her little sister Junie is diagnosed with cancer. Her mother falls into a depression, and her father works more and more to combat the mounting medical bills. When Isa finds a magical tree in a mysterious orchard, she wonders if the tree might help her bring her family back together again.

Today on the blog, Rebecca discusses architecture, her writing process, and what she’d plant if she had a magical tree. Read More

3 Key Components of Middle-Grade Novels

By Amy Fitzgerald, Senior Editor

I’ve been in a flurry of middle-grade manuscript acquisitions lately, which means I’ve been reading a lot of middle-grade submissions and buying some of my favorites. You’ll see them hitting shelves in a year or two, after the Carolrhoda book-making process has worked its magic.

Maybe you’re wondering how I decide which manuscripts I want to buy and publish. The answer is always shifting to some extent, but here are some constants that draw me to a story. Read More