Thursday, February 5, 2015

Great New MIddle Grade Series

I've known Jessica Young for about three years now. We belong to a critique group and every month she sends me a new piece of writing and returns the favor by struggling to read parts of my manuscripts. We've actually never met in person, but we've talked voluminously, including a two-hour conversation about quantum mechanics as it relates to story structure (yes, it was as thrilling as it sounds!). She's fun and smart and funny, and so are her books. Her newest,  Finley Flowers (Original Recipe) has just been released, and it's fantastic. I've had the honor of reading Finley since Jessica first came up with the idea and I'm so happy to see it make its way into the world. It was a fantastic story idea from the start (and has the most awesomely named nemesis in all of kid lit, wish I'd thought of it) and has only gotten better through successive drafts. I'm eager to see if any of the joke ideas I tossed Jessica's way made it into print (none are as good as Finley's nemesis' name though).
Better yet, Original Recipe, adorably crafty Finley's attempt to win a school recipe contest with delicious/disasterous results, is just the first of a series from Capstone publishing. A whole slew of Finley Flowers is on the way, and I can't wait to read all of them, even though I've already read the manuscripts.
Jessica's book is great for early readers and middle grade. If you've got younger kids, check out her picture books too. They're just as wonderful.

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