The Mamas are ready for the spooky season after reading two Sci-Fi novels for Middle Graders (ages 8-12). The MC of one has an experimental brain implant and the other is a human/cockroach hybrid. What more could you want? Oh, and both heroes are battling evil corporations. So deliciously dark – just how the Mamas like it.
Maximillion Fly by Angie Sage
Trex by Christyne Morrell
Pick 6: Writing craft resources
Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody
Crafting the Personal Essay by Dinty Moore
Telling Your Story with Joyce Maynard (podcast)
The Mamas are dreaming of hot cider, apple pie and cool nights so join them on an historical hayride as they travel back in time to the not-so distant past (Can the 70s really be considered historical fiction?!?) and fall in love with fantastic, new historical fiction for Middle Graders (ages 8-12).
Yonder by Ali Standish
Show Me A Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte
Pick 6: More Great Historical Fiction for MG
Daring Darleen: Queen of the Screen by Anne Nesbet
Cookies & Milk by Shawn Amos
Pies from Nowhere by Dee Romito
Marika Marches for Equality by Salima Alikhan and Andrea Rossetto
Escape from East Berlin by Andy Marino
Escape from Chernobyl by Andy Marino
The summer flew by and sadly it’s time to get back in school mode. The Mamas are here to help with a back to school book chat about The School For Whatnots by Margaret Peterson Haddix (or MPH if you gangsta). Listen to the Mamas fangirl about their author idol and goddess to kid robots everywhere.
The School For Whatnots by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Mamas share their favorite tropes in Middle Grade fiction.
In episode 51, the Mamas cling to the last days of summer as tightly as they would to an only son going off to college. If you can relate, join the Mamas’ book chat about risky midnight meetings at camp and unattended problem children who use their summertime freedom to find treasure in 2 fantasy series for middle graders (ages 8-12). Then reminisce with the Mamas as they each answer 3 important questions about the summer of 2022.
Vanishing Act by Laura Martin
The Problim Children by Natalie Lloyd
Pick 6: The Mamas answer 3 questions about summer. How would you answer?
- What was the best thing you ate?
- What was the best thing you watched?
- What was the best thing you read?
The Mamas go all Eco Warrior this month with Middle Grade fiction (for 8-12 years olds) that is destined to inspire next gen environmental scientists and animal lovers. They get a little weepy discussing manatee injuries, great white shark invasions, themes of loss, and fantastic debut fiction authors. Then, the Mamas share 6 healthy screen time options for summer learning. Put on your Birkenstocks and join the fun!
Where the Sky Lives by Margaret Dilloway
Manatee Summer by Evan Griffith
The Line Tender by Kate Allen
Pick 6: Screen Time Parents Can Feel Good About
The Mamas dive into the big blue sea with Middle Grade (ages 8-12) seafaring fiction in this episode. Margie chases down her white whale while Heather dives for train treasure. Grab your snorkel and join the fun! We’re in vacay mode on the Two Lit Mamas podcast.
Arch of Bone by Jane Yollen
Treasure Tracks by S.A. Rodriguez
Pick 6: The Mamas’ Vacay Reads
- My Name is Red by Orham Pamuk
- A Passion for Killing by Barbara Nadel
- Turkish Delight Mystery Series by Mehmet Murat Somer
- The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill
- Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech
- Grown & Flown by Lisa Heffernan and Mary Dell Harrington
In episode 48, the Mamas are joined by everyone’s favorite uncle to celebrate Pride month and chat about Tim Federle’s middle grade character, Nate Foster, a theater lover who stars in a book series and a new Disney musical. The trio follows up the book vs.movie discussion with 6-ish adult and kid books that turned them into readers (or book nerds as Margie no-so-lovingly puts it). Johnny also spills the tea on Margie’s grad school years from a century ago. Get your hot goss here!
Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
Books That Turned Us into Readers
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tokein
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman
- Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
- The Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore
The Mamas may not sound like themselves in this episode but they’re serving up great diverse reads for 8 to 12 year olds just like normal. Heather even discovers a way to love Realistic Fiction while Margie’s just hoping to survive the Great Pollening. Join the Mamas for a fun chat and be grateful that the only thing contagious through your speakers are the laughs.
Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee
The Night Bus Hero by Onjali Q. Raúf
The Mamas chat about 6 things they’re looking forward to this summer!
On the eve of Mother’s Day, the Mamas are packing their bags for Mars. They’ve got their motion sickness cures and their poopoo sprays tucked into travel bags; and they’re looking forward to a few days of weightlessness in the silence of space. Join the Mama’s space club so you aren’t left angry walking (or floating) alone.
Packing for Mars for Kids by Mary Roach
Books for a Quiet (and less disappointing) Mother’s Day
- Jane Austen’s Table: Recipes Inspired by the Works of Jane Austen: PIcnics, Feasts and Afternoon Teas By Robert Tuesley Anderson
- Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children by Angela J. Hanscom
- Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping by Matthew Salesses
- Into the Wild by Jon Krakhauer
- Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
- Educated by Tara Westover & Educating by LaRee Westover
After a break, the Mamas are back with a fun way to boost your summer reading: pairing a gown-up book series with a Middle Grade book series that share the same world and characters in the spirit of Spin-Offs that only kids of the 80’s and 90’s could love! Inspired by their cold beach walks, the Mamas jumped on an ocean-themed book series for Middle Graders that ties into a series of grown-up books with the same characters and overall themes. Parent/child book club, anyone?
Grown-Up Book: Mangrove Lightning by Randy Wayne White
Middle Grade Book: Fins by Randy Wayne White
Pick 6: More Book Spins-Offs We Love!
1. Alexander McCall-Smith’s chapter book The Great Cake Mystery has the same MC as his adult series the #1 Ladies Detective Agency
2. Carl Hiaasan’s Chomp, Hoot, Scat, Flush, Skink and Squirm are MG books that are styled like his adult books
3. Famous adult author Terry Pratchett’s MG book, Only you Can Save Mankind
4. Finishing School Series is a steampunk MG series by Gail Carriger who also has adult steampunk books
5. Death Comes to Pemberley is a book and movie based on the Pride and Prejudice characters by Jane Austen written by famous mystery author P.D. James
6. The whole family can join the fun with Little House on the PrairiePicture Books that match up to themes and scenes in the Middle Grade series by Laura Ingalls Wilders