Middle Grade and YA Summer Reads

It’s been a rough school year, but summer is looming. And if ever there was a summer to keep kids well stocked with fun books to read . . . well, it was the summer of 2020, but 2021 has to be a close second. Here are some suggestions for middle-grade and young adult readers looking for a change of pace.

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The Secret Life of Kitty Granger: An Interview with Author G. D. Falksen

The Secret Life of Kitty Granger is a suspenseful thriller and a nuanced portrayal of neurodivergence set in 1967 London. Sixteen-year-old Kitty Granger hates noise and crowds, tends to fixate on patterns, and often feels acutely aware of her surroundings even as she struggles to interpret the behavior of people around her. When Kitty’s keen observation and quick thinking help her survive a dangerous encounter, two secret agents working for Her Majesty’s government offer her a job in their espionage operation. On her very first mission, she must foil a fascist plot and save the country!

Today author G.D. Falksen discusses his writing process, research strategies, and creative life.

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A Chat with She Represents Author Caitlin Donohue

By Megan Ciskowski, Assistant Publicist

In a complicated political era when the United States feels divided, women are being elected at record rates and government is beginning to more accurately reflect the people it represents.

She Represents: 44 Women Who Are Changing Politics . . . and the World will show you what the road to power looks like for women in modern times, and includes politicians in the media spotlight such as Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Betsy DeVos, and Vice President nominee Kamala Harris. Read these profiles of women in leadership from both sides of the US political spectrum and from around the world to learn about their paths to power, their achievements and missteps, and their lasting legacies.

We reached out to Caitlin and asked her a few questions about how she chose which politicians to include and what she learned while writing this collection.

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