Middle Ground: Why Are Middle-Grade Books So Sad?

Posted by on January 6, 2015.

Girl reading a sad book

I recently recommended a book to Mary (not her real name), a twelve year-old girl who regularly comes to the library. Mary and I talk about books a lot, and she’s always seemed to like the books I’ve suggested. On this particular visit, I encouraged her to read what I thought was a pretty hilarious book.

Middle Ground: What the DCF Ceremony is All About

Posted by on June 3, 2014.

Author Linda Urban at DCF Ceremony

Last Tuesday, about five hundred young readers filled the seats of Judd Hall at Vermont Technical College for the 2014 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Ceremony. You could feel the excitement in the air as soon as the students walked through the doors.

Middle Ground: How the DCF List Process Works (and why I had 10 boxes of books in my living room)

Posted by on March 12, 2014.

DCF committee selects 30 books for 2014

Up until Saturday morning, I had about 10 boxes of books sitting in my living room and dozens of middle grade and young adult books scattered throughout my house. I had a pile of books to read when I was upstairs, a pile of books to read when I was downstairs, a pile of books on my nightstand.